Aloe Vera Cultivation - 5. Aloe Vera Planting

At the risk of lose even these two (2) last and bravest readers of ‘Kalliergeia‘, post the 5th article in the series on Aloe Vera and its cultivation, with the imaginative title ‘Aloe Vera Planting’.

By the way, confess and our mistake: Finally there are Aloe Vera formulations applied to the widely scalp of the head of our bald fellow humans, helping to create an Australopithecine hairy type.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 5. Aloe Vera Planting

Αloe vera planting - Aloe Vera Plantation with Landscape Fabric per Row
Aloe Vera Plantation with Landscape Fabric per Row

Aloe Vera Planting

Αloe vera planting is directly related to the type of cultivation. In intensive type of cultivation the planting of aloe vera is dense and the number of plants can reach up to 40000 per hectare. In extensive crops the planting density is smaller, reaching 10000 plants per hectare.

Planting fewer plants per hectare is not recommended, because while the size of the leaves in the sparsely planted is larger, the overall yield lags behind.

A more suitable planting density for the best yields than the required costs is that of between 10000 and 20000 plants per hectare.

For even higher yields, the Aloe vera plantation should be irrigated with a permanent watering system as well as covering the soil, at least on the rows, with a soil covering landscape fabric.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 5. Aloe Vera Planting

Αloe vera planting - Aloe Vera Cover With Landscape Fabric
Aloe Vera Row Cover With Landscape Fabric

Planting Distances in Aloe Vera

In general, the distances for Αloe vera planting range from 30-80 cm on the rows and up to 60 – 80 cm between the rows.

An extensive planting type of cultivation for about 10000 Aloe plants per hectare is two rows and 1.50 m free space width. The distance from row to row is 0.80 m and the planting distance on the rows is again 0.80 m.

Alternatively, and for planting approximately 12000 plants per hectare, the device may be in the form of 6 consecutive rows and a 2m wide passageway. In this arrangement, the row spacing is 0.80  m and the planting distance on the rows is 0.60 to 0.80  m.

A second planting scheme, but for intensive cultivation with 28000 to 40000 plants per hectare, is whitout passageway and planting distances on the row 30-60 cm and 60 cm between the rows.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 5. Aloe Vera Planting

Αloe vera planting - Young Aloe Vera Plantation on Flat Ground
Young Aloe Vera Plantation on Flat Ground

Ground Preparation & Cultivation Technique

Before Αloe vera planting, the soil is treated, which includes plowing, milling and final forming.

The plowing can be large or small depth depending on the soil type, the previous crop, the presence and type of weeds and the topography. At the time of plowing, incorporation of 10 to 30 tonnes per hectare of organic matter.

After plowing, one or two milling cuttings are followed and then the forming is carried out, which can be simply leveling or involving the formation of raised rows.

Formation of raised rows is recommended because it favors the growth and performance of Aloe Vera plants.

Aloe Vera Cultivation – 5. Aloe Vera Planting

Αloe vera planting - Aloe Vera Plantation Shaped in Raised Rows
Aloe Vera Plantation Formed in Raised Rows
Soil for Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera Planted in Ground Covered with Bark
Aloe Vera Planted in Ground Covered with Bark
Αloe vera planting - Young Aloe Vera Plants after Watering
Young Aloe Vera Plants after Watering
Pits Trenching and Aloe Vera Planting

Planting pits of Aloe plants have depth and diameter about 2 times the pot size or 15 to 25 cm.

Before planting seedlings, approximately 1/4 of the volume whith compost may be added to the digested soil – especially if organic fertilization has not been applied.

After the compost is thoroughly mixed with the soil, the seedlings are placed upright and the pit is filled.

Immediately after planting, watering is followed.

And after all is over, he follows the Touareg artist Bombino with the song ‘Tar Hani‘, who means ‘My Love‘.

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