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Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 1, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #9321955

One of the many reasons I love the Desert...color every month of the year!
Although it didn't get its name because of its off-season flowers, it is a pretty nice sight in November.

Enjoy!
Tristan

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9323504

Pretty Tristan!

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 4, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9324695

Nice!

A little November color from the aloe family (A. krapohliana). Two more inflorescences in bud.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9325183

Baja, how much sun does you A. krapohliana get?

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 5, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9325541

About 3-4 hours of morning sun.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9326223

Thanks, Baja. Yours is nice and fat too. Mine got skinny and I'm worried about it.

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Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9326229

More water maybe?

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9326244

I am trying to water it more now that I noticed what was happening to the leaves. I don't want to rot it though. Such a delicate balance. I've been told that A. krapohliana is difficult here in Phoenix heat. I have watered it like all my other aloes and they are fine, but this one appears unhappy. I love your flower though--such a nice full one!

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9326330

The flower was a bonus because it was the first.

That plant comes from a part of South Africa which corresponds roughly to this part of BC climate-wise (arid, winter rainfall). I would imagine that now is the time of year it's probably most likely to perk up and enjoy water. In moderation of course.

What you're seeing could be a consequence of poor root health. It might be helpful to take a look and see what's going on below ground. That may also help you figure out how to fine-tune the watering schedule. I try not to let the soil go dry too long (target is almost dry) because I lost a plant to desiccation this summer. It had puny roots.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #9327260

Good idea! I knocked it out and checked and the roots were rotting on the lower parts. They just fell off when I touched them. The plant was potted in about half soil and half tiny perlite mixed. I don't like that mix and repotted in a looser soil with larger pumice. I hope it will show some improvement now.

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