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Aloe vera

For sale by The Lazy Gardener

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I grow this succulent plant as a house plant in pale green ceramic pot topped with multi-coloured ornamental gravel. I keep it on the moist side of dry in summer & dry side of moist in winter. It likes bright light, but full sun all day will scorch the leaves, so I grow it on my west facing kitchen window. It is a great plant for growing in the kitchen as the clear gel from the oldest, outer leaves is perfect for treating kitchen burns.

Pot SizeTotal Price
1.5 litres
£2.50

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Grower Notes

I am selling or swapping this plant. It is growing in a terracotta coloured, round plastic pot with a top dressing of purple slate chippings. There is a white plant label with "ALOE VERA" written on it.

Plant Finder: about Aloe vera

Common names

First aid plant, Medicine plant, Bitter aloe

Description

Aloe vera (First aid plant). This species can grow 60cm high and produces rosettes of lance-shaped grey-green leaves which are toothed with many small white-ish spines and have pink-green margins. The surface of the leaves sometimes have small white flecks.
The long, tubular, yellow flowers appear in summer on spikes that can grow up to 90cm tall.

Also known as Aloe barbadensis, Aloe indica, Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera and Aloe vulgaris.

Cultivation

This plant needs a well drained, gritty potting mixture. Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.

Interest and use

Known for its medicinal qualities, it is widely cultivated. The syrupy leaf juice is used in skin care products and for the treatment of burns.

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Aloe vera | London, W10 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Sandy, Poor quality, Gritty
  • WaterDry

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Steeple Gidding, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28
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