Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Aloes

Years and years ago, I bought one of those baby aloe vera plants from Home Depot. It died the same year. The next spring, I tried again. That one grew, and grew, and grew. As far as I knew aloe's were low maintenance and that's what I did. I watered it once a week and thats it.

Then she flowered. I wish now that I had taken a picture of it. She only flowered that one year. After she flowered, she started kicking out babies. I'd wait until the babies looked big enough to survive, then move them to their own pot. I kept her first two offspring. I've been waiting years for them to either flower or give babies. They haven't yet.

Momma Aloe though doesn't stop. I've replanted her babies and given them away so often. For reasons unknown to me, the babies keep dying at other people's houses. Last year, I started raising two babies for two family members. I decided to hang on to them after the stage where I would normally give them away. Well, they're not  growing well here either.

This year is the worst though. They all look so sad. I'm not really sure what to do...

The aloe in the shiny green pot is one of the original daughters.

The aloe in the middle there, in the flowered pot, is the other original daughter.

The planter on the left holds the latest batch of children transplanted in 2012. See, they're not growing well either...

I'm hoping these are going to be before pictures. I've looked up what I need to do and hope to be able to bring them all back to full health.

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