English name:Aloe Vera
Latin name:Aloe Barbadensis Miller
I have pale green, thorny leaves on a stout trunk. Inside my stems is a gel that has been used to treat a plethora of ills.
Useful to know:
I originate in South Africa.
I have been known to grow as tall as three feet, but I'm not likely to get much higher than two, so I won't take over your house!
Six to eight hours of direct sun is best for me.
Water me when my soil is dry to 2" below the surface. Make sure I am not sitting in water.
I will grow well in normal room temperatures and I'm tolerant of dry air. To encourage flowering, however, it is best to give me a short winter rest at a temperature of no more that 10°C (50°F).
I don't need much in the way of food. Fertilise me once a year in Spring, ideally with a formula rich in phosphorus.
I will not need much grooming.
I will live a long time with the correct care.
Whilst I'm known for being an all-cure natural remedy, I'm best kept away from children and pets.
I should be moved into one size larger pot every spring.