We had first go at putting aloe plants outside (mid Scotland Uk) under
plastic in begining of april but found the leaves going a sick yellow . have
saved the lot by fostering them out to family members window sills and all
but one have returned to vibrant green.
Compost was normal
slug damage high
weather has been good/ warm since behind glass
poly tunnel was a 450mm high medium sized type
Enlightendment needed, .. even ideas on what might be wrong
thanks in advance
Too much sun, I think. I tried tried something similar this winter and
they weren't pleased. I brought them back in until there was enough
shade outside. My neighbor puts them out in full sun every year and they
all get sunburned until we convince him to put them in the shade.
Aloe is *very* tough. My Mum has it growing out in the full Australian sun
all summer, in a bed with no shade and with a few dozen days of 30+ temps,
so I doubt that your Scottish sunshine will knock it about much. :-)
Sure, it develops an orange or russett colour around the edges and tips of
the leaves, but it struggles on unfazed and during winter when the sun is
not so fierce the leaf colour returns to its verdant green. No damage is
done, and the main thing is that its juice soothes scorched fingers and
sunburnt shoulders just as effectively!
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
Man, AV is the scourge of Phx. People put it in pots and in the ground,
and it's so freakin' tough that it just takes over and spills out over
the ground. It keep spreading like crazy until it hits cement or a
solid year of neglect.
I finally came to peace with AV by learning to harvest it, scrape the
flesh out of the blades in long strips, blending it, and freezing it.
That way through the summer I just pull out a tub of it and keep it in
the fridge for burns.
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