Aloe - Medicine Plant

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Aloe - Medicine Plant

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Several aloes are used as house plants and most need full sun and a porous potting mix. The plants tolerate low humidity and may not grow well in high humidity, as found in greenhouses. In summer, water as soon as the soil becomes fairly dry. From September to March, keep the soil moderately dry. A dilute fertilizer solution may be used during the summer. Best growth occurs at temperature between 55 degrees and 70 degrees. Chilling may occur below 45 degrees.

Propagation is done by detaching and rooting offshoots. Long stems may be used for cuttings. Exposure to air for a few hours allows the cuttings to seal over. A corky skin must form over the cut surface before insertion in the rooting medium. Make cuttings by severing the stem just below a joint or node. Water sparingly until roots form. Seed will germinate in 3 to 4 weeks at temperatures between 68 degrees and 75 degrees. Seeds and seedlings need a moist, but not constantly wet, soil.

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