Aloe Vera - Knowledgebase Question

Danbury, CT
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Question by scp65
August 15, 1999
I intend to start aloe vera cultivation on a large scale. Please let me know where I can find aloe vera seeds in large quantities. 1/2LBS or so. Also need information on aloe vera cultivation(like soil, various insects/ diseases that can affect aloe plants and precautions to be taken along with soil and climatic effects.

Answer from NGA
August 15, 1999
Aloe vera is native to South Africa, and quite susceptible to frost. Therefore it is not a good candidate for growing in your Connecticut garden. If, however, you plan to grow the plants in a greenhouse, they will need bright light and well-draining soil. Aloes should be watered infrequently but deeply. There are no particular pests or diseases associated with the plants; their biggest enemy is poorly draining soil which results in root rot. You can purchase quantities of seed from Cyberseeds, PO Box 171102, San Antonio, TX 78217-1102.

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