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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 10, 2016 9:19 AM CST
Aloe without much green. I do wonder how white a plant can stay and still live. I apologize for the poor pix. Leaves are shiny 'cause I just sprayed it. Gene
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 10, 2016 11:47 AM CST
Hope you just sprayed it with water. Unnecessary. Maybe a variety ive never seen.Has it allways been white
Lowest top left an bottom center leaves look rotton. There to young to be dieing. Center is green. I think he needs more lite. And alot less water.
Mine inside get a bottom water every six weeks.year round. Soil is 1:1 washed sand and potting soil. Repot if not good dranage. Keep him DRY !
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 10, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Sprayed with Azamax. It gets enough light. It is in the right soil mix. Gene
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mcvansoest
Nov 10, 2016 12:48 PM CST
Gene, that plant is probably border line. Did you get the plant that way or did you remove it from a parent plant?
Plants with a lot more than say 50% variegation are really hard to keep alive after they are removed from their parent - which would be providing it with a lot of the nutrients and products of photosynthesis that it itself has a hard time producing enough of.

Keep it on the dry side and provide as much light as you can without getting the plant too hot, then keep your fingers crossed. I have not had much luck with keeping such heavily variegated plants alive for long without them still being attached to the parent, but I hope you manage to. If it does survive it will be very slow growing.
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Nov 10, 2016 4:04 PM CST

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I would not have high hopes of much growth or a long lifespan, but I'm hardly an expert at dealing with variegated plants. If you think of them as a weaker, slower version of the normal then you know to provide more protection from the sun (ideally filtered and/or diffused light), water less often (maybe use more rock in the mix so the soil goes dry faster and you can water just as often), and fertilize with a lower dose. Expect a slower rate of growth. And especially be alert to changes (like browning or yellowing) which indicate some kind of potentially life-threatening stress. Low expectations are probably wise unless you grew this plant from a baby (which would take more skill than I possess).

Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 11, 2016 11:22 AM CST
This aloe has been growing on its own this way for a few years. Slow growing, but I suspect that all variegated plants are slower than normal. Gene
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 11, 2016 4:05 PM CST
Gene : You've had it for years. Same lite. Same soil ? Same watering ?
So your concern is its not growing fast enough ??? You could try a lighter soil mix. And a different fertilizer.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 11, 2016 6:21 PM CST
I'm not worried. It is doing fine. I just seek more info. Gene
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mcvansoest
Nov 11, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Gene, great job keeping that alive! Clearly keep doing what you are doing, I would suspect you have found the sweet spot in terms of care and conditions for this plant and changing that may affect it negatively!

Yes generally speaking variegated plants tend to be slower growing, since they have less chlorophyl per leaf surface than non-variegated plants.

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