I have an aloe plant that is 4 foot tall. I have had it for 12 years. The tips of the leaves are turning brown and drying up. What can I do?
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By maxey from Wilmington, DE
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By Marcia 07/06/2009
I don't know why but I one time killed mine because I watered it to much and it turned brownish
I understand that they are better to dry then to moist.
Here is a article to read.
Because Aloe plants consist of 95% water, they are extremely frost tender. If they are grown outdoors in warm climates, they should be planted in full sun, or light shade. The soil should be moderately fertile, and fast draining. Established plants will survive a drought quite well, but for the benefit of the plant, water should be provided.
Because of their popularity, Aloe Vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it's best to leave your Aloe plant in the pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. You can move the pot outdoors during the summer months.
Aloe Vera is a succulent, and as such, stores a large quantity of water within its leaves and root system. During the winter months, the plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allow the soil to become completely dry before giving the plant a cup or two of water. During the summer months, the soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering.
Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, in the spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10).
Aloes are propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.
As to the claims of the medicinal properties of the Aloe plant, I can only speak from my personal experience. I have kept an Aloe plant around for years, primarily for burns. In case of burns, an immediate application of fresh gel has relieved much of the pain, and prevented blistering, many times. I also found it to be quite effective to relieve itching from stings, bites and various 'stinging' plants, such as poison ivy. It is also good for the same problems, when they are encountered by your pets.
When you need to use it medicinally, just remove a lower leaf from the plant, slice it open, and apply the gel on the affected area.
Aloe Vera Plant Care
Common Name: Aloe Vera
Scientific Name: Aloe Vera
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Thick, light-green succulent leaves characterize the Aloe Vera plant. The Aloe plant is one of the easiest houseplants to care for. The Aloe Vera is a great plant to have around. When the leaves are broken open a gel is released that works wonders on sunburns, cuts and even bug bites.
The Aloe Vera's care needs are just that of a cactus. It thrives in bright light so keep it within 5 feet of a east or west facing window. This houseplant also just like the cactus tolerates very infrequent watering. You will only need to water this plant once every 2 weeks. I have even gone three weeks without any problems.
This houseplant can grow very big, very fast. If the plant begins to outgrow its pot, like it probably will, you may simply transplant sections and place it in another pot with dirt. I have done this multiple times. The plant also does not appear to be very picky about its soil type either. My biggest aloe (pictured) is growing in plain dirt from the yard. As you can see with my aloe pictured, these plants can spread very quickly. Mine needs some serious downsizing.
Aloe Vera plants are very easy to care for. They withstand quite a bit in my opinions. Please take a minute and view my list of easy to grow houseplants for other plants that are great for the busy person.
The sap of Aloe plants works great for sunburns and as treatment for other topical problems. However, from what I have found, certain varieties are poisonous if eaten, thus I have it listed on my poisonous houseplants list. So just to be safe, please keep these plants up and away from your pets and children.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I've noticed that if you get water on the lower leaves, they usually get brown right where they attach to the main plant and eventually fall off. Is there someway to store the aloe from inside the leaf?
Blogger drayas said...
Thanks for the tip on watering the lower leaves.
In terms of storing the aloe, I don't know. I tried doing a little research and wasn't finding anything specific.
Can any of my readers help us out?? If I find something I'll post it here.
By tawana 06/30/2009
I have a fairly large pot of aloe, and all I do is take a 12oz. coke bottle, poke a pinhole in it and lay it down in the pot. I refill around once a month.
By judy 06/28/2009
Wish someone would answer you as i have same problem with my aloe vera. Mine is getting too big for the small pot it's in and I suspect that is the problem since over all, they are very hardy plants. I've always wondered if they need minimal, medium, or heavy watering?
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