Introduction: How to Grow Aloe Vera From a Leaf (And Use It)
This tutorial will instruct you on how to grow aloe vera and how to use it. Aloe vera can help you and your household or area. Aloe vera is the most useful plant in the world and has at least 6 natural antiseptics for killing mold and bacteria. Aloe vera has 101 uses.
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Step 1: Gathering the Materials
- an aloe vera leaf
- a clay pot with large holes in it
- potting soil
- a watering device (such as a hose)
- a couple fragments of broken pottery
You can gather all these things at a plant nursery and a gardening store.
Step 2: Prepare the Pot
First check your pot. Your pot should have large holes for water drainage. Then get a piece of broken pottery and place it over the hole like shown above. This piece should keep the dirt from falling out of the pot but will still drain water. Next, fill the pot with potting soil until it is 1 inch below the edge of the pot.
Step 3: Plant the Aloe Vera
Take the leaf of aloe vera and place it on the soil so it lays flat. Then push it a little into the soil like shown above. The aloe vera should still be exposed a little. Next, find a place to set your pot and aloe. It should be near sunlight and on something that you're okay getting wet.
Step 4: Water and Wait
Then water the aloe vera. Pour water into the pot until it reaches the edge of the pot. Then let it soak through the soil and drain a little. Water the aloe whenever you see the soil dry. Next, you wait. The aloe vera should sprout tiny leaves in a couple of weeks.
Step 5: How to Use It
Here is how to use the aloe vera. In about two months after sprouting the aloe vera should be ready to use. First pick a leaf. If you look in the end than you picked, you should see a clear jelly-like pulp. Next, take a knife and cut the aloe vera lengthways in half like shown above. Then take a spoon and scrape out the pulp like shown above. The pulp is ready to apply.
Here are a few ways to use the pulp:
- Apply to fire burns for a quick heal
- Apply to sunburns for a quick heal
- Apply to stings and insect bites to sooth it
- Helps heal bruises
- Can take care of rashes.