Aloe Vera Plant Life Span
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Aloe barbadensis Miller plant with offshoots
- Hello, after reading so much good things about Aloe Vera ...
... I decided to get a plant in a pot, in order to use the fresh aloe gel directly and to keep a "pharmacy" in my house.
Please, can you tell me how old must the aloe plant so the gel can be used for therapeutic purposes? The lady that bought it told me the bigger the better and as a result gave me a 10 years aloe plant. She also said I will not have a problem because the plants live more than us. It seemed a little big of course. You think that 10 years old would have weakened the properties? Thank you.
Hi Mary, thanks for asking. It should be clear that the variety Aloe Vera or Aloe barbadensis Miller is the one that has therapeutic properties. Photos on the top show mature (3 - 4 years) Aloe barbadensis Miller plant. This plant should not be confused with other varieties of aloe or Agave succulent family which really have very long life time.
Aloe Vera plants have a life span of about 12 years. In general, the plants reach about 60 to 100 cm tall. The leaves are juicy, thick and fleshy, green to gray-green and may have white spots on its surface. The contour of the leaf has small white thorns. Blooms in summertime and the flowers are hanging from a single stem that reaches 90 cm height. The flowers are tubular, with a yellow crown that reaches around 2 to 3 cm.
The Aloe Vera plants must be aged at least 3 to 4 years to be mature and so the inner leaf gel contains all the substances in the right proportion. From 3 to 4 to a maximum of 12 years the aloe plant will give us its precious gel. Afterward, like everything good in this life comes the end.
However, aloe plants leave behind progeny that will continue its work. All we have to do is to repot the offshoots that grow near the base of the plant,in other pots and wait to become mature plants.
Joy and Health,
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