Spoiler alert: I repotted & moved it out of the strong sun
I love my Aloe vera and use it almost every day. It’s truly a plant with purpose! It was in a warm, sunny spot my front garden and both the plant and pot were looking looking a wee bit sad. It was time to take action and make my beloved plant a whole lot happier. By the way, the pot will get a facelift one of these days.
Here’s the Aloe vera & the pot before the re-do. You can see all the dried & discolored leaves as well as the roots growing out of the bottom. The painted had almost completely peeled off the pot. Not a pretty sight.
A couple of Winters ago we had a 4 day cold (around 35 degrees…brrrrr) and rainy spell, not too common for us here in Santa Barbara. The succulents were saying: “what’s up with this?”. That in addition to the fact that my poor Aloe was getting too much direct sun and needed repotting had caused the leaves to turn pale and orangish. Here’s something you need to know: the leaves of the Aloe Vera will turn orange if they get sunburned. I’m sure the environmental stress of that cold rain didn’t help either.
Here’s the baby, or Aloe pup, which I removed off the mother plant.
The baby in it’s new pot. It lives under a Coprosma & next to a bromeliad so it’s mostly shaded. It’s starting to green up a bit too.
If you want to watch me repotting this Aloe, see what potting mix I used and learn how to remove the baby, then be sure to watch the VIDEO below. Lucy had to help me pull it out of the pot and quite a few of the roots were lost but no worries, this is a tough plant. Almost 3 months later, it’s firmly rooted in and greening back up like crazy.
Here are their fat, fibrous roots. They store a lot of water in those roots & leaves so don’t overwater them.
Here are a few things to know when repotting Aloe vera:
* They’re succulents so use a fast draining mix. Again, refer to the video to see the recipe I used.
* They root deep so don’t use a shallow pot, they need room for their roots to grow down.
* Wait until the babies are a good size to remove them.
* Don’t place in hot sun after repotting. Sun is fine as long as it’s not hot & there’s not too much of it.
* Don’t water frequently. I water the baby every 3 weeks because it’s in a small pot. The mother gets watered thoroughly about every 2 months.
Here’s the new digs for my Aloe vera. It’s a tricked out, painted plain terra cotta pot. I love to use glass chips as adornments. My plants so deserve an artistic home!
This pic was taken 3 months after the making of the video & the plant now lives at the base of the stairs leading up to my front porch. It gets nice bright light with a bit of filtered sun & has greened up already. I can easily snip a leaf when I need it.
Coming up very soon: a video and blog post on How I Care For And Use My Aloe Vera. Hint: I have many uses for my Aloe!
If you’re interested on how to care for Aloe vera a a houseplant, check out my book Keep Your Houseplants Alive.
Thanks for reading,