Want effective Aloe Vera plant care tips that’d help protect your Aloe plants from infections and diseases?
Let say you bought a potted Aloe Vera plant. Every morning as you eat your breakfast you remember your little Aloe plant must equally have something to start the day. At least a little drop of water here and there and you left home happy knowing fully well that your Aloe plant is not starving.
First day, second, third all is well with your plant - - the leaves are looking fresh, lush and youthful. Then on the fourth day, you find something out of place. The leaves of your precious plant are turning yellowish. You gave it more water thinking the water you give every morning wasn’t enough.
You came back in the evening and to your horror, you saw three of the leaves have drooped. You took a closer look and what you saw wasn’t funny.
In there, in the pot is a small pool of water causing stress to your plant and causing it to rot...
That’s what happen when you’re ignorant of Aloe Vera plant care. Already, you assume that you can give Aloe water every day just like any other plant. The second is that your little aloe wasn't planted in a porous pot. And as such, the water you fed it every day could not drain easily. Instead it logged the soil and start to cause problem for your little plant.
What you don't understand is that Aloe Vera is a peculiar plant and just like a camel can survive in the desert for along time without water, your aloe could also do without water for a long long time.
This is because it belongs to a rare specie of plants that strive under little or no water condition. In other words, it can survive very well under arid condition.
So, what are these alarm-triggering-symptoms to tell that all is not well? How do you know it's time to look closer before you lose your plant?
Look out for these symptoms and you'll know when the going start going bad:
Ok, let me expand the gist a little by throwing more light.
Water Logged Soil: The truth about Aloe Vera plant care is that it abhors too much water. And once its pot can't let go its water it can suffocate. The more reason, it’s best to plant your Aloe Vera in containers that can let go excess water to make your plant happy.
And of course, Aloe loves it when its soil is loose, dry and sandy.
Drooping Leaves: Drooping or sagging leaves are signs that you are exposing it to intense heat especially mid-afternoon sun. In addition sagging/drooping could also be attributed to excessive watering, which can further result in stunted growth.
Yellowish Leaves: If you find its leaves turning yellowish, it’s a sign of discoloration. Which is the absence of or little exposure to sunlight. It's equally a dangerous sign that it's not producing enough carbs. Meaning, there is no photosynthesis -- a process by which Aloe turns carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen, using light energy trapped by its chlorophyll. Absence of this can lead to general weakness that can result to death.
Spots & Blemishes: Spots and blemishes are tell-tales signs or marks of imperfection that spoils the appearance of your beautiful Aloe Vera leaves. This also arise when heat is too much. Regular exposure to harsh sunlight can possibly cause burns. Thus, resulting in dark brown or orange spots. And yes, in some cases, the whole leaf may change color to orange.
Now that we're here, how do we curb these symptoms and if necessary stop them from manifesting? And which of these Aloe Vera plant care tips can deliver quicker results? Let’s find out ...
It's not difficult, once you know what to do and lookout for, protecting these health-giving plant becomes second-nature. By then, you can easily spot problem from a mile away and AVOID them before they become an issue ...
These are what to do:
Whether they are for their
therapeutic abilities or as ornamental plant, using these Aloe Vera plant care
tips would give you better Aloe plants that get admired.
Making sure you don't lose your plants in their infancy is the goal of every Aloe owner. However, knowing how to put the below factors to great use would give you plants that'd live to old age:
Let's add flesh to each factor:
Soil: Give it a loose, dry and sandy soil, and you have plants that are happy to grow tall and healthy. In the absence of sandy soil, mixing pebbles with sharp sand in equal quantity of 50/50 mix gives a soil that is ready for Aloe Vera. Such mix can easily drain water and that's what is good for your aloe.
And don't forget to make the soil slightly acidic. Why? It's been discover that it facilitates a faster growth. Sprinkling lime in your mix would make your soil acidic but don't let exceed pH level of 8.0. If you actually don't have time to do your mix, you can walk into one of those stores in the neighbourhood to pick a ready-made mix.
Manure/Fertilizer: Just as we take supplements to enhance our nutrients so also is manure good for your plant. Most of the times, I prefer to use chicken dung or diluted plant foods. Depending on the quantity, please, don’t add manure more than once or twice a year.
Water: Yes, of course water gives life a fresher breathe, in the same vein water can make your Aloe Vera swell up to 130% of its size during the rains. It’s this property that makes it to survive in areas of low natural rainfall. The more reason it's ideal for arid or low-water areas.
Don’t forget that excess water can set in rot. So, even if you decide to give it water do so in moderation. At least once or twice a month, Or when you find its soil is dry.
Sunlight: Aloe Vera grows best in strong light ... but remember that too much of it especially harsh sunlight can utterly be unfriendly and burn the leaves resulting in dark brown or orange spots. Most times, it can affect the entire leaf to make it turn to orange.
Re-potting/Clustering: Another name for clustering is OVERCROWDING. This is when lots of child aloe plant sprout from mother-plant. We call those small plants pups just like in baby animals. Once these pups start crowding they compete with mother-plant for food and nutrients.
If you observe your plant has started sprouting with pups, it's time to re-pot. And always remember to use clay pots such as Terracotta pots for easy drainage.
Phew! I think, we've covered lots of grounds on best practice of aloe Vera plant care, now, let's draw the curtain...
So, if you want those lush plants with healthy plum leaves use this powerful Aloe Vera plant care tips and you can’t go wrong. And if you're looking to growing aloe Vera herbs, you can spare a minute to view this page. You learn how to protect them against pest and attacks...
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