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Aloe vera cultivation

Aloe vera cultivation


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Aloe vera cultivation


Cultivating a plant is already a great satisfaction in itself, which generously repays the numerous attentions necessary for its growth. Cultivating a medicinal plant is probably a double satisfaction, because the treatments we dedicate to our shrub are reciprocated with as many cures: those that its beneficial properties will dispense to our body. For this we will deal with understanding what the best conditions are for the cultivation of aloe vera. Aloe vera is a perennial bushy fleshy plant that belongs to the Aloeacee family. It grows mainly where the climate is hot and dry. Its curative properties are so many that it is appropriate to investigate the topic by trying to summarize them all in the next paragraph.

Properties and characteristics



The leaves of aloe vera preserve within them a gelatinous substance with commendable characteristics. This extraordinary gel is used in the most disparate matters. If, for example, after a relaxing beach holiday your skin is getting a bad sunburn, you can apply an aloe vera preparation to the affected area. It can be an excellent remedy against the annoying problem of the scalp: dandruff. Speaking of hair, aloe vera gel can even be used as a gel to shape our hairstyle and as a balm to be used, however, before shampooing in the case of particularly stressed hair, due to its ability to bind to keratin in a firm manner. For redness, but also to tone our skin, there is no better pack. If an insect bites us, or hair removal and shaving leave unpleasant signs on our skin, then aloe vera comes to our aid. Furthermore, it is a catalyst for scar resorption, speeding up the disappearance process and improving its appearance during treatment. We can rely on aloe vera to prevent and fight chronic or periodic acne, to relieve muscle pain, to treat headaches when applied to the neck and temples. And if you want to try a new natural toothpaste, what are you waiting for? Aloe vera also serves this purpose!

How does cultivation take place?


But let us now analyze the methods and techniques for cultivating this extraordinary plant directly in our home. Obviously we must make sure we have the best possible conditions so that our shrub does not suffer and can grow to the best of its potential. First of all, as we said at the beginning, aloe vera needs a warm and dry climate, so the place devoted to its growth will be sunny.
There are two main methods for growing this plant. In the first, the side shoots of aloe vera (cuttings) are cut during the summer and then placed to dry in a dark place for two or three days, or placed directly in a container with appropriate rooting hormones for cuttings. The second method consists of seed multiplication. The seeds must be arranged in March in jars full of specific soil for succulent plants. The outside temperature must be between twenty and twenty-one degrees: sudden variations or a temperature lower than the expected one could compromise the effective flowering of the buds. But let's analyze both cultivation techniques in more depth.

Cultivation by the cuttings method



The cultivation with the cuttings method is quite simple, but its phases must be carefully observed so as not to interfere with the natural life cycle of the aloe vera plant. First of all it will be necessary to extrapolate one of the small plants that form at the base of an aloe vera shrub. Plants that have a small root attached to their base are preferable. We can remove these tender shoots by helping ourselves with a well sharpened knife, being careful not to sever the rhizome if present. Sprouts (which we will call suckers) can be separated from the mother plant a few days after they appear. The custom of letting the shoots rest in the dark for two or three days (up to a week) derives from the need to heal the cut with which we remove the young plants. In the event that we do not respect this delicate passage, our suckers could rot when grafted into the new pot. Meanwhile, we can prepare a jar containing a mixture of peat and sand. Once the suckers' resting time is over, we can insert them into this preparation.

Cultivation with the seed multiplication method.



The cultivation with the method of seed multiplication does not require any particular precautions during sowing (just put the seeds of aloe vera in a well-prepared jar with soil for fat plants). However, in the very first phase of cultivation, some extra attention is required with respect to the cuttings method which allows us to have suckers already formed in contact with the mother plant. In general, some good advice that we can dispense for the treatment of aloe vera concerns the amount of water, which must be little, very little, being a meaty plant. The ideal fertilizer is the one with organic fertilizer, coming from organic farms, which will be diluted in a bucket with a good half of water so as not to hypertrophy our plant.



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