Until nowadays there have been identified more than 360 species of Aloe. However, only 5 of them have been shown to benefit health.
Apart from the most powerful and most popular Aloe Vera (or Aloe Barbadenesis Miller), it is also known as Aloe Perryi, Aloe ferox, Aloe Absorescens And the Aloe Saponaria. The cultivation of this healing plant is extremely simple. As long as soil and climate are encouraged. Aloe can grow in rocky and dry soils, which should be drained easily. Alternatively it can be grown inpots as long as the diameter of the pot has at least half the lenght of the leaves. For example if we have a plant with leaves 40 cm the diameter of the pot should be at least 20 cm. However if there is a dilemma of where to cultivate the Aloe, it is preferable in any case to cultivate on the ground.
Allies and helpers of the plant is the sun, while it is not thriving at very low temperatures and in areas – places that have snow in winter for more that 2 days. The colour of the plant is clear green when it is sunny outside, while it turns a bit brown during the summer months that its really sunny. It is recommended for Aloe to be cultivated in coastal regions with hot climate so that the plant is forced to resort to its own nature reserves. Otherwise you must apply a suitable watering system to ensure proper plant growth. Note here that because the Aloe plant belongs to a group of plants that has the potential to close the poresand keeps the water inside, make Aloe able to survive in time of drought. Also because of the almost magical ability to heal the wound of itself , makes the plant a guardian of its own treasures, since it manages to cope with external conditions can damage or destroy components.
There is no particular season for plant Aloe to be planted. However it would be good to be avoided months which are at the heart of the winter due to the rainfalls that do not favour the ground or the plant itself. Planting takes place in straight rows of 75 cm, dimension sufficient to allow the proper development of the plant. Therefore among the plants the correct distance should be again 75 cm between them. The size of the plant depends on the variety of origin while the height ranges from 30 cm to 2 or 3 feet, while in some areas with different climate it can grow up to 6 meters. When the plant is young the stem is not visible but as it grows in begins to make its appearance in a woody stem, which grows as the leaves grow too. The stem that can reach the height of one meter and in 4 years it will evolve into a yellow flower. This means that the Aloe has “ready”over 200 valuable components including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, etc. All these are contained in the leaves of the plant, which enclose the “miracle” of the Aloe gel, ready now for many uses.