- Position: bright but indirect light
- Soil: fertile: good potting compost
- Rate of growth: slow
- Flowering period: early summer generally
- Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
- Current height: approximately 30cm (including pot)
Often known as the First Aid plant or Medicinal aloe, for years it has been grown for it's healing properties, now often being used in cosmetics and alternative medicine. An evergreen succulent with fleshy leaves and thick serrated edges grows from a stemless rosette. This low maintenance houseplant can, if you are lucky produce a greenish/yellow tubular flower in early summer, but really it is the simple striking leaves that it is grown for in the home.
- Home care: Water moderately when growing, and sparingly when dormant through the winter months. Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser 2-3 times during the growing season.
- Harmful if eaten
“Research done by NASA shows Aloe vera helps to clear the air from benzene & formaldehyde which is often a byproduct of paints and chemical based cleaners”
John Hiorns - Plant Buyer