* Aloe Vera ‘babies’ that is.
I remember a nursery rhyme from my childhood, the first couple of lines read:
There was an old lady who lived in a shoe, she had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
And so it is at Cosy Cottage, okay, this is a little house and not a shoe (Thank goodness as I don’t think even the guinea pigs could fit in one).
And, yes, okay, these are not human youngsters.
They are plant ‘babies’. Aloe veras to be precise.
Aloe veras reproduce like rabbits.
My first aloe vera, given me by Simon, ironically died. Even more ironically as he claimed I couldn’t kill this plant as they didn’t need much watering.
But he persevered, giving me another. I now realise this wasn’t of the goodness of his heart but because he had a surplus of the fleshy succulents which needed rehoming.
And this aloe vera thrived, maybe a little too much as she decided to have a ‘baby’, and then another, and another.
There appears to be no ‘father’ but there are plenty of young aloe veras, and now I have lost count of how many there now are and they all need new homes.
New pots at any rate.
Facts of the Day
1. Aloe Vera is a succulent and an evergreen perennial. Its leaves are fleshy and thick.
2. It is found in products such as skin lotion, tissues, traditional medicine (as a skin treatment), drinks, ointments and cosmetics. It is used as a moisturiser.
3. There are records of the use of aloe vera from the 16th century BC (Ebers Papyrus).