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Aloe vera is an undemanding and robust ornamental and useful plant. In the Central European climate, it thrives as a houseplant in a sunny spot or in a greenhouse. With sexual maturity, aloe forms plenty of side shoots from which new plants can easily be grown.

From the age of three years, aloe vera forms offshoots

Cultivation of aloe vera

Plants that are about three years old are already capable of producing offshoots. These can be cut off the mother plant and placed in their own container. In addition, cuttings can be obtained from the leaves of the adult aloe plants. When growing, proceed as follows:

  • always cut off the outermost leaves first
  • make the cut with a sharp knife at the base,
  • dry cut plant parts for a few days before planting,
  • Set up the breeding container in a light and protected from the sun, water sparingly.

Care of aloe vera

A bright location and no excessive watering are the most important care rules to be observed when growing aloe vera. Aloe vera stores liquid in its thick leaves and is therefore not dependent on regular watering. Water is not poured onto the leaves, but onto the substrate. To avoid waterlogging, there should be a drainage layer on the bottom of the pot.

The aloes do not need fertilizer. Instead, the vigorous succulents should be repotted into fresh soil every 2-3 years. A healthy aloe vera is not susceptible to disease and pest infestation. If the sun is too strong, aloe vera gets reddish or brown leaves, which is not a sign of disease, but serves as sun protection. In winter, the cold-sensitive aloe vera belongs in the house because it is not hardy.

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Aloe vera not only looks decorative, but can also be used for skin care and to treat wounds and sunburn.

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