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« on: March 17, 2010 06:52:52 PM »

I must be doing something right 'cuz all my flowering flowers are blooming.  In fact, two of my Aloe Vera plants are blooming, and I didn't know Aloe Vera plants bloom.  That is, I didn't know until the first bloom appeared a month or two ago.   Grin

Here are some pics of my Aloe Vera in bloom.








My spider plants are also blooming (and multiplying):




My Flamingo Flower is also blooming (the pink spot in the middle of the flower)


This year, I also decided to save some money on my garden by buying seeds instead of small plants.  So, I planted cherry tomatoes, normal tomatoes, Impatien flowers, Marigold Flowers, Bell Peppers, and Banana Peppers.  I put the Impatiens and the peppers in the kitchen window (south side of house) and everything else in the picture window in the living room (north side of house).  Strangely enough, nothing in the south window sprouted while most of the seeds in the north window did.  Out of desperation, I moved the Impatien seeds from the south window to the north.  They bloomed after a week or two in the north window, so I moved the peppers as well.  Sadly, my pepper seeds still have not sprouted, but it is still early enough in the year that I can try again with them.  Enough chatter, on to the rest of the pictures:

Marigold sprouts:


Cherry tomato sprouts:


Sprouts for normal-sized tomato:


I didn't get pictures of the Impatien sprouts (they're fairly slow growing and are still pretty small).  Sadly enough, after these pictures were taken, I went on a weekend trip (left Sat morning, supposed to get back Sun. afternoon) and ended up having car problems and getting stranded.   Therefore, I wasn't home to water my sprouts and lost all of the cherry tomato sprouts, all but two of the sprouts for the normal-sized tomatos, and one of the marigold sprouts.  It's early enough in the season here that I'm going to try again on everything I lost, as well as the peppers that never sprouted.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010 07:02:27 PM »

That's so cool. I've had enormous aloe vera plants and none of mine ever bloomed.  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010 07:03:16 PM »

 Shocked Aloe blooms?!  No way!

Your plants look very cute and happy.  I bet you can't wait to eat the fruits of your labor!
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2010 07:45:14 PM »

Our aloe plant at work is blooming for the first time right now. Apparently they take about 5 years to be mature enough to flower (at least this one and its parent both did). But what's interesting is that although the individual blossoms are exactly the same shape as on your plant, ours are clustered together into a thick column at the top of the stalk. And they're yellow and white rather than salmon and yellow. So there must be several different kinds of aloe veras although the plants look pretty much the same. I'm told it'll bloom every year now; presumably yours will too.

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010 07:53:07 PM »

I didn't know aloes bloomed either! That is gorgeous!
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010 08:04:21 PM »

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Wulf - there's  no way of knowing how old my aloe plants are, but my husband got them for me from a nursery about a year ago.  You say it'll bloom every year now?  How exciting!!!  I'd like to try to plant one of the blooms after it's fallen off to see if I can get another plant out of it.  I don't know if it'll work, but I'm excited to try!
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010 06:53:30 PM »

I'd like to try to plant one of the blooms after it's fallen off to see if I can get another plant out of it.  I don't know if it'll work, but I'm excited to try!

I guess if aloes have blossoms, they must produce seeds. Unless you need a boy aloe too. Or unless this is the boy aloe! Oh, why is there never a botanist around when you need one?

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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010 03:25:43 PM »

That is so awesome! My mom's aloe is blooming for the first time ever this year too! I'm sure she'll be excited when I tell her it might bloom every year now.
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