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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I have found that giving away Aloe Vera plant

is just about as hard to do as giving away kittens.............


I have it growing everywhere.................
every time I offer to give friends are family a plant............
they quickly say no and almost want to run away...............
friends who are parents..........grab their small children to their side to shield them away from the plant I am offering..................sigh
 
If any of you wonder why this plant is a problem.................or if you have never had a plant like this............
here is the reason.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that grows very easily and happily, anywhere it is planted. It multiplies faster than 5 female cats with 20 boyfriends and a male rabbit in a hutch with 10 female rabbits.
The photo above is two pots full of about 30 plants each.

This I have found out by accepting a lovely Aloe Vera plant 4 years ago. I lovingly called it Mirella because it was beautiful and bloomed for me. Well Mirella has since supplied me with pots, pans, and containers of every size and shape full of her offspring. If I were to plant each Aloe in a separate pot and place them in my greenhouse.............my greenhouse would be full.
However, and although, no one will take them off my hands...............I don't want to kill these plants............
I decided to create Aloe Vera gardens. I certainly have the grounds for such . I began, by planting a few in this large size crate that runs along the end of my large garden..............in no time, it has filled up with Aloe.

I also have a large garden of it growing on the grounds...............

as you can see, new plants are sprouting daily.

I suppose that now, when I age to be 90 to 100, I will not be known as the crazy cat lady that lives in the old house in the middle of the woods..................
but my fate will be the crazy Aloe Vera lady that lives in the old house in the middle of the woods................
How about you???
Want an Aloe Vera plant??
Email me with your address!!!
soon
 


19 comments:

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

No thanks! But, your post did make me smile...good luck!

Daisy said...

Hahaha! Oh dear! No thanks for me. My son was given some a couple of years ago, and it has flourished and spread here too. It is great to have on hand to put on burns though. :D

Magnolia Tea said...

Oh Kathleen, if I didn't already have one I'd surely send my address to you. But, really I think you should sell those to some company that makes aloe products. You never know they just might sell. Love the idea of aloe vera gardens. You'll have even more next year. ;)

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

Aloe Vera is one of the most useful plants, our children know where to go in the garden if they burnt or stung. It is great for soothing sunburn as well. Have you tried making beauty products from it?

Have a happy day.
Bev.

lil red hen said...

If I were closer I'd love to have one. My daughter gave one to me and it actually lived and looked so pretty until a few days ago, when all of a sudden it's leaves ? just drooped. I'm hoping it doesn't die on me. Of course mine is inside in a pot and would probably do better in a container outside. This was a fun post!

Laurie said...

Living in Michigan, we can't grow them outside. But I'd say if you get a burn you're pretty well covered Kathleen!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Funny Post !
I have never seen an Aloe Vera Plant bloom ! I guess I have never kept one long enough !
Rose

Faith said...

I live in NE Ohio, here I'm sure these are used for houseplants, wouldn't survive outside. I've always wanted one, I tend to burn myself in the kitchen, that's when we know supper is done round here.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I love this post and your title when you get older...
I had no idea they reproduce like that. At least you will have a well protected area and it will keep folks out.
For me, I hate mint plants. That is considered a weed and if you let it flower the seeds go everywhere. When I moved to this new house, around the back porch was planted mint, we almost did not get the house for that reason. I had to use stump killer, cover it with heavy black plastic and it still is trying to pop up through the plastic. So I understand when the folks run when you mention a productive plant.
Maybe you can come up with some skin products and sell your wears on Etsy.com.

Debra said...

This made me laugh-because I really did put a huge clay pot of it beside my road with a 'free' sign on it! And here, we can't grow it outside-but-it had filled the large pot and wanted another one! Someone wanted it-but I'm fine without it!

Sherri Farley said...

I would certainly take one, but I am not a good gardener.......I'd most likely kill it! How about making some aloe vera gel?

Sue said...

Too funny! Aloe Vera sounds like the plant species formed from the bunny species.

Hugs to you dear aloe lady.

Sue

Prims and Annies said...

I did the same thing this year - planted them anywhere I could find. We live in south GA so the cold weather will probably get them. My friend gave me an aloe plant and told me it came from Arizona. I said to myself...sure, it looks like an ordinary aloe plant. But about a month ago it rewarded me with the most beautiful flower. I looked on line and it does grow in Arizona.
Good luck in search of homes for your plants.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for the offer, Kathleen, but I will also have to decline. The suggestion from several others to somehow market the aloe is also what I was thinking about, and wondering if yiu did also consider that avenue.

Michaele said...

I have never seen that much aloe vera in one place before. Cute post.

Muddling Through said...

Maybe you should go into the aloe vera juice business! LOL. Your gardens look great, and you obviously have a very green thumb.

Sunny said...

Hi Kathleen, Every aloe plant I've ever had died on me. Just can't seem to keep it alive. Love the post!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I didn't know that aloe vera plants grew so well and multiplied. I always grew them in pots indoors and they would die with my tending them. Whenever somone got a burn, we would pinch off a leaf and put the juice on burns. This is an interesting posting and you have a lovely garden.

Terra said...

I like your aloe vera (and kitten) story. For extra aloe vera, I have 2 silly ideas. Put some out with a sign "one dollar each", or if you have a pick up truck, leave some in the truck bed at all times. Someone might buy some, or take some!