Aloe is a genus of over four hundred species. Among the most popular succulents, aloe grows in rosettes that resemble agave. The genus is native to Africa and its surrounding areas and has been historically used as a medicinal plant dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. It is still used today, particularly aloe vera, which is found in products used treat cuts and burns and promote skin rejeuvenation. Aloe species are also grown as ornamental succulents, which vary in their shapes, colors and flowers. They are ideal for rock gardens or as potted houseplants. This lot contains a mystery mix of various aloe varieties.
Growing Information: A course, sandy soil mixture is best. Place your seeds on the surface and cover lightly with a thin layer of sand. Silica is ideal. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Optimal germination is between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination can take several months, so be patient. Adding perlite or rocks to your soil is a good way to increase drainage so that rot does not occur. A layer at the bottom of your container works well. Fluorescent lights work well as a light source for starting seeds. Once established, aloe enjoys full sun if it can be given. A sunny window will usually suffice. It is extremely frost hardy and can only be left outdoors in Zones 10-11. Fertilize once a year with a cactus fertilizer or half strength plant fertilizer.
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