Sunday, May 3, 2020

Aloe being sent to the naughty corner

Two months ago, I showed you how we propped up a leaning Aloe globuligemma × marlothii with a large rock so it would grow more upright. It seemed like a good idea at the time and it worked—to a degree. Actually, maybe it worked too well, because after a while the aloe decided to flop a different way:


If anything, the tilt was even more pronounced!



Not good, and not what I had in the mind.

This aloe has a gorgeous blue color and is generally way too pretty to part ways with so getting rid of it was not something I considered. Solution: Move it someplace else and bury it a tad deeper so it sits more upright.

And that's exactly what I did. 

I had recently removed a 15-year old clump of variegated shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata') because its leaves looked frost burned and tattered half of the year. This left a large gap in the L-shaped raised bed in the corner of the front yard where it meets up with the back yard (the “nasturtium corner” I showed you recently is on the other side of the fence you see in the photo below).


I dug around the root ball of the aloe with my trusty Root Slayer to release it from the soil, wrapped the body of the aloe with an old dog blanket...


... and carried it over to its new home. I'd already dug a hole, so it was simply a matter of plopping the aloe into position:


May it live long and prosper in its new spot—and grow straight. 

Curious to know what replaced the aloe in its original spot? Click here to find out.


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6 comments:

  1. Well, I hope that Aloe has learned its lesson, Gerhard!

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  2. No flopping around in your garden. May it live well and prosper.

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    1. Good posture is important (says the guy with the slouchiest posture ever).

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  3. This is a good looking aloe. Glad you were able to find a solution for it.

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  4. That is a gorgeous Aloe, worth the effort to save it.

    Sometimes the Aloe hybrids are too big and top heavy for their own long-term health.

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