Friday, 26 August 2011
Aloe Vera cultivation and uses
Aloe Vera is a succulent herbal medicinal plant which grows happily in full sun or partially shaded conditions but needs a well drained soil. Being a succulent it is very drought tolerant and is resistant to most pests and diseases. The plant stores it's own water supply and should be allowed to completely dry out before re-watering in the summer months and only water minimally during the winter months.
Aloe Vera can easily be propagated from off-cuts and is an excellent indoor plant but it can be grown outside where there is no possibility of temperatures dropping below zero. Aloe Vera grown outside will result in its leaves becoming much lighter in colouring.
The sap has medicinal properties and is useful for treating a variety of skin conditions, athletes foot, insect stings and burns.