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There are different kinds of aloe species in the world, but we are specifically going to see the most popular aloe vera. This one is easily recognizable as it grows with thick green spears rather than the usual leaves.
If you love to grow aloe vera plant in your home and wondering how much time it will take to grow, then this article is for you. How fast do aloe plants grow? And what is the best way to choose to make them grow faster? You might be excited to start growing aloe vera in your home and below is some crucial information that helps your aloe vera not only to grow faster, it also helps it to grow healthier and longer too.
How Fast Does Aloe Vera Grow?
Just like most of the succulents aloe vera takes long time to grow well. Roughly speaking you should be visibly notice changes in size or new leaf spares every few months after planted.
When this plant is grown indoors, it takes 3-4 years to become full grown plant with mature leaves around 8-10 inches of length.
How To Make Aloe Vera Grow Faster:
There is no secret to speed up the growth of an aloe vera plant. The best effective way to get your aloe vera plant growing faster is to give it excellent care and keep it in the right environment.
Aloe vera plant grows well in bright sunlight that doesn’t actually get overly hot. Make sure to keep it near the windowsill or spot on the counter where it gets 6 hours of sunlight in a day.
They can easily survive in dry soil that means you don’t need to worry about its watering schedule on regular basis. In fact, you need to avoid over watering this pretty succulent which results in causing root rot.
Use loose or sandy soil in the container and once planted, water it thoroughly, so that it soaks right in the container. Fertilize it once in a month to speed up its growth. These are plants that do naturally grow in sandy soil with low nutrients levels, so they won’t necessarily need much feeding.
However, it’s tempting to give an aloe a lot of fertilizer but that can result in causing more harm to the plant. They not need a lot of nutrients and can start showing burns on top of the finger tips if you overdo it.
Generally, this plant grows up to 2-3 feet height in the container, don’t let it overgrow the pot due to all the little clones it produces.
How To Reproduce Aloe Plants:
Like all other succulents, aloe vera plant produces little clones of itself around its base called pups. Leaving them at the base of the plant will not harm the plant, but removing them from the parent plant and repotting them will allow the parent plant to grow faster than before.
If you want to remove them from the parent plant, carefully snip them off at soil level and avoid watering the plant until the wounds have dried over. Pups can be removed only after they reached about 3-4 inches in size. All you need to do is, remove the complete plant from the pot and shake away the soil. Carefully pull each pup from the parent plant, including its own roots.
Allow them to dry out in sunlight for a day or two and then repot them in to new container with fresh soil.