boosting my aloe vera

vaherbmomJuly 6, 2013

My aloe veras don't grow well--they stay tiny. What am I doing wrong? My other houseplants seem ok.

thanks so much

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
KatherynIridaceae

how big of a pot are they in, what mix are they planted in, how much light and water do they get and what (if anything) have you fed them?

This is how I'm growing mine, maybe that'll be helpful.

My aloe is in a relatively small pot at 7.5 inches across and five inches deep. It's in plain old miraclegro. My house is usually a tad on the cold side and there is very low humidity, though every now and then it spends two or three days in my bathroom which gets very, very steamy. It's in bright indirect light, a southern exposure. I hardly ever fertilize it, maybe every three months, but when i do i use a liquid feed called growbest. i think it's an 8-8-8, and it has a decent amount of micronutrients. in between fertilizing I give it a bit of epsom salt in water (perhaps once a month or less) to green it up. I got it when it was about three inches tall and I've had it less than a year. it's about eight inches tall now and has had two babies.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 8:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vaherbmom

thanks

I've had it in this small pot for years. I used to have really robust ones, a long time ago. I neglected them and then this is all I have left. I did used to keep them in my bathroom.

I will try to follow your method--will change the soil tomorrow. It is in a south facing window on a stand. I rarely feed it but will do so now and try the Epsom salt too.

Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 6:28PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
House plant identification please
I bought this little plant at Walmart yesterday but...
wpark2419
Dying Calathea Plant
Hello all! I have recently started getting interested...
avanns
How to make this fiddle leaf branch out.
This is a fiddle leaf that I wanted to buy on Craigslist....
Pete
Fiddle Leaf Ficus brown edges, lighter color veins
I have the Fiddle Leaf Ficus for 2 years now. It was...
vlauz7b
A lighter gritty mix and a 5-1-1 question
Hey, So I love gritty mix and only have a few plants...
hottomato99
Sponsored Products
nuLOOM Alexa My Soft and Plush Multi Shag Rug (9' x 12')
Overstock.com
Danze Boost 4" Three-Function Showerhead 1.75 GPM - Chrome
Modern Bathroom
Algreen Self Watering Modena Square Planter - 11105
$69.99 | Hayneedle
Portland, My One True Love Art Print.
$23.99 | Dot & Bo
Kichler Cylinder Polished Nickel 21" Wide Bathroom Light
Lamps Plus
Lamour Green Euro Sham
$212.50 | FRONTGATE
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™