Aloe Vera plant is more than just a household décor! Since ancient Egypt, this succulent is still used for medicinal purpose. It shows impressive medicinal power on us so, why not using the Aloe Vera for your plants? That’s right, this spiky green gem could also empower your plants.
The ancient Egyptians called it ‘the plant of immortality’ because it was used for its miracle healing properties. Alright, we all know that it is best known for its antiseptic properties, cure allergic reactions, skin burns, and strengthen the immune system, but this plant is so powerful that scientists are looking into its properties as a potential a cancer-fighter.
Surely good for us, but could we also use Aloe Vera plant for your crops? Feeding a plant with another plant, does it sound weird to you because of the ‘cannibalism thought’. Well, we’re just beginning to unlock the benefits of this plant, so let’s keep an open mind to it!
The juice of the Aloe Vera leaves contains potentially 75 active constituents such as vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, micronutrients, phytohormones, salicylic acid etc… One of the most interesting active principles is acemannan, which is responsible for the effectiveness of the gel found in the inner layer of the plant’s leaves.
Acemannan possesses components that stimulate the immune system and act as an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. So, the greater the acemannan concentration, the greater the content of nutrients. By nutrients, I mean vitamins, minerals and amino acids, substances that are needed for daily metabolism and the maintenance of vital functions of living species.
Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller plants have the highest concentration of acemannan. These miraculous plants grow in southern Spain and the Canary Islands, but there are now easily found in your local garden centre.
Actually, it is one of the plants which contains the highest concentration in enzyme, amino acids and vitamins, which will stimulate your plant’s health, protect against pathogens and pests and boosts the immune system. You can use the Aloe Vera plant for your plants as followed:
You can even use the Aloe Vera gel for cloning your plants. If you have an Aloe Vera plant, just rip off a piece of the Aloe Vera and plant your clone.
Organic Aloe Vera juice is an amazing addition to your growing routine. It can be used as leaf spray or liquid nutrient. High Times suggests adding organic Aloe Vera juice can be added to your regular watering or foliar feedings at 1⁄4 cup per gallon of water. For a better absorption of vitamins, amino acids and enzymes, I would recommend doing it through foliar.
Beware of replicated Aloe Vera powder being sold in the market. It important to read labels and check if the product is 100% organic. If you are not sure, it is always safer to grow your own Aloe Vera plant and use its gel found in the inner layer of the plant’s leave.
If you don’t want to grow an Aloe Vera plant, companies have investigated its properties and proposed organic products like Acti•Vera™ from Biobizz®. 100% vegan, Acti•Vera™ simplifies nutrients crossing thanks to their enzymes. It contains the highest – naturally occurring – concentration enzymes, where 18 enzymes have been scientifically proven. This product can be used during the vegetative and flowering phase to stimulate growing and blooming. Biobizz® recommends a dose of 5ml of Acti•Vera™ per 1 litre of water for watering from a can or in a foliar spray.
The Aloe Vera plant has become a must in the organic growers’ toolkit. A versatile plant, it demonstrates its effectiveness by neutralizes bacterium and germs, activate the regeneration of cells and act as a root stimulator. The Aloe Vera plant will become your partner in crime in growing crops organically.