Aloe Vera - Knowledgebase Question

Danbury, CT
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.


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Answer from NGA
August 15, 1999

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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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