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One last picture of my giant Aloe vera

I decided to sell my monster of an Aloe vera because it just took up took much space on my balcony and I wasn’t really using it for anything. When I dragged it inside (with much difficulty because I had to use some force to pull it through the balcony door), I realized exactly how massive I allowed it to grow. It spent the last couple of years partially outdoors in full sunlight, getting a ton of water and nutrients every summer.
This was also the first succulent I bought as an adult after I killed the ones I had as a child. I guess this was the plant that started my succulent addiction.

Here’s a picture I took of my Aloe in April 2018 when I first put it outside. Imagine if I kept the thing out there for another 2 years..

Aloe vera at night

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.

The giant Aloe vera

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.

Cabbage worm infestation

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.

This Aloe was my first succulent

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.