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A star ingredient in cosmetics and energy drinks, aloe vera is also cultivated at home.
Latin name : Aloe vera / Aloe barbadensis
Family : Aloe / Liliaceae
Origin : Not sure
Type : Greasy plant
Dimensions : 30 to 40 cm
Sowing : In spring
Planting : Preferably at the end of winter
Repotting : Every two years
Flowering : In summer but rare in an apartment
Exposure : Full light
Ground : Drained, rather poor
Watering : Very moderate, especially in winter
A fleshy plant from arid lands
Even today, the origin ofaloe vera is uncertain. In Antiquity, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans already used the juice extracted from its leaves. The oldest medical document, the Payprus Eders, cites it as a medicinal plant.
The species then settled in Africa, Asia or the Caribbean.
It is now found in all regions of the world. Outdoors, in the subtropics. Elsewhere, it is appreciated as an interior ornament.
Heat and sun for successful growth
To achieve a good size, thealoe vera needs a temperature above 17 ° C. This succulent plant is afraid of cold and frost.
Its cultivation in the ground is only possible in the South of France, in Corsica or in the DOM-TOM. Elsewhere, it is planted in a terracotta pot, placed in front of a well-exposed window.
Like all succulents, aloe vera stores water in its leaves. It is watered in this way once a week during the hot seasons. Less often in winter. Every 10 to 15 days, during growth.
- How to grow aloe vera well
A remedy for many skin conditions
Anti-wrinkle, calming, repairing, healing ... We lend a lot of virtues of aloe vera gel. This is the transparent pulp located just under the green rind. It is harvested all year round, but with care. It is imperative not to take the latex, a more yellowish substance.
The gel can then be stored in the refrigerator. The slightest change in color should lead to getting rid of the gel. Aloe Barbadensis lends itself better to this type of culture.
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