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The aloe vera plant is used extensively in beauty products and as an antiseptic. But where does it come from?

Due to the all round benefits I have experienced using aloe vera products, I investigated and found some interesting facts. There are approximately two hundred different varieties of these plants. However, True Aloe is also known as the medicine plant and Barbados Aloe.

The plant originated in tropical Africa but its diverse use has spread widely across the continents. It was revered by the Greeks, Egyptians, Africans, Chinese, Canary Islands, the Americas and the Caribbean Islands because of its medicinal properties.

Besides use in beauty products it can also be used as an antiseptic at home. Simply break off a leaf and apply to cuts or burns for immediate relief.

It is also ideal to keep in your bedroom.

It releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night.

It can be grown from seeds in pots filled with a moist peat/sand compost. The container should then be placed in a propagator or warm spot, temperature between 20-25C. Ensure you do not exclude light as it encourages germination. Always keep the surface of the compost moist but do not let it become waterlogged. In a period of between 1 and 4 months, the seeds will germinate.

Once the plants are large enough to handle, you should transplant them into larger containers, then increase the pot sizes as they grow larger.

Ensure that they are kept in a cool, light and ventilated situation.

This is a long-lasting plant that will benefit from a spell outdoors in a sunny, protected spot during the summer months.

I have my own, which was given to me as a gift, it is fully grown now and I am looking forward to seeing it flower in the summer. The flowers are candle like and reddish orange in colour. Consequently, it is my humble opinion that we should all keep at least one of these plants as it is somewhat like having a mini health-food shop / pharmacy at home.

Aloe vera in metal pail

Grow Your Own Aloe Vera Plant

Growing aloe vera plants is easy and because they are a hardy plant, you do not need to be an expert gardener.

I have managed to keep my aloe vera plant alive and healthy, which is an achievement, as I am the kind of person it seems, that normally, only has to look at a plant and it appears to wilt and die instantly.

The aloe plant grows quickly and produces reddish orange flowers during warm summers. Seeds should be sown in pots of moist peat/sand mix compost, then placed in a warm place or a propagator and kept at a constant temperature between 20-25C.

Once the plants are large enough, you will need to transplant them into pots of about 3“ in diameter. Increase the size of the pots as they get bigger and keep them indoors in a spot where there is light and good ventilation.

My own aloe plant is growing rapidly on the counter near to my kitchen window.

In the summer if the weather is warm, the experts say, they can be put out into the garden. However, I keep my own inside as I worry that a sudden drop in temperature may have an adverse effect on the plant.

so, even if you do tend to be a bit like me and all the other plants you have tried to cultivate have withered and died. You will find that growing these plants is much more rewarding.

There is really not much you can do to cause any damage to the plants other than over watering them in the winter, which could cause them to die.

Finally, growing aloe vera plants is really handy as you will have your very own homegrown first aid kit to hand. Burns, stings, digestive problems are easily and safely soothed and treated with this plant.

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