If you just placed your Aloe vera pup order, you can expect us to harvest, pack, and ship to you on a Tuesday or Wednesday for delivery before the weekend. We avoid shipping later in the week so that it does not spend extra time over the weekend in a box at the postal hub. We want you to get them back in the ground as soon as possible.
Aloe vera seems to grow much better in sandy soil. That is one secret to Aloe vera plant care. The growing medium needs to drain well. Think cacti, or other succulents, and provide good drainage – whether you are growing Aloe indoors or out.
What to expect after planting
A short time after planting your pups, you might notice the leaves turn reddish-brown. In fact, they may already be this color by the time you get them. I assure you, it is normal for the pups to change color when they are out of the ground.
Furthermore, the Aloe pups might remain like that for quite some time – at least a month, maybe longer, depending on the season. Don’t fret. Aloe vera is quite hearty and is capable of springing back, even when re-potting has been delayed for a couple weeks.
Aloe does not like to sit in water
Do not over-water your pups. When it becomes thirsty, your plant will feed off itself. The leaves provide the plant plenty of water in drought-like conditions. Over-watering is conducive to fungus like growth at the base of the leaves, spreading to the roots. The best way to take care of your Aloe vera is to water sparsely — especially during winter dormancy. Don’t be afraid to let the soil become bone dry before adding water.
Adding nutrients to the soil
Aloe vera will thrive with very little care. Keep the plant warm and dry — maybe give it a hug and a smile now and then — and your plant will be happy. Fertilization is not normally necessary. However, to better guarantee Aloe’s beautiful flowers in the springtime and plenty of pups, you can apply a diluted solution of an organic bloom-encouraging 10-40-10 fertilizer. Use less than you think! Aloe vera does not like to have it’s environment changed drastically.
While it is possible to mix your own fertilizer, most folks opt for a suitable (organic, mind you) blend from the garden center. Be mindful here: too much and too strong can harm your Aloe, not help it. Remember, we said “diluted.” Never use more than a half-strength (add water) solution. By the way, have I told you: “don’t use too much fertilizer”?
You can grow Aloe indoors or out
Aloe vera plants are used to being outside and getting lots of sunshine. However, they can also do well indoors. Just be sure to provide as much direct sunlight as you can. Aloes love the sun. Once established, Aloe can take about as much heat and light as any plant on the planet. Our Florida-raised plants seem to prefer about 20% shade. However, they thrive quite well in an open field too.
Again, indoors is fine — but position your plant near a window (facing south, east, or west). Never leave Aloe sitting in a dark corner away from sunlight. That is no way to treat a friend. Moreover, you should take your Aloe outdoors occasionally, just be sure there is no chance of the temperature dropping to anywhere near freezing.
Aloe can grow really well, given the opportunity
The eventual size of an Aloe plant is directly related to the size of the pot or space in which it is planted. If you want your plant to grow without hindrance, you should provide a home containing five gallons or more of soil.
Whether or not you allow the pups to remain with the mother plant will have a profound effect on how well the mother thrives. Remove the pups for maximum increase. Watch the counter to see how many Aloe pups Dr. Haley harvests from a mature plant in the video embedded below: Aloe care.
You can grow Aloe successfully
By providing the right amount of water and sunlight, keeping your Aloe plant or plants warm, and by giving them plenty of love … you can grow Aloe vera successfully. For more information, please contact us. We love to hear your questions.
Aloe is one of the most amazing plants anywhere. Why not bring one home?