Aloe andongensis Baker
Aloe andongensis var. andongensis
Aloe andongensis is a succulent with stemless rosettes, always neat in appearance. The rosettes grow up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. The leaves are up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, with light spots and margins armed with sharp light-green teeth. The inflorescence is 2 to 3 branched and up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. The racemes are attractive orange-scarlet heads with the buds spreading horizontally.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 10b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
Aloes are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
It needs an intense, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Aloe andongensis is native to Angola (Pungo Andongo in the Cuanzo Norte district).
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