Aloe pillansii - growing so fast!

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Aloe pillansii - growing so fast!

Post Number:#1  Postby Spination » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:28 pm

This thing is giving me a workout. Today, I just re-potted it for the 4th time, and I've only had it a bit over 2 years.
Day 1 Aug 1st, 2013 The trunk from soil line to lowest leaves is only a few inches.
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A bit over 1 year later - repotted
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A glimpse of it's growth, this view of the trunk. And, to the very highest point of the plant is 25"
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Then, early Spring this year, it got another new pot, because I saw the sides were bulging on the pot. Here's a view today still in it's 3rd pot right before it's 2nd repotting for this year. That's a 15" diameter pot.
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View of trunk height now
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And to the top, roughly 3' now from the soil line, to the very highest point, which is a few inches higher than the tape measure as shown.
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In less than 6 months time, from Spring to now, roots are not quite as pervasive to the edge of the pot as earlier this year, but filling out the space well enough.
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New pot, old pot. 10" deeper, and an extra 2" wider all the way around the current root ball, which I left intact.
I could have waited until Spring again, but I had 2 goals in mind. One, anticipating some frosty weather at some point, I wanted to add extra soil around the furthest edges of the current roots, for extra insulation. Two, I didn't like the way the trunk was leaning, and wanted to make it straight again in a new pot.
Mission accomplished.
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Re: Aloe pillansii - growing so fast!

Post Number:#2  Postby Spination » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:11 am

Fast forward a couple of years. 50" tall from the soil line
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All those burnt tips were at the top this last winter (freeze damage). All those nice leaves are new growth since March.
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Re: Aloe pillansii - growing so fast!

Post Number:#3  Postby Agave Down Under » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:30 pm

That's super stunning!!!
Well looked after and repotted regularly its thriving!!!
I need to repot some aloes desperately so they will grow as good as yours!👍👍👍
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