Aloe Vera is one of the most popular succulent plants out there. It is easy to grow, highly-resilient, a decorative piece, and it has medicinal properties.
The most common species of this succulent plant comes with a healthy green tint on its leaves, which makes it quite refreshing to look at. Other species have red, golden, or orange leaves. However, a lot of people do not know that Aloe Vera also produces flowers.
The flowers provide a nice contrasting look on a typical green Aloe Vera. The more common types of this plant have flowers in shades of red, yellow, and orange. Other kinds yield purple, blue, grey, and green flowers.
The flowers have antibacterial properties as well so these are very effective in treating wounds, sunburn, insect bites, burns, and skin abrasions. These are edible too when picked before they bloom.
Around 500 species of Aloe Vera produce flowers. However, this is somewhat difficult to achieve. Then again, given the right conditions and proper care, you can make its flowers bloom in no time.
Age of Aloe Vera
Only mature Aloe Vera plants can develop flowers. In other words, it should be at least four years of age. The processes mentioned here will not work if this key condition is not met.
Aloe Vera plants that are grown indoors have lesser chances of producing flowers. So the trick is to bring them outdoors during summer or under the sun with temperatures around 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. During spring with temperatures below 60 degrees, it is advisable that you bring your plant inside at night.
If your location does not meet the ideal temperature for the flower growth of your Aloe Vera, an alternative would be to put your succulent plant indoors under a grow light. Make sure that its exposure to grow light does should not exceed 12 hours. Succulents need around 12 hours of darkness to enable Crassulacean Acid Metabolism or CAM in their photosynthesis cycle.
The raw pulp of Aloe Vera is made up of approximately 98.5 percent water. Due to its high water content, it may wilt due to overwatering. The same thing happens when it lacks watering. Therefore, water only the plant when its soil is completely dried up or allow at least three weeks interval in between watering. Do this sparingly during winter.
See to it that the Aloe Vera is placed in a well-draining succulent plant pot filled with either loose garden soil or potting mix. These will help drain excess water quickly and prevent it from stagnating at the base of the container.
Fertilize your Aloe Vera at least once a year to enable flower growth. The best fertilizers to use are the liquid-based mixtures with a 10-40-10 blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Keep away from the granular fertilizers. Lastly, if you are unsure about the sensitivity of your plant, opt for a lesser application of fertilizer.