Aloe Vera remains a perennial favorite plant for the kitchen – not to mention the rest of the house. Not only does this plant do well in the kitchen environment, but it also makes for a handy natural first-aid kit in a pinch.
Cut off the tip of one of the spears and use the cool gel to treat a burn or cut. You can rub it directly on to your skin fresh out of the plant. It doesn’t get much more natural than that. It is simply something that every household can benefit from, and it is no wonder why it remains such a popular plant.
Moreover, it is a plant that is fairly easy to care for and it does not require any excess effort. In this article, we will give you all the information you need with regards to how fast an Aloe Vera can grow, and the steps you can take to encourage growth.
Aloe Vera juice has also been shown to improve digestion, but that’s not something you should be using houseplants for. You could find it easily enough in a health food store if you are that interested in trying out Aloe vera juice for yourself.
There are many species in the aloe genus, but today we’ll be focusing specifically on Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera plant can be recognized by the bright green spears it grows instead of the leaves commonly associated with plants.
If you’re worried about how much (or how little) your Aloe Vera plant is growing and wish it could grow faster, then you should know how fast an Aloe Vera plant grows. Perhaps you just need to practice some more patience.
How Fast Does Aloe Vera Grow?
The number one question that all plant owners tend to ask is how fast will their plant grow. Aloe Vera is considered to be a succulent plant and it is one of the fastest-growing succulents around.
This is all relative though as succulents aren’t known for their fast growth. It’s hard to determine an exact growth rate for Aloe Vera. The growth does not tend to be consistent, and there can be spikes and periods of low growth.
Some of these can be managed, whereas others simply require patience. There are ways to measure if growth is coming or if there is an issue that is stifling growth.
In general, you should see the visible signs of growth within a few months. There should be new leaf spears or the plant should be noticeably bigger within a few months. This isn’t a plant that will suddenly surprise you by growing new flowers and leaves overnight, but it is still growing even if it doesn’t look like it.
There won’t always be consistent visible signs of growth which can become slightly frustrating. However, you must remain patient at times, and trust that the plant is slowly growing.
If your Aloe Vera is grown indoors then you can expect it to take 3-4 years to grow from a pup to a fully grown plant. The mature leaves can measure at around 8-10 inches. The amount of growth will depend on initial potting conditions and the long-term conditions that you provide for the plant.
We will give you all the information you need to get the best growth from your Aloe Vera.
What Are Succulents?
When you consider the growth of an Aloe Vera; one of the most crucial aspects is that the plant is a succulent. However, for new plant owners, you may not have the best understanding of what a succulent actually is.
Knowing more about how fast a plant grows means understanding more about the species as a whole. We called aloe a succulent before, but what does that even mean? Understanding what a succulent plant is should help you understand more about your plant.
Succulent plants are often recognized by their fleshy bodies and leaves. They also have some kind of spine on them too. Cactus is another kind of succulent plant, with Aloe Vera being one of the non-cactus kinds of succulent.
People sometimes make the simple mistake of treating all kinds of succulents the same as they’d treat a cactus. That’s definitely not a good idea for the succulents that aren’t so big on heat like Aloe vera.
There is definitely some variety to expect with succulents. The term itself basically means that the plant has a fleshy part which are used to retain water. However, the other characteristics can vary quite a fair bit. If the Aloe Vera will be your first succulent plant, it will give you some fantastic experience for growing other types of succulents in the future.
How to Boost Aloe Vera Growth
Sadly there are not many “growth hacks” or quick fixes for Aloe Vera. If you are looking for a quick fix to enable growth, then there simply isn’t one.
You can, however, encourage the most amount of growth by providing consistent conditions that fit the requirements of Aloe Vera. The simplest and most effective method to speed up
Aloe vera growth is to just give it the right care and keep it in a healthy environment. Healthy plants are growing plants after all.
If you can keep the plant healthy for a consistent period of time, then it will no doubt start to thrive and grow. Below, we will go into everything you need to know to encourage the growth of your Aloe Vera.
You should select a growing container that actively encourages growth. A container made from clay or terracotta will help to dry out the soil between waterings. It is essential to pick a container with drainage holes.
The size can also be an important factor for growth, and you should ideally pick a size that is three times larger than the plant’s root ball. Aloe Vera is a plant that is designed to cope with drought which means that overwatering can be worse than underwatering.
Keep it in a bright spot
Aloe Vera grows faster when kept in a bright spot that gets plenty of sun but doesn’t get too hot. Sit yours out on a counter or in a window sill where it can get six hours of sunlight (or more).
Aloe Vera thrives from direct sunlight so you should be sure that there is no interference throughout the day. Ideally, you should keep it within 3 feet of a window. The light should be bright, but not overly harsh since this can lead to blanching in the leaves.
These plants are at their best when kept in soil that is left to dry out. This is a good benefit for those who sometimes forget to water their plants. Just be sure that you don’t overwater it. Giving it too much water can damage the roots and cause root rot.
It’s best to give your aloe sandy or loose soil which is made up of a well-draining potting mixture. When giving your plant water be sure to give it enough to soak through the pot – or whatever container you keep it in. Aloe naturally drinks a lot of water at once because it grows in areas that don’t get much rainfall. It takes as much water as it can whenever it can to compensate.
Aloe Vera doesn’t require fertilizer for growth, however, fertilizer could help to improve growth speed. They are naturally found in sandy environments that don’t have many nutrients. They don’t need all that much fertilizer to grow.
Try giving them a kind of houseplant fertilizer that has been specially made for indoor succulents. A more general formula will do so long as it is a liquid blend with high phosphorous content (aim for 10-40-10).
You might be tempted to flood your plant with a lot of fertilizer but this is damaging for the little plant. They don’t take too well to over-nutrition and the leaves can appear “burned” if you give them too much. You can fertilizer twice a month during the active growing season of the plant. You should never fertilize during the wintertime since this is the rest phase of the plant.
Also, keep in mind that trying to speed up the growth of an aloe plant means that it’s going to be larger than the average Aloe Vera. They generally grow to around 2 to 3 feet tall and are considered to be manageable as a houseplant. Just keep an eye on how your plant is growing and you should be okay.
Bury Banana Peels
One nifty trick that can encourage growth in newly planted Aloe Vera is burying a banana peel. You can bury a whole or chopped peel directly into the soil. You should do this before you plant the Aloe Vera, and it will provide the plant with some extra potassium that can add some nutrition for the plant.
Optimize Root Growth with Hormone Powder
You can help the roots grow faster by dusting the plant’s stem and any roots with some root hormone powder. This will encourage the plant to put out more roots. You can also avoid watering the plant after 2-3 weeks of newly potting it.
You should make sure to water it thoroughly first, and then have a gap. This gap of nonwatering can help the roots to spread out to look for water which can lead to faster growth.
Optimum Growing Conditions Summary
It can be a bit tricky to understand all of the guidelines for encouraging Aloe Vera growth. Below, we will provide a summary of the essentials so that you can have the best idea of which conditions are ideal for maximizing Aloe Vera growth.
- Large container with plenty of draining holes
- Well-Potting mixture
- Placed in window with direct sunlight
- Kept in consistent temperature of 55-80 Fahrenheit
- Water thoroughly and allow soil to fully dry
These are the key details you should keep in mind to optimize Aloe Vera growth.
How to Reproduce Aloe Plants
We would be remiss to talk about the growth habits of Aloe Vera without also looking at how they reproduce. Like most succulent plants, they produce tiny clones of themselves around their base (known as pups).
There’s no harm in leaving these pups where they are except for the fact that an aloe colony can quickly outgrow their container if left like this. The main aloe plant grows faster after the young pups are removed because it diverts energy into caring for them. If you would like to remove the pups entirely then you can cut them off at the soil level and avoid watering the aloe plant until the cut fully dries over.
If you’d like to have some extra aloe for yourself then the pups can be taken out and potted on their own after they reach around 3-4 inches. Be gentle when removing the little flowers from their pot and be sure to shake away any excess soil. Pull the pups away gently, including removing their roots. You might have to snip them a little to get them loose.
Be sure to leave the new little plants – and their parent aloe flower – sit away from sunlight in a dry spot for a few days. Also make sure that they have their own containers with enough fresh soil to go around.
You should now have a much better idea of how fast Aloe Vera can grow. This plant is popular for many reasons, and now you can also attain the full benefits from it. By following these guidelines, you will be able to have a perfectly healthy and growing Aloe Vera.
Even though, there will be some points where you will just need some patience. The end result, however, will make the wait well worth it. We hope you enjoy the journey of growing your own Aloe Vera since it can be a very rewarding experience.