Indoor Growing: Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plants come in a variety of textures and heights.  Their versatility and low maintenance make it a very common houseplant.  It requires minimal care but has many benefits including health benefits which have made Aloe popular all around the world.  Anti-inflammatory action, laxative effects, anti-aging effects and wound healing are examples of those health benefits.

As an additional benefit, Aloe Vera plants clean the air of the formaldehyde and benzene found in chemical-based cleaners. This makes them a great indoor plant for kitchens and bedrooms. Furthermore, more pure air results in easier breathing and a better night’s sleep.

The drought tolerant Aloe Vera requires a bright location with some direct sun, temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees and will survive with minimal watering.  For optimal growth, it is recommended to water your Aloe Vera thoroughly, let the excess water drain and water again only once the top inch of soil is dry.

Brown leaf tips are an indication that you’re not giving your Aloe Vera enough water.  However, a more common and more harmful problem is black spots on the leaves due to overwatering which  can lead to root rot.

Aloe plants are poisonous to dogs and cats.


Up Next:  Some of the best plants for a healthier bedroom.


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