A plant with countless uses, Aloe vera is a succulent plant of the Asphodelaceae family , which requires a lot of care and attention. With this method Aloe vera reproduces infinitely.

Aloe vera

Known since ancient times, today Aloe vera is appreciated for its properties and its countless uses in the phytotherapeutic and herbal fields, as well as cosmetics and food. Aloe vera leaves are the part that is used to obtain aloe gel and aloe juice . These are products rich in vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, polysaccharides, water, plant hormones and anthraquinones.

Aloe vera: what are the properties of the plant culture?

Aloe vera leaves allow you to extract the juice, which is particularly rich in aloin, glucosides and emodin . These are principles that promote the secretion of liquids and have laxative properties . Furthermore, products obtained from Aloe vera have gastro-protective properties if taken orally and are particularly useful for treating gastroesophageal reflux.

aloe vera

Some studies and research have confirmed these gastro-protective properties. Furthermore, the gel obtained from Aloe vera leaves has an emollient and soothing action. Several studies have confirmed that from aloe vera it is possible to obtain substances that inhibit the production of prostaglandins. This is why it boasts countless anti-inflammatory properties . Acemannan helps strengthen the human body’s immune system.

Aloe vera: how to grow it and how to stimulate reproduction?

Aloe vera is a very beneficial plant with many properties, but it requires a lot of care. Aloe shoots (cuttings) can be cut during the summer and left to rest in the dark for three days to allow the cut to heal and prevent them from rotting. The same cuttings can be planted in a pot containing sand and peat : they need a nutritious and porous soil.

Additionally, the soil must allow for rapid drainage. The aloe plant needs sunlight, but it must not be direct because it could “burn” the leaves. Don’t water the aloe plant every day, it doesn’t need too much water. the nurseryman’s good advice is to water every 20 days.

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Aloe Vera: which fertilizer and fertilizer to use?

To fertilize this fleshy plant it is necessary to use organic fertilizers. To fertilize aloe vera it is possible to use valid natural do-it-yourself fertilizers: coffee grounds, which release antioxidants and nitrogen into the soil, can be added to the porous soil. Alternatively, it is possible to use nettle macerate or vegetable cooking water which is particularly rich in essential nutrients for the growth of aloe.

Where to place aloe in the house?

This fleshy plant needs a temperature ranging from 18 to 30 degrees. Aloe needs sunlight, but it doesn’t have to be direct. For this reason the plant can be placed in the garden and on the terrace in a shaded area.

aloe at home

It is also best to avoid places with a rather high humidity level : a dehumidifier could be the perfect solution to use in the room where you keep the aloe.