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#1 Yggdrazil

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Posted September 18 2016 - 02:53 PM

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

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Posted September 18 2016 - 03:00 PM

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!

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Posted September 18 2016 - 03:26 PM

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!

 

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 soulcompromise

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Posted September 18 2016 - 03:32 PM

That's pretty neat. My mom loves gardening too. 


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Posted September 18 2016 - 03:42 PM

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

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Posted September 18 2016 - 05:30 PM

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.  :)  



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Posted September 18 2016 - 05:45 PM

Far out!  My grandmother always had one in the kitchen window...she would use it if she got burns while cooking. 8ppe.jpg


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Posted September 18 2016 - 07:03 PM


 

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.   :)

 

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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Posted September 21 2016 - 10:43 AM

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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Posted November 09 2016 - 03:13 AM

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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