Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Trying My Hands at Aloe Vera

Planting that is. Heard a lot of good things about aloe vera and how easy it is to care for it. My mom, who's actually doing all the work, got a pot from our neighbour. It has since produced offshoots and multiplied into a number of plants. They are doing rather well right now. Especially after re-potting and if they are alone in one pot. There is one pot with two aloe veras and the plants seem skinnier than the one that's on it's own.

It seems that location also plays a part. It needs a lot of sunlight but not at the hottest hours around 11 am - 3 pm or they will get sunburn. Read that the brown spots on the leaves are actually sunburn. Will have to relocate some of them.

Apparently aloe vera is not choosey with the type soil you use but it has to be well-draining so that it doesn't retain too much water. It doesn't need a lot of watering. Some people said watering once a month is enough but some said once every two weeks. But still, will have to experiment a bit.

Wish I had a digital camera so that I could take their pictures and post them here and monitor their progress.

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