Could you tell me how much water (in liters) does an aloe vera plant need? I am developing a project for rainwater collection systems for an aloe vera field, so i am wondering if it can support the aloe demands.
The aloe vera are very drought tolerant so they do well on not much water. They do not tolerate frosts and also alot of water will kill them quickly. When grown in a container I let the plants get dry and test the soils with a moisture meter. When I do water them I drench the soils and let the water drain well out the bottom of the containers being sure not to let any water stand in the saucer at the bottom. I would think that your rainwater collection system would easily support your field due to their limited need for water. You will likely need to experiment a bit at first but in this case I would start with a light amount of watering and increase the water allowance in very very small quantities. Hope this helps you.
I have a large healthy Aloe plant. It is, however, completely bending over as an upside 'u'. I have tried putting wood to hold it straight, but that hasn't worked. I am afraid that it will break at the root and die. Do you have any suggestions?
You can find all about Aloe Vera here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera
Will aloe grow in the northeastern part of South Carolina?
Aloe vera is hardy to 20 degrees F. If it gets colder than that where you live, it will need to be brought in during the winter.
How do I propagate aloe leaves?
The following article should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/propagating-cacti-and-succulents.htm
Aloe generally spreads rather quickly when taken well care of. Separate a small leaf or two with its roots and plant in soil., water. Does really well in bathroom or kitchen window. Good luck
This started to happen when I put it outside for the summer last year.
This could indicate that it is having some watering issues. Being outside, it may be getting more water from rain than it is used to when it was indoors. You may want to find a more rain sheltered location for it.
My 12-inch potted aloe stayed on patio too long last fall, tips of leaves froze some. They've dried/healed now, but look bad. Can I trim off the dried tips safely? Should I cut back to live plant or just shorten the dead part?
Just trim away the dead areas. Cutting into the live parts of the leaves will only open up the plant to the possibility of disease.
Need to know about light, water, heat, and care.
Here's a link for growing inside and outside.