Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

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Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Leon Davido » Tue, 26 Apr 1994 14:07:28



Hi,
An exciting discovery this morning...my Aloe Vera is blooming again!

Yeah, I know that this is nothing special down south but I live in
Vancouver, B.C., Canada and this is an indoor plant I'm talking about.

Last year this plant bloomed for the first time around February then again
at around this time of the year.  I was surprized and amazed.  I certainly
didn't expect it to bloom again this year.

:-) :-) :-)

Leon

 
 
 

Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Charl » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 11:32:09


Quote:

>Hi,
>An exciting discovery this morning...my Aloe Vera is blooming again!

>Yeah, I know that this is nothing special down south but I live in
>Vancouver, B.C., Canada and this is an indoor plant I'm talking about.

>Last year this plant bloomed for the first time around February then again
>at around this time of the year.  I was surprized and amazed.  I certainly
>didn't expect it to bloom again this year.

>:-) :-) :-)

>Leon

I didn't know that aloe vera bloomed.  What do the blooms look like?  My mother
has had aloe plant for years.  They've always over populated their pots but I've
never seen them bloom.

charlie

 
 
 

Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Leon Davido » Tue, 03 May 1994 07:08:07



Quote:
(Charlie) writes:



> Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 1994 02:32:09 GMT

> Org.  : The Rubicon Organisation


> Davidoff) writes:
> >Hi,
> >An exciting discovery this morning...my Aloe Vera is blooming again!

> >Yeah, I know that this is nothing special down south but I live in
> >Vancouver, B.C., Canada and this is an indoor plant I'm talking about.

> >Last year this plant bloomed for the first time around February then
> again
> >at around this time of the year.  I was surprized and amazed.  I
> certainly
> >didn't expect it to bloom again this year.

> >:-) :-) :-)

> >Leon

> I didn't know that aloe vera bloomed.  What do the blooms look like?  My
> mother
> has had aloe plant for years.  They've always over populated their pots
> but I've
> never seen them bloom.

> charlie

Aloe Vera send up a spike, the tip of which looks like an Asparagus shoot.
When the spike gets well above the height of the main plant (mine is about
3 feet across and two feet high) the flowers start to bloom from the bottom
of the spike head up.  Each bloom is a bell-shaped flower (my plant blooms
pale yellow) with the open end*** down.  These blooms are so
over-loaded with nectar that they drip a gooey mess all over the table the
plant is on.  Luckily it's an easy mess to clean up.

I think there are a few keys to getting the Aloe Vera to bloom.  The first
is plant size.  The plant must be mature.  I always let my Aloe Vera dry
out between watering and only rarely does it get a really big drink.  This
last year has been very *** this plant (it fell over a couple of times
breaking off some leaves so it doesn't look as nice as it did last year)
but I think I triggered it into blooming by moving it from a bright room
with little direct light to one where it gets full days of direct sunshine;
it's kind of like a greenhouse.

A couple of other things...  I usually don't give my plants much in the way
of feeding.  A bit of 20-20-20 every three or four months, maybe.  Whenever
I see small Aloe Vera sprouting out of the pot I let them grow only long
enough for me to be sure they have roots then out they come because they
will compete with the main plant and as they grow they will distort the
shape of both themselves and the main plant.

Leon

 
 
 

Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Garry Willia » Sun, 01 May 1994 16:03:58


Quote:

> Hi,
> An exciting discovery this morning...my Aloe Vera is blooming again!

> Yeah, I know that this is nothing special down south but I live in
> Vancouver, B.C., Canada and this is an indoor plant I'm talking about.

> Last year this plant bloomed for the first time around February then again
> at around this time of the year.  I was surprized and amazed.  I certainly
> didn't expect it to bloom again this year.

> :-) :-) :-)

> Leon

Gee, it seems special to me! I didn't even know that they bloomed! I've
had an aloe vera plant indoors for the last  6 or 7 years and mine has
never bloomed. What sort of conditions do you give yours? Wonder what I
can do to encourage mine to bloom? Please do tell us about what the bloom
looks like!

Garry

Garry Williams               "A goblet, a goblet, yea even a hoop, the eyes

                             flow, yet who can know? But such is life,
                             business is business, and Dort is not mocked.
                             Yea, yea."-The Seven Wonders of the Universe

 
 
 

Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Leon Davido » Wed, 04 May 1994 11:08:57



Quote:
Williams) writes:



> Posted: Sat, 30 Apr 94 07:03:58 EDT

> Org.  : SalzoBoard BBS * 919-481-3787


> > Hi,
> > An exciting discovery this morning...my Aloe Vera is blooming again!

> > Yeah, I know that this is nothing special down south but I live in
> > Vancouver, B.C., Canada and this is an indoor plant I'm talking about.

> > Last year this plant bloomed for the first time around February then
> again
> > at around this time of the year.  I was surprized and amazed.  I
> certainly
> > didn't expect it to bloom again this year.

> > :-) :-) :-)

> > Leon

> Gee, it seems special to me! I didn't even know that they bloomed! I've
> had an aloe vera plant indoors for the last  6 or 7 years and mine has
> never bloomed. What sort of conditions do you give yours? Wonder what I
> can do to encourage mine to bloom? Please do tell us about what the bloom
> looks like!

> Garry

> Garry Williams               "A goblet, a goblet, yea even a hoop, the
> eyes

>                              flow, yet who can know? But such is life,
>                              business is business, and Dort is not
> mocked.
>                              Yea, yea."-The Seven Wonders of the Universe

Thanks for the reply.  I gave details on the bloom in another message but I
can give a brief summary here.  The plant sends up a spike the tip of which
starts opening up after it reaches above the main plant.  Mine blooms in
pale yellow.  Each bloom is a small downward*** bell about 2 inches
long (though they get smaller as you go higher).  There are lots of these
bells when blooming though they develop from the bottom up.  This blooming
cycle lasts for over a month and by the end the spike is just a dried out
stalk with blooms and nectar making a mess all around the plant.  Messes
like this I don't mind.  :-)

My plant was about 4 1/2 years old when it bloomed last year, but it was
also big.  I have had others which lived a long time but never really got
very big. This plant seems to like as much light and heat as it can get and
likes to dry out between waterings.  This is the third time it's bloomed
and each time I am surprized to see the spike (it's usually quite developed
by the time I notice) so I guess that I generally ignore it and it does
well.  :-)

Leon

 
 
 

Aloe Vera - blooming again!!!

Post by Martha Cath » Thu, 05 May 1994 01:28:30


I have an indoor aloe vera plant that has bloomed every Christmas, almost
since I first got it.  It started blooming about 7 years ago.  I don't know
if it reached a certain size or age, or just because it was placed in an
east-facing window where it got a lot of morning sun.  I am a very neglectful
mom and hardly ever remember to water or repot it.  The only time it got mad
at me was when I put it outside too long and it got sunburned (-:  (really).
Some years it blooms twice.

Martha in NM