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Aloe vera on the terrace

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Aloe vera on the terrace

Aloe vera is certainly suitable for growing in the apartment, but it benefits greatly from being moved outside, when temperatures allow it. Under these conditions there will certainly be a more vigorous growth and it will not be rare, in summer, to see the flower stems appear.

In the milder areas of our peninsula it is also possible to always keep it outside, taking some precautions.


Climate for aloe

From spring to autumn

This succulent finds ideal conditions when temperatures go from 18 to 25 ° C: within these limits we will have maximum vegetative growth. Hardly, however, we will have problems with higher temperatures: simply we will have to be more attentive to its water needs.

In winter

The approach to winter is more delicate: it is good to always keep the plants at temperatures above 7 ° C, in an environment as dry as possible. Below this threshold, the first damage occurs, which becomes irreparable when it drops below 5 ° C.

To evaluate whether to leave aloe outside we must first know the minimum temperatures reached in our area in recent years. If they allow this approach we can, for greater safety, implement some practices to prevent any damage. It is very useful to cover the aerial part with special fabric: in addition to retaining the heat, it prevents cold winds from drying out the leaves.

Potted plants, especially during the night, can suffer damage to the roots: to avoid it, we can coat the container with insulating material or insert it in a larger pot and fill the cavity with sand.

Winter inside

If the climate does not allow you to keep the plant outside, it is advisable to move the pot in a bright enough place, but not necessarily heated: the minimum threshold is 10 ° C.

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