Aloe Vera - Just A Little Hope

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by StellarCoon, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    Three years ago my aunt received a small aloe vera plant as a gift from another family member. After she had it a while it got really sick, and the plant had almost turned completely brown. She was almost certain that it was dead and was just about to throw it away. I got it from her, not sure myself if there was any life left in it, and with no experience at all with this species, but I managed to nurse it back to health. It grew many times it's original size and today(3 years later) I discovered, after leaving it out in the sun all summer, I had 10 new aloe vera plants sprouting from the mother's base.

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  2. morrow

    morrow Free as a bird

    It's a great plant to have, and you did good!

    Now you need to find out how to use it

    It's great for skin problems, and even as a drink!

    Also, Christmas is coming, gift the small ones to people, get some info from the internet, and print it out on some card! How easy is that?

    Well done!
     
  3. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    I used it once to treat a burn when I lacked burn-cream.

    The card thing is not a bad idea. That would prevent many deaths.

    I plan on giving all away except for two.
     
  4. That's pretty neat. My mom loves gardening too.
     
  5. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

    I love aloe. My boyfriend kills every aloe plant I get by thinking it could use some sun so he sticks it outside then doesn't realize he needs to bring it back in before the huge rainstorm expected later the same day...or decides it could use some fresh air in January in 30 degree weather.

    I'm on my third plant now and told him he can't under any circumstances touch it lol.

    It is doing okay but there are 4 different plants in one pot at this point and and I really need to repot them individually
     
  6. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    Aloe is the one plant that I consistently cannot grow. I don't even do "interesting" things to it like Meliai's boyfriend and yet I still manage to kill them. :-(

    I try not to water it too much nor too little. I have always made sure to put it (the now RIP aloes) in light but not direct sun. But then direct sun would be almost impossible since there is a canopy (of trees) over most of the house.

    You did excellent! When you put it outside, WAS it in direct sun? How much water? I want advice! lol

    There is a part of me that knows I will try to grow yet another aloe. :)
     
  7. tumbling.dice

    tumbling.dice Senior Member

    Far out! My grandmother always had one in the kitchen window...she would use it if she got burns while cooking. [​IMG]
     
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  8. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    It only received direct sunlight for maybe half the day due to where it was positioned outside. It was watered by rain, which was roughly once every two weeks. It needs well-drained soil. So I use a mix of potting soil with sand. Also use a pot with good drainage. When it went over 95F I would bring it inside. Summer sun seemed to cook it. The leaves were droopy and very warm to the touch when it reached those temperatures.

    What usually kills aloe vera:
    -excess watering
    -too much sun

    Aloe very is a tropical, and only semi-desert plant. It is also a succulent hence the weakness to over-watering. They do well indoors too on a windowsill.

    In conclusion:

    1.water lightly, don't flood it, and make sure it drains
    2.don't treat it like a desert plant when it comes to sunlight
     
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  9. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    I've just confirmed why some of the leaf tips were turning brown, at least in my case. Over exposure to sun will give the leaves sunburn. So I reduced the sun exposure and the leaves went back to a green color in about 3 days. Some leaves were so brown they literally looked like they needed to be removed from the rest of the plant. I am surprised at how well it has recovered.

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  10. magickman

    magickman Supporters HipForums Supporter

    Aloe is great! I have treated some pretty bad burns with it before, by changing it every few hours.

    Kudos on the "Karen" avatar too. She's a very sensible person.
     
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  11. pattymary

    pattymary Member

    fantastic plant!!!it is a pleasure to see yours!!
    That precious plant is called"sinkle Bible" in Jamaica, it means it is the Bible in terms of healing power..
    It is true it is soothing burnt and mosquitoes bites when rubbed on the skin, but it has a lot more uses, especially taken orally.It is possible to juice the jelly part , and use it as a purge , this is especially good for the guts to balance the bacterias for a good digestion..Aloe Vera has also vitamin B12, that is quite rare for a plant, and very suitable for vegans and non-vegans to get their B12 dose..
    I am going to tell you what i am doing when my eyes are getting tired of using computer too much, I am wrapping two little pieces of the jelly in some pieces of clothe, tee-shirt type fabric, and putting them on my eyes as a mask during 20 minutes, it is relieving my eyes..
    Wonderful plant, thanks for all these beautiful pictures!!
     
  12. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

    oh memories. This aloe plant is now most definitely dead.

    RIP
     
  13. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    Update:

    Because of the cold weather, the plants are now indoors. They are now greener than ever since they've lost their sunburn marks. The babies are growing well, most are still attached to the parent. I should really separate them now.
     
  14. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    Update:
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    Super thick leaves
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    2 offspring have been removed
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    Top shot
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  15. Aerianne

    Aerianne Crazy Cat Lady Staff Member Super Moderator

    They're so pretty!
     
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  16. StellarCoon

    StellarCoon Shadow Warrior

    Thanks. They are a lot greener than they were in my first shots. Now I wait until the soil is completely dry before watering as recommended. It seems to be working well.
     
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