Growing your own medicinal plants or spices is a useful endeavor because it allows you to have them fresh for use whenever you need them. Moreover, they also have decorative value, so adding them to your flower garden or to your collection of indoor plants will beautify your home. One of the most generous medicinal plants you can grow is Aloe Vera, because its calming effects include caring for burns, scratches, stings and other local pains. There are over 250 species of Aloe, ranging from tiny ones that only grow a few inches to large ones that go up to two feet in height.

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One of the first things you need to know about how to grow Aloe Vera is that it requires a lot of water, seeing how it consists of 95% water itself. Moreover, it is a semi-tropical plant, which means it doesn’t face frost temperatures very well. So if you live in an area with colder climate, your safest option is to grow it indoors, or start it indoors and plant it in the garden when the frost period is over. If you live in warm, temperate climate, you can safely learn how to grow Aloe Vera outdoors, but only after you’ve made sure that the variety you chose can thrive there.

Another essential aspect of learning how to grow Aloe Vera is that this plant needs a lot of sun, so choose a sunny spot for it in your garden, or place it in front of a window indoors. Water it regularly, perhaps even daily if the temperature is too high; without water there will be no Aloe for you. The soil where Aloe grows doesn’t need to have too many nutrients, but it has to be rich enough to sustain them and easily drained so as not to drown them in water.

You cannot learn how to grow Aloe Vera without knowing that the plant behaves very differently in summer and winter. During the cold season, when you may want to keep it indoors, Aloe Vera goes in a rather dormant stage, so it doesn’t require too much moisture; you only need to water it with a cup of water when the soil is dry. During the summer, you can safely water it abundantly, and then wait until the water is completely absorbed before watering again. Aloe Vera is one of the few plants that really takes care of you, if you take good care of it.

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