You’ve probably heard of the benefits of an Aloe Vera plant and decided to grow one for yourself in the comfort of your home. That’s awesome!
However, to grow it successfully, you should know some key points about growing Aloe Vera indoors. But I’m sure it will be a piece of cake and very enjoyable for you after reading this article.
So, without beating around the bush too much, let’s get straight to it!
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- How to Grow an Aloe Vera Plant Indoors
- Benefits of Aloe Vera Plant Indoors
How to Grow an Aloe Vera Plant Indoors
Before starting to plant an Aloe Vera in a pot inside your house, you might want to consider the following first:
- Pests and Problems
Let’s look into all of the above points in more detail…
In order for your Aloe Vera to grow effectively, the things mentioned above must be applied.
Of course, we all know that plants need light in order for them to do the thing called “photosynthesis” (just think of light as the food you intake and the photosynthesis thing is the process of digestion).
Aloe Vera is not quite fond of direct sunlight and prefers bright artificial light or indirect sunlight. Though some special varieties might tolerate direct sunlight, it’s still better if you take precautions and stick to what is necessary
Obviously, the temperature is crucial for the plant’s growth. No sane individual would plant Aloe Vera in a freezing environment or in the scorching heat.
Everyone can apply common sense here. What this plant wants is a temperature that is between 13 to 27 degrees Celsius (55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit).
Water? Well, water is vital for all living matters.
But Aloe Vera prefers to be a little thirsty. Don’t over-water your plant.
Watering it every couple of weeks should be good, though make sure you are giving it sufficient water.
You’ll know the right amount of water to pour on if you check the soil beforehand. Make sure it’s quite dry.
Here’s a tip: if the plant’s spears become brown, then most likely you are watering it too much. Embed it in your mind that Aloe Vera actually came from dry areas such as deserts.
A little bit of watering is not usual for them, though seldom deep watering is natural and best.
You might want to prefer applying rich, organic mulch and compost rather than inorganic ones. Doing this is certain to supply abundant nourishment to your lovely Aloe Vera.
Soil is one of the pillars of growing plants. If you feel like your plant is not root-bound or getting symptoms of rotting, you might want to change the soil by investing in a good cactus mix.
Some Aloe Vera lovers such as me prefer a combination of good potting soil and sand.
Since you are growing Aloe Vera indoors, a container is crucial to avoid root rotting. Unglazed terra cotta is the best choice for Aloe Vera plant care indoors because these kinds of containers permit good air circulation throughout the roots.
Though if you don’t have the bucks for this kind of container, then a plastic, resin planter, or a glazed pot would do well so long as you make lots of drainage holes so that water won’t get trapped next to the roots.
Pests and Diseases
Watering too much is certain to lead to the rotting of the roots and some fungal infections might also occur. Aloe Vera might become capable of admitting insect infestations such as plant scale and mealybugs if you water it too much.
These are some of the diseases that your lovely plant might get if you do so much watering.
- Root rotting
- Soft Rotting
- Leaf Rotting
- Fungal Stem Rotting
Benefits of Aloe Vera Plant Indoors
- Remedy for burns and bites.
- Enhances overall skin health.
- Good for inside your body.
- Improves air quality in your home.
Certainly, you’d want a bit more explanation for why I’ve included the above points as pros of Aloe Vera. With pleasure!
Remedy for Burns and Bites
Due to the natural essential elements on Aloe Vera gel, it is very good for soothing persisting pains such as burns and those insect bites.
It repairs the skin, and hydrates it and boosts the healing due to particular vitamins such as Ascorbic Acid, and minerals such as zinc, and polysaccharides that reduces inflammation and promotes epidermal growth.
The cooling effect of Aloe Vera’s gel is incredible if I must say since I always get burns whenever I’m grilling barbeque for the family.
Enhances Overall Skin Health
If you didn’t know, Aloe Vera is actually one of the natural elements used in skincare products.
By applying the Aloe Vera’s gel on your skin, it would do the job of soothing, hydrating it, nourishing, and also as I’ve mentioned before, it accelerates the healing of skin tissue.
In other words, Aloe Vera is great for refreshing your skin. It’s a very good remedy for almost everyone. But be careful, a small percentage of people have an allergic reaction, unfortunately.
So if you have never tried Aloe Vera, please test it on a small spot of skin.
Good for Inside Your Body
Various studies tell that Aloe Vera is very good for soothing and cleansing the digestive tract and it actually helps improve digestion. Since it is known as “adaptogen,” it would also help for treating constipation and diarrhea.
For those individuals who have problems with their bowel, Aloe Vera is a good treat. In addition to that, it helps to lower the number of bad bacteria in your overall digestive system.
Consuming gelatinous plants in your diet will reduce toxins inside your tract by absorbing toxins throughout the way until it gets through the colon.
In other words, Aloe Vera is a very good plant food that will help to detoxify your hard-working body.
Improves Air Quality in Your House
We all know that plants release oxygen during the morning and collect CO2 at night. Yes, since Aloe Vera is a plant, it possesses this trait.
But in addition to that, this lovely plant helps to purify air especially when you are using chemical-based cleaners, paints, and etc. Overall, it’s a very good reliever for your lungs.
Can Aloe Vera Be Grown Indoors?
Well, as for me, I prefer that Aloe Vera plants be grown indoors.
Since you can control the lighting it needs on whereas if you put it outside, they might get too much direct sunlight. And that’s not really good you know.
How to Care For Aloe Vera Plant Indoors?
Well, taking care of Aloe Vera plants inside your house is just a piece of cake and pretty simple. What you wanna do is activate your common sense and just follow what I’ve listed above on how to grow Aloe Vera plant indoors.
It will give you most of the general ideas and basics for taking care of an Aloe Vera plant inside your house.
But if I must say, what you really want to embed in your mind on how to grow Aloe Vera indoors is you must do proper watering and lighting.
That much would suffice the needs of this plant since they thrive better when neglected a little.
How Often Aloe Vera Indoor Plant Needs to Be Watered?
We already discussed this previously that Aloe Vera must not be watered every day since the harm for this plant is higher if you exposed it with too much water.
As for me, I am watering my Aloe Vera plants whenever their soil is quite dry.
How do I do that?
You can try sticking your finger 1 inch into the soil and see if it’s drinking time. The specific amount of water is not really advisable unless you know the exact temperature of the surroundings around your plant. If you can’t still get the gist of it, remember these two things:
- Feel the plant whether it is thirsty for water (if the soil is pretty moist, it’s not water time just yet).
- Remember that too much watering will put your plant at a high risk of danger compared to a lack of watering. This is crucial for the best Aloe Vera plant care indoors
How to Re-Pot Aloe Vera Plants Indoors?
Let’s assume your Aloe Vera has grown so big, that it needs re-potting for it to keep growing in a healthy and bigger space. What will you need and how does the re-potting process look like?
Things you’ll need:
- Planting Gloves
- Hand Trowel
- Potting Soil
- Small Sized Pots
- Garden Sand or Perlite
- Delicately remove the Aloe Vera plant from its pot and check its root system for smaller plants attached to the main plant through a tangled network of roots.
- Carefully trim the roots to detach the smaller plants but make sure to leave a piece of roots to each transplant. Don’t worry if some root got unintentionally trimmed off, it’s inevitable without using any special tool and it won’t do harm to the plant.
- Once the first 2 stages are done then cut off any unnecessary dead leaves from the main plant. You will see some liquid dripping doing this process, but fret not, it won’t do bad to your Aloe Vera.
- The fourth step will leave you with the mother plant. You can replant the mother plant again and take care of it like of the young ones you’ve separated from it.
- If you are planning to do the next process tomorrow, put the main plant and the freed little transplants on their sides in a dry, warm, shaded storage overnight.
- Next, prepare your pots. Start filling them with potting soil and sand. In my case, I am used to proportioning the soil and sand equally. This will provide adequate nourishment and will also serve as drainage.
- Then, plant your Aloe Vera. Justify their space; make sure they are in the right place for development. You might want to center them up in the pot. Apply some pressing over the soil in order to remove any unnecessary pockets.
- After transplanting, place them in bright light and remember – no direct sunlight if possible. Don’t water them for the first 72 hours to avoid shock.
Now that you have the necessary knowledge for growing Aloe Vera indoors, make sure to start right away.
Because I tell you this, as an Aloe Vera keeper, growing these lovely plants is just bliss especially when you get the rewarding results of your hard work and interest.
Comment below if you have any specific questions regarding this miracle plant, I will be very happy to answer any questions. 🙂