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by ivona on November 06, 2004 04:22 PM
I am in Taiwan and I found a large abandoned pot of aloe vera plants out in the garbage. I took it home and repotted it into single pots. It was all infested in ants when I broke it apart. I used peat moss and watered it couple of times. It has a lot of sun I have it on the patio outside. But the plants look like they are dying and they have getting brownish yellow in color. What can I do?
by Carly on November 07, 2004 07:48 AM
Well, don't take my word for it - I'm no expert. But I would be inclined to give it up.

Maybe take the best part of the plant, then make a very light suds with some gentle detergent and spray it all over your plant part.

Then re-plant it and see if you can get it going.

Someone here might have a better idea though.

Good luck with your project - I admire you for your patience in trying to save this batch of aloe. It's a very useful plant for healing, as you probably know.

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by suzydaze on November 09, 2004 04:16 PM
get it out of the sun. My cooks in the full sun. I know these are suppose to be a full sun plant but mine is happier (when it's outside) if I sit it under the door step. I think alot of these may have been bred just for indoor plants and seem to like an (indoor) setting better than out side. And let the soil dry out between waterings.

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by njoynit on November 10, 2004 07:13 PM
I would not grow in peat moss.peat will hold moiture good if has gotton too wet.aloe growing in pot will like sandy gritty stuff.you can buy a cactus mix.i sometimes add some peat to my mixes to help retain more water.I do run across a few of my pots that have too much and lessen it or compost and re do pot.

as to the ants.I woiuld have sprayed off real well let plants air dry and repot.I grow mine outdoors in ground in summer and it is in shadier spot but gets some sun.i noticed this year it weighed a bit more&has a buddy in pot.a chunck of concrete...to hold the pot upright.glad no one watches me garden sometimes.Ya'll would be on the ground laughing somedays.
good luck with your plant.they usually recover pretty well.you'd be amazed.

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