It seems that my Aloe plants are really enjoying the dry season weather here in South Florida. After all they are desert plants and are a semi-tropical succulent.
They are made up of 95% water and survive drought conditions just fine.
These plants can be grown outdoors in zones 9,10, and 11 and are great for desert landscaping.
They reproduce freely when given conditions they like. This Aloe gone wild planter pot started from several that I stuck in the pot. I have taken the pups and planted them in several beds around the yard .
They can be grown indoors in colder climates and prefer temperatures in the 70-80 range. They do not like cold weather.
Some of these Aloe are in bloom with the tall stalks and orange flowers. During winter they go dormant and need little moisture. This is perfect for South Florida as our dry season is the winter months.
Aloe is an old plant and has been found in Egyptian writings dating back as far as 1550 B.C. The plant can survive up to 25 years and has been widely used for its healing powers through out history. The gel from the Aloe leave hydrates and moisturizes the skin and is used for treatments of burns and as a beauty aid. Aloe gel can be found in numerous products from suntan lotion to cosmetics.
Best of all it is a cool looking plant that takes minimal care to flourish and provides a backyard medicine cabinet all in one. Who could ask for more.