Question: aloe vera
good afternoon. My Aloe vera, after the snow arrived in Liguria, had the frozen leaves that I cut by removing the part of ruined leaves. Now it has part of roots that rise towards the outside of the vase ... I can transplant it into a larger vase, in this season? thank you so much for your advice, Anna
Ruined aloe vera leaves: Answer: aloe vera
you have done very well to prune the ruined leaves of your aloe, in fact often the stumps of vegetation spoiled by frost tend to rot, becoming a vehicle of fungi and bacteria for the whole plant, which can be seriously ruined; now it's time to repot, in fact this operation should be done at the end of winter, but since the roots of your plant have now filled the pot, and no longer find space, it is convenient to repot it immediately. Choose a beautiful vase, slightly larger than the previous one, and fill it with a good new, very soft and well-drained soil; if in the nursery you find only the universal soil, mix it with sand or pumice stone, to increase drainage. Since the plant is already in complete spring vegetation, during repotting it avoids excessively breaking the earth loaf around the roots, to avoid excessive stress to the plant.
Once the aloe has been repotted, wait at least a week before watering it again, and only in about a month, start again with the spring fertilizations, to supply every 15-20 days. Aloe is a succulent plant, and therefore will need a fertilizer suitable for succulent or succulent plants, poor in nitrogen and rich in potassium.
Avoid fertilizing during the winter months, and also watering.
As with most succulents, aloe also needs watering to be provided only when the soil has completely dried, in order to avoid absolutely water stagnation, otherwise the onset of rot, which can quickly ruin the entire plant .
Place your aloe in a well-lit area, but with a few hours a day of direct sunlight, especially in the hottest hours of the day. The past winter has been decidedly very rigid, even in areas that traditionally do not have to withstand intense and prolonged frosts; in cases such as these it is advisable to always keep the tissue at hand, to cover the plants quickly if necessary. On the market there are some beautiful non-woven fabrics caps, even already equipped with laces on the bottom: with these caps it is possible to cover a plant in five minutes, so as to protect it from the most intense frost or snow.
In areas like Liguria, which are fortunate to have mild winters, one usually does not bother to cover the plants during the winter; it happens, however, more and more often that the seasons are unpredictable, and that minimum or maximum temperatures are very different from those we have been used to for decades. For this reason, I advise you, in the autumn, to prepare some cloth or hood of non-woven fabric, to be kept on a shelf, and to be used only if necessary, in cases such as the weeks of February 2012. After all, the tissue does not expire, it does not deteriorate, it remains unaltered for years, and above all it does not cost astronomical sums, and if we were to have mild winters in the next 10 years, well, your non-woven fabric will wait quietly for the fateful year with snow at the end of February.