The scientific team of Litinas Aloe answers the most frequently asked questions of Aloe vera growers.
Before planting you should carefully read the following, to be informed about the procedures and practices that you should apply in the cultivation of Aloe vera (Aloe vera) so that your production meets the high quality standards required by Litinas Aloe. Use only Bio Aloe (sterile manure and compost) which has been tested by our agronomists and is prepared exclusively for the cultivation of Aloe vera (Aloe vera). The use of fertilizers or other biological preparations is not allowed.
It is a mixture of sterile manure and compost of the company ‘Assos Plast’ and is prepared especially for the cultivation of Aloe vera (Aloe vera). It is completely free of pathogens, contains the necessary macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (NPK) and up to 65% organic matter, has an ideal ratio of potassium and magnesium to avoid cross-linking, contains trace elements iron, zinc, boron and manganese 7-8, reduces the plant’s need for water and helps Aloe vera to develop a strong root system.
This certificate is one of the necessary conditions to make your production available in our factory. You must contact an organic farming certification body approved by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and accredited by the ESYD. (National Accreditation System). An agronomist-inspector will visit your field and inform you about the certification procedures. We advise you to move immediately, before planting, as the time until you are certified is 2-3 years. Our company cooperates with the organization “DIO” for the certification of the production of organic, natural products. The Panhellenic Association of Organic Farmers Aloe vera (Aloe vera) has agreed a preferential pricing policy with “DIO” for its members.
The oldest grower of Aloe vera (Aloe vera) in Greece is Mr. Elias Chronakis who has been cultivating in Tsoutsouros (on the south coast of the Prefecture of Heraklion) since 1995. Mr. Chronakis has a nursery approved by KEPPYEL (Center for Testing and Certification Material and Fertilizer Control) and will provide you with a certificate for the species Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller). Plants of Mr. Chronakis can be purchased from the company ‘Assos Plast’ (all over Greece except Crete). The prices of young plants (seedlings) range from 2-6 Euros / plant depending on their age (1-3 years) and the quantity you wish to buy.
In the acre can be planted from 800 to 1,200 plants depending on the planting density. We suggest a distance of 80cm-1m on the lines and 1m between the lines. It will be useful to leave a corridor 1.5m wide every 3-4 lines or 2m wide every 6-7 lines. It will help in harvesting the leaves and carrying out other agricultural work (but will reduce the number of plants per acre).
The best time for planting is from March to June as the plants fully acclimatize during the summer. You can, however, plant in late summer with mid-autumn (late August to early October).
The plant needs watering in spring, summer and autumn (seasons without rainfall). Depending on the soil composition of the field, the climatic conditions of the area and the temperature of each season, we recommend 1 to 1.5 liters of water per plant every 7 to 15 days (preferably drip irrigation). During the hot summer months, we increase the frequency of watering and reduce the amount of water. Excessive watering should be avoided because the plant is in danger of rotting.
The use of fertilizers is not allowed. Use only Bio Aloe (sterile manure and compost). The plant carries out strict quality control upon receipt of the leaves and its chemist is able to detect the use of fertilizer. It is a pity to invest money and effort and not be able to dispose of your production because of the fertilizers you used. We aim at the production of pure, organic products to protect the health of consumers. Also, regular weeding is required depending on the soil composition of each field. A good practice is the parallel cultivation of legumes among the aloes. They prevent the growth of weeds.
The biggest enemy of the plant is frost. For this reason the most suitable areas of our country for the cultivation of Aloe vera (Aloe vera) are Crete, the islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas, the Peloponnese and Central Greece. Avoid mountainous areas with low temperatures in winter. Also, a sneaky enemy is the snails. You can deal with them with a short power fence (pulse) or use beer traps.
The plant after the second year produces branches, even 10 or more each, which you can, after a while, carefully remove and transplant, thus increasing your cultivation. Also, you can create an approved nursery and sell your seedlings to earn an extra income. For the process of creating and approving a professional nursery, you must contact KEPPYEL (Center for Control and Certification of Propagating Material and Fertilizer Control).
The plant, when it turns 4 years old, produces a yellow flower which is the trademark of the species Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller). This is the right time to start cutting the leaves, always from the ground up. At this age, the plant has now developed about 200 active ingredients contained in its gel.
From each plant you can cut about 4 leaves at a time, 3 or 4 times a year. Therefore, from one acre we can get 10-12,000 leaves a year with conservative calculations. The weight of the sheet ranges from 400 to 800g. If we take into account a percentage of losses equal to 10%, the average yield per hectare reaches 6 tons of Aloe vera leaves per year.
DIO – Organization for the Control & Certification of Organic Products
ASSOS PLAST – Organic Fertilizers & Athens / Peloponnese Representative Louis Aloe
Old Street Ag. Στεφάνου
Descent of Afidnes
Mr. Nikos Bougias