Aloe Vera plants are a unique addition to your garden. The succulents grow perfectly in flowerbeds and make effective indoor plants. You have been caring for your aloe plant for some time now, and you expect it to start flowering. Hey, be patient and stop expecting much from your young plant. Aloe Vera tends to flower once it has reached its maturity stage. For a standard aloe plant, the maturity stage is achieved approximately when it is about four years.
In this article, we will focus on the ultimate guide to get your aloe Vera to flower. While some aloe plant tends to take longer to bloom even after maturity, there are steps that you can take to persuade your aloe plant. The plant expects you to take good care of it to bloom and it will not discourage you when it is ready. It will flower and glow yellow.
1. Fertilize Your Aloe Plants
Proper fertilizing of your aloe plant can help persuade the plant to flower. Fertilizing at proper times can also be a reason for your plant to bloom. It is essential to use a well-balanced fertilizer in early spring and again in midsummer. After feeding the plant, you should water it to drain the excess salt out of the pot to prevent destroying the roots.
It is essential to take a keen look at the kind of fertilizer you are using. Using high phosphorous or superphosphate that promises blooms may damage the plant due to their high concentration. After every two years, you should transplant the plant to freshen the soil and aerate the roots.
2. Place Your Aloe Plant Where There is Enough Sunlight.
Unexposed mature aloe plants to sunlight will result in a lack of flowering and may bring discolored growth, and withering which may weaken the plant. If the plant is planted indoors, place adult aloe plants outside if you want to witness big bright flowers. Outdoor will ensure the plant gets enough light, and wind and bee activity will pollinate the plant.
Just like any other plant, aloes’ fresh and notable stems scorch when temperatures are high. Therefore, it is essential to monitor the sunlight that is reaching your plant. The proper amount of sunlight can make the stems of the plant vigorous to hold the flowers.
3. Schedule Your Aloe for spring
Aloe plant only flowers at particular times of the year. If you anticipate your aloe to grow, make sure that the climate is conducive to growing and blooming. Aloe Vera blooms each year, especially in the early spring. If it is of the right age, then expect it to flower.
As you wait for this time of the year to come, the best way to help your plant bloom is to ensure that it remains healthy. You should follow all the steps that ensure that your aloe is well maintained. Before spring comes, make sure that your plant is in the soil with adequate nutrients to support it and no pests and insects invading it.
4. Pamper Your Aloe Plant
Time to flower is here, and you can’t notice any signs from the plant, do not despair. If you are sure that the plant is of age, you need to experiment with various techniques that will pumper it. Pamper your plant by ensuring that it receives just enough of everything that it needs.
If your plant is indoors, ensure that it gets additional coaxing to trigger flowering. Ensure that the temperature is correct and that the drainage is just working right. If all these conditions can be done well, then the spiky and the vibrant yellow flowers can be seen when the time comes.
5. Choose a Liquid Fertilizer.
One of the benefits of using a liquid fertilizer is that it penetrates the soil immediately after application. The plant is given fast access to nutrients which ensures rapid root growth. A potted aloe plant may require the application of this fertilizer more often than the other one.
The best fertilizer to use is the liquid 10-40-10 houseplant mixes or those explicitly designed for succulent plants. Using the liquid fertilizer as a foliar spray should be done in the proper times of the day to avoid leaf sun-scald. The best times are early morning, late afternoon or overcast days when there is little sunlight.
6. Remove the Pups From Your Plant.
Pups are not bad, as they are a sign that your plant is healthy and can produce babies at the mother plant’s base. As the aloe plant grows, the babies may tend to clump and spread as they try to mature. It would help if you took a sharp knife and cut the connection between the plant and the pups.
Pups tend to take the energy from the mother plant, the energy that could be used for flowering. Pups also consume the nutrients that the mother plant could appropriately utilize for blooming. For these babies, allow them to dry a bit for at least 24 hours before replanting them in their new pots.
7. Encourage Flowering By Watering.
When watering is done correctly, it encourages the blooming of the aloe plant. You should ensure to water the plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Ensure that the plant has exhausted most of the water in the pot before you decide to water again.
Don’t overwater the plant to prevent it from embarking on rotting, which may discourage blooming. Adequate watering ensures that essential nutrients are transported through the plant. Enough water will also help strengthen the stem of the plant to stand upright and support the flowers.
8. Water the Aloe Plant from the Bottom
The Aloe plant is a hard-to-kill plant. You might have been watering the plant wrongly without even realizing it. The truth is that if you can rectify this behavior, you may end up encouraging it to flower. You have known when to water your aloe Vera, but how do you do it?
Watering Aloe Vera should be done from the bottom of the plant so that water can reach the roots properly. Watering should be done consistently until the water can pour out through the drainage. Watering the plant from the top may end up breaking the flower if it is not done slowly and carefully.
9. Watch for Insects and Pest.
When your aloe plant is maturing, some pests and insects are ordinary fans of the plant. This pest includes the mealybugs, which are flat and brown. These pests suck on the sap from the aloe leaves, which weakens the plant and destroys a healthy flowering aloe plant.
To prevent these pests, you should use a natural, non-toxic pesticide to drive away the pests from your aloe Vera. Avoid misting your aloe Vera as it can make it rot out. If the leaves have gotten dirty or dusty, you can wipe them with a clean cloth once in a while to even remove dead bugs that can cause infection.
10. Get Your Plant to the Garden.
If you want your aloe Vera to flower correctly, get it to the garden. The aloe plant will only flower when it senses its ideal growing condition, and it also blooms well in the indigenous garden. A mature aloe plant first produces a spike known as an inflorescence which looks spectacular in the latter summer months.
When the plant has stayed indoors for long, it’s hard to get the plant to produce the inflorescence, leave alone the flowers. However, in some places, the conditions in the house might be very favorable, and the plant may flower well.
For Aloe, Patience is a Virtue.
The information above will help you maintain your plant as it thrives in its maturity until it starts flowers, which happens each spring. Unlike other plants, aloe takes their time before they can start flowering. You have to be patient with the process.
The most exciting thing with the aloe Vera plant is that immediately it starts flowering, you will realize that it was worth the effort. An accomplished feeling for any gardener. Aloe does not require or take much time and resources. Hence a little effort brings a significant result.
Aloe Vera is found in very many species. In most species, flowers appear yellow, other species may show red flowering while others may mix the colors. For each year, the aloe plant blooms only for 2-3 months, and after that, it dries and drops off.
For the flowers, you can sometimes decide to prune them so that they may not consume the nutrients in the soil. Cutting the flower stalk from the base will help your aloe Vera recover from some of the leaves that have dried up or browned.
With all this information in mind, we expect to see your aloe plant flowering soon. When aloe flowers, trust me, you will call your friends to come and make a compliment about your garden or your kitchen as it will be glowing yellow.