Aloe arborescens 'Spineless'
Toothless Torch Aloe
Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' is a large, densely growing succulent shrub with branching stems, holding many rosettes of narrow, recurved, nearly toothless leaves. It grows up to 5 feet (1.5 cm) tall and is usually about as wide as tall. Rosettes are up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. Leaves are dull yellow-green blushing an orange-pink when drought-stressed. Coral-red flowers hang tightly on erect few branched inflorescences that rise to 2 feet (60 cm) above the foliage in late fall and early winter.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Torch Aloe is an easy and rewarding plant to grow and is a popular garden plant in many countries. It enjoys full sun, well-drained, compost-enriched soil, and can tolerate moderate frost but is sensitive to severe frost. It is fast-growing, and it will tolerate drought and neglect once established. It is grown mainly as an ornamental or accent plant but is also an excellent and impenetrable hedge plant.
During the active growth period, water plentifully as necessary to keep the potting soil thoroughly moist. During the rest period, water is only enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the active growth period.
It grows well in normal room temperatures and is tolerant of dry air. However, to encourage flowering, it is best to give the plants a short winter rest at a temperature of no more than 50 °F (10 °C).
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
This succulent is a toothless cultivar of Aloe arborescens.
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