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This will be a space where I continue what I do on Instagram and Facebook, which is create (hopefully) helpful content on growing, identifying and caring for Aloe plants, as well as sharing my collection and experiences. There is a great deal of misinformation on the internet, not only just in general, but regarding Aloe plants as well. My goal is to try to combat that, not that I am any kind of real expert. I’m just a collector, and pretty obsessed with these plants lol…and the amount of “help me with my Aloe” posts I see answered by people giving the wrong advice…well, it bothers me. Not enough sun and poor draining soil are the two biggest issues people encounter when growing these plants, and when they ask for help they get more of the “advice” that got them to the point of needing help in the first place. Indirect light only and that they hate water is not correct care advice. Anyway, expect some going off on tangents here and there lol!

I got into gardening and plants in 2006 when I first had my own space to start growing and collecting. My first Aloe was probably a lot of people’s first Aloe – the plant masquerading as Aloe vera, commonly called Aloe vera var. chinensis. I’ll make a separate post about that particular variety here probably soon. The second variety I remember getting was an Aloe juvenna (aka Tiger Tooth Aloe), which was mislabeled as Aloe squarrosa. I was really excited to have what I read was a rare species, only to find out it was mislabeled. That was in 2008 and still to this day Aloe juvenna is sold mislabeled as Aloe squarrosa (or Aloe zanzibarica, a synonym for squarrosa.) The two species aren’t even that similar past being green and spotted. I’ll probably make several posts going over mislabeled plants and identification of different varieties. Anyway, since then I have increasingly been more focused on collecting mainly Aloes. I started off with Bromeliads, which is a much more organized collection of plants compared to Aloes, especially when you get into the hybrids. I started an Instagram account early last year to help me keep track of my collection and share what I learn about all the different varieties, and am kind of amazed at how much it has grown since then. My Facebook page for my plants is kind of a work in progress, and may always be. I have always been an obsessive photo taker, so I have tons of photos to sort through. I’ve found that it helps to have older photos to compare with recent ones as my plants grow. It has also helped me to go back and see what may have gone wrong with a plant. There are early signs of a plant starting to rot or have other issues that may be hard to catch in time, but having photographs of the problem can help me identify it when it’s happening again. So my Facebook page has become a space where I am creating separate photo albums for each species or hybrid that I have or have had, to show how they look as they age and with different growing conditions, and to be a resource for identification and care. I’m hoping to extend that to this platform here, and hopefully you find the information I provide helpful! Thanks for checking out my page, and stay tuned!

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Published by AloeHoarder

I live in Houston, Texas and have been interested in and collecting Aloe plants since 2008, my first Aloe was the “chinensis” variety that I got from my mom in 2006. I am autistic and an English major. Aloes are my “special interest”.

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