Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aloe Vera and Other Great Indoor Plants

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Decorating your home with plants and flowers can give you the refreshing feeling of bringing the "great outdoors" indoors. But some plants have more functions than just looking good, such as the versatile aloe vera plant. We've found some of the great indoor plants, so you can kit out your house in wondrous green!

The Pony Tail Palm
Beaucarnea recurvata (Pony Tail Palm) have to be one of the easiest houseplants to look after. This is especially desirable for those who forget to water their plants each day! These palms are unique due to their ability to store water in the base of the stem, although this does give them a heavily swollen base in appearance. All this plant needs is a bit of sunlight and water whenever it is dry.

Peanut Plant
Growing the Arachis hypogea (Peanut Plant) can be a fun project at home. You can grow your own by planting a raw peanut (not a roasted one) 1 to 2 inches in well-drained soil. All you have to do is keep it moist and warm, and then 3 months later you can dig up the matured plant. In this time you would have witnessed small yellow flowers bloom, but only for about half a day! Once you've dug up your plant, "cure" it for a week before roasting your nuts; then enjoy!

Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant is native to both subtropical and tropical locations around the globe. This includes South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This plant can grow up to 4 feet tall in the wild, but is not likely to reach these heights in a plant pot in your UK home! You are more likely to observe a plant that is a prickly - albeit succulent - perennial.

If you were to cut the leaf lengthways, you would find the aloe vera gel. This gel is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which come from polysaccharides within the plant. Therefore, it is thought to be a safe herb for use on burns and skin irritations.

Haylee Hulme has an interest in health and nutrition from fitness supplements to skin treatments such as aloe vera gel.

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