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Growing Aloe Vera

Updated on June 24, 2014

"It can't be killed," my friend swore. "Put it in dirt, and throw some water on it."

I wasn't all that good with house plants and hastened a few along to an early demise until I moved to this one apartment building and my upstairs neighbor gave me a piece of their aloe vera.  Their aloe plant was enormous, and looked like it was on the verge of ripping their window box off the edge of the kitchen window.  "If it shrivels, it needs water, if it gets yellow, it needs more light.  It's easy," he said. "Honey, if this took any actual effort, I'd have killed it myself." Okay, he had me convinced...

That was close to twenty years ago now. And I'm still happily growing some crazy aloe vera plants. Read over this lens and see how easily you can turn that black thumb of yours to green too!

My Constant Kitchen Companion

I've had aloe vera plants in or near my kitchen for 20 years now. They are hardy, they seem to do really well (almost better even) when I ignore them, and they are great first-aid for the occasional kitchen hand injury. It really has turned out to be almost as easy as just putting them in dirt and throwing water on them. They tend to do kinda okay with that, but they do really well with just a bit of care and I've even got a few that seem to be doing fantastic, but I'm not sure exactly why.

I grew them for a long time without any idea of what I was doing, or why some plants thrived and others failed. I've learned to grow them by watching their colors and pinching their firmness and then adjusting light or water based on those. I knew if they got too yellow, it was too dark for them, but for some variations, it might also be too wet. Some red color seems to be okay for some plants, but too much red or really dark red and it means the plant is actually getting scorched.

Aloes are succulents, which means they are mostly made of retained water. That's why they are great for the semi-regular to utterly forgetful house plant gardener. They like a lot of light, but some varieties don't really care for full sun. I've grown them near windows with almost any exposure, as long as it was fairly-consistently light. Freezes will cause their plant cell walls to burst and kill the plant, so don't leave them outside if the temp is going to drop below freezing overnight. In most places I've lived, I've kept my aloe vera plants indoors but I have some friends who are in climates warm enough they are outside year-round.

Shown here is the aloe I got from my friend in San Jose. This is the only one I have that really likes direct sunlight/southern exposure. When I got it, it was about 1/3 of the size you see here, and the spines had dark red tips with reddish tones extending about a quarter of the way down them. As much as it did okay in a very warm and sunny climate, it grew like crazy once it was moved to my house, where it got bright but indirect light and slightly cooler temps. The spines will grow to reach towards the sun and it used to be more lopsided until I started to turn the pot regularly. A friend called it the "Cthulhu Aloe Vera" as a joke and said it looked like it was trying to grab me, and the nickname has stuck.

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When To Repot Your Aloe Vera Plant

If you have to repot your aloe vera, you will want to do it in the springtime. During the winter the plants should be left alone and barely watered as they go into a dormant phase. Too much water and they'll just rot. In summer, the plants do their most active growing and by repotting in the spring, it gives them time to get over the shock and get reestablished in the new surroundings.

photo by Relache
photo by Relache

The Stoplight Guide To Growing Aloe

a three-color theory of aloe plant health

I've learned most of my aloe vera growing know-how through trial and error. Fortunately aloes are very hardy plants and I've found it's often easy to fix a problem and not actually kill the plant. Just looking at the color of the plant and touching it can give you a good idea of how it's doing. By the way, here's my "Cthulhu" aloe from 2008. See how much larger it's grown?


     GREEN

Healthy aloes are most often green, ranging from pale green to darker greens. If you pinch the leaves or spines with two fingers, they feel very firm and juicy.


     YELLOW

If one of my aloe plants turns yellowish, it's often suffering from one of two problems. One is that the plant isn't getting enough light. The second is that the plant might be getting too much water. It will be up to you to decide which you think is happening. The color will shift to a yellow-green before turning really yellow and will often start to shrivel up from the tips of the spines moving in towards the main plant.

Make sure the plant is able to dry out in between waterings and try to give it more daylight. Aloes will sometimes terminate the ends of longer or larger spines when resources start to drop off. Watch for multiple spines developing creases and then dropping off the ends of the spines.


     RED

Some aloes naturally have a touch of red at the tips of their spines, but if the plant starts to become reddish or red overall, it's most often a sign that the plant is getting too much sunlight. Although known as a sun plant, some aloes prefer bright but indirect sunlight.

If the tips start to shrivel up along with turning red, try to move the plant to have a little less sun. If just one single leaf/spine turns red and shrivels up, this is the plant naturally pruning itself. This is how the older leaves die off by themselves.

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Detachable Babies or Pups

how I get all my new aloe vera plants

Part of why I've kept growing aloe veras for all these years is that mine have always made new plants really readily, and it means I wind up with more than one, so I've never lost an entire type on the rare occasion when I have a plant die.

My original aloe vera is very stalky with short stubby leaves. It produces little baby plants from off of the main stem, which are called "pups," and these actually detach or are cut off as near-fully-formed baby plants. If you stick the stem end in dirt and *don't* water it for about four to six weeks, it will most likely root itself. If you water it before it forms roots, it will rot and die.

The "Cthulhu" aloe reproduces by sending up new pups from the roots. They start poking up underneath the parent plant and then rapidly grow in size. (shown here, a few new plants just starting to show) When I've wanted to make more of this type, I let them grow to be about 3"-4" tall, then I cut these way down at the roots where they attach to the parent and move them to their own pots of dirt. Again, I don't water them for the first 4-6 weeks and see if they establish. This one starts so many shoots, I actually get rid of most of them. For a while, I gave them away, but now that all my friends have one, it's harder to find folks to give them to.

Blooming Aloe - where no plant has gone before

After fifteen years of growing aloes as house plants, there really wasn't anything they do that surprised me. Until January 21, 2008. That morning, I took a look over my plants like I usually do and I saw something new.

I saw a bloom forming on my gigantic aloe vera!

Part of me wants to say the plant was inspired by our new President and said "Yes, I can!" but really it's probably a combination of the fact that the plant is mature enough, is potted such that it's rooted well enough and it's gotten the care that it needed to finally get around to blooming. The bud had to have been forming for weeks now, but it's only now sticking up enough to show among the other spines.

I consulted my trusty cactus and succulent book, and learned that aloes most often bloom during the winter or spring, and the the flowers might be red, orange, green or yellow. The friend who gave me the plant has never had any of hers get so big, so she's never seen one bloom. We're off the plant map here, and I'm loving it!

In the end I got a nearly-three-foot tall spike that almost touched the ceiling before the delicate yellow flowers opened up. They dripped a VERY sticky nectar down onto the plants itself and bloomed for close to three weeks before withering.

Growing 'Em Big And Srong - tips and tricks for those big babies

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photo by Relache

Q: I have a few months old aloe vera plant which is growing up tall and slim. I am afraid it will break under its own weight, so my plant is leaning on a wall. I wonder how do you make your aloe vera plants to grow wide and big with such strong stems?

A:There are a couple of tips and tricks for growing really big plants and not losing control of them.

The first tip for trying to grow a really big plant is you need to make sure your aloe is in a pot that is both large and deep. A well-developed root system is necessary for a large plant to be able to not only grow but to stay alive and healthy.

The next thing you need to do is make sure you rotate the pot regularly. Plants like sunlight and they will grow in the direction of the brightest light. In a really dark room this can make them lean very sharply towards a window or even a lamp. If you have a plant that is growing at a really funky angle, turn the pot so that the plant is leaning away from the light. This will make it start to grow back in the direction of the light and it will slowly start to move back to being more upright. When the plant is back to being upright, don't let it just keep going and wind up growing out of whack again. Make sure to turn the pot about a quarter turn once per month. This allows each side of the plant to get its turn in the sun and works to keep the plant more or less centered and pointing up. When the plant gets even light all around, the whole thing is able to grow better.

The third "trick" is to water your plant regularly. It's true that aloe vera plants are known as being very drought-tolerant, but that just means they are able to survive in conditions without much water, it doesn't mean they thrive and grow perfectly under those conditions. While they are hardy houseplants that can stand up to neglect well, if you want a really huge and happy one, you have to take care of it.

The Aloe you see here is the exact same one shown on the rest of this lens and you can see how large it's gotten over the years.

Do you keep aloe vera plants too? Let me know how yours are doing! I'm also open to questions about aloes, but understand I'm just a houseplant-tender and not a plant care professional...

Aloe Vera Comments and Questions

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      Rae Schwarz 20 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Elaine, the plants tend to be different sizes depending on age. Gender only comes into play inside the flowers where both male and female bits exist together.

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      Elaine 22 months ago

      Is there a male and female aloe Vera plant I heard there was and was wondering I have 2 plants one is very thick and one is smaller

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      debbie-laramore 3 years ago

      Our aloe plant developed a very strange growth that grew out of the stem. There was new growth that continued to grow, but this was on the side of the stem. It was stunted and "frilly" almost as if it were stunted growth. It seemed to be a bright lime green. Anyone have any ideas as to what it might be?

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @scecgab: Scecgab, aloes grow based on their environment. Having a really large pot makes them grow taller, but if they don't get enough light, that tends to make them spindly and they grow "reaching up" for it. The pups (babies) can be cut or broken off. Aloes self-prune, they grow spines, not branches or leaves. To get a smaller one, most humans pot up a baby and give away the parent plant once they know their new plant is established.

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      scecgab 3 years ago

      I have an aloe vera plant (tree - its stand about 4 feet tall with help from sticks) it is a very thin leaf aloe. How do i keep it from growing taller? It also have about 4 babies attached to the base of the mother - do i break them off or cut them off? My main concern is that it will hit the celling. Any advise is very much appreciated .

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @kevin-blakebrough: You need to water those babies for sure! Aloes store moisture, so when they start to get soft and floppy, they are running too low.

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      kevin-blakebrough 3 years ago

      Both my Aloes are flopping, have not watered for a while - but not sure too water (Is this the problem) or not to water still. They are green and the flopping came on in a week or so. The leaves feel rather soft not hard now

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @susie-jackson-12576: Susie, as it's pretty much wintertime, we have a lot less sun. Less light causes aloes to get paler, which is actually part of their normal cycle for this time of year, but if your mom's plant is super pale, try to move it to get a touch more natural light and see if it darkens up a bit.

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      susie-jackson-12576 3 years ago

      My mother has an aloe vera plant and its color has turned to a light green. What's wrong with it?

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love Aloe Vera plants, great for sunburns and any burn really. I need to get another one. Enjoyed your lens :)

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting lens! I have a large aloe vera plant I "adopted" seven years ago when it was a sickly looking little thing. I will need to repot it next spring. Great advice and tips here. I've never seen one bloom...very cool!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love your page! We bought my grandmother's house in 1989 and I inherited a large aloe vera. It sat in a storage room near the window for a year, and it still lives!! Not sure how long she had it, but I'm currently repotting it again and giving away the babies. Amazing plants!

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      Euryale Sinclair 4 years ago from The Left Coast

      @Redneck Lady Luck: I keep an eye out and nip off baby plants as they poke up out if the dirt. It's the only way to keep the pot I have from over-crowding.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I finally chopped my aloe plant down to get it more manageable. It must have given birth to more than a hundred baby aloe plants. It is amazing how these plants grow.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I do not have an aloe vera plant. After reading this lens, I will start to grow my own aloe vera plants. Thanks for sharing this great information.

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      Euryale Sinclair 4 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: hey, Dee! If you get any chance of freezing temps, you'll want to bring the plants inside. They'll want some place that gets moderate to bright light, not too close to heating vents or they'll get shock from the warm/dry air compared to what they are used to outside.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi . i was just wondering what i should do with my plant ,we live on vancouver island and they have been outside all summer growing like crazy but its starting to get cold and i don't want them to dead .should i bring them inside for the winter and if so where is the best place for them in the house thanks

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: Aloes will lose leaves like any other plant, so if this is happening really slowly over time, it's normal. If it's happening pretty quickly, and the tips of leaves are shriveling first, the aloe needs water. If it doesn't seem like that, it may be that the aloe is too cold and is starting to die.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      why do the leaves keep falling off one at a time

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: What part of the plant do they come from? And what shape are the leaves/spines n your aloe?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My aloe vera plant gives off these green , tiny pea like things, what are they?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, I have a few months old aloe vera plant which is growing up tall and slim. I am afraid it will break under its own weight, so my plant is leaning on a wall. I wonder how do you make your aloe vera plants to grow wide and big with such strong stems? Thank you

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      RoadMonkey 5 years ago

      Yes, have had aloe veras for a long time, they just grow and get on with it with almost negligent care!

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      JeanJohnson LM 5 years ago

      Just bought one today for my front yard. Can't wait for the little one to grow. Thanks, enjoyed reading your lens.

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      ognjent 5 years ago

      This is very interesteing lens! I am also interested in Aloe Vera prodiucts.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Thank you for this article! I have been happily growing one on my bathroom window sill in the UK over the winter and as soon as it got warm I put it outside and got very worried at it starting to turn red. Brought it in and it is back to its happy self, but you have answered my WHY? question for me. I am bookmarking this as I love my Aloe. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I absolutely adore growing and using aloe vera! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After reading this I want to grow some aloe vera, thanks for sharing!

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: Hmmm, your plant might need more water if the buds are withering. Also, when was the last time you fertilized it?

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @pyngthyngs: In 2012, I did not get a bloom. But in 2011, it was a lovely cascade of tiny yellow flowers that dripped a ton of sticky nectar.

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @SheSha: Your aloe sounds like it needs a bit more water and sunshine. Read the section on "stoplight" growing for more tips.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Oh and I forgot, my doctor had me use aloe vera on my skin when I had radiation treatment for breast cancer.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens - angel blessed for the combination of great how to information and personal examples. I loved your photos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Help! Aloe was going to bloom but the buds are withering before it has chance to flower!

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      SheSha 5 years ago

      I got a mini aloe plant from a friend, it's about 4" from the tallest leaf including all the roots. I transplanted it, but the leaves are all limp and two of them are starting to look a little bit yellow-green (might just be a little paranoia, since I've been reading aloe plant care for about three hours). How should/can I fix it? I can't find much, so I decided to ask for help.

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      menskincaretips 5 years ago

      My wife taught me to eat aloe vera, it has many health benefits!

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      ilike2create 5 years ago

      I had an Aloe Vera plant once and it grew very fast. But as I moved to another place I gave it away. Interesting leins.

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      pyngthyngs 5 years ago

      Has that bud bloomed yet? I would love to see it's beauty.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Great lens. Very impressed with your layout and of course the content is great!

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      Hurray! You are the first person I've found to have a flowering aloe like mine! I have a huge aloe (well, several now). 25 years ago it was a sized aloe in a 6" pot, purchased from the local grocery store. Over the years, the aloe grew to be a very large plant that has flowered many times, and shared the sprouts with friends. However, two years ago a couple of her bigger kids kicked Big Mama out of the pot (literally). I thought the big, heavy mother plant was going to die due to a lack of a decent root system after finding it on the floor. So, I put her in an empty pot on the deck - no dirt. Other than what appeared to be a lack of roots, the leaves remained healthy. I kept the plant by the back door in the empty pot for two months. Then it began to flower without dirt. I planted it in the pot she decided to flower in, but it was the wrong container for a plant like this. At this time, have at least three monster aloes with sprouts in two different containers that need to be repotted. Your transplant recommendatins are definitely helpful, and apreciated. Thank you for sharing your information about this wonderful plant.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I bought a little tiny aloe vera plant for my husband who said he really wanted one. Ha...it is now a monster who is indeed a very great baby maker and my husband wants it banished from the house as he is afraid it is going to tip over it's pot. Fortunately I love our aloe plant and so it remains happily in our home. Mine also sprouted out a flower last year.

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      madoc 5 years ago

      We might try it, if Wisconsin is not too far north.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We have them growing in our yard. Thanks for making this lens.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Thank you for a very helpful and informative lens.

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great lens. I've never grown aloe vera because I didn't want to kill the poor plant. Now I'll try it using your tips. Thanks;)

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to try growing aloe vera just to have around for sunburns, etc. Thanks for such an informative lens!

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      TennesseeWoodShop 5 years ago

      Aloe is so good for you

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      peachplanet 5 years ago

      I may have to get one

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I have used aloe vera ever since I can remember. It was always available around my house for sunburn, bruises, broken bones , and other indignities! Congratulations for being on the Front Page, and for this wonderful article!

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      mommafox 5 years ago

      I've kept them in the past and need to get another one. Nothing heals faster than a blob of Aloe.

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      I always love growing aloe vera great for cuts and bruises - nice lens

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      My mother has aloe vera plants but it isn't like on this lens. She has those bonsai aloe vera.

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for all this informations. Nice lens.

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      Lagniappe LM 5 years ago

      I love Aloe plants, but I have never been able to keep one alive long enough to enjoy it. I will get another one this Spring and try what you have recommended.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, we usually have a couple of these around the house. Good to have on hand for treating light burns as well. Great lens!

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      great info, thanks for taking the time.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Thanks, this is an informational lens for me, learn a lot. It is amusing how little care aloe needs to grow... This is a plant used in medicine and cosmetics with great success.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I have had one for many years that has never bloomed, but I love it anyway. Yet I have other aloes that bloom often. This is a great lens with good info. Thank you!

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      My Uncle's bloomed after 10 years! We were so shocked an thrilled too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad you saw your first blossom, here in hawaii i grow aloe to eat and use on my skin, hair, etc. I have around 40 large med and small plants and am continually harvesting from the larger ones. I cut the blossom stems as soon as I see them start to form in order that the plant will grow faster. If we had hummingbirds i might let some go for them. I also tend some of my neighbors aloe's because i use more than I can grow(over 400 mature leaves /year!!) good luck

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Did the 15 year old aloe blossom open? Was it a green flower?

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      They're weeds in my backyard. Want some? LOL

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We have a huge aloe plant outside that keeps growing and growing. I've never tried to grow aloe inside but luckily our weather is perfect all year for growing outside. Great aloe tips for newbies for sure!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a fabulous lens! Thanks for all this great info.

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      TacTac 7 years ago

      Excellent lens, favorited for future reference. Thanks for writing it.

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      I started with one plant and replanted the off shoots. Some died from over watering, too much shade or being near an open window in the cold. I still have a couple of large plants in direct sun on a windowsill that need to be pruned. I will have to give some more away, they can take over.

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      Euryale Sinclair 8 years ago from The Left Coast

      [in reply to Steve] When you look at my largest plant, it's apparent that you could easily take three or four of those big leaves and not hurt the plant. However, if you really want to produce your own aloe, I'd suggest growing multiple plants to as large a size as possible. I'd also suggest not harvesting heavily during the aloe's dormant phase.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Speaking of medicinal usage of aloe, I'm curious how much of a plant can be sacrificed for usage before the plant is negatively affected. Or could an occasional trimming actually benefit the plant?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I live in Central California, in Fresno, as a matter of fact. I currently have an Aloe plant that is getting ready to bloom. It seems the variety I have blooms every 5 years. I've got mine planted outside where it gets mostly afternoon sun. Our soil is sandy, we live in the middle of raisin vineyards. My plant is about 10 years old and this is the second time it has bloomed. Our winter nights get pretty cool, anywhere from 25 to 35 degrees. This Aloe seems to take the frost pretty well. The tips of the leaves get frost bit, turn black, and shrivel up. And I just cut the dead tips off and the plant takes over. These are the most amazing plants. THEY LIVE FOREVER!

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      BeccaB LM 8 years ago

      Very nice lens, I need more indoor plants and wasn't sure what to choose. This really helped! I am adding this to my lensroll

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Great lens. I love plants and like you, many die. I've never seen an aloe bloom either so I'll be back to check out your bloom. 5 stars, favorite. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      [in reply to steve] In all my years of growing aloes, I've never had a variety that flowered. If the stalks seem to wither up once they are done, I'd let them naturally detach from the plant when they are ready.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      once my aloes have flowered, and the petals drop, the stalks look healthy and gradually wither. should they be cut or left alone, and will another stalk grow?

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      Mary, selling plants in spring or summer, when they are actively growing would probably work best. In winter, when they hibernate and need to be ignored the most (i.e. not watered) it's often hard to explain to people to leave them alone.

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      MBradley McCauley 9 years ago

      Glad I found you. I have a balcony full of 'climbing aloe', most of them have numerous shoots. I'm glad you gave me care instructions here, I am over watering them and will now let them have a quiet summer. Thanks for this. I hope to be able to sell the offshoots. Should I wait until spring?

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      TacTac 9 years ago

      Love the lens. The stoplight guide to aloe is brilliant. Thanks for the info and happy gardening.

      TacTac

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      Charanne, I've seen plants stop growing once they reach the max they can get in their present pot. Come springtime, try repotting your aloe into a pot that is a little bit larger around and a little bit taller. Then pick off any baby plants it might be trying to start and see if the mother plant gets bigger then.

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      windowbox 9 years ago

      hmmmmm really good tips abt growing aloe vera such a good herbal medicine people in urban are can grow the aloe vera and other herbs or mushroom in Window Boxes if they do not have space .......

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      Charanne 9 years ago

      The problem I have with my aloe vera plant is that it is so busy producing new plants, that is does not grow... then again I get new plants every so often.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      great lens. Thanks for the tips. I recently bought an Aloe and have no intention of killing it :)

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Good info here about one of my favorite plants. A friend of mine had the most drop-dead gorgeous aloe's that actually cascaded out of their pots with new sprouts. Thanks for sharing!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      we had some of these at our grandparents house, this is a very very helpful medicinal plant.

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      Tonie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      Hello - This is a very nice site. I have an aloe that is more than 20 years old, and is huge in size. It has flowered at least a half a dozen times over the years, and yes - she has pups, too!. This site reminds me of how my baby needs s shot of topsoil on her. I've had aloes around me for a long time, and do not want to be without one.

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      Wow! Thanks for letting me know, rms, and thanks to everyone who voted for my lens.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! Growing Aloe Vera is this week's winner of the Choose Your Favorite Giant Lens contest and is now being featured at the Giant Squid Community Showcase.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      great lens. aloe has many uses. I can still remember when we were small we used aloe to treat small burns and minor cuts.

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      Piksychick 9 years ago

      This lens has given me inspiration to try and grow an aloe! With the fail-proof tips that you have provided I am sure to succeed. Thanks.

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      Somedays I think my aloes taught me how to take care of houseplants. I've expanded my plant repertoire beyond succulents now.

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      I too am generally the harbinger of doom to house plants, but my aloe always sticks with me. And, you are right on the money about growing one in the kitchen - indispensable for small burns. What a great page.