The Aloë Vera originates from the Middle East. The plant grows naturally in dry, rocky areas. After a heavy downpour, the Aloë stores moisture in the leaves so that it can survive extreme droughts. It is therefore important to give the Aloë a sunny spot in the house. That's where he feels most at home. When you have just received the Aloë Vera, it is best to let the plant get used to the new environment.
The Aloë stores moisture in the leaf. An excess of water naturally disappears through well-drained soil, but when the plant is in a pot, the water cannot go anywhere and water remains in the pot. This can cause the roots to rot. Therefore give the plant a large pot with well-drained soil.
Let the soil dry out completely. Give a good splash of water every now and then. It is the same in nature, after a rain shower it can sometimes remain dry for months. In the spring and summer the plant grows, so it needs water in addition to sunlight, but again, don't water too much. It is important to look closely at the plant. If the soil (up to the bottom of the pot) is dry and the leaves start to wrinkle a bit, it is not getting enough water. If the soil is moist (check the soil regularly) and the plant starts to droop at the attachment of the leaves, then the plant has had too much water and rot will develop.
Humid or dry air
An Aloë is naturally used to dry air, so high humidity in the house is not necessary. If the plant is placed on or close to the heating during the colder months, the leaves may shrivel a bit. Then it is too close to the heating and it is best to move it slightly or give it some extra water.
Aloë Vera is not toxic to humans, but it is to pets and can cause lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.
Like any succulent plant, the Aloë Vera requires little care. Give some liquid organic plant food at the beginning of the growing season for optimal growth and flowering.
Cuttings | Multiply
The easiest way to propagate Aloë Vera is by using offshoots. These are 'baby plants' that are attached to the mother plant. Cut the small plant from the mother plant with a sharp knife and pot the little one with well-draining soil in its own nursery pot. Do not place the cutting in full sun, that is a bit too intense. Water the cutting in the same way as the mother plant. Let the soil dry out and then carefully give a splash of water.
Repot the Aloë Vera when it becomes top heavy and grows out of its pot, it's that simple. Provide a pot that is slightly larger, +/- 20%. Use a well-draining soil mixture. After repotting, do not water it for a while. The roots need time to recover and over time they will look for water that will help the roots to grow. If you water too quickly, the roots don't have to look for water, which inhibits growth.
The Aloë Vera is not very susceptible to diseases and pests. The most common problem is root rot due to too much water, which the plant usually does not survive.
When you know where the plant originally comes from, you can imitate that environment at home or at work as closely as possible. Then your plant will feel completely at home in no time.
Be careful with over watering. With succulents in particular, an occasional splash of water is sufficient. When water remains at the bottom of the pot, root rot occurs and the plant usually does not survive this.
The kraft paper pot is waterproof for several weeks to months, depending on the water needs of the plant. The pot is 100% biodegradable and plastic-free. As soon as moisture spots appear in the soil, the pot is no longer watertight and it is best to repot the plant. After repotting, the pot can be handed in with the waste paper to be recycled.