Winter aloe colors & BUDS forming!!!!

wantonamara Z8 CenTexNovember 18, 2012

Yes every year this proud aloe mom gets to show off her stressed and winter glorious aloe colors and yes they are the same aloes as last yearAloe arborescens

Aloe capitata

Aloe cameroni (front) & Aloe 'Fire Ranch' (back)

I was out admiring their beauty and I saw what looked like a bug to my old non focussing eyes, but no, they were buds just starting to form. OMG!! The buds are on the Aloe Cameroni and A. capitata. I have been waiting for years for them to bloom. I am so excited about this. This summer I started to add a low nitrogen fertilizer at 1/4 strength in almost every watering. I think it is what made the difference or it was just time.

Aloe capitata bud

Aloe cameroni buds

It is interesting that the rosette of the cameroni on the shade side is still so summer green and the eastern sun side one has turned so maroon.

Now I want to ask those knowledgable people who have experience with growing blooming aloes. I have heard that if one moves them when the bud is forming that the plant runs the danger of aborting the bloom. Is this true or just another slice of plant superstition?? I have never had problems but these are really special to me. I do not want to loose these. I have at least a week and a half of warm weather ahead of us. Nights are projected for in the 50's and highs in the upper 70's and 80's. (Swimming on thanksgiving), but a freeze is not impossible. 2 years ago we had a 23 degree cold snap on the 24th of November. I will move the plants if that happens.

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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Ive never had a problem moving blooming aloes, though im not the most knowledgeable, ive only bloomed a handful of different types.

Once I learned about flower cuttings to propagate, well, theres less mature flowers around...

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 12:01AM
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lzrddr(91360)

I have a few aloe flowers, too, already
Aloe albiflora

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:21AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Aloe deltoideodonta var fallax

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:22AM
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Aloe fosteri

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:24AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Aloe pendens (though this one blooms nearly every month of the year)

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:25AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Aloe turkaensis

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:27AM
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Aloe vacillans

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:29AM
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Aloe veseyi

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:30AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Thanks for a peak at the A. deltoideodonta var fallax blossom. What a pretty bloom. That is another one that I have been waiting years for it to bloom. My normal A deltoideodonta has bloomed two years now. I will check back in with the full blooms later. YEEEeeHA (

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 9:57AM
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