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My Oldest Aloe vera

I can’t remember exactly when I bought this one on ebay, but it was probably sometime between 2014-2016. My first Aloe was the chinensis variety, I got that in 2006 when my mom gave me an extra pot of hers after I moved out. We’d always just called that Aloe vera, like most people probably call many kinds of Aloe “Aloe Vera”. Then I actually started learning more about Aloes and realized that wasn’t really Aloe vera..and I didn’t have one lol. So I bought two pups..I still have the other one as well but I’ve kept it in different conditions and it hasn’t grown as large or as quickly. They both stayed kinda small and scraggly until I moved out of the apartment with the shaded patio and into a place with full sun…after a bit of stress and adjusting, all of my plants really took off. I know I harp on the indirect vs direct sun stuff a lot, among other things, and this is why. I have grown them in all kinds of conditions and they’ve done the best when they get a lot of sun.

2017 in the new yard…not yet in full sun, but I repotted and moved them shortly after this.
February 2018. This is when I first repotted it into this pot. I changed the soil mix once after I started using expanded shale…the turface by itself compacts too much.
August 2021.
New pot, September 2021
January 2022
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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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