Soil for Aloe Vera -Aloe Vera Planting in Photo of Lucianalopezrec
Aloe Vera Planting in Photo of Lucianalopezrec

Aloe Vera Cultivation - 3. Land & Soil for Aloe Vera Farming

Suitable soil for Aloe vera is the one in which there is no observed – and observed – remarkable reduction of readers on the series of articles dedicated to its cultivation. Because in such a case, the editorial team of ‘Kalliergeia’ is determined to prove that the Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ is a simple sonnet compared to the number of articles to follow and will be dedicated to the creation of Aloe vera professional gardens.

So, suitable soil for Aloe vera, first and foremost, is the one that preserves, through increasing the readers, the prestige and scope of the classic Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ epic.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 3. Land & Soil for Aloe Vera Farming

Soil for Aloe Vera - Native Aloe Vera Plants in the Highlands of Ethiopia
Soil for Aloe Vera - Native Aloe Vera Plants in the Highlands of Ethiopia.

Selection of Land for Aloe Vera Farming

Aloe Vera is a plant that can be adapted to an exceptionally wide variety of reliefs and sites.

It can thus be found in small or larger populations along the coastline, as is the case in India and the southern states of the U.S.A, as well as in highlands, as is the case in South Africa and Ethiopia.

For systematic cultivation, however, it is recommended to plant Aloe Vera in areas within an altitude range that starts at sea level and reaches up to 1200-1300 m, provided that high altitude areas are  climate-friendly. It is also recommended that the cultivation of Aloe vera be installed on low slope soils and exposure to the South.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 3. Land & Soil for Aloe Vera Farming

Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Planted in Ground Covered with Bark
Aloe Vera Planted in Ground Covered with Bark.

Suitable Soil for Aloe Vera Farming

Aloe vera grows in a variety of soil types as long as they have good drainage.

The soil for Aloe vera can be sandy loam to sandy clay, while the presence of pebbles especially in the medium soils texture has a positive effect on cultivation.

Also, the low salt content of the soil is also beneficial, helping to produce superior gel quality.

Whether the soil is deep or not is of little importance because Aloe Vera has a superficial root system and only in dry conditions it may go deeper.

But planting Aloe Vera without a permanent irrigation system is not suggested under any circumstances.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 3. Land & Soil for Aloe Vera Farming

Aloe vera - Large-scale Plantation with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera - Large-scale Plantation with Aloe Vera.
Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Plantation in Flowering Phase
Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Plantation in Flowering Phase.
Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Plantation in Gravel Ground
Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Plantation in Gravel Ground.

Favorable Soil for Aloe Vera & pH

The most  favorable soil for Aloe vera farming is that characterized as light – that is, sandy loam soil – with a high organic content. Organic content in soil is so important that it is not meant to cultivate Aloe vera, especially biological, in its absence.

With regard to the composition of the soil, let us also take into account that research has shown that the addition of pumice stone at up to 50% contributes to the higher yield of the plantation and to the production of more and better gel.

Finally, in terms of pH, the slightly alkaline soil is suitable, with values ranging from 7 to 8, while 7 is the optimum. At a pH above 8, growth slows down and crop yield decreases.

In this case, musical help is undoubtedly required by Mr Boubacar Traoré & Vincent Bucher.

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