How to Take Care of Aruba: Tips for Planting, Care and Curiosities

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Do you know how to take care of rue? And do you also know the meanings and characteristics of this plant?

If you don’t have this plant at home yet, know that you are missing a great opportunity to bring benefits to your home.

In addition to being a plant full of its own beauties, rue can also take care of the health of your pets, keeping ticks away and, for those who enjoy a mystical culture, this plant also keeps away the evil eye, envy and scares away evil spirits.

In fact, at Catholic masses, it is also possible to observe the priest using branches of rue to pour holy water on the faithful.

Rue are plants that can survive for over 10 years when properly cared for. Amazing, isn’t it?

So, if you have this precious plant at home or are thinking about planting it, you need to know more about it and understand what its characteristics are and how to take care of it.

See below for more information about this plant that is synonymous with home protection and fall in love with it even more. Check it out!

Image 01: Rue is an ancient plant and since its discovery it has been used for various segments, from medicine, as well as for interior and exterior garden decoration.

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How to take care of rue

Rue is a very simple plant to care for, after all, it does not require special care. In addition, it is great to survive in any season, whether on days of intense heat, under the sun, rain and also in the cold.

But even with all that shape, make no mistake! Some care is needed so that this plant does not get sick or even die. So here are some special tips to give your rue a long life.

Image 02: Understand everything that this plant needs so that it can develop gracefully and give flowers at the right times, leaving your rue foot more and more beautiful.

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Soil and vase

Rue is a plant that grows best in alkaline soils. However, nothing prevents you to carry out your planting and sandy soils containing gravel and gravel.

Both in soil and in pots, it is necessary to have a good drainage system so that the place does not become waterlogged, thus compromising the plant’s life.

Light and temperature

One of the most versatile plants you can have at home when it comes to light, rue grows both in the sun and in the shade. However, it can be more efficient under full sun. To do this, leave it in the sun for at least 6 hours a day.

In places that have good lighting, it also develops well. However, you must be careful that your help is not just in shaded places. Therefore, bet in places close to doors and windows.

Image 03: Learn how to make rue seedlings and understand the planting techniques so that she can pick up the nutrients needed for her soil growth.

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It will all depend on the age of your plant. Younger rue need constant watering, while the older ones can have a more spaced period. However, don’t let the soil get too dry.

Now, if you have planted rue in clay pots, remember that this type of pot absorbs water. Some florists even say that these pots compete with the plants for the inlet water. So your rue can get dry.

So, if you have rue planted in this type of pot, you need to be more careful with watering and do it more constantly.


To further strengthen your plant, you can work with fertilizer for both potted and flowerbed rue.

You can prefer organic fertilizers that can also be made at home. In this case, they will be composed of earthworm humus and also NPK 10-10-10.

Characteristics of Aruba and Its Curiosities

Rue has its scientific name Rota grave lens. One of its main features is its elongated leaves with a bluish green tint or it can also be found in grayish green tones.

In its adult phase, it is very common to find rue with beautiful, tiny yellow flowers. These small flowers are very popular with bees.

Used for centuries by mankind, rue has its origins in Europe and since its discovery, it has been used for therapeutic purposes, mainly in Ancient Greece.

In addition, we can also mention that in the Roman Empire, rue was a very enthusiastic plant, as it was used in baths, treatment of feverish conditions, convulsions and also for scalding feet.

Image 04: If you don’t have floor gardens, don’t worry! Rue is a very versatile plant that calmly accepts being cared for in pots. But remember to carry out the proper pruning and, as soon as it reaches a larger size, you should change the pot so that it can continue to develop in order to ensure the plant’s health.

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Rue also had other us abilities. In antiquity, for example, rue was widely used macerated in vinegars and wines. In fact, it could also be found as a seasoning for cheese, salads, meat and fish. But, as rue has a bitter taste, for current seasonings it is no longer used.

In terms of religions, the use of rue has African use, highlighting its use in teas, baths and infusions.

Tips on where to plant rue

Rue can be planted in 3 different ways: through seeds, cuttings and division.

So see below a little more about each of these methods.


With the rue seeds in hand, you can carry out your planting in pots and seedbeds as well as in the plant bed.

In this case, give preference to fertile soils, mixing common soil with substrates. Once you have prepared the soil, make small holes approximately 0.5 cm deep and add the seeds.

Then cover the seed with soil and water. Remember to water daily.

Remember that the planting site needs to be well lit, but away from the sun’s rays.

After 10 days, when you notice the germination phase, you can transport the plant to its final location, if it is not already there.

Image 05: Plant your rue tree at strategic points in the garden. Even more if you have a dog at home, the smell of this plant is able to drive away ticks, leaving your pets always protected. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need medication too. In addition, you will also have beautiful flowers to decorate your garden.

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This process is very simple. Simply cut a branch of a healthy adult rue to plant it in the desired location just as it was in the seed. In a few days this branch will have taken root.


Another simple planting process that you can do at home. In this case, it is enough to have access to a large rue tree and already with an excellent level of development.

After that, just choose a branch of this plant that has access to its roots and perform the thinning.

Plant this seedling in a pot or even a flowerbed in your garden.

How to Take Care of Aruba: Curiosities

Did you know that rue, being a very old plant, has several very curious meanings?

If you have pets at home like cats and dogs, you need to know this, after all, few people know that rue is a very effective plant against the appearance of ticks and fleas in the house. So, to have this incredible benefit at home, just plant rue at strategic points in the garden where, preferably, you’re pet passes by.

Another curiosity of this plant is that since its discovery, rue has been used as a protective plant in order to ward off evil spirits, the evil eye and even envy.

Image 06: Rue also gives flowers. Then take a look at these beautiful yellow and delicate flowers that make the environment even more charming.

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In fact, rue is also a very common plant found in churches and temples for the use of services and masses to purify those who are there.

Even with its strong and unmistakable smell, this plant is also used for the work of therapeutic properties. Even some varicose vein treatments are used in rue.

Decorating Tips

In decoration, rue can be used at the entrance door, as it has a very old meaning of protection against the evil eye and warding off bad energy.

So, for this, make compositions of very charming vases and try to keep the plant in places where people and animals do not bump into. After all, not everyone likes its strong and a little bitter smell.

Image 07: Use rue in decorative vases to make your environment even more beautiful. Either inside or outside. You can also bet on using pots of different sizes.

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As for outdoor areas, plant your rue at strategic points so that in addition to decorating your garden, composing with other plants, making everything even more charming, it is necessary that it stays at strategic points. After all, you can, and should, use the benefits of this plant. Even more if you have pets at home to ward off possible ticks and fleas, thus minimizing the amount of medicine for your dear pets, right?

For this, you can plant them in the soil itself, but you can also bet on beautiful pot compositions. Whether in vases on the floor or in options suspended on the wall or ceiling, if your backyard has any part covered. But nothing also prevents you from using the branches of nearby trees to keep your vases in a beautiful hanging garden with cachepot, everything even more beautiful.

Therefore, give preference to having a rue at home, both inside and outside. So, plant your rue and take care of it with a lot of affection. So then you just have to reap everything it has to offer.