I have set mine outside every Summer. it had grown and multiplied several times. IT get pale every Summer and darkens up when I bring it back inside. Finally divided it...Gave the Moma plant to my daughter with 3 babies...good size mind you in 4 inch pots and I have eight in 4 inch pots left here at home...I must find homes for them because I surely don't need 8 plants!
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Hi finally got my aloe growing ok, just needed more water. I noticed today that it is getting very pale, it is my wifes baby powder which cover everything. how can I clean the plant if I can't water it from the top I brushed of what I could get
Hi Julia, thanks, my plant was on the lower shelf of a plant cart in a shaded lowes garden center, the shock of replanting and much more sun maybe the problem. I will move it out in a more shaded area when the rain stops. I think the rusty colored leaves was just the way the light was on it. I'll let you know how it goes. I water at the soil line. I lost a cactus that was watered that way. I got it at the grocery, when I was at lowes I asked in the plant department what was wrong and that is what she said
Hi Julia, A little rain, a little sun and lots of wind. I've been trying to take it easy today after hurting my foot yesterday, sitting sure gets boring quick, I'm used to being up moving a lot more than I have been today.
Your Aloe may have rust. It is caused by a fungus and can develop from water left on the leaves for too long or too little light. Be sure you water at the soil line and try not to get water on the leaves. You can remove badly effective leaves, you can also treat it with a funguscide.
I introduced my mother aloe plant (who was just a wee tot) to Iowa around 7 years ago from the most southern tip of Texas. Since then the mother plant has grown to about 4 1/2 feet in diameter and living happily in a huge ceramic pot. I have enough of her children to give a plant to everyone in our township, so, use that to assure you that they are not very hard to grow.
However forgiving aloe may be, they are also known to be very fickle. Over the years I have found that the Aloe plant loves its space and doesn't like any foreign object touching it. If the tips touch any object like another plant's pot or the wall, etc. the tips will turn brown. Check to see if the tips are touching anything besides another aloe plant.
Aloe plants also do not like too much sunshine... mine tend to bleach out easily if left in the direct, hot sun all the time. As far as temps, in the past I have always moved all of my plants outside after the last frost and there they stay until the danger of a hard freeze. I do cover them if there is a danger of frost. So a charming, drafty older home will not hurt your plant... unless you live in the arctic :)
Finally, as far as care... the less water the happier your plant will be. I have one plant literally burst from getting too much rain water for over a weeks length of time. I know, bad mom. I watch them closely now.
When I need to I have found that I can use my aloe plants to treat burns from cooking, sunburns, skin care, and I have even taken it internally one time to fight an intestinal infection. All with tremendous success; they are very healing plants. Always thank your plant for the blessing and remove the lover leaf if you need it for medicinal purposes. I usually take off the whole leaf at the main stem, but careful not to cut into the stem.
I am by no means an expert on aloe, but I have come to learn and understand my plants. They are very easy to care for and usually the less care the better. Mine enjoy a little attention every now and then, however. I hope yours does well. If it does not improve, it may not have been a well plant to start with. Set it next to a window away from anything else and periodically keep an eye on it. Otherwise, relax you will end up becoming a great father to your plant :) If anything does happen to it and you are in Iowa let me know I have a truck-load of plants you can choose from Julia
Edited by: JULIAJEAN2 at: 4/15/2012 (17:06)
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Hi I have had my aloe for about a month now. I got it at lowes, it had some browned tips which I trimmed and took out a bad leaf. but other leaves are starting to brown on the tips and and farther down they are a rusty green. What causes this. My house is cool but not bad now. it gets full afternoon sun does it need more. I am only watering once a week is that to much. thanks
If I want to just remove the damaged part, I cut straight across just leaving about 1/8 inch or slightly less of the damaged area. You can also remove the whole leaf at the base of the plant, taking care to not cut into the main part of the plant.
I have an aloe plant, too, and it has to be pretty hardy to survive me. They do like sunshine but seems to not mind cool---I keep our house an even 68 degrees. We have drafts, too, as our living room opens right to outdoors, when someone comes in or goes out. Aloe can grow to huge sizes, though!! I gave away my last one, which was in a 16" container because I didn't have room for it! Now my new one wants to move to a new bigger container.
Owwww! Thanks for reminding me, I need to water my Aloe! Mine is very resistant, I have a hard time growing some succulents, but this one is very hardy, it even has put up with my cats taking nips out of it!!!
My aloe plant spends the winter on my sun porch, which is heated but is several degrees cooler than the rest of the house and is drafty. It does fine, I just keep it a couple of feet from the windows so that on really cold days/nights it doesn't get to cold. I did a little checking and they are supposed to be able to survive temps down into the 30's at least.
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