Aloe perfoliata grow and care – succulent plant of the genus Aloe also known as Short-leaved Aloe, Aloe perfoliata perennial evergreen plant, used as ornamental plant mostly uses for beauty of the leaves, its drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropical, tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Aloe perfoliata leaves
Leaves color is green rarely red, leaves fleshy with white spiny edges the size can be 10-30 cm.
Flower color red-orange the flower in cone shape grow in inflorescence stalk.
How to grow Aloe perfoliata succulent growing and care:
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds – explanation bellow / Vegetative Reproduction – daughter plant better to transplant them when there is at least 2-3 leaves, need to care daughter plant the same as adult, cutting possible stems or leaves, need to cut and wait that the cut will heal after this put it in the soil, better sandy soil with good drainage, watering need to be lightly and let it almost dry between watering, also leaves are more sensitive to pests and can be rotten easy so consider to use sterile soil (put in microwave)
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but easy to start from cutting or daughter plant
Difficulties or problems when growing: Spines in the edge of the leaves
Planting season: Hardiness zone 11+ all year, hardiness zone 10b in spring to autumn, hardiness zone 10a in spring
Pests and diseases: Aphids, slugs, snails
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Dead leaves and old stems
Size of the plant: Leaves 10-25 (4-10 inches) cm the spike 20-40 cm (8-16 inches)
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water, let it dry between watering, do not over water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade / Full shade (more sensitive to pests in the shade)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes, need to grow it with light and might won’t bloom
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers: Yes, choose container 50% bigger than the root ball, need sandy soil, lava grit and other inert soil, little organic matter will be enough and fertilize it one a year
Bloom season? Summer and rarely in spring
General information about the flower: Red-orange flowers in cone shape grow in inflorescence stalk.
Aloe perfoliata grow from seeds
Sowing requirement: Light soil with good drainage
Saving seeds until sowing: Dark and dry place in room temperature
Sowing season: Spring to autumn, better in spring higher chance that will germinate
Planting spacing: 20*30cm, 8-12 inches
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm, 0.25 inches
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil, half shade to full sun
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water and let it almost dry between watering
Germination time: 2-5 weeks
Condition of seedling: Light, water small amount but don’t over water