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How can I help my aloe vera plant thrive?

  • Posted on May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

How can I help my aloe vera plant thrive?
Lately my aloe vera plant looks like its slowly dieing and it looks like its turning orange. Any suggestions. BTW I live in the Sonora Desert.

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Answer by GracieM
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.

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Can aloe plants thrive in florescent lighting?

  • Posted on October 24, 2008 at 3:01 am

Can aloe plants thrive in florescent lighting?
I got a small aloe plant this summer that has been thriving in indirect sunlight on my kitchen sill. Problem is it’s gotten too big for the window now. I’ve transplanted it to a bigger pot and am thinking of taking to work. Does anyone know if aloe plants grow well in florescent office lighting that will receive no sunlight? Thanks!

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