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Can rice be used as a potting medium?

The aloe is not growing in that medium. Sugar dissolves, rice and coffee decompose, when exposed to the conditions required for a healthy root zone. They would sour and kill the plant roots. Not ...
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Can I cut the top off a drooping aloe plant?

The damaged leaves will not heal, and the weakened narrow portion of stem will remain that way. It can grow from the end, though, and that can be healthy. It was obviously suffering from etiolation. I ...
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

Based on the plump, browning tips on the leaves, this initially appears to be classic aloe over-watering response. BUT, once every three weeks isn't necessarily an unreasonable watering schedule for ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The trouble with gardening is, ask a panel of experts a question and you'll get 3 different answers. I remember your original question on this plant and then, you believed you should wait for the peat ...
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Is the gel of all Aloe Vera plants suitable for consumption?

The short answer to your question's title is no, not all varieties are safe to consume, because I'm guessing, when you say aloe vera, you mean any aloe rather than that particular variety. There is a ...
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My aloe plants turned grey when I took it outside

Too much sun, no easy, slow transition from dim inside light to right out in the harsh sun - Aloes really hate that, IME. Put the poor things in the shade and give them time. Eventually they can be ...
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Are these plants Aloe or Gasteraloe?

They do look very much like Gasteraloe beguinii
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Did my aloes sunburn?

Haworthia do not like direct sun, especially when kept as a houseplant - I agree with the ID of Haworthia attenuata, so yes, it does need a different situation from a true aloe, so somewhere with good ...
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What species of Aloe is this?

Possibly Aloe vera var. chinensis. There's a photo here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/272091/#b
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What is this plant with long narrow triangle leaves and prickles?

That is indeed a member of the aloe family. As others have said, there are hundreds of types. A good list is provided here. I don't know enough to narrow it down. A Google search brings up pictures ...
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

I would just leave it. This happens in the wild and plants are fine. It looks like a fairly new/small plant so pruning that much leaf structure might do more harm than good. If it's lacking support or ...
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

Succulents do not 'heal' in the traditional sense from cracks or tears. Leave it be, unless it is starting to rot, and hopefully the plant will continue to grow and a new leaf will come up. You could ...
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How long can aloe last without water?

A plant at my home servived for more than 5 years. This is how it looked after 5 years. Then I removed it from the hanging and planted it in the garden. https://photos.google.com/share/...
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Is something wrong with my Aloe Vera?

From what I see here, your Aloe gets too much water for the sun it get. Aloe Vera leaves in very hot, sunny places (often sandy). e.g. already discussed here. It goes for the sun (phototropism) ...
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Aloe Vera Plant drooping

The aloe vera is a succulent which stores water in its leaves. It does better with a freely draining potting mix such as a cactus potting mix, or regular mix amended with perlite. It's drooping ...
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Does Aloe Vera bloom?

You're having a flower! Aloe do indeed flower. It depends on plant maturity, treatment, sunshine, etc. It sounds like you're treating it well. It's not an Aloe vera (barbadensis), it's some other ...
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What is this bean-shaped thing growing on my aloe?

You were pretty close when you described the "thing" as a bean, because like a bean, it's a seedpod - your aloe was pollinated and has set seeds in three pods. You could let the pods dry - ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The theory behind not watering immediately after repotting is that you are inducing the roots to grow a little more vigorously to search for water and therefore 'rooting the plant in'. I personally ...
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How can I repair a damaged aloe vera that hasn't been watered for months?

Do you have a photo? It always helps us to look at photos. I will answer generically for now. Aloes are sturdy, hardy plants. You have it in water, but don't leave it there for too long. Get good ...
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What is this aloe-like plant?

From helpful gardener it looks like a Tiger Aloe. The gel tht's inside can be used for hand cream--softening dry skin. Hope for you it will bloom like this! Keep us posted.
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Why is my aloe tipping over?

If it's been in that position for a long time, with any light always coming from the same direction, that would explain this. It should have been rotated regularly, say bi weekly or monthly, but the ...
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What species of aloe is this young start?

The trouble with the Aloe world is, many of the varieties have more than one name - Aloe aculeata marlothii ssp.'marlothii' is also known as Aloe spectabilis. Either that or they've been renamed more ...
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What is this succulent plant with pointed leaves that looks like a cross between agave and aloe?

I would like to take a stab at this ID. I love succulents and desert plants! This is gorgeous and I believe it is Agave 'Blue Glow'... Thought I'd send this link... Hey, but I could be wrong! Agave ...
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Can I leave an Aloe plant unattended for 2 months?

Best chance for your plant to survive your leave, is to ask a neighbor to water it every other week. Or ask a friend or neighbor to take it in their house for two months. I think your plant won't ...
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Can I leave an Aloe plant unattended for 2 months?

I have over 400 Aloe plants. A couple of them are Aloe vera. They have to be inside for 5 months of the year due to freezing temperatures. During that time I do not water them. Over the summer, they ...
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What are these black round dry spots on my Aloe Vera leaves?

Your problem is still the same and Bamboo's answer on the other question still holds. Aloes can thrive on very little water. They also hold the water in their leaves, so excess water combined with ...
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What are the green stubs growing on my Aloe vera's root?

Those green bumps are likely roots starting to grow, but what's odd is why they're green - they should be white if they're not exposed to daylight, so maybe you didn't bury it properly? Just replant ...
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What are the green stubs growing on my Aloe vera's root?

Those are roots (aloes have fleshy roots near the base). The coloration is from aloin content. It's normal, no need to worry. Those roots are the first, more will come soon if that soil stays moist. ...
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ID: aloe or agave?

I'm not so sure - some Aloes do have thorns beneath their leaves and on the edges; Aloe marlothii is particularly nasty for sharp thorns. This one could be Aloe ferox, which does have thorns along the ...
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