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Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' (Toothless Torch Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe arborescens 'Spineless'

Common Names

Toothless Torch Aloe

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' is a large, densely growing, succulent shrub up to 5 feet (1.5 cm) tall and equal spread, with branching stems holding many up to 18 inches (45 cm) wide rosettes of narrow, recurved, nearly toothless leaves. They are dull yellow-green and blushing a orange pink when drought stressed. Coral-red flowers hang tightly on the erect few branched inflorescences that rise up to 2 feet (60 cm) above the foliage in late fall and early winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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, it's essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

Aloe 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 repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.

It needs strong, 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

Origin

Garden origin.

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