Please Kiss My Grass Aloes - They Need Help

borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)March 30, 2006

I do not fancy myself to be an aloe collector, rather an aloe "acquirer". I guesstimate between 50-60 different species, including hybrids. I find it more than coincidental the only two grass aloes I have have seen better days. The aloe wildii on the left is brownish, but is sending up a flower stalk. A last act of survival desperation? The scrawny aloe boweia on the right just got knocked over by the raccoons this evening and broke the pot, revealing a mediocre root system. I would like to know if there is something special I should be doing for these. Complete shade? Filtered sun? Special soil considerations? The other aloes I have are doing well, just wondering if there is something I am doing wrong with the grass aloes.

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rjj1(Norman OK Zone7)

I'm unimpressed with your choice of titles. I had to spend about five minutes explaining to my daughter that some people probably indulge in 1 too many adult beverages at night or forget that kids on occasion are fascinated by these kinds of plants and enjoy looking at the pictures.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 3:11PM
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When your daughter has a skinned knee, have you never said," let me kiss your boo boo, or owee to make it better?" Since Borrego's aloes are ailing maybe that was the intent, and you are reading too much into it? Even if the title meant what you think it did, she would have never known. Lighten up.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 4:57PM
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rjj1(Norman OK Zone7)


I guess your right. I'll lighten up:-).


    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:26PM
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My apologies, Randy. ;-)


(Where did Rick come from? I must have had a brain freeze)LOL

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:41PM
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rjj1(Norman OK Zone7)

That's ok Scott. It gave me a little comic relief. Today has been a little tense.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 6:07PM
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imjustgil(Z6 TN)

The plant on the left looks like it is getting too much sun or it was acclimated to full sun too fast? It also looks a bit dehydrated to me. I can't tell much about the second plant from the pic but A. bobiea typically doesn't look like much anyway. It is probably one of the most unattractive of the grass Aloes. They both look overpotted. They do better and are more likely to offset when rootbound.

What conditions have they been grown in?

You can always pack them up and send them to me...

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 3:27PM
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