VERA [Aloe Vera; Aloe barbadensis]

R 139.00 R 99.00
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Vera is famous for being the most Googled houseplant of 2018. Her long valued health properties range from fighting cavities to promoting hair growth. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use Aloe Vera, calling it the plant of immortality. Today, it's commonly used in cosmetics, health drinks and as a topical skin treatment for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Vera's a striking houseplant too, adding a bright sculptural element to any plant collection.
Comes in a 14cm plastic grow pot. Decorative pot sold separately

Caring for Vera

Light

Bright light. If indoors, place your Aloe Vera close to an east or north facing window. If grown outdoors, it will benefit from a sunny spot with partial shade during the day.

Water & humidity

Mature aloes can go for months without water. But if your small Aloe Vera is in a pot, water every week - 10 days when the soil is dry. If the leaves start looking shriveled & curl at the top it needs water. Rather underwater than overwater this plant!

Feeding

Aloes don't need much fertiliser. 1-2 sachets of organic canola meal in Spring will do.

Re-potting

You can re-pot your aloe every 1-2 years in a bigger pot. They have shallow root systems that spread out just below the soil surface, so choose a pot that is wider, rather than just deeper. Only use a cactus/succulent potting mix. You can gently pull the baby aloes from the base of the plant & pot them in smaller pots to expand your collection.

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Your aloe's leaves will tell you a lot about how it's feeling. If leaves are lying flat & not growing upward, it's craving sunshine. Brown leaves indicate too much sun. If leaves look thin & curl at the top, it needs water. Only mature aloes (4 years old) will bloom. Give them the most sun for the best chance of blooming.

Quirky plant fact

In the wild, Aloe Vera can live for a 100 years! The gel inside the leaves contains 75 health-giving nutrients, including amino acids, vitamins, minerals & enzymes that stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Use it for warts, burns, stretchmarks and wrinkles. You can also add chopped Aloe Vera leaves into smoothies & salads to boost nutritional content & aid digestion.

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