Aloe vera cultivation - Aloe plants on Farmland
Aloe plants on Farmland

Aloe Vera Cultivation - 1. Aloe Vera Plant & Producing Countries

Its formulations for some are elixirs, some other common ointments and nothing else. But whether it is a panacea or a myth, it is certain that the ‎‎Aloe vera cultivation provides an interesting alternative source for increasing agricultural income. Because Aloe vera is being used both in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and in the food industry while the market associated with its products has been steadily expanding in recent years.

Of course, to the great sadness of all baldness of the planet, neither one of its preparations has been connected directly and undeniably with the revitalization of the scalp.

So the hair-replacement surgery, unfortunately in this case, remains one way.

If it is hoped, until the second part of the tribute to Aloe vera cultivation, any positive development occurs in this field, we will discontinue the normal flow of our program and inform you with an extraordinary storm bulletin.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 1. Aloe Vera Plant & Producing Countries

Aloe vera cultivation - Aloe Vera, Aloe stem and leaves
Barbados aloe stem and leaves

Aloe Vera Origins

Aloe vera (or Barbados aloe) is one of the medicinal plants that has been used by humans for a few thousand years. But the first clear historical testimony comes from the clay tablets of the Sumerian city of Akkad dating back to 2100-2200 B.C. years.

The genus Aloe belongs to the Aloaceae family, though until recently it was classified as Liliaceae. It includes more than 450 species, which are native to Africa and the Mediterranean. Barbados aloe origin centers are Arabia, Somalia, or Sudan, but some researchers claim that they are mostly African-born. On the other hand, the Mediterranean origin attributed to Aloe vera is most likely wrong.

Aloe vera is also often called Aloe barbadensis Mill. Both names are acceptable although the former has prevailed.

Other species of the genus Aloe of agricultural importance are Aloe arborescens, Aloe perfoIiata, Aloe chinensis, Aloe littoralis, Aloe indica and Aloe ferox.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 1. Aloe Vera Plant & Producing Countries

Aloe vera cultivation - Professional Cultivation of Aloe Vera
Professional Aloe Vera Cultivation

Characteristics of Aloe vera

Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial plant with long leaves of 30-60 cm long, the width of which at the points of inflection is 7 – 10 cm.

Every 1-2 cm have 1.5 to 2.5 mm long thorns, they are hard and their outer surface is waxy.

They form a rosette characteristic around a small stem about 5 cm, while their color, which is directly affected by their exposure to sunlight, is on the young leaves green light and mature dark green.

In Aloe vera cultivation the leaves are that selected by the farmers.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 1. Aloe Vera Plant & Producing Countries

Aloe vera cultivation - Aloe Vera, young plants established in the Field
Aloe Vera Cultivation - Young plants established in the Field
Aloe vera cultivation - Aloe Vera plants in Outdoor Cultivation
Outdoor Barbados aloe Cultivation
Aloe vera cultivation - Aloe Vera at Short Planting Distances
Barbados aloe at Short Planting Distances

Aloe Vera Cultivation and Other Interest for Agricultural Aloe Plant Species in the World

Aloe vera cultivation is one of the most widespread among medicinal plants worldwide. Asia is cultivated to a large extent in India, Pakistan and China, and to a lesser extent in Bangladesh, Taiwan and South Korea.

Europe grows the plant in South, in Africa is planted in Egypt, Kenya and the Republic of South Africa, while on the American continent it is cultivated in the southern states of the USA (Florida and Texas), in Mexico and Brazil, and in Caribbean islands.

Of the other species, the Aloe arborescens cultivation is second but to a lesser extent, while it is worth noting that the less popular species Aloe vulgaris, Aloe ferox and Aloe perry are cultivated on the islands of Socotra and Zanzibar since the 5th century BC.

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Aloe vera cultivation - Adenium Obesum ssp. Sokotranum, Rose of Desert
Adenium Obesum ssp. Sokotranum, Rose of Desert
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