Where Does Aloe Vera Grow?
Aloe Vera can be grown in both pots and the ground. It is a native of the south-west Arabian Peninsula. It requires very little maintenance. It doesn’t require fertilizer and it is easy to grow. Its best feature is its ability heal burns.
Native to the south-west Arabian Peninsula
This region is home to a variety of species that are native to the region. Juniperus woodlands and remnant escarpment woodlands are particularly notable. These ecosystems are part of the Eastern Afromontane bioregion, which is home to 2,000 vascular plant species and two endemic genera. These ecosystems are home to the majority of the endemic bird species in the southwest Arabian Peninsula, including the Tihamah plain and the Asir Mountains.
Easy to grow
Aloe vera can be grown easily. It does best in a sunny location. Although you cannot grow the plant from leaf cuts, you can propagate it using clone plants that have been removed from an adult plant’s base. Younger plants should be grown in a 2-inch pot with drainage holes.
Aloe Vera is a low maintenance plant that doesn’t require a lot of attention. It grows well in a low-light environment and thrives when placed in indirect light. Aloe vera is a succulent that can tolerate a wide range in temperatures. However, it prefers temperatures between 55-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Aloe does not require much water but it does require well-drained soil. If grown in pots, use a fast-draining potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro (r) Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix.
No fertilizer needed
Aloe Vera can be grown indoors or in USDA zones 8 through 11. The plant’s pointed, greenish-gray, serrated edges and long, pointed leaves can grow up to 18 inches in length. The plant needs little to no fertilizer and thrives in sunny locations.
Crowding encourages insect and mold infestations
Aloe vera is susceptible to rust and other diseases if it is subjected to high humidity or temperature. The rust-causing fungi thrive in conditions with a temperature of 60 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Other symptoms of aloe rust include rotting leaves and stems, and soft brown areas. Insect predation and excessive moisture are also potential causes.
Does not tolerate heavy frost or snow
Frost tolerant plants are those whose leaves will not be damaged by a heavy frost or snowfall. The term frost refers to nighttime temperatures that are 28 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Hard frost is even more dangerous. Planting your plants in an area that receives maximum winter sunlight is a good way to protect them from frost. Avoid planting them in areas that the wind can dry out their stems or leaves.
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