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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Van origine komt de Aloë Vera uit het Midden-Oosten, maar is tegenwoordig ook te vinden in de natuur van de Caraïben, Midden-Amerika en Aziatische landen. Dat is maar goed ook, want het sap van de plant is nogal bijzonder. Het blad groeit vanuit een kern en kan tot maximaal 60 cm groeien. Een kleine en compacte plant! De Aloë Vera is een vetplant, wat in de volksmond ook wel als makkelijke kamerplant wordt gezien. Bijzonder: deze vetplant slaat water op in haar stam en bladeren voor later gebruik. Dit houdt in dat ze weinig water nodig heeft. Opmerkelijk, want de Aloë Vera bestaat maar liefst 99% uit water!

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Aloe Vera

Originally the Aloe Vera comes from the Middle East, but nowadays it can also be found in the nature of the Caribbean, Central America and Asian countries. This is a good thing, because the sap of the plant is quite special. The leaf grows from a core and can grow up to a maximum of 60 cm. A small and compact plant! The Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, which is also popularly regarded as an easy houseplant. This succulent plant stores water in its stem and leaves for later use. This means that it needs little water. Remarkable, because the Aloe Vera consists of no less than 99% water!

Aloe Vera

Originally the Aloe Vera comes from the Middle East, but nowadays it can also be found in the nature of the Caribbean, Central America and Asian countries. This is a good thing, because the sap of the plant is quite special. The leaf grows from a core and can grow up to a maximum of 60 cm. A small and compact plant! The Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, which is also popularly regarded as an easy houseplant. This succulent plant stores water in its stem and leaves for later use. This means that it needs little water. Remarkable, because the Aloe Vera consists of no less than 99% water!

Direct sunlight

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Direct sunlight

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of an Aloe Vera?

The right location

An Aloe Vera is not such a troublesome houseplant. Whether you put her in half shade or in direct sunlight. She doesn’t care! She can tolerate direct sunlight very well, and a little less light as well. Although she will of course grow faster and use more water if you place her in a lighter spot. Do you put her in the half shade? That’s fine! In nature Aloe Vera also grows low and often falls in the shade of larger plants. The opposite also occurs in nature. On large empty plains in Central America she stands in the middle of the sun in desert-like areas. Whatever you choose at home: a habitat with direct sunlight or half shade. The Aloe Vera is really used to something in nature!

Watering the Aloe Vera

In the summer you can give the Aloe Vera a sip of water once a month. She doesn’t need anything else. Yes, in case of a heat wave she might need an extra sip. But only when her earth is really parched! The Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, and therefore a boulder in storing water. The only problem? She’s afraid of too much water. If you put the Aloe Vera on a semi-shade pitch, the chance of root rot is higher. The plant uses less water in the half shade and it can be difficult to estimate how much water to give. The biggest tip for an Aloe Vera? Give too little water rather than a big sip. She really needs less than you think! Especially in winter you can forget her for months.

Plant nutrition

Aloe Vera grows naturally in a nutrient-poor soil. As an indoor plant it does not really need any extra plant nutrition. Do you want to promote growth? Then you can give it some extra plant nutrition in the spring. Choose plant food for cacti and use only 1/4 of the recommended amount. That’s all she needs!

Repotting

For succulents, an Aloe Vera is exceptionally good at growing. Especially in width! Repotting every year is not necessary, unless she really grows out of her flowerpot. To keep the Aloe Vera and its roots healthy we recommend repotting the plant every two years. Choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one.

Air purifying function

Besides the special juice of the Aloe Vera she is also good at purifying the air. She removes harmful substances such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air. Benzene and Formaldehyde are often found in paints and chemical cleaners. So an Aloe Vera is the perfect accessory during a renovation. Get rid of those dirty smells! The Aloe Vera will solve it for you.

Is the Aloe Vera poisonous?

The Aloe Vera is not poisonous. So good to hear! Doesn’t your pet get the leaf of the Aloe Vera, and does he get the juice? Then pay attention! The juice of the Aloe Vera can have a laxative effect. In case of strange behaviour it is best to contact the vet.

Diseases and peculiarities

Aloe Vera has few diseases. And that’s a good thing! Then you can enjoy her special features extra well. The Aloe Vera is quite a special houseplant. For example, the juice from her leaves has a healing effect. Perfect for skin disorders, burns or as a cooling effect.

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