Aloe Vera and other SucculentsAt Mertie's This and That, Mertie is getting her plants ready
|Aloe vera and other succulents at Merties This and That|
That got me interested in how to care for an Aloe vera plant since my neighbor had planted a flower bed with 6 of them just last year. A quick internet search netted a site called Aloe Plant, from which I found the name pups for the shoots, that had several articles on the care of this useful and beautiful plant. From this site I discovered that
- Aloe can be grown outside in zones 10 and 11 all year if protected from freezing weather and frost by a plant blanket;
- Aloe likes bright but indirect light, but Aloe grown indoors all year require less bright light than Aloe brought inside for the winter only;
- that Aloe plants go semi-dormant in the winter and need less water then;
- that they are drought tolerant, but are difficult to coach to bloom--indoors or out;
- and that you must watch for cold shock and root rot even when growing the plants indoors, and how to do so.
Each of these ideas were surrounded with more informationon the care of Aloe vera plants.
I also found a site that talked about the many uses of Aloe vera, medicinal, cosmetic and culinary. To me he most fascinating bit of information I found was that Aloe vera contained vitamins, minerals and 20 amino acids. Preparing the nutritious gel for food or drink was tricky, though, since the yellow sap was not good for you. Yes, instructions were provided.
And don't you just love how plants freshen the air of your home?
|Oh! 3 bougainvillea in full bloom--a sight to look forward to.|
And don't forget the many and varied pots and glassware or pottery that will convert to pots. It is time to plant that kitchen herb garden and add interest to both indoors and out. For your yard and home, Mertie has furniture, plant stands, decorative pots and decorative knick knacks that will freshen your decor for spring.
|A plant wall|
An old baker's rack becomes a frame for a plant wall, a new craze in indoor gardening which works just as well on a fence as it does on a wall.