Question: Aloe cultivation
Good day Dear Editor, I wanted to ask you a little information.
I have an Aloe plant in my apartment, not like the ones you see in your magazine for the month of April; this plant has small diameter sprigs and very thin and long leaves, with thorns on the whole leaf.
The problem is that the tip of the leaves begins to dry out and then gradually the whole leaf. It is in a very sunny position, but the sun does not come directly; watering this period is once a month. What am I doing wrong???
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Aloe cultivation: Answer: Aloe cultivation
Thank you for contacting us about Alo cultivation questions, via the Expert's column.
Aloe is a plant native to central Africa and includes several species of various forms.
The one normally cultivated in domestic environments "Aloe vera" is characterized by fleshy leaves, with serrated edges. At the center of the plant there is a flower (inflorescence that develops in winter-spring) with a tubular shape and multiple colors, among which the most widespread is red. It requires a lot of light, non-rigid temperatures and potassium-rich fertilizers.
Aloe is a plant that requires little water. The frequency must be increased proportionally up to 1 irrigation per week during the summer period. The important thing is that the soil is "dry" before the next watering.
In the south it is cultivated in the open ground, while in the north, due to the harsh winter cold, it is cultivated in pots to be able to transport it to shelter. It is normally repotted in spring between March and April. The cause of his problem on the leaves is not easy to resolve as it could be traced back to an excess of water during the winter period, in fact in winter this type of plants must be watered no more than one
once a month, we advise you to examine the roots and possibly remove the rotten part, dust with rooting powder and let it dry for 2 - 3 days before repotting.