Let us show you how to plant Aloe Vera seeds successfully so you can grow them from scratch. There is nothing like the joy of seeing little shoots appear from the soil and you can get a lot more plants for less money than if you buy small plants.
Aloe Vera is a wonderful plant with cooling and healing properties which you can use straight from your fridge for things like sunburn and insect bites. It is also a beautiful succulent which can add a touch of drama to any garden or balcony.
If you have a specialist succulent or cactus nursery near you, you may be lucky enough to find a supplier who has them in stock. Make sure you get the right variety if you are wanting to use your plant for sunburn, or to make your own face creams or hair products. Many seed packets are mixes of different Aloe varieties, and some even include Agaves and other succulents, so you might need to search a little further for AV seeds on their own.
Aloe Vera is often also known as Aloe barbadensis and has lots of common names too, such as the 'burn plant' or 'medicine' plant. You can read about the scientific names of this green pharmacy here.
You can also buy Aloe Vera seeds online. We will be recommending some of our favourite suppliers.
It is also possible to buy small plants online too if you are impatient and don't want to wait for the seeds to germinate.
First of all, decide where you want your plants to grow. You can plant them straight where they are going to live for the rest of their lives, if the weather is warm. Though you might need to thin them out if you get too many.
You can also grow them in pots on balconies, indoors or in greenhouses. You can choose from a huge range of Aloe Vera planters or containers. The best types are made of terracotta which drain better and look more beautiful than plastic.
Aloe Vera seeds will need temperatures of above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C) to germinate, so if your outside temperatures are not getting that warm, consider starting them off indoors or in a cold frame.
It can take from 1 to 4 months for the seeds to sprout, so you might need to be patient!
As soon as the little babies are 3 inches high you can gently tease them out and plant in larger pots or into the ground outside if it's warm enough.