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Aloe Vera is famous for its medicinal uses and for its ease of care as a houseplant and is a staple plant for collections worldwide!
The leaves of aloe vera are filled with a gel that can be harvested from older leaves and used as a sunburn ointment or an excellent moisturizer, as well as a number of other uses when mixed with other ingredients. If prepared properly, the gel can even be eaten, although it's recommended that you do your research before attempting.
Propagate easily by removing one of the pups from its base when the pup is large enough to have true leaves and re-plant.
Lighting: Bright direct.
Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and make sure water drains all the way through the soil as standing water will harm the roots.
Soil/Potting: Plant in a rich, organic soil in a container with a drainage hole and made of slightly porous material like ceramic. Repot annually or when plant exhibits discoloration without the presence of any mis-watering habits. Pups form readily when in a pot, so make sure to remove and repot the pups when they start to take up too much of the main plant's room.
Fertilize: Monthly with bacterial inoculant recomended for steady growth and to promote flowering.
Temperature: Does best in hot or warm climates.
Toxicity: Plant itself is unsafe for consumption by humans or pets, but the gel inside the leaves can be prepared in a number of ways and is safe to apply directly to the skin.
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