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- Binomial name: Aloe barbadensis
- Given name: Vera
- Native to: Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Madagascar
- Given: 2017–2018, propagated by a friend
- Grown in: Canada
- Current pot: terracotta, 4 inch
Field notes — Early May, 2021
- New growth: they hadn’t grown much since I received them, they were kept in a low-light area, but there was a new pup.
- Repotting: moved and divided them from a very small and shallow plastic pot into 4 inch plastic pots using cactus mix.
- Signs of care issues: probably watered too early. Plastic pot is too large and holding too much moisture. Not enough light.
Field notes — June 19, 2021
- Signs of care issues: they aren’t well. Removed from soil; all have mold or root rot. Cut off root systems. Will attempt method of planting pups as shown in the How To Plant Aloe Vera Pups Without Roots YouTube video by The Aloe Vera Garden.
Field notes — July 4, 2021
- Soil: dry
- New growth: none; no root development
- Signs of care issues: one transparent, droopy leaf (underwatering)
- Per Garden for Indoor, trying:
Add rooting hormone to tips.
They recommend placing 1/3 into potting mix, but I went to the base of leaves(added more cactus mix to pot for enough depth)
Place into south-facing kitchen window.
Keep it moist for 4 weeks.
- Light: bright (south-facing); if facing north, rotate regularly
- Humidity: not important
- Temperature: 13 to 27 degrees Celsius
- Preference: completely dry before more water, drench, then allow to drain.
- Frequency: more water in hot weather. Might not need to water at all in winter if it’s in a cool spot.
Soil, fertilization, and pots
- Soil type: cactus mix
- Soil pH: 7.0 to 8.5
- Fertilization: not necessary, but can fertilize once in spring with half-strength, phosphorus-heavy, liquid fertilizer
- Repotting: terracotta pot with drainage holes. About as wide as it is deep or wider than it is taller; snug fit (one third larger than root system); plant becomes heavy, so want to avoid it tipping. Do not water after planting; wait a week. Place in bright indirect light until roots are established.
- Grow style: moderately fast in growing season
- Maturity: 4 to 6 years, 45 cm, but can spread far
- Neat stuff: they can sometimes flower indoors at maturity
- Common problems:
Overwatering (signs: black spots, mushy leaves)
Underwatering (signs: wrinkly, droopy, transparent leaves)
Root rot (signs: wrinkly, droopy, transparent leaves due; due to: overwatering; treatment: A. cut off dead and mushy roots, repot with fresh compost, go easy on watering; B. if all roots are affected, remove them all; cut off biggest leaves to reduce plant size, repot in fresh mix)
Pups without roots: press soil into bottom of pot. Add rocks and wedge pups between rocks OR add pups and place rocks around them for support. Wait two weeks, then repot into deeper soil and add water.