Arabian Aloe Vera

Arabian Aloe Vera

Mysterious charm

Tropical and modern. Cleopatra used Aloe in her beauty regimen and Alexander the Great, to heal his soldiers' wounds. It’s native to the lands around the Arabian Sea. It’s great on a table or ledge but equally cute on the floor. submit arrow

It likes the sun.

It likes the sun.

It likes the sun. Find a bright spot for a happy Aloe.

Water deeply but infrequently.

Water deeply but infrequently.

It doesn’t like too much water. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.

The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot.

Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If it's fairly dried out, proceed with watering. If you feel any moisture, wait it out before watering it again. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.

Start with roughly once a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.

Spa day, once a month.

Spa day, once a month.

A little clean up rejuvenates your Aloe.

1. Trim off mushy leaves. Removing them helps your aloe stay healthy. Exposed tips will heal in their own time.

2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.

3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your Aloe a bit of extra breathing room.

4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. This not only makes your plant look nice but helps it to soak in light more easily too.

5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.

6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.

Common question

Why are the stalks on my Aloe turning brown and mushy?

The most common cause of yellowing and browning stalks is improper soil moisture–in particular, overwatering. Only water your Aloe when 75% of the soil in the pot is dry. In the monsoon and winter, even more. Your Aloe plant is native to Arabian Peninsula and it is comfortable in arid conditions. Water your Aloe thoroughly so that liquid flows out from the drainage hole. Never let it sit in water. Your Aloe doesn’t like “wet feet,” which will cause the roots to rot and lead to the eventual death of the plant. However, some yellowing is natural. As long as new green stalks are sprouting up, your Aloe is healthy.

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