The Aloe humilis is famously known as the Kathalai or Spider Aloe. It hails from the Aloes family, a distinct plant family comprising of succulents.
It is widely cultivated for the medicinal uses of the plant extracts.
The Aloe humilis is the native of southern Africa.
Aloe humilis is basically a low maintenance plant that thrives well in drought conditions too.
The plant prefers an average temperature range of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
The plant cannot tolerate frost and standing water. It must always be ensured that the pot used for plantation has sufficient drainage holes.
The Aloe humilis can grow up to a minimum height of 1 feet to a maximum height of 3 feet or 90 centimeters and spreads in about 60 centimeters of an area.
The Aloe humilis should be exposed to full sun or direct sunlight for proper growth.
However, the plant also survives when it is placed in a garden or balcony that receives partial shade but the growth rate is reduced.
The best place to place this plant is a region facing the south-west window.
The Aloe humilis prefers minimum watering.
The plant has the ability to survive when the weather is hot and dry.
When the aloe plant is watered, the soil should be thoroughly drenched, but the water should be allowed to drain freely from the soil.
The Aloe humilis plant is adaptable to desert conditions. Due to this characteristic feature, it can also grow well without the addition of fertilizers.
The plant may be supplied with fertilizers only once in a year during the spring season to obtain vigorous growth.
The plant grows well if the potting soil is mixed with perlite or building sand.
The Aloe humilis is widely cultivated as a house plant owing to its ornamental features.
They are also considered as an excellent medicinal herb.
They are used in cosmetics and are also believed to cure skin diseases.
The plant extracts serve as an ointment for burns, cuts and rashes.