When talking about natural skin and hair treatment what do you think about it? Probably in the slug or aloe vera, as the plant is also known. But did you know that in addition to making you look better, the slug can still contribute to your home decor?
Yes, if you have never thought about using the plant in a decorative way, it is time to rethink your concepts. The elongated, fleshy, thorny leaves of the slug bring that green touch full of rusticity to the environment.
And did you also know that the slug blooms? In the adult phase the plant produces up to 30 new leaves per year and from its center grows a long peduncle that closes with beautiful and delicate yellow flowers.
One more reason to insert the plant in the decoration and, among us, besides decorating the house you will always have a juicy leaf available for that express treatment of beauty, what do you think?
Are you convinced that it is very worthwhile to cultivate a little piece of this wonder at home? Then come to see how to plant the slug and take care of it properly:
How to plant aloe vera
The slug is an easy plant to plant, since it does not require great care with soil preparation. You can choose to plant it in a flowerbed or in a pot, the plant fits very well in either.
The slug can be planted by a single leaf or by means of shoots. If you prefer to make the aloe vera from the leaf you need to pay attention to some details, but already know that this is not always the best way to have a foot of slug. This is because the leaf of the plant is very moist and it can rot before even creating the roots. However, take the step-by-step how to plant slug from a leaf:
- Take a slug leaf with at least eight centimeters and make a cut near the base of the plant. Use a clean knife to avoid contaminating the sheet;
- After cutting your foot, leave the sheet in a warm, ventilated place until you realize that a protection has been created at the cutting site, such as a film. But have patience this process can take up to two weeks;
- After this time, prepare a pot with a good drainage system and good quality soil. Thread the sheet into the vessel with the cut on the ground. The leaf should be about a third fixed in the earth;
- Leave the vase with the leaf in a sunny spot and water daily for the first four weeks;
- During this process the leaf can wither, shrink and even dry, but this does not represent the death of the leaf it just can not rot;
- At the end of four weeks, the leaf should already be rooting, so water it only when the soil is dry.
The other way to make a slug seedlings is from the shoots that emerge from the main plant. This mode is much simpler and more secure. Check it step by step:
- Find a slug that has sprouts. They are usually small and stay under the mother plant. Prefer those that are already larger and with at least four leaves;
- Remove it carefully so as not to interfere with the roots of the main plant and the nearby shoots. The bud has its own set of roots;
- After separating the bud, prepare the vase. Remember that it must have a good drainage system and good quality land;
- Make a hole in the ground and plant the bud. Make a light pressure around the plant so that it fits in the pot.
- Water the plant, but do not over water it. The slug rot if it gets too wet.
- Leave the pot in a sunny spot and water it once a week or when you notice the soil is dry.
How to care for slug
After planting you have to learn to take care of the slug. This is a relatively simple plant to cultivate, since it does not require great care, being very indicated for those who do not have much time for gardening. Take note of the following tips and see how to take care of your slug correctly:
- Do not over water the slug, the plant does not appreciate excess moisture and can suffer from rotting leaves if irrigated unnecessarily. One tip is to observe the soil before watering, so put your finger on the ground and if you feel dry it is a sign that you need water, otherwise wait a few more days;
- Fertilization of the slug should be done once a year during spring only. Excess fertilizer can also compromise plant health;
- The slug likes sun and light. So choose a lighted location and receive direct sunlight at least eight hours a day. Lack of sunlight can leave the leaves of the slug coiled and thin. Inside the house, the slug can be close to a window or door;
- During the winter the waterings should be even more spaced than in the summer;
- After planting, wait a few weeks to use the leaves until the slug is well attached;
- The aloe leaves are indicative of plant health. They should be greenish, fleshy and straight, if you notice that they are turning yellow, curled at the tip or losing the lush aspect review the care. Usually these signs indicate that the plant is being over watered and is taking less sun than it should;
- Another factor that can impact the development of slug is the size of the vase, which may be limiting its growth. Try, in that case, to change it to a larger vessel;
How to insert the slug in the decoration
You can use the slug in any room in the house as long as it has adequate light conditions for plant growth. According to Feng Shui, ancient Chinese technique of harmonizing environments, the slug is a great plant to purify and harmonize the energies of the environment, in addition to bringing protection.
The slug also fits in different proposals of decoration, simply adapt the type of pot or cachepot so that it is still more with the face of the environment.
Therapeutic, decorative and energetic. The slug is a complete plant that can and should have a special place indoors. That's why we've selected 60 suggestions of environments decorated with aloe to inspire you and bring this spiny and juicy plant to your home as well. Come and fall in love:
Picture 1 - In the corner of the corridor, the tall vase of slug reveals all its decorative beauty.
Picture 2 - On the table, in a smaller vase, the slug is also pure charm.
Picture 3 - And what about a jar of aloe in the room? The plant releases oxygen at night purifying the air.
Picture 4 - A vase painted by hand to receive the muddy slug.
Picture 5 - In this bathroom, the slug delights with all the light that enters by the window.
Picture 6 - The green touch of this room is due to the vase of aloe on the rack.
Picture 7 - Here the slug is practically a guardian of the entrance of the house.
Picture 8 - Composing a vase with slug and other succulents is also a great.
Image 9 - Spreading the leaves on the table.
Picture 10 - Babosa terrarium version.
Image 11 - Here the slug reigns alone on the shelf.
Picture 12 - Babosa decorated for Christmas, a good idea too, huh?
Picture 13 - If there is no slug, there is at least one painting with the plant.
Image 14 - Curled up in the newspaper; That slobbery, no?
Picture 15 - Double slugs on the sideboard.
Picture 16 - Or a whole family of slugs!
Image 17 - The vase makes all the difference for the visual presentation of the slug.
Picture 18 - The friendship between the aloe vera and the chair flowed very well in this room.
Image 19 - If you have light, you can grow slug.
Image 20 - A beautiful and energetic composition: aloe, cactus and amethyst.
Image 21 - Properly identified to avoid doubts.
Image 22 - Slugs, cacti and other succulents form this vertical bed.
Picture 23 - Look at her there! Resting quietly on the coffee table.
Picture 24 - Aloe in the garden: a beautiful reception for those who arrive.
Picture 25 - Adjust the size of the vase to the size of the aloe vera you have.
Image 26 - The pink vases left the romantic slugs.
Image 27 - Purifying the bathroom.
Image 28 - Or marking presence among the decorative objects.
Picture 29 - Always will have a little corner for a vase of slug and his favorite companions: the succulents and the cacti.
Picture 30 - A rustic dresser to match the natural slug appearance.
Picture 31 - But if you want to give a more elegant look to your slug use a metallic vase.
Image 32 - Now if the idea is to maintain neutrality, a white vase with slug is always the best option.
Picture 33 - Companion of reading.
Image 34 - Ceramic vases to accommodate both types of succulent.
Image 35 - Did you know that there are more than 300 different types of aloe vera?
Picture 36 - Do not know what to put of embellishment on the dining table? How about a vase of slug?
Picture 37 - In the white kitchen, the pair of slugs stands out.
Picture 38 - Look how charming this trio of crocus-covered slug pots.
Image 39 - If one is already good, imagine three?
Picture 40 - A luxury this bathroom decorated with aloe vera.
Image 41 - In the midst of different types of plants, one especially stands out, the slug.
Picture 42 - On the mantel, the slugs give that extra touch in the decoration.
Picture 43 - Aloe in bloom! For those who have never seen a picture of blooming aloe, there are beautiful yellow flowers to brighten the path of those who pass by.
Picture 44 - Slugs in different sizes to decorate the table.
Image 45 - Leaves of glazed slugs, different not?
Picture 46 - Another suggestion of slug picture to decorate the house, if you can not have the real plant.
Picture 47 - The dining table was placed in a strategic place of the kitchen, where the light of the sun manages to bathe the aloe vera.
Image 48 - Large vase to accommodate the slug that is yet to grow.
Picture 49 - In the corner of the room, this jar of slug makes all the difference in the decoration.
Picture 50 - The yellow vase leaves the slug even more cheerful and relaxed.
Picture 51 - Put your favorite plants in a special place in the house.
Image 52 - Babosa is a great plant for workplaces, according to Feng Shui.
Picture 53 - Here plants and pots carry a message and a very positive energy home.
Picture 54 - Beautiful drawing of aloe vera framed to decorate the house.
Picture 55 - On the kitchen sink bench, the slug remains available for when they need it.
Image 56 - The earthenware vessel emphasizes the rustic beauty of the slug.
Image 57 - Already the trio of bright red vases gives a special elegance to the plant.
Image 58 - Even the most minimalists surrender to the enchantments and incredible properties of the slug.
Image 59 - Not all modernity replaces a proven benefit plan for millennia.
Image 60 - Tins of tomato sauce have become the ideal place to cultivate these small and delicate slugs of slug.