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My aloe plant is suffering, and I don't know why. I let it dry out before watering, and give it plenty of light. I've seen other aloe plants seemingly neglected, and they appear to thrive. What's going on?
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
Buy an Aloe Vera plant from the store or get one from a friend. Plant it in your garden. It will multiply and grow many baby plants. When you need a gift, just take an coffee can or plastic milk bottle cut in half and fill with soil. Plant the small Aloe Vera plant in it and put a bow on the font. The container can also be decorated by wrapping it with wrapping paper and putting a bow on it. I also do this with herbs from the garden. It makes a great gift for the mom that has everything and is also the gift that keeps on giving.
The Aloe Vera can be used for burns, sunburns, as well as softening of dry skin. Many of my friends still have the ones I gave them and love the fact that when someone gets a burn or sunburn, they just have to run outside and pick a few leaves thus saving them time and money and instantly they think of me.
I have grown aloe vera for many years now. It likes lots of sunshine and likes to get dry completely before being watered again. Also, it likes light, sandy soil, not heavily fertilized, rich soil. If your plant turns yellow, it is telling you it is either not getting enough sun, is too wet, or it is too cold. Remedy these, and your plant will green right back up. Aloe is tough, similar to a cactus, when growing.
Source: I got my info from 2 cousins in Texas who grow aloe in their yards. They both live near the coastal part of Texas, where it is hot, sunny, and basically dry. The aloe stays out in their yard year round. In South Carolina, though, it has to be brought in, as freezing temperatures will kill it.
By Jacketbacker from Greer, SC
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Aloe plants should be allowed to dry out between waterings. When it needs a drink, water enough to keep soil moist but don't saturate it too much. Drain any excess water from the bottom. I always added sand for any succulent plants that I grow. Also, aloe plant have a small root system. They should be kept in a small pot. Use a heavy pot with stones at the bottom. This plant will get top heavy as it grows. It likes bright light but not direct sun. I would keep it outside while the weather is warm, and bring it in when the temps are in the low 50's. Hope this helps you.
Put it under a tree or under a bench out of the direct sun. It will turn around. And as stated, let it dry out between waterings.
TC in MO
Here is my Aloe taken from a mother plant several years ago. I started many plants from a grocery store 4 in. pot. Cost was $2.95 about 30 yrs. ago.I have "pups" from that same plant growing in pots still.
Dirt, water well, let dry and water well. Water well means soak it in a larger container (if it is in a pot) until it stops bubbling, an hour is good. Then do not water for 2-3 weeks maybe 4 if it is in the house. If in the ground water to a 3-4 inch depth once or twice a month. They do best in morning sun/afternoon shade outside.This is for Southern Ca.
Good Luck, Great Granny vi
question I have a aloe leaf from someone do I put it in water to root or just plant it?
Editor's Note: Put it on top of some moist sand and it will root itself. Don't put it in water.
I want to grow and process aloe vera by planting aloe vera plants. For this purpose, kindly guide me accordingly.
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Thanks all of your for a quick response. My Basic intention is to grow aloe plant in a professional way and process the gel mechanically.
For this I need a proper guide line for some body so i can start in coming spring season.
I can't tell you anything about processing the gel, but rest assured, there's nothing hard about growing the plants! If you live in the south - anywhere that it will grow (catalogs should tell you its hardiness zone), you can stick it in the ground, water if the ground gets too dry, and watch it grow.
When we moved to a home in southern California, the side yard was a mass of Spanish bayonet (aptly named!). We cleared it all out, and found that under the Spanish bayonet was hiding a solid mass of aloe vera. We transplanted some of it to edge our front sidewalk, and it thrived quite beautifully. We had neighbors coming over all the time to ask for a leaf, and we would reply, "no, take a plant - please!"
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I have two small aloe plants that I left outside overnight when temperatures reached into the 20s. Now they seem so limp, and their coloring has changed.
My grandmother gave them to me and they flourished this summer, with me doing very little to them. So I am wondering how to help them bounce back from a possible freeze or at the very least a shock. Advice? Thank you in advance.
By April from SC
My aloe plant has been outside in the ground for 10 years now. I live in Southern California but at an elevation >1000 feet, there are a couple <20 nights/year. My plants just grow back from the center. The root structure is not compromised.
I think if you fear another frosty night, the rule is to spray them with water and the ice formed around the plant insulates them. Don't give up the ghost. These succulents endure freezing nights in their natural desert state and they flourish the rest of the year.
I have an aloe plant that is really big and has a yellow stripe on the leaves. What type of aloe plant is that?
Harry from Silver Springs, FL
Do a google search. Aloe with yellow stripe. It brings up a lot of different types of Aloe.
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Here is that same aloe plant after the January freeze we had in Southern California. It is recovering.
Great Granny Vi
I feel your pain. I live in San Jose and my Aloe Vera had the same problem and is now starting to turn green again.
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Aloe is a Miracle Plant used medicinallyfor hundreds of years. My daughter has a web site where she sells Aloe products. Aloe being the 1st ingredient. It can be used for hundreds of things. There are some good articles about Aloe Vera on her site. www.aloetherapy.com (03/18/2005)
By Joy Luster
The best way to spread aloe plants is to wait until the spring when it makes off shoots of babies buy itself. They will grow from the roots into a new plant, just cut it free from the mother plant when it is about 4 inches tall. I have heard you can break off a leaf, then stick it up in the dirt by itself and it will make a new plant. I haven't tried that so don't quote me. (05/26/2005)