- Appearance: Aloevera is characterized by its rosette of thick, succulent leaves that are green or grayish-green in color. The leaves are fleshy, lance-shaped, and contain a clear, gel-like substance known for its soothing and healing properties.
- Size: The size of Aloevera can vary depending on its age and growing conditions. Typically, it reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) and a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm).
- Light Requirements: Aloe vera thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. It’s well-suited for a sunny windowsill. However, it should be protected from harsh afternoon sun, particularly in hot climates.
- Aloe vera doesn’t require frequent fertilization. You can feed it with a balanced, liquid succulent fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer).
- Dilute the fertilizer to half strength and apply it every 4-6 weeks.
- Watering: Aloe vera is drought-tolerant and prefers to dry out between waterings. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) deep before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
- Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus mix to ensure proper drainage and prevent waterlogged soil.
Here are some accessories and care tips for your Aloe vera plant:
- Pot or container: Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent water accumulation in the soil.
- Saucer: Place a saucer under the pot to catch any excess water that drains out, but ensure that the pot doesn’t sit in standing water.
- Pruning shears or scissors: Occasionally trim away dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant’s aesthetics and health.