When it comes to the world of plants and gardening, there are few things more beautiful than an aloe vera plant in bloom.
It can be difficult to get them to do so, however, and many garden enthusiasts spend a great deal of time wondering how to make aloe vera bloom?
If you’ve had an aloe vera plant sitting on your window sill for an extended length of time, and it’s blatantly refusing to bloom, there are a few things you can do to encourage those amazing flowers to come out and open.
In short, you certainly can force your aloe vera plant to bloom if you’ve got the right growing conditions, such as plenty of light, and infrequently but deeply watered soil!
How to Make Aloe Vera Bloom?
Aloe Vera plants love light, so always make sure that your aloe plant is directly facing a window sitting in sunlight. Artificial light is also acceptable. Aloe can survive in a variety of temperatures, but they like dry heat and low humidity in the day. Also, water your aloe vera plant occasionally.
Encouraging Your Aloe Vera to Bloom
Aloe Vera is a succulent, and as many succulent-lovers know, they tend to produce eye-catching flowers that have an incredibly exotic appearance.
Aloe produces majestic, tubular flowers, typically orange or yellow in color, that burst out of the plant, looking quite a bit like a celebration!
If you’ve never seen aloe bloom, it’s well worth your time to try and make it happen.
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your alow is mature enough to bloom.
If you’ve purchased your aloe from professionals that operate a plant nursery, you’ll be able to garner more information regarding your specific plant, rather than if you purchase your aloe at a major retailer.
Since most people do acquire their succulents from mainstream retailers that have gardening centers but don’t closely specialize in plant care, it’s safe to assume you might not know the age of your aloe plant.
Most aloe vera plants that you’ll find on the shelves in large, non-gardening-specific stores are young. If you’ve given your aloe vera all the light in the world and it still refuses to bloom, you could be dealing with a maturity issue.
Over and Under-Watering
Most plant parents know that over and under-watering an aloe vera plant, or any plant for that matter can make it really difficult for that plant to bloom.
Aloe needs perfect growing conditions to bloom successfully, and providing too much or too little water can easily cause issues with the blooms.
You’ll want to ensure that you’re watering your aloe plants rather infrequently but water them deeply when the time comes.
To discourage your aloe from rotting, which happens faster than you’d think, always make sure that the first 1 to 2 inches of soil are dry before watering.
Ample Amounts of Sunshine or Light
I cannot stress enough how important it is for aloe vera plants to receive ample amounts of light, whether it be artificial or direct natural sunlight.
Aloe plants tend to grow at a mediocre rate when they don’t get enough light, and lack of light definitely does not provide blooming conditions.
If you want your aloe to bloom, and you know for a fact it’s mature enough and you’re watering your aloe very correctly, it’s time to go heavy on the sunlight. Move your aloe around your home during the day, placing it wherever the most light streams through your windows or doors.
You can successfully get an aloe vera plant to bloom in an office setting, as they do quite well with artificial light. Just make sure they get enough of it.
If your office overhead lights are not strong enough, consider getting a lamp for your desk that will assist your aloe in the blooming process.
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Make Aloe Vera Bloom
Why is it taking so long for my aloe vera plant to bloom?
If you’ve taken all the right steps and you know your plant is mature enough to bloom, it’s just a waiting game. Try to be patient with your aloe. Plants are just like people. Most of them have to come into full maturity to truly bloom!
How will I know if the aloe vera’s getting enough sunlight?
Aloe will not bloom without light, so to ensure your plant is getting enough, you’ll want to mimic desert-like conditions when it comes to light. Bathe your aloe vera in light during the day, as much as you possibly can.
Is my aloe plant overwatered?
It’s very possible that overwatering your aloe plant, which is a common mistake for owners of this desert-loving succulent, is keeping it from blooming. Water your aloe like the desert does; infrequently, but deeply.
Aloe Vera and Blooming
Those who have spent quite a bit of time working with aloe usually do not have to struggle to get their plants to bloom.
They know that patience, a little knowledge, and the right amount of light can get the job done, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t become frustrating!
Aloe vera plants love to bloom, and they will as long as you provide them with time, patience, water, and light. Remember, if you’ve given your plant everything it needs to thrive, don’t become frustrated when you don’t see blooms.
It’s all about time.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.