Climbing Aloe


Aloiampelos ciliaris is a rare climbing variety of aloe. The woody stems and greatly recurved leaves help this plant to climb on nearby trees or any structural support. If there is no support in the vicinity, it shows a straggly growth. It also produces unique tubular-shaped flowers when exposed to direct sun, in the charming shade of red with creamy yellow tips.

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  • Light: Grow in part to full sun to maintain colors and form. If growing indoors, place containers near sunny windows or under grow lights and move them outdoors in summer if possible.
  • Soil: Good drainage is key, so opt for a gritty cactus/succulent mix from a garden center or make your own by mixing 1 part potting soil, 1 part coarse sand, and 1 part perlite or lava rocks. Fertilizer is not necessary, but 2-3 applications of diluted fertilizer in the winter growing season can accelerate growth.
  • Water: Aloe are exceptionally drought tolerant and should never be left in standing water. Water the soil deeply then give plenty of time and airflow to fully dry out before repeating. Err on the side of under-watering and use pots with drainage holes.
  • Hardiness: These soft succulents will not tolerate frost or heavy rain.
  • Propagation: Remove offsets from the base of a mother plant and re-plant them in well-draining soil with plenty of sunlight to grow roots.

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