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Aloe vera
Plant Care Instructions By Pat Hammer

Very tender and should not be planted where they might freeze.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b, 11
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  • January
    • Water

        Plants are somewhat dormant and do not require much water. Allow soil to be completely dry between watering and should be given minimal water.

  • February
    • March
      • Fertilize

          Fertilize yearly in the spring with a half strength formula recommended for blooming.

    • April
      • May
        • Plant

            It is best to plant outdoors in the summer months. Plant in full sun. Keep in well drained soil. Potted plants need filtered sun or some shade.

      • June
        • Water

            During the summer months the soil should be soaked completely but allow to dry between waterings.

      • July
        • August
          • September
            • October
              • November
                • Water

                    Reduce water has the season changes and the days are shorter.

              • December
                • Winter
                  • Spring
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                      • Fall
                        • Buy

                          When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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                          • Plant

                            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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                            • May

                              It is best to plant outdoors in the summer months. Plant in full sun. Keep in well drained soil. Potted plants need filtered sun or some shade.

                          • Sow Seeds

                            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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                            • Fertilize

                              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

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                              • March

                                Fertilize yearly in the spring with a half strength formula recommended for blooming.

                            • Water

                              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

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                              • January

                                Plants are somewhat dormant and do not require much water. Allow soil to be completely dry between watering and should be given minimal water.

                              • June

                                During the summer months the soil should be soaked completely but allow to dry between waterings.

                              • November

                                Reduce water has the season changes and the days are shorter.

                            • Prune

                              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

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                              • Mulch

                                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

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                                • Protect

                                  When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

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                                  • Pest/Disease Inspection

                                    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                                    • Treat for Pest/Disease

                                      How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                                      • Transplant

                                        When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                                        • Propagate

                                          When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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                                          • Harvest

                                            When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                                            • Special requirements

                                              Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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