Aloe Vera – Tropical Garden B

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Featured Plant in Garden B - Aloe Vera

1) General Information:

  • Location on Property:
    Toothbrush Zone & Back of Jungle Cottage & Garden D
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    Aloe Vera Hawaii

    Scientific Name: Aloe Vera

  • Region of Origin: Native to Africa
  • Type: Beautiful & Useful
  • General History: Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its medicinal purposes. The unique ability of A. Vera to heal was first recognized by the Egyptians according to early records. Egyptian queens such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti used the plant as a skincare and beauty product. In the Philippines, A. Vera was mixed with milk and used to treat a variety of kidney infections. Alexander the Great is documented in history as having used A. Vera to treat his wounded soldiers. It has also been used by Greek and Roman doctors to help heal the ailments of their patients.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food: Aloe Vera (inner gel) contains the 8 essential Amino Acids that the human body needs but cannot manufacture. It has a bitter taste which can be unpleasant in the raw state. It is possible to get used to the taste of plain Aloe Vera gel, but if you can't the addition of some fruit juice helps to make it more palatable.
  • As Medicine: Aloe is used externally to treat many skin problems; it is antiseptic and antibiotic so it is good for cuts and burns. It is also soothing for sunburn, eczema, rashes, and dry skin. You can take Aloe voluntarily as a laxative. Pull off the whole leaf for use on the skin or for consumption. Store the leaf in the fridge for freshness. There are also reports of people using Aloe Vera plants to treat irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, Eczema, and Psoriasis. Others can use it to help many other conditions inducing constipation, ulcers, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, and coughs.
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3) Growing Instructions

  • Growing: Aloe likes dry sunny conditions, extremely tender to frost as they consist of approximately 95% water
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    Aloe Vera Plants Hawaii

    Best time to Harvest: Mid (69-80 days)

  • Sunlight Requirements: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: Moderately fertile and fast-draining
  • Propagation: Cutting, division, grafting, seed, separating. Prepare the ground with compost/soil mix, and stick a branch in 2-3 inches, of water. Don't overwater this plant, but let it dry out a few days before watering again. Make sure to also root it before planting.
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  • Difficulties with this plant: /

History of this Plant at Hedonisia: /

Recipes:

Aloe Vera Juice: Cut off a few leaves of Aloe Vera. With a sharp knife carefully peel off the rind of the plant and discard in compost. Peel off the yellow layer just below the rind and discard. Continue these same steps with the other aloe vera leaves. Then with a spoon scoop out the gel of the aloe vera and place it into a blender immediately. Mix with 1.5 cups of any citrus-based juice. We highly recommend freshly squeezing it! Blend it, pour it, and enjoy the fresh taste and health benefits!

More Health Benefits are described in Health Ambition.

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Garden B Pre-Volcano Instructions

Location:

  • Outer edge of Crater & Berm path from Smoking Temple past Cottage to edge bordering Hinalo street
Smoking Temple
Smoking Temple Meditation!

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden:

This Decorative Garden has the following plants:

  • Avocado (1)
  • Aloe Vera
  • 2 Coconut Trees
  • Ti Trees
  • Coleus
  • Mexican Sunflowers
  • Coral Berry
  • Laua'e Fern
  • 'ama'u Tree Fern
  • Varietal Gingers

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Dump weeds onto the berm on the side of Jungle Cottage to build a safe slope at a 45° angle.
  • Identification and Labeling
    • Tag and label  transplanted trees with bright-colored tree ribbons,
    • Label the tree with the transplant date (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance
    • "Civilize" Berm (side path) trail - fill walking gaps and spaces with a base of black rock and a finish layer of red cinder
    • Keeping the borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, and bi-weekly in Fall/Winter for 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Hand weed around each tree/large plant
    • Use a weed whacker to trim grasses where needed, making sure NOT to hit the plants or trees.
    • Fine hand weeding in the rest of the garden using the Kama to remove choking weeds and climbers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim, and mulch tree bases as in the propagation section above.
    • We also collect wood shavings from projects to use as decorative mulch in non-food beds. Guava inhibits plant and weed growth, so used in decorative areas only.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
    • Check on the structure of the smoking tent, clean ashtrays, and check for fire ants! This portfolio job is only for interns who smoke!
  • Harvesting
    • Harvesting regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye out to see if it's needed weekly or bi-weekly (fruiting trees such as Avocado)
    • Pick up Coconuts that have fallen and take them to the outdoor eating area
    • Some trees need topping or harvesting is impossible, and food will be damaged and unusable.
    • Check with the director first about topping a tree, or if you have any ideas for new red plants in this area.

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