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The Aloe Plant

If you’ve ever had a sunburn you probably already know the name Aloe Vera.  What many people don’t realize is that the soothing cream sold at pharmacies around the country has its origins in a very non-assuming plant.  Aloe encompasses a family of plants that range in size from little one inch miniatures to massive plant colonies consisting of hundreds of two foot diameter plants.  All types of Aloes are semitropical plants. They can only be grown outdoors in a climate where there is NO chance of freezing but make great house plants if given an abundance of sunlight.  If you decide to pot your Aloe, it will benefit greatly from spending the summer outdoors.  All types of Aloe have some medicinal qualities that have been utilized for thousands of years.

Plant Care

Aloe should be be planted in moderately fertile soil.  The plants are 95% water, making them extremely sensitive to frost.  Established plants can survive drought quite well, although for the benefit of the plant, you should continue to provide them with water.  During the summer months the soil should be completely saturated.  In the winter, the plants will go into a semi-dormant state.  During this time, watering should be minimal.  You may want to utilize a “cacti mix” potting soil when potting your Aloe.

Where to Buy Aloe Plants and Seeds

Aloe seeds are readily available online.  Here are several good websites selling Aloe plant seeds:

GardenofEaden.com: Ten seeds for $8.49

Amazon.com: Twenty seeds for $3.00

Tytyga.com: Offers a wide variety of Aloe plants and sell seeds by the gallon.  Prices range from $19.99 to $39.00 per gallon depending on the type of Aloe plant you are interested in.

 

Aloe plants make a great addition to any garden.  They are a beautiful type of cactus generally sporting a deep green hue.  Several species also have a red tint.  Besides being beautiful, the plants have medical qualities recognized by humans stretching back to biblical times.  If you grow an Aloe plant, you can utilize the leaves for their medicinal qualities.  To use the plants you have to access the insides of the leaves.  In order to do this cut the leaves with a sharp knife and apply the mucus like gel directly to the afflicted area.  You can wrap a cut leaf in foil and keep it fresh in the fridge for several days.  Aloe plants are the perfect plants for your garden.  Not only are they beautiful, but also have recognized healing properties.  Growing one of these in your garden not only gives you great decoration but also an endless supply of a soothing supplement.

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