Aloe Vera can be grown in both pots and the ground. It is native to the south-west Arabian Peninsula and requires low maintenance. It doesn’t require fertilizer and it is easy to grow. Its best feature is its ability heal burns.
Native to the south-west Arabian Peninsula
This region is home to a variety of species that are native to the region. Juniperus woodlands and remnant escarpment woodlands are particularly notable. These ecosystems are part the Eastern Afromontane Bioregion, which is home 2 000 vascular plant species and 2 endemic genera. The Asir Mountains and Tihamah plain are particularly rich in juniper, and these ecosystems support the majority of the southwest Arabian Peninsula’s endemic bird species.
Easy to grow
Aloe vera can be grown easily. It does best in a sunny location. Although you can’t grow the plant from leaf cuttings, you can propagate it by detaching clone plants from the base of an adult plant. The younger plants are best grown in a two-inch pot with a drainage hole.
Aloe vera is a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t require much attention. It grows well in a low-light environment and thrives when placed in indirect light. Because aloe is a succulent, it tolerates a wide range of temperatures, although it prefers a relatively warm temperature of 55-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Aloe does not require much water but it does require well-drained soil. If grown in pots, use a fast-draining potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro (r) Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix.
No fertilizer needed
Aloe Vera is a tropical perennial found in USDA hardiness zones eight through eleven, and it can also be grown indoors. Its long, pointed leaves are greenish-gray and serrated in edges, and they grow up to eighteen inches long. The plant needs little to no fertilizer and thrives in sunny locations.
Crowding encourages mold and insect infestations
If it is exposed to high temperatures or humidity, Aloe vera can become rusty and develop other diseases. The rust-causing fungi thrive in conditions with a temperature of 60 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Other symptoms of aloe rust include rotting leaves and stems, and soft brown areas. Other possible causes include insect predation or excessive moisture.
Heavy frost and snow are not recommended.
Frost tolerant plants are those whose leaves will not be damaged by a heavy frost or snowfall. Frost refers to nighttime temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Hard frost is even colder. Planting your plants in an area that receives maximum winter sunlight is a good way to protect them from frost. Avoid planting them in areas that the wind can dry out their stems or leaves.
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