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How do I get an Aloe Vera plant to flourish?

  • Posted on March 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

How do I get an Aloe Vera plant to flourish?
I have a couple of Aloe Vera plants that just won’t seem to do well. I’ve seen beautiful plants that are thick and lush. Mine have only a few skinny stalks/leaves and the leaves seem to seem to die easily. They are in regular flower pots and as you water them, over the months, the shallow roots become exposed due to soil settlement. Because the roots are so shallow, I feel like all of the moisture drains to the bottom and the roots near the surface die from lack of water. Am I watering too much? Should I use a different type of container, perhaps more shallow or use a differenty type of growing medium such as pea gravel? Should I fertilize them? My normally green thumb is brown when it comes to aloe. Help!

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Answer by lois d
use sandy soil put in direct sun, they do great in arizona and like i said out doors direct sun water very little as you see yours are getting rooty.

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Chloe, the Aloe Plant

  • Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Just saying hello to my plant.

Dividing An Aloe Vera Plant And Hoping It Lives

  • Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:38 am For day 12 of March Vlogging Madness I show you my aloe vera plant and how I’m separating it. Thanks to our sponsor http

The healing powers of the ALOE plant

  • Posted on November 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

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Eating the Aloe Vera Plant

  • Posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:55 am

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My aloe vera plant is wilting and turning brown at the tips.?

  • Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:54 am

My aloe vera plant is wilting and turning brown at the tips.?
My horticulture teacher at my high school let the students take a plant home as an end of the year gift. My house has gotten a bit chilly and I think that’s why it may be wilting. The green house where it was before was warm and moist, and the aloe vera was not in direct sunlight, now it’s in my house on the window sill in the kitchen. I have only watered it once, so I know it’s not under watering. What should I do to nurse it back to health? It’s going to be a while before it heats up here so I can’t put it outdoors. Thanks in advance for any responses.

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Answer by Kevin
Put it in a hot place like behind the fridge. Dont water it too much 🙂 hope this help! 🙂

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  • Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:01 am

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Could one drink aloe vera straight from the plant?

  • Posted on September 29, 2013 at 3:58 am

Could one drink aloe vera straight from the plant?
So could you, my parents have been giving me a drink of pure aloe vera straight from the plant with a mix of orange. Wasn’t quite sure if it is safe to do this.

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Answer by daboykf09
ya it is safe but bitter as hell!!.. back in africa my mom use to do the same, with no orange juice, just the aloe vera juice, i normally throw up 50% of the time!!..

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How often should I water my Aloe vera plant?

  • Posted on September 28, 2013 at 4:57 am

How often should I water my Aloe vera plant?
I have two aloe vera plants. I was watering them ever week and they were very sick looking. Then I tried watering it every couple of weeks and it was doing better but still not great. What do I need to do to help it grow big and strong like some I have seen out and about.

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Answer by laura b
I just got my first aloe vera plant two months ago.

1. Water the plant only when the soil is completely dry. Too much
water is a bad thing for these plants. It’s different depending on the size of the pot. A smaller pot requires more frequent watering as it dries faster. A larger pot requires less watering.

2. Make sure you are giving it plant food. They need the nutrients.

3. Also – Their roots grow shallow not deep, so a wide plant pot is recommended. Terra Cotta pots are the best as they are porous which allows for better air circulation, etc…

Hope this helps

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Something wrong with my aloe vera plant?

  • Posted on September 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

Something wrong with my aloe vera plant?
Well I broke a piece off today. I have never really used my aloe vera plant. We hardly water it, but it grows anyways and manages to stay all green. But today when I broke a piece off I opened it and as I got further to the top of the broken piece the gel (in the inside) was brown. There was green aloe gel too, but i didnt trust the brown gel.

What is that brown gel?? Haha, I know its silly but like i said i never really use the plant so i dont want to put just anything on my scars.

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Answer by japhiel
My Gemma (grandma) has always had one of these and I had one from her and have always had one since. Although I have rarely had to use one, I’ve never encountered the “brown gel.” I personally wouldn’t use it. I am thinking that, since leaves die from the tip back, that what you encountered was a sign of aging and eventual death for that piece of foliage. I found a discussion thread that seems to go along with much of what I said, you can check it out at:

I also found some interesting info at:

Hope this helps!

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