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Benefits of Using Aloe Vera


WHAT IS ALOE VERA?

Most people will know aloe vera as an ingredient in many health supplements and cosmetic products. Aloe Vera is a versatile plant, renowned worldwide for its health and beauty benefits. This wonder plant doesn’t only benefit humans, you can also use it as a natural supplement for growing other greenery. As a succulent plant species, aloe vera is an evergreen perennial native to the Arabian Peninsula, and now grows wild in tropical climates around the world. Aloe vera has been used by humans for thousands of years, and evidence of its use dates back to 16th century BCE in ancient Egypt.

The plant features large, thick, and tapered leaves that house a gel-like substance. The gel, leaf skins, and flowers are reported to offer numerous health benefits. Aloe is just as useful for humans as it is for plants especially cannabis plants. The succulent can provide profound benefits to cannabis plants via a wide range of nutrients, helping to defend against pests and disease, and enhance root development.

  • Adds nutrients to the soil. Our bio-fertilizer contains 80 percent aloe vera extract and introduces microorganisms into the soil beneficial to your plants. The aloe extract contains sugars and phytochemicals that improve your soil’s fertility and encourage plant growth.
  • Aloe vera is a natural pesticide. Garden pests do not bother aloe vera plants due to the high concentration of aloin in their leaves. Aloe vera extract acts as a natural pesticide that deters birds, bats, and insects from attacking your plants.
  • An organic alternative. Aloe vera extract is an organic product safe to use on food and ornamental crops. You can use our aloe raw material liquid as an alternative to chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

ALOE VERA HELPS PROTECT AGAINST DISEASE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS

Aloe vera contains numerous compounds that can help protect plants against disease. The succulent contains high levels of acemannan, a polysaccharide that exerts antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects.

Aloe vera also offers high doses of saponins, which have been found to offer protection against threats like detrimental microbes, fungi, and mould. In addition to disease prevention, saponins help rejuvenate the soil and allow water to penetrate the roots. Saponins are also toxic to insects and help deter pest invasions.

Salicylic acid is another beneficial substance found within aloe vera that triggers a response in plants called systemic acquired resistance (SAR)[5]. This response is similar to the immune response that occurs in animals following exposure to a pathogen. SAR can be triggered by a wide range of pathogens and offers long-lasting protection. Salicylic acid is required by plants to act as a signalling molecule during SAR.

ALOE VERA IS A BOOSTER FOR ROOT HEALTH AND CLONING

The immense nutrient profile of aloe vera makes the plant an excellent supplement for root health, development, and cloning. It stimulates root growth, accelerates cell division, and increases nutrient and water uptake. Increased root health results in stronger root systems, allowing plants to become more resilient to environmental factors such as drought and harsh winds.

Aloe vera can also be used by organic gardeners as a rooting hormone during propagation and cloning. Salicylic acid sees regular use as a rooting agent for seedlings, and stimulates cuttings to begin producing roots too. This can help speed-up the cloning process and increase the amount of cuttings that produce roots.

To make your own natural rooting formula, mix 55 grams of fresh aloe into 4.5 litres of water, then add one teaspoon of potassium silicate. Dip the cut end of fresh cuttings into the solution, then place into rooting blocks.

HOW TO USE ALOE VERA TO FERTILZE YOUR PLANTS

Aloe vera comes in many different forms and you can use it to fertilize almost any plant crop. Experienced growers and casual gardeners alike can easily incorporate aloe into your routine to make life a little easier for your plants. Here are the most common ways to use aloe vera in the garden.

  • Foliar spray. Apply a foliar spray onto the leaves of your plants in the mornings when the air is cool for the highest levels of absorption. The plant will absorb nutrients in the spray faster than it does through the soil, and it can benefit plants that are experiencing nutrient deficiencies.
  • Soil application. Spraying liquid fertilizer into the soil is the best way to improve your plants’ health over time. Aloe fertilizers act as carriers for beneficial microbes that provide nutrients for the roots, encouraging sustainable growth.
  • Seed soaking. Soaking your seeds for a few hours before planting them often helps them germinate faster and improves their chances of survival. Aloe vera fertilizer protects your seeds from pests in their most vulnerable stage.

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