Note: No information given here, especially regarding medicinal and consumption uses of plants, should be considered medical advice; what you will find here is my opinion, either first handed or info found via internet research, and it could be incorrect. I have spent many hours finding out and cross-correlating this information to make sure it was as accurate as possible and am posting it here for your convenience. However, you should also do your own research – you are responsible for your own knowledge, decisions and actions.
How big do these plants grow?
As with most plants, the size of the aloe vera depends on many variables such as the size of the pot it is kept in, the soil type, the climate and the amount of fertilizer the plant gets. In general Aloe Vera plants grow to approximately (24–39 in) tall and 24″ wide.
Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
Aloe is not a cold hardy plant and is typically kept in a sunny window within homes as a house plant.
This plant does not need high humidity to thrive.
Aloes don’t really need to be fertilized, but you can ad some if desired. If you want to fertilize your Aloe, only fertilize it once a year, preferably in the Spring time.
When fertilizing use liquid 10-40-10 houseplant mixes or fertilize mixes that are made specifically for succulents. Some suggest that you water your plant thoroughly a day before feeding with fertilizer to flush out any lingering salts and reduce the risk of tip burn.
In general, this is an easy plant to take care of. It is a clean plant to maintain as there are no small leaves to manage and clean up after.
If you find a leaf turning yellow and shriving up, cut back water and remove the near-dead leaf.
Propagation is done by removing the offsets that will grow at the base of the plant, wait a day or two for the plantlets to dry out then simply replant the offsets in soil.
The Aloe will provide you with many offsets or plantlets.
How to harvest from the aloe vera plant?
Harvesting gel and juice from an Aloe is quite simple. Your plant should be at least a few years old and mature to ensure the leaves have a higher concentration of the active ingredients that will benefit you.
It is best to harvest from several plants if you wish to harvest a lot of tel and or juice from this plant. After harvesting from a plant you must wait about a month or more before taking from it again.
To harvest your aloe plant for gel and juice:
How To Use This Plant:
Fresh aloe gel can be added to drinks, smoothies or food.
It can be applied directly to your skin or you can use a recipe to make a number of homemade beauty products.
Make aloe juice by mixing:
1 cup of liquid for every 2 Tablespoons of Aloe gel. Add other ingredients such as ice, frozen fruit, chia seeds, etc. and blend together to mix up your drink.
You can also eat fresh slices of aloe gel.
Keep the gel fresh in the refrigerator for a few days; eat as soon as possible.
Aloe gel can be frozen for later use.
Due to its soothing, moisturizing, and cooling properties, aloe vera is often used to treat burns.
Improves digestive health
Consuming aloe vera may benefit your digestive tract and help to soothe and cure stomach ailments, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Promotes oral health
Aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash are natural options for improving oral hygiene and reducing plaque.
Using fresh aloe on your face may help clear up acne. It is likely to be less irritating to the skin than traditional acne treatments that include various other products ie fragrance, chemicals, etc. You can buy aloe products that are developed specifically for acne, such as cleansers, toners, and creams. These products may have the extra benefit of containing other effective ingredients, too.
Minor Skin Issues
Most people have no problem using aloe vera when used topically. However, skin irritations and allergic reactions are possible. Never use aloe vera or any severe cuts or burns.
Who SHOULDN’T Use Aloe Vera
Many articles I’ve read advise that both women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under 12 years old, should avoid the oral use of aloe vera.
Potential Diarrhea & Cramps
The laxative effect of the yellow ‘goo’ in the aloe vera leaf named latex, may cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps. These effects can also inhibit the absorption of oral drugs, reducing their effectiveness.
Do not take internally use aloe vera if you have the any of these conditions:
Possible\ side affects of consuming aloe vera include:
If you are taking the following medicines, be sure to talk to your doctor first as aloe vera may interact negatively with them:
resources: healthline.com/health/how-to-use-aloe-vera-plant#risks; succulentsandsunshine.com/types-of-succulents/aloe-vera-medicinal-aloe/ ;