Where Does Aloe Vera Grow?
Aloe Vera is a succulent that can be grown in pots or the ground. It is native to the south-west Arabian Peninsula and requires low maintenance. It does not require fertilizer and is very 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. Notable are the Juniperus forests and the remnant escarpment woods. These ecosystems are part of the Eastern Afromontane bioregion, which is home to 2,000 vascular plant species and two endemic genera. The Asir Mountains and Tihamah plain are particularly rich in juniper, and these ecosystems support the majority of the southwest Arabian Peninsula’s endemic bird species.
Easy to grow
Aloe vera can be grown easily. It does best in a sunny location. Although you can’t grow the plant from leaf cuttings, you can propagate it by detaching clone plants from the base of an adult plant. The younger plants are best grown in a two-inch pot with a drainage hole.
Aloe vera is a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t require much 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 doesn’t need much water, but it does need a well-drained soil. Use a fast-draining potting mixture, 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 conditions that can cause rust are 60-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Other symptoms of aloe rust include rotting leaves and stems, and soft brown areas. Other possible causes include insect predation or excessive moisture.
Heavy frost and snow are not recommended.
Frost-tolerant plants are plants that can withstand heavy snowfall or frost damage. The term frost refers to nighttime temperatures that are 28 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Hard frost is even colder. A good way to protect your plants from frost is to plant them in an area where they will receive maximum winter light. Avoid planting them in areas that the wind can dry out their stems or leaves.
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