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Aloe Vera flower

This is a discussion on Aloe Vera flower within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I have been growing Aloe Vera in my backyard for some time now and have ...

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    Default Aloe Vera flower

    I have been growing Aloe Vera in my backyard for some time now and have not seen them bloom.
    This year, this spike seems to have snuck up from nowhere.

    The flowers are still closed, but I will post updated pictures when they open.
    I'm not sure what color variety this plant is, but it would be fun to find out.
    My daughter called it "baby corn".




    This plant sits way back in my yard and I rarely get to water it. Maybe a good drenching every two months or so.

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    Oh, yeah! Aloes are neat. You almost cannot kill them and the blooms are so unique. Mine was pink/peach. Cant wait to see yours!

    Tmai

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    That is what I was told.
    Even divisions from the same plant, as soon as it is completely severed from the mother plant could have slightly different flowers.
    But I think it takes forever for a new division to eventually reach blooming age.

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    Cool! That plant is huge. We cannot grow them outside here because they will freeze, so ours grow in pots. As far as I know they have never bloomed. I look forward to the updates!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    I killed one in our porch!

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    my mum had a huuuuge one when i was growing up, in a pot tho (great white north...) my dad killed it tho (cuz he's like that...)
    succulents are slow growers and actually prefer a little neglect (i killed many before learning this) but soooo worth it...and very facinating from an evolutionary standpoint (cuz i'm a nerd like that...)

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    Here's an update. I never got around to taking more pictures of the flower until today.
    It turns out I have the yellow variety.





    The flower stem is about 3 feet tall.
    The yellows are so bright that they glow in the sunlight.

    I think that the yellow bodies are just shells, and the "true flowers" are inside these yellow shells.
    The ants sure are busy coming in and out of the flowers.

    John

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    I decided to finally do some research on them.

    It looks like I have the real deal here, and not one of the ornamental aloes

    Medicinal Aloe (Aloe vera)

    Recommended Temperature Zone:
    sunset: 8,9,11-27
    USDA: 9-10

    Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 23°F (-5°C)

    Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

    Origin: Cape Verde Islands, Canary Islands

    Growth Habits: Clumping rosettes, each about 8 inches in diameter (20 cm).

    Watering Needs: Drought resistant, but use moderate to regular water if you plan to use the plant for its gel.

    Propagation: Offsets

    The moist gel inside the Medicinal Aloe leaves is used to treat burns, including sunburns. Skin inflammation can occur in sensitive individuals. The gel is mildly toxic if ingested.
    Several varieties of Aloe vera are available. The real Aloe vera has yellow flowers, and juvenile specimens have narrower leaves with lighter spots, while mature specimens have wider solid green leaves. Some of the Aloe vera sold retain the juvenile characteristics.

    Cultural Practices:
    Tolerates poor soil and drought, but requires excellent drainage. The offsets tend to become crowded, and some should be removed from time to time.

    Blooming Habits:
    The real Aloe vera has yellow flowers, but many of the clones available have orange flowers.
    And it also looks like even a yellow Aloe vera can produce offsets that eventually bloom a different color. I guess it is similar to clonal variations/mutations in orchids.

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    Isn't that neat to find an unexpected bloom? My aloe bloomed for the first time this year, also. I've had this plant for at least 5 years, maybe longer. I was a little disappointed that the blooms didn't actually "open" Live & learn.....
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    Yeah, thats as "open" as the flowers get I guess.
    The ants have to work their way into the flower shell to get the nectar and scrape along the pollen as they enter and exit the structure.

    With all the ant activity though, I have not seen one flower successfully pollinated. I was looking forward to see what the fruit would look like

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