damethod wrote:Is there a certain fertilizer I should be using? Any nutritional supplements? If so, how often? Should I mulch the soil around it?
No, no and no. I know opabinia said it looked dry but it is probably nice and cushty and happy as it is because the conditions are too nice. You have to remember it is a desert plant.
Sometimes going for weeks without any moisture and living in not much more than sand and rock. If there is green stuff like weeds and grass growing round it then the soil is too moist for it to get scared and want to reproduce or grow. I think you need to be nastier to it. Add some grit, small rocks and cover it when it is raining...make it suffer!
That how I treat mine and it has just flowered!
It is an Aloe vera, the one you use for burns. Split a leaf through the middle and scrape the jelly like substance out and put it on your skin if you get sunburnt, very soothing.