tiger aloe help/advice.

london, United Kingdom

i have a question but im brand new here so dont know hot to start a topic but my tiger aloe is growing up like a palm tree? why? have i repotted it wrong when it was young brecause it definatly a tiger aloe but its growing up every time it loses a leaf its growing tallish this has been over a good 6-7 years should it be potted up to the base of the leaves and not have the stem thing with remains of years worth of dead leaves i would upload a pic if i knew how,can someone in the know get back to me because imnon are like this puzzled ivs seen hundred's of images and NEVER one like this it ait grafted onto somthing iv had it from a tiny pup

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

One of the prime reasons Aloes lose leaves is overwatering. Does your container have drainage holes? How often do you water? What about light? Is the plant in sun or shade?

You posted just fine....it can be a bit intimidating at first, but hang in and you'll soon get the hang of things here.

london, United Kingdom

i aint joking hen i say aby 4 times a year,i meand the question is. i mean have i potted it wrong should the "trunk looking thingbr be exosed like that or under with soil upto the beginng of leafs? it was in a tiny pot rootbound and only got moved into the larger pot,

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I agree with moon about checking your watering--aloes are succulents and don't need a lot of water so it's not hard at all to overwater them. Also, it looks like you're growing it indoors, and insufficient light will make things grow taller/leggier than they would if they were grown with the ideal amount of light.

But--if you want to doublecheck that it is indeed a tiger aloe and not something else (mislabeled plants are a very common problem!) I would see if you can get some more focused pictures of it and post them in the Plant ID forum http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/plantid/all/ (to get your camera to focus on the plant, try sticking a piece of white paper behind it when you take the picture, that'll force the camera to focus on the plant rather than something else)

london, United Kingdom

i think people are missin my point shoud the trunk thing be burrid when repotting?all others tigher alos and yes it is one,dont have a trunk they are potted right up to the beggining of the leaves? it dont have bad lightin its a pic took with a crap fone and in a bright room to get a good pic

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Personally, I think burying the trunk would not be a good idea as it would become susceptible to rot/mold/infection. You asked why your plant was growing "like a palm tree" and that was the question we were trying to sort out first.

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

I has a regular aloe that had a long stem and a problem staying up right. The problem was that I was over watering and fertilizing it. As a result it grow to fast and wasn't particularly strong.

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

It looks to me like it's just getting older and has developed a stem. Sometimes aloes will do this. It looks pretty healthy to me.
Aloes are pretty forgiving. I have lots of different aloes and I haven't ever had one "distort" because of watering it too much or too little. They aren't even all that picky about how much light they get, they just won't bloom in the shade. About the only thing you can do to damage an aloe is over-water it and then the roots will rot like with any succulent.

london, United Kingdom

Quote from Domehomedee :
It looks to me like it's just getting older and has developed a stem. Sometimes aloes will do this. It looks pretty healthy to me.
Aloes are pretty forgiving. I have lots of different aloes and I haven't ever had one "distort" because of watering it too much or too little. They aren't even all that picky about how much light they get, they just won't bloom in the shade. About the only thing you can do to damage an aloe is over-water it and then the roots will rot like with any succulent.


it is over 10 years old i dont know exaxt age it was tiny when first got it when i collected cactus as a kid my aunti gave me it so im taking its just age im not planning on burrying the stem just all pics iv looked at to just be the leaves at ot level and stem.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Most aloes have pups under them- you dont see the stem- has it bloomed before? mine die after they bloom, dont bury stem, mine also survive out of ground in a drawer without water all winter, then we stick em in ground.

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