The genus Aloe consisting of more than 300 species belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. The books describe this plant as a kind of "wonder plant". It is grown mainly in the Caribbean, Africa and Madagascar. You do not have to travel so far to enjoy this plant because you can buy them from us as a room plant. The name Aloe is probably of "all" a Hebrew / Greek word that has the meaning of "bitter substance". In South Africa, the genus Aloë is called "Aalwijn", which means as much as bitter juice. It should therefore be clear that the Aloe juice is bitter.
Aloe has been used by ancient peoples in ancient times.
The Egyptians used the Aloe juice to balm their mummies.
The medicinal effects have been known for a long time, sailors used the Aloe (the juice and leaf) as an emollient for sunburn. Historical reference works indicate that ancient Aloe was used as a pot plant. Aloins have always been popular in Europe. Pictures of Aloe's can be found in the renowned Moninckx atlases from the 17th century. Today, Aloe is still an essential ingredient in many cosmetics and laxatives. Aloe vera is the most popular but other species have the same characteristics.
Nowadays, the plants are used as a pot plant in the living room because of their tight shapes and colors.
This plant is best placed on the window sill in a sunny place, half shadow is not a problem either. The plants desire a well-drained, sandy soil and not too much water. Aloes generally can tolerate quite a bit of heat, but they are not cold at all.
1 or 2 times a week a small sip of water.
Aloe's can remain in the same potting grounds for years, enough to get along the month during the summer is enough.
The ideal temperature is 18-21 degrees C (room temperature) but 5 degrees higher or lower does not matter.
During winter the most ideal temperature is between 10 and 15 ° C.
For all the Succulents, if you spend some extra time on the vacation, the plants can easily take 2 to 3 weeks without water. In other words, these plants are very user-friendly. In the summer months, the Succulents can also be easily outside on the terrace or balcony. They can not bear a frost and are not suitable for consumption but only for decoration.
Aloe in a kokodama hanger.
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