Aloe Tech

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Aloe is a great organic alternative to chemical rooting hormones. Aloe contains Salicylic Acid which is a natural rooting hormone. 

When I first tried the Aloe Tech, I experimented with a few different methods that you can see HERE. You can see the results of the experiment HERE. I'll give you directions for the method that worked best for me. 


Supplies needed:
Aloe plant
Humidity dome
Spray bottle
Scissors

Step 1:
Break off an aloe filet and slit longways
Step 2:
Take clones and place directly in the aloe filet slit
Step 3:
Let sit overnight in humidity dome
Step 4:
In the morning, take the clones out of the aloe and place them directly into a basic soil
Step 5:
Place in humidity dome and foliar spray twice a day
Step 6:
Use the rest of the aloe filet as a soil drench. Put the filet into a blender with water and water the rest of the aloe in.

Roots should show within 7-14 days


There are many different ways to do the Aloe Tech and this is just one way of doing it.
When you are learning anything new, it is helpful to see how many different people do it so that you can pick and choose which ways you might want to do it.
Also check out:
Dude Grows

or
Build a Soil

Aloe is not just good for your plants, it is good for us too! Here are some extra benefits that Aloe provides for our plants and for us:

From
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.

Aloe is not just good for your plants, it is good for us too! Here are some extra benefits that Aloe provides for our plants and for us:

From
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.

  1. Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
  2. Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.

  3. Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.

  4. Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.7,8

  5. Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.

  6. Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.

  7. Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.

  8. Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties."

I think that every grower should have a couple Aloe plants because they have so many uses! Check out this video on how to grow your own Aloe Vera. It is super easy and fun!

I think that every grower should have a couple Aloe plants because they have so many uses! Check out this video on how to grow your own Aloe Vera. It is super easy and fun!