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#37282 May 3rd, 2007 at 09:39 PM
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I bought a HUGE aloe plant recently, very strange looking, almost like an alien of some sort.

After just two weeks it send up this huge celery like arm that at the end looks almost like a strange flower.

Attached is a photo. Not sure if I should cut this off, or what the deal is.

Any ideas?

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Hi brownrecluse....

your aloe is flowering.... thtaz d flower stalk with buds.... so think u can let it bloom....

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My aloe is flowering now too. But mine is much smaller and one of the variegated varieties.


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Yep, that's definitely the flower stalk and flowers


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Please don't cut it off!! Your plant is doing the best that it can for you. Enjoy its efforts. Please. Do you growany other aloe? Almost all aloe species are not self fertile, but if you have others and you are interested in propigation, you can clip and freeze the stamens and fertlize others. Anyway, please post anoyher pic when the flowers open!


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I just spotted your post. I purchased a similar or identical aloe about 3 yrs ago. It sprouts the same bud spikes once a year and last year it sprouted two. You may have noticed by now that the flowers have withered and dropped, and the spike will dry out and get hard. At this time I have been cutting it off with a sharp scissor very close to the stalk. I also find that as the flowers drop, they leave a sticky residue on the leaves which I usually remove with some mild soapy water. Last year It got so big that I had to go to Home Depot and buy the biggest pot they had and transplanted it in cactus mix and some coarse sand w/a little organic fertilizer mixed in. Since then the thing has been sprouting offspring galore, which I slice off and plant. It is kind of becoming overwhelming, but is very cool. Last time my wife and I had to carry it outdoors through a sliding door to transplant it, but now I don't think it will fit, so if I were able to find a larger pot, I'd probably have to put down a dropcloth and do it in the dining room where it resides. I am by no means an expert, and my suggestions are only from my experience and intuition. If anyone knows of any interesting uses or processes for the leaves, I would like to hear. I have seen similar leaves sold in the produce section of supermarkets, but no one has been able to tell me what can be done with them.

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About 3 species of aloe have medicinal uses, that I know of. Aloe vera and A. Ferox have skin conditioning properties, and I believe A. Arboresence (sp.) does too. Some aloe cause rashes of varying severity and none are to be eaten, again, that I know of. So, before you start applying it topically, you need to know what kind of aloe you've got. Can you post a pic of the whole plant? It sounds like you've got a beautiful one!


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