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Do You Water Aloe Vera From Top or Bottom?

Growing Aloe Vera at home needs extra care and is one of the best decisions you have made so far. This cactus-like plant usually grows in hot and dry climates and it’s really hard to grow it in any other climate temperatures. 

The benefits of Aloe Vera are never-ending. You can use the plant to treat anything related to sun damage, acts as an antioxidant as well as many skin care products use Aloe Vera as an ingredient. Besides, it helps to fix oral and digestive problems. 

Just as with other plants, the same watering process goes for Aloe Vera too. Thankfully, you don’t have to water this plant every day. Once a week will be enough. However, testing always is a great idea in case the plant is exposed to too much sunlight.

The super-easy way to tell if the root is dried is just to touch the soil with your finger, if you feel dryness, you can water for like two times a week.

Now to the answer on how should you water Aloe Vera would be from the bottom. You don’t have to create a mess around and water from the top, the gel part or leaves let’s say don’t need water. For leaves, you can go through with a damp cloth and it will be fine.

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, not only do they need at least 6 hours of sun exposure, but also keeps a good amount of moisture in the leaves. To prevent the collection of excessive moisture and damage, watering Aloe Vera from the bottom is the right way to do in order to keep the plant healthy and alive.

Why Watering Aloe from the Bottom, not the Top?

As I mentioned previously, succulent plants like Aloe Vera keep the moisture in the root and leaves. It stores the water wisely, so this is how it survives in the desert-like environment and can grow with less care.

The moisture spreads evenly in every part of the leaves and roots. By watering from the bottom, you let the plant keep the natural moisture. Also, watering Aloe Vera from the bottom avoids excessive salt and other mineral absorption.

If water goes through the top, Aloe Vera loses moisture. To prevent that, let the moisture feed itself and create that balance between nutrients and roots.

How to Save Dried and Overwatered Aloe Vera Plant?

It’s possible that overwatering can kill the plant. To prevent that from happening change the current pot.

  1. Grab it from the root and cut the rotten part.
  2. Leave the cut to heal by keeping the entire parts somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine for 2 to 3 days.
  3. Replace with another new draining pot and soil.
  4. If the plant is big, adding a stone next to it is a great idea for support.
  5. Keep the damaged Aloe Vera in shade for some time which is a maximum of one week.

The Correct Way to Water Aloe Vera

Keeping Aloe Vera healthy and alive indoors requires extra care since I assume the climate conditions aren’t available for our environment, but with love and care, we can achieve anything. So, watering is the main process, by doing it correctly, you can fully benefit from the plant.

I have divided the watering process into 4 stages and simplified it to the fullest. Let’s go over these stages.

Stage 1: Get a pot that has holes in the bottom and check weekly if the bottom part is clogged because over time, the excessive water collection will be the death of the Aloe Vera plant.

Stage 2: Water the plant deeply, but once in a week, (2-3 weeks during winter) be sure that the water is infiltrated deep down. The soil usually dries 1-2 inches, get drainage, and start watering Aloe Vera in a circular motion.

Stage 3: Carry on watering every time you feel it’s dried up and the plant absorbed the water entirely.

Stage 4: After 15 to 18 minutes of watering, it is time to stop. The water should remain in the tray and when this occurs, the soil should be thoroughly wet.

Note: Avoid watering Aloe Vera until it reaches the point where the soil is totally dry. Always test it with your finger beforehand.

Important Things to Know About Aloe Vera

How To Find Out If Aloe Vera Needs Water?

To find out if Aloe Vera needs water is a piece of cake. Just poke your index finger in the soil for a few inches, keep it for a while, and if you feel any dryness, my folks the watering time has come.

Can You Water Aloe Vera with Filtered Water or Rainwater?

Filtered water you see every day in the grocery store as the name presents itself, is filtered from carbon to take away fluoride and chlorine.

It would be highly appreciated by your plant if once in a while you water the Aloe Vera plant with filtered water.

Rainwater is the best option for the healthiest watering process. It would be great to take out Aloe Vera when it rain, but not when the ground is drought.

Rainwater contains nitrate which is the healthiest nitrogen chemical element. As a plant owner, you already know that nitrogen is the key nutrient for any type of plant, not only Aloe Vera.

A Brief Summary

Aloe Vera needs is a plant that is born in dry and high-temperature deserts. It comes from a succulent family and doesn’t require everyday watering. It can withstand 2 to 3 weeks without water in winter times. During summer times, it would be better to water once a week and keep at least 6 hours in the sun exposure. 

Keep in mind that checking if water is needed is crucial. Just placing your index finger 2 inches deep will be noticeable whether Aloe Vera needs water or not. 

Watering Aloe Vera from the bottom would be preferable and the process should last between 15-18 minutes. No more than that.

Use filtered water or rainwater as much as you can. Filtered water is free from fluoride and chlorine. Rainwater is the healthiest nitrogen for your plant. 

No worries if your plant has dried or overwatered. Just by following the steps above, you can save this beneficial succulent plant. 

Further Reading

You can read something more related to Aloe Vera, such as the life cycle of Aloe Vera, or how to revive an Aloe Vera Plant. You can also read about how to revive a corn plant .

Ella Holmes

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