coral aloe

txcactus(7b Dallas/Fort Worth)August 2, 2012

My coral aloe's leaves (arms?) are pointing downward. How is the best way to care for this plant? I've had it several years and the top looks healthy.Thanks in advance.

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cactusmcharris

As Aloes grow new leaves, they shed the lower ones - your Aloe striata hybrid is doing that very thing. All conditions normal, full speed ahead.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 12:34AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I'd water it a little more and fertilize a little more (not in winter!). Not a lot more, but a little more. Leaves are kind of on the narrow side, color is a little pale. Looks a little hungry and thirsty to me.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 12:57AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

What does your soil look like. The plant , might want a fatter pot, not necessarily deeper. Those pots look a bit narrow for aloes, or that is my take. Aloes like to develop a good root ball and spread their toots out a bit. Forcing the roots down with a narrow pot might force them down to where the soil doesn't drain its water fast enough and then, maybe get rot. I could be wrong. just a theory.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 1:26AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

What does your soil look like. The plant , might want a fatter pot, not necessarily deeper. Those pots look a bit narrow for aloes, or that is my take. Aloes like to develop a good root ball and spread their toots out a bit. Forcing the roots down with a narrow pot might force them down to where the soil doesn't drain its water fast enough and then, maybe get rot. I could be wrong. just a theory.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 1:28AM
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txcactus(7b Dallas/Fort Worth)

Thanks all! The potting mix I use is one that is free draining (for cacti) so maybe I should add some bark next time? I will definitely repot but in a plastic pot. I am trying to phase out my clay pots. Even though I water daily, it is so hot and dry here it's not enough and the clay just makes it worse.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 8:10AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I find that the clay is cooler I read on another forum where they yook ground temperature readings and the clay was cooler Black plastic was the worse By about 10- 20 degrees. This was true for pots in the sun. In the shade they were the same. The experimemnt was done in Tyler , Texas.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 8:19AM
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txcactus(7b Dallas/Fort Worth)

Thanks for the post on clay pots being cooler. I did not know that and never would have guessed! The coral aloe stays in the shade most of the day because it sunburns. I do have some agaves in full sun in clay so I will just leave them in the clay. Good information!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 9:23AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I keep my coral aloes in half day sun (til 2) and they are not as long leafed and floppy. The first one is still showing some of it's winter color in the shot. I like the colors of a little sunburn. Being a redhead, I relate.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 10:03AM
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txcactus(7b Dallas/Fort Worth)

Wow, yours are gorgeous!!! Mine are going to get a little sun from now on.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 4:24PM
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linda_denman_island(8b)

They take full sun here. Here is pic of different forms that I intended to post several weeks ago, but never got around to doing so.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 10:27AM
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