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Àloe Vera cultivation

I have recently aquired 5 of these. Very healthy plants

 I am interested in  discussion with anyone on here who specifically grows these. Always keen to listen & learn

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,430
    edited April 2018
    I have a large one in a pot on my kitchen windowsill ... it was a small one belonging to my mother in law, but she's famous for killing houseplants so she gave it to me and now, 18 months later it's huge and has just flowered ... I don't know whether that counts as 'specifically growing these'.  :/   They're not complicated plants. 

    It's in MPC on a southeast facing windowsill and I water it when it looks as if it needs it ... more in the summer than the winter ... and when I burn my hand on the stove I cut off a leaf and rub the sap on the burn which takes away the pain and makes it heal quickly. 
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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,356
    They are wonderful plants.I keep mine in the bathroom where it takes moisture from the air. Stand them on a gravel base,and water sparingly from the bottom.As Dove says,they are amazing to rub the gel on burns and cuts.I believe the diluted gel also reduces blood pressure. A nice statement plant for indoors.Although I grew them outside in Spain!!
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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,356
    Ps. Meant to say,if yours outgrows its pot,they split very well,just get some cactus compost.
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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,555
    edited April 2018
    Mine spends winter on the kitchen windowsill and summer outside in a sunny spot. It clearly needs re-potting this year because it's had babies this winter. They can get huge. Mine was a baby from my Mother's plant which eventually got so big it had to live permanently outdoors (on a sunny patio in Cornwall) which it did for several years with the benefit of a fleece wrap and some protection from rain when it was cold (it's one of those that doesn't mind either rain or cold just not both together). After Mum died so did the aloe without anyone to cosset it through the winter but its daughter lives on
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  • Mine spends winter on the kitchen windowsill and summer outside in a sunny spot. It clearly needs re-potting this year because it's had babies this winter. They can get huge. Mine was a baby from my Mother's plant which eventually got so big it had to live permanently outdoors (on a sunny patio in Cornwall) which it did for several years with the benefit of a fleece wrap and some protection from rain when it was cold (it's one of those that doesn't mind either rain or cold just not both together). After Mum died so did the aloe without anyone to cosset it through the winter but its daughter lives on
    I doubt that my plants will get too large to keep inside, because I intend yo eat them on a fairly regular basis.
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