Aloe vera is one of the most popular houseplants which needs very little care and maintenance to grow. And that’s the reason many people love to have this plant around in their space. It also helps in purifying the air and prevents toxin gases like benzene and formaldehyde. But, would these tough and drought-tolerant plants benefit from little extra care too? Let’s see how to fertilize this wonderful houseplant and how to maintain it healthy and happy.
Is It Necessary To Feed Aloe Vera Plant?
As I said earlier, the aloe vera plant needs very little attention and care just like other succulents. In fact, the worst thing you do for your plant is caring for it too much then it needs. Overwatering is one of the leading causes of root rotting and demise of many plants including aloe vera.
So, it is necessary to feed aloe vera with fertilizer? The answer is Yes and Now as well. Because the aloe vera plant is adapted to very poor desert soil and can easily survive with little nutrients, but that doesn’t mean it won’t benefit from occasional fertilizing.
Fertilizing aloe plants that are growing in containers will work wonders for keeping them happy, until unless you don’t overdo it.
Can We Use Epsom Salt on Aloe Vera Plants as Fertilize?
Magnesium and sulfur play an important role in keeping any houseplant healthy and happy. Well, even Epsom salt contains both magnesium and sulfur which is used in the growth of the aloe vera plant.
You can use Epsom salt as a fertilizer for your aloe vera plant especially when it has a magnesium deficiency. It simply means, when you see the leaves of this plant turning into brown color by losing its normal green coloration or yellowing between the veins of leaves then you should realize that there is something wrong with your plant, sometimes it could be magnesium deficiency too.
Add a little amount of Epsom salt in water and water your plant. Or just spray Epsom salt directly on the leaves of plant. Or dissolve 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with one liter of water and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Now, use this solution to spray it on your aloe vera evenly to benefit.
You can also use mixes specifically designed for all succulent plants and do avoid using granular fertilizers on your plant. If you are growing aloe vera in a container, water your plant thoroughly the day before feeding. It helps in flushing out all salts and reduces the risk of tip burn.
Hope, you find this information helpful to grow a healthy aloe vera plant in your space. Do share!