Blooming Aloe - Knowledgebase Question

Kill Devil Hills, NC
Question by Yota11
December 17, 2000
My aloe is blooming. Is this common? My friend said it may be stressed. Is this true?


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Answer from NGA
December 17, 2000

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The aloe group consists of about 300 succulent plants, which are found from Arabia to South Africa. These plants may grow in the form of a small, stemless rosette of fleshy leaves to a huge tree 30 feet in height. Thee plants have many uses; smaller varieties and hybrids make great container plants, while most are excellent for use as landscape plants in warm regions. The leaves of these succulents grow from the center of the plant and can range in length from 10 inches to 2 feet. The thick, fleshy leaves are able to store great amounts of water during a rainy season and are therefore able to survive throughout drought. Many kinds of Aloes bear pretty spikes of flowers. In winter and spring, flower stems bearing bunches of tubular-shaped flowers are produced. The long-lasting blossoms may be red, orange, green, or sometimes yellow. They are followed by small, green berries. If your plant is blooming, it's happy! Congratulations on providing all of the cultural conditions your aloe craves. Enjoy the blooms!

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