Aloe Vera makes a great houseplant, especially as a starter plant. This plant is useful for its wound and burn healing properties, and is easy to care for. When I first moved to my studio apartment in “Melrose Village,” I knew I wanted to have plants.

After some observation, I noticed that only one of my windows got enough sunlight to sustain a plant. The east-facing windows got a splash of morning sunshine and not much else. The windows in the main room got less sunshine because of the neighboring building, but the kitchen window received more sunshine.

With this house plant I learned how to incorporate into my routine the time for watering, observing and cleaning a plant. This habit has grown, as Aaron and I now have nearly 90 plants in our apartment.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday our plants are watered, observed, fertilized, trimmed, dusted and mulched – depending on what is called for by the soil and plant’s appearance.

I have learned that whatever I focus on grows, and as I focused my energy into nurturing the aloe vera plant, it grew.

This plant was an indoor plant for several years, but when we moved to Glendale, we added it to the balcony garden. The aloe vera plant expanded with the increase sunlight and developed thick leaves full of good medicine.

The aloe plant is on the plant shelf, on the right.  It had been on our balcony exposed to morning sunlight for about a year when this photo was taken.  It exploded with new growth!

This week we had our annual balcony inspection, where our balconies are checked by the apartment manager to make sure we are not breaking any rules.  This is our annual reminder to shuffle around and clean out our balcony to make it look its best.  We took two beautiful potted plants that had outgrown their pots to incorporate into the soil of our community garden plot.  One of them was my trusty aloe plant and the other was a beautiful succulent plant rescued from a friend.

Prior to the inspection, deciding which plants to send to the Sepulveda Garden.

The aloe plant was visibly ready to leave its confining green planter; the two little aloe plants coming up from the root base signaled this readiness.

The other succulent has brain-like ribboned leaves (as seen above) had roots growing out through the holes at the bottom of its planter. Both were ready to be planted into the ground or a much larger container.

They both were inducted into the succulent and cacti garden within our community garden plot at the Sepulveda Community Garden Center. Nestled below an oak tree lies our succulent and cacti garden area. Almost all of the plants in this area are gifted cuttings, rescued plants and cuttings of #BalconyGarden plants.

We also have this established aloe vera plant on the east side of our plot, which has many aloe babies all around it. Some of these little guys have breached our fence as seen above.

If anyone in the area (LA / SFV) wants an aloe plant for themselves, let me know… I’ll hook you up!

Until next time,