ALOE VERA

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Native to south africa & madagascar, aloe vera is one of the most popular plants kept at home

L I G H T - Aloe Vera does not need much natural light and too much direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, this plant is a relatively hardy plant and like dry surroundings.

W A T E R - Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, be careful not to over water especially in dormant months as it can cause root rot. Try to use rainwater or boiled cooled water as it hates lime from our tap water.  Do not worry about misting.

T E M P - Keep warm minimum of 16°C / 60°F above 70° in summer will promote faster growth.

F E E D I N G - Feed at about a quarter of the usual dilution one a month over the growing season.

T A K E  N O T E - Be careful if you have cats and dogs as this plant can be mindly toxic to pets if ingested and can cause vomiting.

T O P  T I P - Clear aloe vera sap has been used for donkeys years to treat minor burns, grazes and skin irritations.  Cut slices from the bottom leaves to use yourself, there is more of the active chemicals in these. The rest of the cut leaf can be wrapped in foil and kept for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  Not suitable for consumption.