How to Grow and Care for Aloe Vera Plants
Aloe has won over many home gardeners for its hardiness and tolerance of infrequent waterering. To keep it happy, plant aloe vera in a well-draining plastic pot. Your best bet is to mix equal parts sand and potting soil or buy a special succulent mix.
Place your aloe in a bright, sunny place. Otherwise it will sleep and stop growing. Water the plant heavily about once every two weeks, waiting until the soil dries out fully. Since this is a desert species, keeping the dirt moist will cause the roots to rot.
If you like, you can move potted plants outdoors in summer, but don't put them in direct sunlight immediately. Gradually place it in a brighter place every few days to prevent overexposure.
How to Care for Aloe Vera
As a bonus, your aloe will produce a tall stalk of small, bell-shaped flowers from time to time. Once the blooms fade, you can snip the stem off at the base.
Even better, aloe plants also produce new, smaller plants perfect for propagation. If you notice one of these "babies," dump out the dirt and tease apart the roots of the different plants, replanting in separate containers.
How to Harvest Aloe Vera
In addition to providing beautiful decoration, aloe vera leaves also contain a clear gel, which may shorten the healing of first- and second-degree burns and promote wound healing.
Some people also like to use aloe vera juice as a hair conditioner, makeup remover, or even brow gel. As long as your plant stays healthy, it'll just keeping making more!