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Aloe Vera can be grown in both soil and pots. Aloe Vera is a broad-leaved, succulent (juicy) plant. Like other fleshy plants (like cactus), it holds plenty of water in the leaves and its stem. These plants are capable of surviving in adverse weather conditions without water. Even in the wilderness.

  Some of the Aloe Vera plants bloom in the summer. The flowers of these plants have a long peduncle and their color is deep red.The flowers come out in the center of the plant. Many of these plants have no peduncle or peduncle is very short. Their leaves are thick and fleshy. The color of the leaves varies from green to gray-green. All the leaves of Aloe grow around a common spot.
  Some varieties of these plants have white spots on the top and bottom of their leaves. The periphery of the leaves of the plants is toothed. In Thailand they are known as "crocodile tail" plants, as they look like a crocodile tail.
Aloe Vera is resistant to harmful insects. Since ancient times it has been used as a herbal medicine. It is also used as a flavoring plant (in cooking or as a seasoning).

Aloe Vera is grown throughout the world due to the importance of its therapeutic properties. The care that the plant needs is minimal.
On the surface of the plant grows a fungus called "Arbuscular Mycorrhiza". This fungus enters the plant and helps to increase the extraction of potassium and other useful elements from the soil. Because of this fact the plant has such great therapeutic significance.

Soil preparation

Preparing the soil for the cultivation of Aloe is simple and easy.
It begins with one or two plowing. The plowing do not have to be deep. As the root system of Aloe is superficial and grows wide and not deep, plowing at a depth of 20 to 30 cm is enough.
As with other crops, the distance between the two ploughing should be approximately 2 weeks.Between the first and the second plowing the weeds appear from the seeds containing the soil. The second plough destroys most of them and the soil remains pure from weeds. Then the ground is straightened.


Planting season

Aloe Vera plants can be planted all year round, except in the winter months (November to February). The planting of plants follows a good watering.



Generally, Aloe Vera responds positively to the use of manure or compost as a fertilizer. Approximately 1 to 1.5 tonnes of manure or compost per acre may be added during the initial soil preparation phase. Also, in the coming years we can add extra manure or compost.
Nonetheless, the plant yields it without the use of manure or compost.
Also, if ash is available from clean woods during the planting phase, you can add it to the pits during the planting process.
Placing a 0.5-1mm granulate is the ideal because it takes all the benefits of zeolite.

Irrigation and watering

Aloe Vera plants last long periods without watering. However, irrigation at the critical stages of plant growth is an essential factor in the success of cultivation.
The first irrigation should be done immediately after planting. You should follow 2 to 3 irrigations until we are sure that the plant has caught.
Then only 4 to 6 irrigations per year are required. We should allow the soil to dry completely before the next watering.
If water is available, you can lightly irrigate Aloe Vera after cutting / harvesting its leaves. It is not necessary, but it generally helps.
The most common problem faced by Aloe crops is excessive watering. Symptoms are visible in the form of brown or black spots on Aloe leaves. If we continue to water then the leaves become yellow and fall.
Also when there is excessive watering, the leaves grow flat and not upward, which is normal.
Stop watering if you see such signs.

Soil cleaning of weeds

You should take care that the soil is pure from weeds. The first removal of the weeds and the first carving must be done within the first month after planting the plants. In the years to come you should take care to remove the weeds. Also, each year you should do at least two light carvings. During these tasks, you should remove diseased and low-yield plants and replace them with other news.

Cultivation - Exploitation of free space

In the first year of cultivation, because the plants are still small, more than 40% of the land surface remains untapped.
We can take advantage of this space and, in the meantime, sow legumes, sesame seeds, coriander or cumin. In particular, legumes will help improve soil quality.
Co-cultivation should only take place in the first year. If you try to do it in the next few years, then there will be intense competition between the plants and the quality and quantity of Aloe leaves will be affected. 

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