Here in Arizona we have a lot of Aloe Vera plants growing
naturally. Seeing these wonderful plants
potted and placed on a patio as part of your landscape décor is easy to
do. Growing them in a pot is easy but
starting from an aloe leaf is rather tricky.
Most people will start with an offshoot which tends to be easier to do.
Starting with a leaf is rather difficult because these
plants have a lot of moisture and will dry out before they can take root. But, using an offset is easier. Find an aloe leaf that is a bit over 3”
long. Maybe you have a potted aloe
already in your yard or on your patio. Cut
the leaf at the base using a sharp, clean knife. Try cutting in a downward angle. Place the
leaf in a warm place for a film to form over the cut. Anywhere from a few days to weeks.
Now select the pot you want to use. Make sure that it has a drain hole. Most pots will work fine but we recommend you
start with a terracotta clay flowerpot.
Terracotta clay is meant to breathe and will start your plant out with
the healthiest chance. Fill the garden
planterwith cactus soil and dampen it.
Stick the leaf cut side down into the soil burying it by 1/3.
Place the clay garden pot some place warm and sunny and
water it with care. For 4 weeks keep the
soil moist. Then wait till soil is completely dry before you water it again.
Don’t worry if the leaf shrinks and dries while it is developing roots.
Another way is to start with an off shoot. Smaller than the main plant and has 4 leaves
several inches tall. Follow the
directions above for planting. Make sure
the roots are completely covered in soil.
Water enough to make soil damp but not soaking. Place the pot in a sunny spot and wait one
week before you water it again.
Now decide which method is better for you. But, know that unless you pot these aloe
plants they will take over your garden.
By keeping them contained in a garden pot – you will be able to decide
where you want them to grow. Good Luck!
We all know that aloe vera plants are not only easy and fun to grow but the plant has so many uses. From skin care to burn treatment, from wonder juices to strengthening teeth. Here are a few tips to help take care of those potted indoor plants.
The biggest concern you should have whenpottingaloe vera plants is the watering schedule. Since the plant itself looks so plump and juicy you think that you need to keep them watered, almost to a fault. The fact of the matter is they need very little water. Since they are succulents they already contain 99% water. All you need to do is water the potted plant every 4 to 5 days. Don't drown these lovelies. Just make sure that you water from above. Thepottedplants roots grow sideways first, rather than down. Water from the top soil and use a pot tray to catch any run off.
Always use a pot with a drain hole. Terracotta is great because the clay breathes and keeps the roots healthy and happy. You don't need a deep pot but a wider pot is better. These potted plants will sprout new shoots quickly. Keep them trimmed.
Basically, at this point just keep your eyes on this lovely potted plant. If it looks like it is experiencing distress, re-evaluate the situation and take the necessary steps and your plant will reward you with tons of beauty & health.
Believe it or not, there are potted plants that like it hot and dry and need very little water. These types of plants mainly consist of succulents and cacti that love full, hot sun and a little bit of water. When you travel considerably these are the plants to pot and have around your home and garden. They won't stress you out or worry you when you leave them for a few days.....
Cacti, succulents, aloes and sotols are amazing when it comes to tolerance of human forgetfulness or hot baking sites. They tend to thrive where other potted plants fail. Using many of these in your garden ahead will provide year round beauty with little attention. Drought adapted plants also have strikingly different forms, color and textures which add uniqueness to your garden or patio area. What's really neat is that they conserve water resources and time when it comes to watering them during the summer months.
You can use glazed as well as terracotta when it comes to the best types of containers. The main thing to consider when using these types of plant materials is trying to match the pot size to the plants root mass. By minimizing the container it keeps the soil mass smaller which helps it to dry out quickly once watered. These types of plants like a compact area where water is scarce, so don't worry about confining the roots. You will know by looking at the size and health of your plant if it is time to re-pot in a larger container.
Even though thesepotted plants like it dry, they need to be watered and fertilized periodically. You must however give them a dry spell between watering's. That time can last for days or even weeks, with no harm done to the plants. When you do water them be thorough. Most pots like a liquid fertilizer at half strength about once a month during the growing season. You can mix in slow release fertilizer in an established container.
One of the most easy to find groups of drought adapted plants is succulents. They store water in their leaves unlike cacti that has no leaves and hold their water in their stems. All cacti grow well in plant containers so don't hesitate to experiment and give them a try. We think you will really love this way of container gardening.