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May 14, 2018 9:55 PM CST

I hear that an aloe vera plant is one of the ideal plants to grow when you're living in a dorm. Is it possible that I can grow an aloe plant in my college apartment and harvest the leaves for various uses? I'm mainly thinking about using them for my skin, which is why I want to be sure I can safely harvest and apply the indoor plant to my skin. My living conditions wouldn't allow for it to reach direct sunlight, but I can use indoor light.

Or what if I start growing the plant now, where I'll be able to put it in direct sunlight, for about 3 months and then take it with me when I go back to college and continue to let it grow inside my dorm with artificial light for the year? Would that work?

I'm also curious about what other plants can I grow indoors to harvest from and use to purify the air. I'm especially interested in the idea of growing my own plants that I can use for herbal tea. Is it possible and safe to consume them if they're not getting much direct sunlight?

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May 15, 2018 5:21 AM CST
Most aloes need good sunlight in order to grow and survive. They seem to suffer in bright windows or under plant lights of insufficient bulb strength.
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