On Mar 5, 2013, dvcmck from white oak, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have Chinensis variety. Some call it Indian Medicinal Aloe. It has orange flowers. It looks exactly like the juvenile aloe vera but never grows very large. I've never seen it much over a foot tall. It offsets to the point that a pot of it always looks jammed full of plants. I've never seen this plant for sale retail. It appears to be a pass-along plant. Since it stays small it is easily grown on a windowsill. Very easy to grow and propagate. It has the medicial properties of the large yellow flowered aloe vera but is much easier to accomodate as a house plant due to its smaller size.
On Oct 24, 2012, glb360 from Grand Prairie, TX wrote:
I live in Grand Prairie, TX (zone 8b). What started as a "rescue" from the big-box store's clearance rack in the garden department, has turned into a beautiful plant that's ready for a bigger pot. The only "negative" I have experienced is that the tips received a little frostbite during the winter (I leave it outside) but it came back to life in the Spring and handled the drought with flying colors. Now I am waiting for it to bloom.
On Jul 18, 2012, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
according to Aloes, the Definitive Guide (2012), Aloe vera plants with red flowers are no longer Aloe vera, but more likely Aloe officinalis. I am hesitant to request all red flowering plants be moved yet, though, as this is the first I have heard of this. Anyway, they are saying that Aloe vera only make yellow flowers.
Interestingly this is one of the only Aloes (perhaps the only one) that cannot be grown from seed. Aloe vera does not produce viable seed and has not for centuries... all new plants are the result of offsets. It is a prolific off-setter, though. It is presumed that constant genetic manipulation over the eons has lead to this sterile 'species' we now recognize as Aloe vera.
On Jul 17, 2012, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:
I, too, was an aloe vera murderer until I realized that they like cactus soil, good drainage, infrequent watering, and indirect sun when placed outside for the summer. When our Ukrainian college student fell in love with a tiny aloe vera in a very tiny pot three years ago, I was terrified that I would somehow kill the poor thing. However, since that time, it has outgrown three pots and now resides in a 14 inch pot where it is raising its babies with the help of this proud grandma! Our "daughter" Lyuba has since married and moved to France, but Hello Vera is here to remind us of the joy she brought to our home.
On Jun 30, 2011, sassypants from Clinton, AR wrote:
I love my Aloe plant! I bought it when it was only about 2 inches in height and in a very tiny pot. That was about 4 yrs ago. It has since been transplanted to larger and larger pots. I waited til she was root bound and gave her a bigger home. That night she seemed to relax and spread out and say "oh thank you!" The last time I transplanted her she produced several babies. I finally transplanted them and they are thriving also. She has produced more. So far she has produced 12.
I use to kill every Aloe Vera plant I got. I finally realized there is a reason for it. Since it is the right kind to use for Aloe Vera juice. I have started drinking it and have already noticed the difference in my energy level, curbing my appetite and my allergies and asthma don't seem to be as bad.
She has a spread of about 3 ft and is about 2.5 ft tall. I live in North Central Arkansa in zone 6b. This summer I have put her outside. But will have to bring her back in in the winter. I told my husband we'll have to put some wheels under her to make it easier to move her! I love it!
On Apr 18, 2011, tinkerbelle122 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:
Bought four 1 gallon plants at Star Nursery here in Vegas last spring and planted them in our newly redesigned desert/xeric front yard landscape.. Just yesterday I removed the 19 YES, 19 baby plants these four plants produced, some of which are quite large~ I plan on using them in the backyard landscape and should have plenty to trade/share!! These plants made it through the winter here nicely and I didn't cover them. I have them on a drip system and each has their own emitter. They are watered twice a week for five minutes and I'll check with my husband... but more in the middle of the summer. I'll post some pics. Mine seem a little more purple/grey/ brown than the other pic on here but I just checked the receipt and it says, "Aloe barbadensis" These are a GREAT bargain for your money as they will keep having babies and producing more plants! If you live near Vegas and want to trade/share with me please let me know!~ I'm starting to post reviews b/c I've noticed that the Vegas info is really lacking on here! If you're like me and just browsing (like i did for over a year) please get an account- it's free & easy. Sign in when you "browse" and share your info so we can figure out what works in Vegas!
Aloe vera is extremely tough, and the yellow flowers are attractive for several months in the wintertime. However, this plant becomes a veritable Hilton Hotel for snails! Although they don't seem to bother the aloe itself, they love to hide in the dark crevasses between the leaves by day, and after dark come forth to munch on other plants. It's impossible to pick them out by hand as the leaves are quite spiny.
These plants can go a long time without irrigation if nights are cool, but I try to give mine a good soaking every couple of weeks in the summer to keep the leaves plump and looking fresh.
On Aug 17, 2009, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:
As a testement to the durability and sheer unkillableness of this plant, I'll tell you how I got mine. I'm an occasional "dumpster-diver" and I've retrieved many a poor, neglected plant over the years. I acquired a very wilted, nearly dried out aloe vera this way and I've since had this plant, or portions of it, for nearly twenty-years. I've divided and sub-divided it a half-dozen times since I got it, gave away I don't know how many spawn and it's STILL going strong.
In fact, since I've moved to California (bringing yet another series of spawn, leaving the parent back in Winnipeg with my ex-roomie), my aloe has not only changed in colour to a lovely green-and-pale red, it's thickened and shot up at least six inches, making it more than a foot high. I'm not sure how big it'll get in it's now-cramped 1/4 gallon pot (it's paired up with an also growing like mad Haworthia attenuata zebra variety), but I might have to sub-divide this guy again. I'm planning on getting an attractive four-gallon or larger pot and spreading my lovely out to see how she'll do in better space. Maybe she'll flower, as I've never seen any blossoms from this or it's babies in all the time I've had it. I had no idea aloes bloomed at all until I came to this site!
On Oct 8, 2008, agentdonny007 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:
Great plant for desert landscape or container gardening. I've found the leaves look happier with protection from full day sun and regular water. Be careful watering any plants in the desert with high temperatures due to susceptibility to root rot. I've learned the hard way over the years...LOL:) High temperature and lots of frequent water does not equal happy plants. Protect from frost or it will usually come back from roots.
On Aug 19, 2008, JamesPark from Plymouth United Kingdom (Zone 10a) wrote:
Aloe Barbadensis grows well in the Southwest of the United Kingdom. During a wet winter, the leaves may turn slightly yellow but quickly recover during spring. Plants produce many offsets in one growing season and can fill the surrounding area in a few years.
On Jun 8, 2008, mcdannells from Central Oregon, OR wrote:
I love this plant and had always tried to keep at least one around.
My "mother" keeps throwing "babies" and this is a big trader of mine in are area.
I use this plant on scraps and boo boos almost daily. I have also frozen the leaves to use at a later date.
Only thing to watch out for is root rot.
This is inside plant for me.
If letting one "baby" take off with thinning ("babies") it does give off a thicker even darker green appearance. At least in my garden. In containers it seams to like to be "snug". I transplant when I see roots growing out the bottom.
I have many of these plants for I use them. I am trying to leave one alone to see how it grows.......see if I can?
This is growing in a controlled environment temps are 80 and reach 90 year round with daily misting. Some of these plants are in direct light while others are in indirect light with 12/12 light schedule. Tested them in 24/0 light and they did not like this and did not like drying out.
Regular feeding monthly of miracle grow which is doing great for these.
Newly transplanted "babies" are in trays with constant water at the bottom of the trays and these are in the indirect light.
These also seam to like the high humidity......
Our aloe survived Hurricane Katrina. When we finally got back to our apartment it was almost completely gray/brown, I think because trees came down and exposed it to too much sun and there was no rain for weeks. I kept it and it has actually rejuvenated to a brilliant shade of green and grown nicely since then. It is a symbol of hope and rebirth to us now.
I've cured an abscess the size of a golfball on the foreleg of a feral cat using a 50/50 mixture of the 'clear' Aloe-vera gel (not juice) and olive oil which was added to it's food twice a day (1 tablespoon each time).
Before treatment, the injury was oozing/not healing for the good part of a year before the severe swelling from infection occured. The wound was healed in '2 weeks' with the aloe laced food and as a side effect all the cats eating this mixture had developed beautiful glossy thick fur.
As a cautionary note: the yellow juice may be poisonous to many animals so use only the 'clear gel' found in the leaves, rinsing the juice off the gel (in a strainer or similar) with cold tap water. The juice is primarily found in the lower portion or base of the leaves.
On Oct 15, 2006, bpereztab from Lakeland, FL wrote:
I live in central Fl and a neighbor gave me an aloe years ago. These plants do well in clay pots. They grow and multiplied quickly in poor soil with minimal care.. When we moved, I took the plants with us. These prolific mutipliers have since taken over. I do mind because they stay in one area. Shallow roots make transplanting easy - my aloes have small sharp spikes along the leaf's edge, so I use gloves when handling them. I use the aloe to treat skin irritation. I snip off a leaf, remove the spikes by running a sharp knive along the leaf's edge, and apply the sap right onto the burn or insect bite. The sap stops the pain immediately. These plants are very handy to have in the garden - they are hardy, beautiful, and useful.
On May 29, 2006, Newme from Alexandria, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:
The only way this plant will die is to overwater it. I bought a 3 inch plant at Walmart, now I have 60. Not counting the ones I gave away. Anyone who comes to my house takes one home. I have cut the plant at the root, the root grew the top grew, and a lot of shutes. I cut them off, stick them in potting soil, made the mistake of using Mericalgrow), they are everywhere. The largest one is 2 1/2 ft., needs a larger pot.
I use the sap on bug bites, cuts, sun burns, and any other skin problem. I just cant through any plant away.
On Aug 20, 2005, 4reeAloeGuy from Oxford, GA wrote:
Aloes are hardy. Overwatering is the only danger besides, of course, freezing. Aloe vera is great as a natural firstaid. Aloe plants multiply at an astonishing rate. Aloes make excellent house plants, requiring minimal care and indirect lighting. Propagating aloes so simple a child can do it, they tolerate some rough handling. You can strip a plant down to its bare roots and leave it in a dark corner for several days, then transplant it and it will re-root itself. Very resilliant.
On Aug 5, 2005, heycharlie from San Jacinto County, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
We started off with a single plant several years ago and have given away hundreds since.
For personal use, we peel, put in a blender and drink mixed with orange juice daily.
Friend swears it cured him of an ulcer. We have used it on open wounds.
We cut the bottom, older leaves.
On Feb 19, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:
No one seems to know where this hybrid came from, what the parent plants were, or if its a hybrid at all. According to the book "Landscape Plants for Dry Regions by Warren Jones & Charles Sacamano" they stated that this orange flowered Aloe vera is probably a hybrid.
I've seen this plant sold everywhere by the name of Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis with out any hybrid indication( an 'x' at the end).
On Apr 27, 2004, teachaholic from Devon United Kingdom wrote:
Aloe vera, one name that appears to cover plants with numerous appearances. I have quite a large plant that spreads out and only holds it centre new leaves vertically. I worried to begin with that this was not healthy but the plant continues to grow.
It is one of few houseplants that release oxygen at night so make a good addition to the bedroom. They dont appreciate cool temperatures and like plenty of light. I have been away for a week so could not give the plant its daily visits to my sunlounge, a few of its leaves are going dark and mussy, any suggestions please?
On Jan 24, 2004, maisoui11 from Modesto, CA wrote:
i have had a lot of success with this plant in coastal southern california. however, i brought some with me in a pot to florida, and i lost most of it due to overwatering in the humid climate. now i have rescued a small bit, and just today repotted it. i hope that it grows, as i love this plants look and the ease at using its gel.
A spreading succulent which has been used for many centuries and the origin of this plant appears to have been lost.
Has a stemless base which forms rosettes of lance shaped, fleshy, light to grey green, tooth edged leaves often spotted with white when young. Bears spikes of tubular yellow or orange flowers.
Likes a well drained, gritty soil in full sun. It is not hardy and will only stand a minimum temperature of 50F.
This little plant has had a very long history and seems to have returned to its status as a current medicinal/cosmetic plant with the ever increasing search for new and potentially age defying cosmetic products.
Said to be one of the herbs Cleopatra used in her beauty regime, it has found a use in modern day skin creams, suntan lotions and shampoos.
It has had much research into the skin healing properties of its sap and while long known as a burn healer, it may also help in reducing the effects of nuclear radiation burns.
It has a use for people who have dry skin conditions, dematitis and eczema.
The sap should be used fresh as its properties deteriorate if left in a container.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Haleyville, Alabama Irvington, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama Mesa, Arizona (2 reports) Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Queen Creek, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Clinton, Arkansas , California Camarillo, California Carlsbad, California Ceres, California Clayton, California Clovis, California Davis, California Folsom, California La Presa, California Martinez, California Merced, California Mission Viejo, California Norwalk, California (2 reports) Oak View, California Oakley, California Palm Springs, California Pleasant Hill, California Reseda, California San Diego, California (2 reports) San Dimas, California San Francisco, California Santa Barbara, California Simi Valley, California Sonoma, California Thousand Oaks, California Valley Village, California Vista, California Fountain, Colorado Pueblo, Colorado Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Campbell, Florida Citrus Ridge, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Doral, Florida Eatonville, Florida Fish Hawk, Florida Haverhill, Florida Heathrow, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (3 reports) Key Largo, Florida La Crosse, Florida Lakeland, Florida Macintosh, Florida Naples, Florida Niceville, Florida Ocala, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Panama City, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Rockledge, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Sarasota, Florida Siesta Key, Florida Spring Hill, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Sunset, Florida Tampa, Florida (2 reports) Tildenville, Florida Titusville, Florida Venus, Florida Albany, Georgia Valdosta, Georgia Barrigada, Guam Honolulu, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Kailua, Hawaii Paauilo, Hawaii Prospect, Kentucky Broussard, Louisiana Eastwood, Louisiana Estelle, Louisiana Franklinton, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana Hammond, Louisiana Kenner, Louisiana (2 reports) Metairie, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Lewiston, Maine Richmond, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Detroit, Michigan Waynesboro, Mississippi West Hattiesburg, Mississippi Henderson, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports) Crown Heights, New York Deposit, New York New York, New York Brevard, North Carolina Massillon, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Forest Grove, Oregon Grants Pass, Oregon Portland, Oregon Mckeesport, Pennsylvania Norristown, Pennsylvania Pittsfield, Pennsylvania Sellersville, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Abram-perezville, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Brookshire, Texas Bryan, Texas Deer Park, Texas (2 reports) El Paso, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Grand Prairie, Texas Hereford, Texas Houston, Texas (5 reports) La Porte, Texas Lampasas, Texas Marquez, Texas Mcallen, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas San Angelo, Texas (2 reports) San Antonio, Texas (4 reports) Shepherd, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Willis, Texas Wixon Valley, Texas Jonesville, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Midlothian, Virginia East Hill-meridian, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington