Everyone has heard of the Aloe Vera plant and how can they not when it is a popular ingredient in various hygiene products such as gels and lotions.
Not only is it a very healthy plant to put on your skin, but it is also healthy for you to consume and Aloe Vera juice has become a popular drink around the world mainly because it is said that it has a detox effect on the body.
The plant has become so popular that people even grow it in their gardens, and that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about today.
We will discuss how you can grow Aloe Vera fast, how to take care of Aloe Vera, and we will see what the benefits of using Aloe Vera are.
What is the Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera originally was grown and harvested in the south-west Arab Peninsula is now grown all over the world including places like China, Europe, the US, North Africa, and many others.
It has also been grown as an ornamental plant, and it’s not that of a surprise because not only is it healthy but it also looks very beautiful.
The Aloe Vera plant is a short-stemmed plant that grows between 60 and 100 cm tall. It has serrated leaves with small white teeth which are green to grey-green.
The flowers that grow in the summertime are attached to a spike about 90 cm tall, and each flower is pendulous with a yellow corolla.
How Long Does it Take for Aloe Vera to Grow?
First things first, Aloe Vera isn’t your typical indoor plant such as oregano or mint, which grow very fast and are ready to be used in a couple of months.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant meaning that the leaves are full of moisture and if you cut open an Aloe Vera leaf you will see a gel-like texture.
Surprisingly, Aloe Vera is one of the fastest-growing succulents, and it needs fewer resources to grow than other non-succulent plants.
For Aloe Vera to grow fully, it will take you from two to even four years of caring and providing it with the right conditions.
Aloe Vera can reach up to 60 to 100 cm in height, and its leaves are usually 20 to 25 cm long.
That being said, you will have to transplant your Aloe Vera into larger containers as it grows and this isn’t a plant which you can just leave near your window and water it occasionally.
It can still be grown indoors, but you will have to make room for it and see that it gets proper sunlight, so it isn’t a bad idea to grow it on your terrace or front porch.
However, there are two downsides of growing Aloe Vera indoors:
- It won’t grow as big as it would if you were to plant it in your garden, mainly because it requires space and sunlight. In indoor conditions, it only manages to grow 46 cm in height and width.
- Maintenance is harder indoors than outdoors and you will have to use multiple containers, which also makes fertilization harder as well.
The ideal growing conditions for Aloe Vera are:
- Container – Ideally you would use a clay pot which has drainage holes, and that is big enough for the plant to grow and you want to get a pot which is three times the size of the plant’s root ball.
- Soil – The perfect soil is a well-drained potting mixture that contains coarse sand or even perlite. I use this Hoffman soil and it works perfectly!
- Light – Natural sunlight is your best solution but artificial lighting is also a great alternative if you want to grow Aloe Vera indoors or live in a cloudy region where there isn’t much sunlight.
- Temperature – Surprisingly, Aloe Vera can withstand cooler temperatures down to 13° C but it mostly thrives in warmer temperatures around 22 to 27°
- Watering – Watering Aloe Vera should be done thoroughly and frequently but you should only water it when the soil is completely dry.
We will take more about all of these conditions later but now let us talk a little bit about the growth rate.
The precise rate of growth of the Aloe Vera plant depends hugely on the environmental conditions and also the overall health of the plant.
As we already mentioned, it thrives in warmer climates and definitely will grow much faster and bigger if you grow it outdoors.
How to Make Aloe Vera Grow Faster
To answer the question of how to grow Aloe Vera fast, we will discuss a few methods you can use to stimulate its growth.
The first thing you should try is providing the plant with the proper soil mixture and you should ensure that:
- You are using a soil mixture that has coarse sand or perlite so that it can soak up any excess water. For example, this Hoffman soil mix is all you need.
- That you have proper drainage because with extra moisture the roots will easily rot away.
Next thing you should know is that by using the right container you could influence the rate at which the plant grows.
That is to say that you should use a larger container when the plant starts developing leaves so that the roots have the space to spread all the way.
Watering is also an essential part of growing Aloe Vera faster because you don’t want to over-do it.
Aloe Vera won’t hate you if you forget to water it that often and it is great at withstanding drought so the less you water it the faster it will grow.
This is due to the roots expanding in search of water resulting in your Aloe Vera plant developing much faster.
Lighting is also a very important factor for stimulating growth and you need to provide your plant at least 6 hours of natural sunlight or 16 hours of artificial light.
The light will not only trigger photosynthesis but will also dry out the soil quicker and remember what we said about dry soil. Less water = more growth.
We had to make this a special section because fertilization plays a crucial part in stimulating growth.
Although Aloe Vera doesn’t need fertilizers to grow, they will certainly help in speeding up the process.
When it comes to choosing the right fertilizer for Aloe Vera you should focus on getting a low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer that is made specifically for succulents.
There are several factors that you need to take account when fertilizing:
- You should only use fertilizers when the plant is in the growing season which is between April and September and does not fertilize during the wintertime.
- Fertilize it twice a month and don’t over-do it because you can damage the plant if you use too many.
- It is best to apply the fertilizer after you’ve irrigated the soil so wait for it to be completely dry. This way you will prevent possible chemical burns.
Tips and Tricks for Faster Growing
One of the best tricks you can try is using a rooting hormone to spray the plant stem or the roots of the plant with it to stimulate root growth.
Another you could use for faster growth is planting a whole banana peel right before you plant the Aloe Vera.
The science behind this is that banana peels are rich with potassium and it is the reason why bananas turn brown when you leave them in the fruit bowl for three days.
And potassium builds plant strength for resistance against pest and diseases and also effects water sustain and nutrient use.
Expectations VS Reality
Let’s be real for a moment. You can’t expect your Aloe Vera to grow in a couple of months and you will be lucky if it grows fully in two years.
It was hard enough for botanists to cultivate Aloe Vera to be grown all around the world so trying to push the growing process beyond its limits is pointless.
If you try these tips that we’ve talked about today you may cut down the waiting to about two to six months but it’s better than nothing.
Some botanists would even argue that you should let your Aloe Vera grow naturally without trying to stimulate growth but of course, they would also argue that you should let any plant grow naturally.
Of course, if you don’t want to affect its growth in any way, then the best thing is to plant it outdoors because it will certainly grow faster than having it indoors.
In the end, it is up to you to decide whether you want to stimulate the plant’s growth or not and the most important thing is that you take care of it and not let it wilt.
Benefits of Growing Aloe Vera
Before we come to an end to this article we want to talk a bit about what are the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant and possibly interest more people in growing this beautiful plant.
The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when they hear Aloe Vera is hygiene products and you can make them by yourself using Aloe Vera.
You can cut off a leaf and by using a sharp blade divide the leaf which will reveal a gel-like substance.
This is ideal for:
- Minor cuts and burns – Aloe Vera stimulates skin regeneration and is used as a natural disinfectant.
- Soap – It cleans out pores and removes dirt from your skin.
- Lotion – Aloe Vera can refresh your skin and make it much smoother.
- Shampoo – It stimulates hair growth.
Another point we should make is that Aloe Vera helps to purify the air in your home and it soaks up all the toxins from the air.
All in all, it looks beautiful in your home and has tons of benefits so there is no reason not to have it in your house.
TO learn more about this topic, take a look at this article I wrote about aloe vera health benefits.
So that is about it when it comes to answering the question of how to grow Aloe Vera fast and we hope that you understand the whole process.
It sure will take some time to grow your Aloe Vera plant but once it is fully grown you will get to enjoy it and it will look amazing on your front porch.
We hope that this article was helpful and if you have any questions or comments feel free to share them with us in the comment section.
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