Aloe Aculeata


This one is known as Red Hot Poker Aloe and is native to South Africa. The word Aculeata means prickly and refers to the spines and teeth on the plant.

It has orange-yellow flowers that bloom between August and October. It can grow in beds and containers as long as it’s protected from the winter rain.

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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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