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Darlene, I am also from Fort Wayne and attended a beginner's bonsai class that you were part of at the conservatory about 10 years ago. That ficus is still alive and I now have 5 bonsai trees now however this question is not about bonsai trees. I have a large aloe vera plant and am not familiar with the care of it. It appears to be a succulent. Do I water as a succulent, meaning about once a month or once a week? Presently, i am watering it once a week or so and it is doing fine.

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Steve,

My email address is plantlady6@yahoo.com  I would love for you to send me your email address so I can send you our Fort Wayne Bonsai Club Newsletter so you can see what we are doing. We will be offering another bonsai class at our show at the Conservatory in May.

Yes, your aloe is considered a succulent and as such needs lots of light. I water my aloe in the winter about every 10 days to 2 weeks. In the summer I water it weekly. Mine grows a lot of babies around the base of the mother plant. About once a year I attempt to remove most of the babies by gently wiggling them out of the sandy soil. That way I get most of the roots and can repot them in separate pots and give them away. If you have more questions you
are welcome to email me or write here again. You are also welcome to attend any of our bonsai meetings, we are very educational.  Good luck!

Darlene  

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

Education/Credentials
I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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