Aloe nearly open!

greenlarry(UK 8/9)October 7, 2005

I decided to bring this one indoors as the flower stem was taller than the height of the hotbox and I didnt want to damage the impending flowers.

Cant wait to see if its bellatula or not!

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deefar(zone 5 NY)

The clock it ticking. Anyday now.

Dawn

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 5:40PM
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desert_gardener(z9 AZ)

Mine is getting ready to bloom, we will have to compare.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 6:24PM
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paracelsus

The stalk is a raceme: the flowers will open from the bottom up, one after another.

Because you don't have any hummingbirds over there in jolly ol' England, it is important that you run around flapping your wings and humming of good tune in order to keep the plant happy.

Or not.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 7:06PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well, i could wave a brush at them while humming.......

    Bookmark   October 8, 2005 at 4:22AM
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ariole(z7DE)

What's happening today?

Half the world's eagerly anticipating the event.

Folks from Hawaii to the Hamptons are waiting.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 12:05PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Not open yet, a distinct lack of sun, tho the raceme is stretching somewhat and the bottm bud is bigger.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 12:19PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

bump.
want to keep this going until the flowers actually open!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 8:37AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Things are getting tense in the Aloemad household! ;)

The lowest flower opened, but it seems its exhibiting cleistogamy by not opening fully. Its been like this for a day or 2 now.

that stem again showing the lowest open flower:

And now for something completely different,the view from above:

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 3:17PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well, that bottom flower is finished now, I wonder if I'll get a second stem whe its all done?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2005 at 5:11PM
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ariole(z7DE)

Larry,

Is the flower the bell shaped bellatula?

Al

    Bookmark   October 21, 2005 at 5:42PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well, the petals do flare slightly at the end like a bell but its very subtle.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:14AM
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ooojen(z4MN)

On all the pictures I've seen of bellatula flowers, the flare is quite pronounced. Maybe yours is a hybrid. It's very pretty, whatever its lineage.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 11:42AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

When I had it last year it was labelled bellatula var boyleii or something like that.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 7:46AM
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