Many time referred to as just Aloe, Aloe Vera plant has many medicinal and healing properties.It is commonly used for skin care and has an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property which makes it useful for treating cuts, wounds, burns, etc. It is also great for digestion and boosts immunity. It packs all the essential vitamins including vitamins A, B Complex, C and E, folic acid and niacin. It also contains a bunch of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Let’s see some important points about growing Aloe Vera in Balcony.
Which type to grow?
The scientific name of Aloe Vera plant is Aloe barb adenosis. There are more than 400 different types of this plant. The commonly grown types include Aloe plications, Aloe arborescent, Aloe aristate, Aloe dichotomy, and Aloe Vera. Select the varieties that grow well in containers. Most plants grow about 2 feet tall and about 2 ½ feet wide.
Where to grow?
Aloe Vera plant needs sufficient sunlight for growth but needs shade too. Don’t place it in full sun to avoid burns. Keep it in a partially shaded yet open space on your balcony with plenty of sunlight and good ventilation. Never place them in warm or dark places in the house as this will make the plant look yellowish and pale instead of a normal fresh and juicy appearance.
Planting Aloe Vera:
It is better to grow Aloe plant from offshoot rather than seeds. When the plant grows an offshoot, cut it off gently from the mother plant, keeping some roots on it intact, and plant it in another container.
Water the plant and keep the container in shade for approximately 2 to 3 weeks. No need to water again during this time. After this period, you can place the plant back in full sunlight on your balcony or terrace garden and start watering it normally.
Watering the Aloe plant
Being a succulent plant, Aloe Vera naturally stores water. Therefore there is no need to water the plant too frequently. Particularly during the spring season, it is better to offer less water to the Aloe Vera plant. Instead, keeping it on the porch so that it can gather some morning dew is a good idea.
Taking care of the plant
- Providing fertilizers rich in nitrogen and minerals will help the plant grow well and healthy.
- Removing damaged or rotting roots without harming the healthy ones is important. Make sure that you sprinkle sulfur or charcoal powder on the sliced part of the roots. Use sharp scissors for pruning is important to avoid causing damage healthy tissues of the plant.
- You should spray the leaves of Aloe Vera with plain water at least twice a week in summer. This will protect the leaves from curling or getting black spots on them.
- Aloe Vera is a sturdy plant that is said to live long and is an undemanding and adaptive plant that grows nicely with minimal care. This is the reason why it is a nice plant to grow in your balcony or terrace garden.