Aloe Vera – Aloe barbadensis miller

Aloe Vera – Aloe barbadensis miller – plant care guide

Aloe Vera – Aloe barbadensis miller

Aloe Vera – Medicinal Aloe – Aloe barbadensis miller is a succulent of the genus Aloe, belonging to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family which grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world. It is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.

Aloes do great outdoors under bright, direct, or shaded sunlight but are typically slow-growing when kept indoors. If not given enough light, they will grow tall, thin, and leggy over time. They also do well under artificial grow lights if natural light isn’t available. Its important to slowly acclimate the plant to the sun if they’re being moved from indoors to outdoors.

Aloes are Succulents, they naturally grow in desert climates where there is hardly any rain. They are designed to hold water in their leaves, so they can go a long time without being watered. Overwatering may cause root rot and eventually the whole plant will start dying from the bottom up once the stem starts rotting. It’s recommended to let the soil dry out completely between waterings. The only two ways someone can kill an Aloe is either by overwatering or giving them insufficient lighting, so the new gardeners should keep this in mind.

Aloe vera leaf stores water in form of slimy tissues or “gel” which makes the leaves thicker, and also stores beneficial bioactive compounds of the plant such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.

The aloe vera plant helps in removing harmful pollutants and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air. Compared to other house plants, aloe vera takes up higher levels of carbon dioxide more actively at night and in turn releases oxygen when it’s exposed to sunlight, thus they are also referred to as “oxygen bomb” plants. They also help in clearing formaldehyde and benzene, and beyond their air-purifying abilities, the gel also helps in healing cuts, burns, and sunburns.

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