Today was the first clear night in months. My succulents have enjoyed a whole day of sunlight, protected from wind behind glass panes on my balcony. The built up heat allowed me to stay out there to watch my solar powered lights turn on. They don’t light up much, but my Aloe vera seems to enjoy it. It made for a nice picture, too.
This monster loves its new, huge pot. It’s now able to stand without tipping over. It does have to stay outside on the balcony all year because I can’t carry it inside. So far it hasn’t been a problem, but the cold winter hasn’t really started yet. Maybe.. just maybe it will flower for me next spring/summer if it gets to experience the seasonal changes out there.
I just discovered that all of my herbs and my Pinguicula laueana was eaten by cabbage worms overnight. All that was left of my herbs were the stalks and every stalk had one or two cabbage worms attached to it. There was nothing to do but chuck all of the affected plants out.
Obviously I had to find something else to plant in my two big containers. The Aloe vera was in need of a repotting and it was already used to staying outside, so that was an obvious choice. It wasn’t affected by the cabbage worms at all either. Then I remembered that ponytail palms can grow outdoors as long as the temperature doesn’t go below 7-10 degrees C. That’s the minimum temperature on my balcony if I close the windows, even during a frosty night in winter. My ponytail palm wasn’t too happy indoors because it didn’t get enough light and its pot was slightly too small, preventing the succulent stem from growing larger. Maybe it will do better outdoors.
My Aloe is now absolutely humongous. There’s no room for him indoors, but for now he really likes it out there, even though the temperature hit 2°C a couple of times already. It won’t be long before I close the glass panels on my balcony to protect all of the succulents from frost.
This Aloe was my first succulent (since I killed the Sedum I had as a kid), bought in early 2015 because I had a bit of a skincare emergency and needed something that wouldn’t irritate my skin. It is now my biggest succulent – 4cm Shaymin for scale. I really love the weathered look too.
Usually it stays outside, but we’re expecting bad freezing temps for the next couple of weeks, so I’m not taking any chances.