How would you Identify Aloe Vera Plants?
The Aloe Vera plants are classified in the lily family.
The little trumpets formed flowers can be from reddish to yellow or light orange. It is very seldom, that the flowers are pure white. Three leafless flower stems appear out of the center of the plant.
The little trumpets like flowers develop on the end of the stem, like a spike of wheat.
The flowers open from the bottom of the spike upward.
The little trumpet like flower is rounded by six petals and has a long tube form, with six male segments and three female segments, which will produce seed if pollinated ...
... The pollination is mainly depended on the hummingbird due to the long tubular flowers.
When do Aloe plants get flowers?
The Aloe Vera plant can not tolerate freezing temperatures, but in the winter time, when the temperature drops slightly below 10 degree Celsius, the plants go into a dormant stage.
The length of its dormant time depends on the environment, where the Aloe Vera grows. This can be from a few days up too three months.
As soon as a cool spell is past and warmer weather appears, the flower-stems burst forth, and the annually flowering flourishes under the warming weather conditions.
The leaves are in a rosette form around the trunk in circulating rows, in the centre of the plant the new leaves grow upward, and as they increase in size, they fold outward to give the plant an upside down umbrella appearance.
The juicy thick leaves are up to fifty centimeters long, six to ten centimeters wide and five centimeters thick. The elongated leaf tapers off from the wide bottom end upward to an arrow point on the utmost end of the leaf. On the edges of the leaf short sharp bribes, in saw tooth form are located.
Planting Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller has two different color varieties, the blue and the green.
The “blue variety” is noted for the darker blue-green color that is even apparent in the young plants.
The green variety has a much lighter yellow green color, and the young plants have white strips on them ...
... which disappear as they develop into matured plants.
This variety produces a lot of suckers (baby plants) at the bottom of the trunk. The suckers weaken the development of the mother plant and hinder the leaf quantity production.
These so called suckers (baby plants) can be transplanted.
But remember to plant them organic.
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