Monday, March 31, 2014

Aloe Vera potted

Potting my Aloe Vera plants

How cute are these pots! I purchased them for $20 each. They were the perfect size. It was recommended to get more wide pot as opposed to deep pots. The big ones tend to drop babies, so you want space for them to do that. They don't need the pots to be very deep either, you just need good drainage. 
 I purchased my plants online from Rancho Charanda Citrus Ranch. The 14" cost me $24.95, which was a great price for it being that size, organic and free shipping, best price I could find.    
 I was very happy with the size and condition of the plants. They even threw in a bonus baby aloe vera plant with a cute note.
 To plant Aloe Vera you want a fairly wide pot, and need to use a well drained soil, like for cactus plants.  To fertilize you need a lot nitrogen fertilizer, and use half the amount as directed on most packages. I used an all purpose organic veggie fertilizer which recommends using 8 sticks, but I only used 2, and broke them in half to surround the plant. They are slow release, so I only need to feed it a couple times a year.

Aloe vera plans need very good drainage. So I picked up this lighweight pot filler that works even better than rock. It's about an inch thick. I only needed one, because the base of both pots were fairly small in diameter I just used a paper cut out to get the right size.
And here is my beautiful potted baby Aloe Vera plant in the 8 inch diameter purple lotus flower pot:)
I then used scraps to fill in the bottom of the 2nd pot, the one rounded pot filler was perfect size to use for both with some remaining.
 And here is the gorgeous mama Aloe Vera plant all potted up in the 10 inch diameter tea cup pot...reminds me of Alice in Wonderland ^_^ 
They need lots of sunlight, but not direct sunlight or they will start to turn brown The plants aren't in this location to stay, I will keep them away from the direct light near the window.  As for watering, you don't want to over water them either, the tips will start to brown. Once a week or every two weeks is efficient. Varied depending on if you keep them indoors, the humidity, and season. Wait until the surface is dry, about and inch or two deep. 

Symptoms Of Poor Care:
  • Leaves lie flat instead of upright: usually because of insufficient light.
  • Leaves are thin and curled: it’s not being watered enough and is using up its own liquid.
  • Leaves are brown: too much direct sunlight.
  • Very slow growth: High alkaline soil or water; too damp for too long; not enough light; too much fertilizer.