Despite how much aloe vera plants help sunburn, like humans, they don't actually thrive in the sun—and yes, this is the case even thought they bloom in the summertime. (Because that would just be TOO easy.) If you found yourself saying "really?" to these facts, then you've definitely come to the right place. It isn't actually hard to grow an aloe plant—here are the secrets to successfully getting yours going in time summer.
Choosing the proper soil is key.
Tip: Look for a mix with perlite, lava rock, coarse sand, or all three!
Because aloe vera plants are succulents, the type of soil you choose can really make or break your success. The Old Farmer's Almanac suggests a sandy soil with a neutral pH. Potting mix made for cacti and succulents is always a great choice.
Don't leave them in direct sunlight.
As important as choosing the right soil, too much sunlight can kill these plants. And since (as previously noted) aloe plants are succulents—yes, like our beloved bunny succulents—they thrive in partial sunlight.
Growing it in the right planter is also incredibly important.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, you'll need a container that:
- Is as wide as it is deep
- Has at least one drainage hole at the bottom
Steps for Planting Your Aloe
Now that you've chosen the correct soil, location, and pot, it's time to go ahead and plant it! Here's exactly what The Almanac says to do:
- Rinse your new pot or scrub a previously used pot.
- Let your pot dry completely before adding soil.
- Place a piece of screen—or newspaper/paper towel—at the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from falling through the drain hole.
- Remove aloe plant from current pot.
- Gently brush off excess dirt from roots.
- Fill the pot approximately 1/3 of the way with your soil.
- Place your plant in the soil.
- Fill in more soil around the plant, leaving at least 3/4" between soil and rim of pot. (Note: "The bottom leaves of allow plant should rest just above the soil.")
Important: Do not water your aloe plant for at least one week after it is planted to prevent rot.
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