Aloe (Aloe Vera)
Aloe (Aloe Vera)
The thick, serrated leaves of Aloe Vera confirm that this houseplant is a succulent that’s used to arid conditions. Its hardy nature makes Aloe easy to maintain. Very much like a cactus, Aloe Vera will store water in its fleshy leaves.
Extracts from Aloe Vera leaves are widely used in cosmetic gels as a soothing moisturiser. Growing slowly to a maximum height of around 1m (39in), Aloe Vera has been given an Award of Garden Merit by the UK Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Like other succulents, Aloe enjoys a generous drink of water, followed by time to dry-out. Water sparingly through Winter. Feeding isn’t usually necessary.
Aloe Vera leaves are toxic to dogs and cats. Position this plant out of the reach of pets that like to chew. Aloe Vera leaves have serrated edges.
Average room temperatures will be perfect for this hardy succulent. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 10°C (50°F) can be harmful.
This is a houseplant that thrives in a compost/sand mix for cacti and succulents. Ensure that the pot or container has holes base to improve drainage.
Aloe Vera is a houseplant that loves bright, indirect sunlight. Aloe is well suited to a spot near a window or being displayed in a conservatory.
Aloe Vera has gained a good reputation as an air purifier. Like other green succulents, Aloe uses photosynthesis to convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into pure Oxygen.
Aloe Vera leaves can grow slowly to a height of around 1m (39in). Occasionally, a vigorous Aloe can produce tall spikes of spectacular flowers.
This hardy houseplant is cultivated from species found in North Africa.