Scientific name: Aloe vera, also known as Aloe barbadensis
Explanation of scientific name: (1) Aloe - from the ancient Arabic name for the plant
vera - true or genuine
barbadensis - from or of Barbados
The houseplant aloe vera is very common, that every household has one. Maybe, the purpose of a quick remedy for sunburn, minor burns and itch or just because this plant will live no matter what you do with it. I resist buying this plant, simply that it's always available anywhere. However, for some reason, today, I brought home this plant. It has a white speckles, unlike the common aloe vera that was around in my "lolas" garden.
It was heavily rootbound in a 4inch pot, so I upgraded it to a round 6 inch pot. This will probably last for 6 months, unless a baby Aloe Vera appear on the side.
Caring for your Aloe Vera: (2) along with what I do with my own aloe vera
SOIL: fast draining & fertile (2)
I mixed 4 equal parts: perlite, tropical mix, play sand, perlite.
Add slow release fertilizer granules.
LIGHT: Tropical, needs sun and partial shade.
While this plant can benefit full sun, I don't have any right now. (Ottawa City here, we will have freezing rain. So, if you ask me, this plant is on top on one of my bookshelf, where a single living room light gives it sun. This plant has been around for 2,000 years, I bet it can survive a living room light or else it will vanish.
WATER: Needs little, as root rot will occur if too much on the roots.
Small houseplant like mine can benefit 1/4 cup of water every other week (winter), and maybe 1/2 cup on sun shining season. Allhough this plant is said to be 95% water, I notice that its roots is not swollen (unlike Chlorophytum comosum aka spider plant), so I would suggest making sure that soil mix promotes easy drainage and pots should have a bottom hole. Any nice pot without a drainage is a recipe to kill your aloe. TREAT YOUR PLANTS ETHICALLY!
Scientific Classification: (3)
Species: A. Vera
Pictures: These are pictures of my own houseplant. These are not copyrighted, however, a simple courtesy is appreciated if you want to use it.
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