I remember as a kid getting a burn off a hot pan and my grandmother snapping a leaf off the aloe plant and soothing it. One of the reasons that aloe has reached such popularity is a large amount of health and nutritional properties it boasts.
The Aloe plant is from the succulent family of plants and is very easy to care for inside in your home. Aloe Vera plants have thick elongated juicy stems that have a beautifully variegated coloration. It makes an attractive addition to your decor and fits well in almost any room of your home.
Growing aloe indoors requires plenty of bright indirect light and good draining soil. These succulents originated in Africa and are used in sunny dry climates so keep this in mind when choosing your space. They are tolerant of less light but never to overwatering.
Featured in this article:
- Aloe from Seed – A Bit of Patience
- Propagate Aloe Vera Plants – Puppies?
- How to Propagate Aloe Vera
- Tips for Growing Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera Plant Uses – The small List
- Easy to Grow Your Own Aloe Vera
Growing Aloe Plant Indoors
You will likely be able to find established small to large Aloe Vera plants for sale at various locations. They are very popular at nurseries, box stores, and even sometimes in a local grocery mart.
It can also be very rewarding to grow from start to maturity. How will you start? Seeds or Puppies?
1. Aloe from Seed – A Bit of Patience
Growing an aloe plant from a reliable mature seed source can be an option if you are patient and have the time. In most cases, propagation from a mature aloe plant through offsets (babies) are the best options.
It takes an Aloe plant 4 to 5 years or more to mature into the flowering stage to producing seeds. Viable seeds should be flat grayish brown to black, white, or light-colored seeds are immature and will not germinate. Seeds purchased or harvested should be used within a year’s date for best viability.
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- To germinate seeds you should use a good quality succulent or cactus soil or mix your own well-draining sterile potting mix greater amounts of sand and perlite to compost. It is best to start your aloe seeds in smaller flats that can be transplanted later into permanent pots later on.
- Moisten the soil before placing the seeds gently just into the soil surface. Cover the trays with plastic wrap or plastic lid and place them on a heating mat. Aloe seeds will need light to germinate so place in a sunny window or under grow lights.
- During the germination process, you will need to mist the soil surface occasionally to keep it moist not soaking. Germination can take 2 to 4 weeks so try to be patient. When sprouts begin to emerge remove plastic or lid but keep on the heating surface for a few more weeks to aid root development.
- Your seedlings are going to be very sensitive to dampening off and overwatering so at this point you must begin watering your young sprouts from underneath. You can do this by setting your seedling trays in a shallow dish of water and allow them to absorb water for a few minutes whenever you notice the soil is beginning to dry out.
Propagate Aloe Vera Plants – Puppies?
A great way to start or multiply aloe plants is from an offset otherwise called a baby or pup. These are new smaller plants that sprout up naturally alongside the parent plant, either visibly above the surface of the soil on the mother plant or just below the surface of the soil.
These Aloe pups, offsets can be harvested from the parent plant and repotted into their own containers and start their own “family”. I find this to be the easiest way to propagate and keep an ample supply of aloe growing all the time.
To remove these offsets you need to carefully remove the entire plant from the soil.
This is best done when the soil has reached a very drypoint as it will release easier from the container. This is also a great time to repot the parent plant as well and gives it a fresh soil make-over.
- While holding as much of the plant as you can gently in one hand turn the pot over on its side and squeeze on the sides of the container or tap gently until the soil base loosens and can be pulled free.
- Gently remove the soil from around the roots of the plant and allow yourself as much visual as you can of the individual root systems of the pups you will be dividing from the parent plant.
- Once the soil has been loosened and removed locate the pup or pups on the mother plant. In most cases, they can be gently pulled from the parent. You may need a sharp sterile knife to prevent any stress damage to either plant. Take caution when separating the roots and be sure to get the roots of the offset without damaging the parent plant.
- Prepare your containers with moistened succulent mix soil and make holes large enough for the plant roots. Place pups and parent plants in their separate containers and gently press soil around them.
How to Propagate Aloe Vera Video Demo
This video provides a visual demonstration of propagating aloe vera puppies. I did not produce this video. I thought it may be helpful for those who needed to see a visual tutorial.
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Tips for Growing Aloe Vera
♥ Allow Aloe plants to drain well and always plant in containers with drainage holes.
♥ Allow the soil of the plant to dry out the top few inches in between watering and then water until moistened not soaking.
♥ Use a good draining mix designed for succulents or cactus or make your own with heavy amounts of sand and perlite to sterile compost.
♥ Aloe Vera plants do not have a high fertilizer demand but if you need to once or twice a year with a fertilizer designed for succulents.
♥ Aloe likes sunlight, indirect bright is best.
Aloe Vera Plant Uses – The Small List
As I had mentioned earlier Aloe is the most widely used herbal remedy in the united states. I will be going into greater depths on the use of Aloe Vera in a later blog but here are some common uses that you may or may not be familiar with.
- Burns and scalds
- Soothes insect stings and bites
- Treat Warts
- Treats Athletes’ Foot
- Skin Eliminate Eczema
- Soothe and reduce damage from frostbite
- Decrease the looks of dark spots
- Conditions hair
- Soothes digestive tract and eases indigestion
- Use as a toothpaste to strengthen gums and teeth
- Lowers Blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Easy to Grow Your Own Aloe Vera
Growing Aloe Indoors is easy and it has very simple needs. Before you know it you will have several thriving plants reproducing new pups for additional plantings. They can make great gifts for friends and family.
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There are 200 variations of the aloe plant so be sure to try a few different kinds. Let me know your experiences with aloe growing or if you have any questions. Leave me a comment below!