Learning how to grow aloe vera indoors was one of my favorite indoor plant projects. Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that has been very helpful in treating various health conditions for centuries. At the same time, it is easy to cultivate and grow. If you are wondering how it is possible to grow Aloe vera inside, this article will show you how it is possible and how to do it.
Aloe vera can grow inside, provided you place it near a sunny window where it can receive a lot of indirect sunlight and correctly water it. Aloe vera can grow from seeds, leaf-cutting, and pups. It is easy to care for, requiring only a little maintenance.
There are many benefits to growing Aloe indoors, and it is not as difficult as you may think.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. Alternative medicine, and medicine, have taken advantage of the 420 plant species of Aloe existing on the planet for centuries for its healing properties.
Most Common Uses Of Aloe
According to Medical News Today, the following are the most common uses of Aloe Vera:
- Skincare ( acne, burning mouth, insect bites, skin damage, diaper rash, wound healing, itchy skin, etc.).
- Teeth and gums as an anti-inflammatory and alternative toothpaste
- Diabetes-induced foot ulcers
- Protection from ultraviolet irradiation
- Wounds from second-degree burns
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Typical Uses Of Aloe Vera
Use Aloe vera gels over burns for healing and pain relief.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Use Aloe vera orally to improve symptoms.
Use Aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash to remove plaque, candida, and gingivitis.
Use Aloe vera on the face to reduce acne.
Use on wounds for pain relief and help the healing.
It is advantageous to have Aloe vera plants around the house in case of a cut or burn, or even use it in cooking as a superfood. It is fast and easy to grow Aloe and care for it once the plant is grown.
There are three main methods to grow Aloe: from seed, cut, and Aloe pups.
How To Grow Aloe Vera Indoors From Seeds
Growing Aloe from seeds is easy, and anyone can do it. Below are instructions on how to grow Aloe.
Find Aloe Vera Seeds
If you do not already have an aloe plant over four years old, you can’t get seeds from it. An Aloe plant takes over four years to generate seeds, and some species take even longer.
If you can’t harvest the seed from a pre-existing plant, you must order seeds from a reliable supplier.
Here are some decent aloe seeds you can order from Amazon: Check the price here.
Choosing Potting Soil
Both potting soil, commercial cactus mix, and standard potting soil are acceptable. In the alternative, a half-and-half mixture of peat and horticultural sand is a great solution. You can also use a combination of sand, sterile compost, and perlite.
It is possible to use different pot sizes, but the most recommended are the four or five inches size since Aloe grows well in small pots that drain efficiently. An orchid pot is perfect since it provides excellent drainage that helps prevent root rotting. Adjust the pot size based on the plant size when growing up.
Sow The Seeds
Dampen the soil, then sow five seeds per pot, assuming you use the 4-5 inches pot. Aloe likes crowding in the seeding stage. Cover them with a light layer of sand: coarse, sharp sand, or grit.
Keep The Moisture In
To keep the pot’s moisture, it is necessary to cover it with a plastic bag or nylon and position it with a rubber band. Moisture is essential for Aloe seed propagation. Do not let the sand dry out for more than a few hours. Water it enough not to dry out but not too much to saturate.
Aloe seed is best to grow during the warm months, but you can grow it during winter, but you have to keep it in bright light, not direct sunlight. The Minimal temperature for Aloe germination is 70°F (21°C).
Germination occurs in 1 to 3 weeks. When germination starts, water once every two or three days, allowing the surface to dry between waterings. Place your Aloe in a sunny place.
Grow seedlings together for three months to a year, or at least until you can see four leaves, then transplant each into a new pot, always four to five-inch, and water it.
Watering must be done every two to three weeks in summer and even every three to four weeks in winter. The soil should look moist after watering, and it should dry out before watering again.
How To Grow Aloe Vera Indoors From Leaf
Growing Aloe from a leaf is not always successful, but possible. Here are the steps, according to Wikihow.com, to grow Aloe vera from a leaf:
Cut A Leaf From The Main Plant
Cut an Aloe leaf with a sharp knife. Try cutting down to the stem.
Leave the cutting dry for a week or at least until a film or layer grows. In this way, you can prevent leaf infections once planted.
Planting The Leaf
Find a small pot with a drainage hole at the bottom, and fill it with potting soil—moisten it with water. Then, make a hole in it and plant the leaf. The ground should be fitting around the leaf to sustain it.
Water only when the soil is dry. If the cutting is taking root, then the operation has been successful. The other possibility is that the cutting will die.
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How To Grow Aloe Vera Indoors From Pups
Aloe pups are baby plants growing near the mother plant and sharing part of the root. It is possible to separate them, plant the pups in another pot, and grow them as an independent aloe plants. It is necessary to wait until it is big enough to live independently to separate the pup from the main plant.
It is common to wait until the offset is one-fifth of the parent plant’s size and has several leaves. Offsets also have their own set of roots. Here is what to do to grow Aloe from pups successfully:
Remove The Soil
Remove the soil around the offsets to isolate the root as much as possible.
Move The Offset Upwards
Move the offset upwards or out of the pot to isolate where its root joins the parent plant root.
Separate The Root From The Parent Plant
Try to pry and see if the root separates by itself. Suppose it doesn’t cut it with a sharp and clean knife. Remember always to clean your knife to prevent root infections later.
Plant The Pup Into A New Pot
Prepare a pot with potting soil. Ensure the pot has a hole at the bottom so excess water can drain. Then, make a hole through the soil and plant to the offset. Put the soil around the offset and water it enough to make the soil dump, be careful not to use too much water.
Now water it again when the soil is dry, and let it grow.
Tips For Growing Aloe Vera Inside
As you have seen, growing Aloe is not complicated and requires little work and maintenance. But there are some things that you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed:
- Aloe Vera Is Getting Enough Light
Aloe is to be placed near a sunny window and get plenty of light. It is recommended 12 to 14h a day. Rotating the pot so that all Aloe vera corners get the needed light is an excellent habit. Prevent placing Aloe near a burning window or place. Sunlight can be brutal and damage the plant. You have to find and happy medium.
- Do Not Water Too Much
Aloe doesn’t like too much water, wait for 2 to 4 weeks to water it, and check if the soil is dry before watering again.
- Use Potting Soil That Allows Water To Drain
If you use soil that retains too much water, Aloe vera will die drowning in water. Make sure your soil is adequate for succulent plants.
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Frequently Asked Aloe Vera Growing Questions
What Does An Overwatered Aloe Plant Look Like?
Signs of overwatering include sagging leaves, soft spots in the plants, and the leaves tips starting to brown. Mold can begin growing in soil due to overwatering, and fungus infections can occur. If your Aloe vera gets overwatered, you must report the plant by removing the rotten root in a dry, soiling pot. Wait a few days before watering again.
Not sure how much to water? Try a soil moisture meter! Check the price here.
Do You Water Aloe Vera From The Top Or Bottom?
Aloe needs a lot of water only once every two or three weeks. It is essential to use pots with holes at the bottom so water can pass through the soil, and you do not have to worry about how much water you need. As soon as you see water coming through the holes, stop watering. When the soil dries out again, water it.
Does Cutting Aloe Hurt The Plant?
Typically, broken Aloe leaves are going to regrow. Occasionally cutting off a leaf will not hurt the plant since a new leaf will grow on top of the cut.
Aloe vera is easy to grow, even for beginners, it is a plant that doesn’t require a lot of attention and can survive on soil, litter water, and sunlight, but it has a lot of benefits for human health. It may be the perfect plant to begin with if you are starting to grow succulents.
- Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSN, “What Is Aloe Vera?”, https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Aloe-Vera.aspx
- Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, “Nine health benefits and medical uses of Aloe vera”, September 13, 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265800#benefits
- Signe Langford, “Curious about using aloe vera in cooking? Here’s how to butcher and prepare it”, October 18, 2020, https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/recipes/2020/10/18/curious-about-using-aloe-vera-in-cooking-heres-how-to-butcher-and-prepare-it.html#:
- Heather Rhoades, “Propagating Aloe Vera – Rooting Aloe Vera Cuttings Or Separating Aloe Pups”, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm
- How to Grow an Aloe Plant With Just an Aloe Leaf https://www.wikihow.com/Grow-an-Aloe-Plant-With-Just-an-Aloe-Leaf#: