How to Grow:
Aloe Vera can be planted at any time indoors by transplant or propagation. Pick a pot that is slightly bigger than the pot your transplant came in. Select a place indoors (or outdoors if you are lucky enough to have the weather for it to survive!) that gets full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your aloe vera plant approximately once a month. Make sure the soil completely dries in the top couple inches before watering.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.
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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for aloe vera:
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You can begin to harvest your transplant in approximately 60-90 days. Simply use scissors or a sharp knife to cut as close to the trunk of the plant as possible to remove a leaf. Slice the leaf and open to reveal the gel.
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So many of the plants that are commonly sold as Aloe vera are other specie of Aloe, such as Aloe arborescens. Aloe vera is quite rare. I suppose the other specie are prettier, and they are likely just as medicinal.