We are fortunate here in Florida to have fairly temperate weather, albeit with blazing hot Summers lately. I’ve already become a super sexy shade of ruddy in my face from all the Sun we’ve been getting.
Luckily, also because of our Sunny weather, the Aloe Vera plant seems to thrive here. That’s a great remedy for a Surfer who gets sunburned, salted, and dried out after surfing for an hour or two. I’m certainly no expert gardener, but when I remember to water these plants…..WOW! I actually look like I know what I’m doing.
This site has a little info on growing your Aloe plant. I agree with most of the tips in that site, but in Florida, it’s so hot, I water often and try to keep my plants out of the direct sun, since our heat can be a killer for any plant.
If you live here in Central Florida, you really shouldn’t pay for Aloe Vera. Ask around first and see if a friend grows it, because they’re super easy to propagate, and can be a nuisance for some people if not maintained! If only my vegetable plants did so well.
Here’s a plant I just harvested some leaves from, with a couple of “pups” shooting up from the corner of the pot.
I gently pulled the pups away with a root intact, so I could replant them into another container with standard well draining soil. The new container is my nursery for more “Kook Balm.” I call it that since if I was too dumb to put on sunscreen, It Gets the Kook Balm.
To harvest Aloe gel, just tear away leaves at the base. The goo (the good stuff!) will start oozing out from the leaf immediately, so gather them in a non-stick container.
After surfing, I usually just tear off a leaf, peel it open by hand, and rub the clear Aloe Vera gel directly from the leaf onto my skin. It naturally absorbs quite well within a few minutes. It really does help minor sunburns well, and it is the best stuff you can get.
Aloe gel doesn’t store indefinitely, so that’s why I like to keep plants nearby so I can use it by the leaf, but some extra supply can be kept in the refrigerator in a well- sealed container up to two weeks. It’ll start getting kind of rancid in your fridge and getting brownish when it goes bad. It should be kinda obvious. And gross.
Aloe can easily be grown indoors too, but they need a lot of sunshine, water, and heat. My plants HATE getting chilly- like me.
Tomorrow, I’ll post an easy Aloe DIY for the Surfer Girl with fine hair and no desire to drive down to ULTA anytime soon and spend mad cash.