Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Aloe arborescens Mill.
Candelabra Aloe, Candelabra Plant, Gilded Candelabra, Krantz Aloe, Mountain Bush Aloe, Octopus Plant, Sword Aloe, Torch Aloe, Torch Plant, Tree Aloe
Aloe arborescens f. variegata
Aloe arborescens 'Variegata' is a succulent shrub with branching stems that hold rosettes of thick, fleshy, variegated leaves. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. Leaves are sword-shaped, toothed, and green with cream-colored or yellow bands.
Occasionally, this plant produces red tubular flowers in erect terminal racemes that may appear in winter once the stem matures.
Aloe arborescens 'Variegata' is a form of Aloe arborescens selected for its variegated foliage.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Torch Aloe is an easy plant to grow and is popular 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 an accent plant but is also an excellent and impenetrable hedge plant.
During the active growth period, water thoroughly. During the rest period, water your Aloe only enough to prevent the soil from drying. Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the active growth period.
It grows well in average room temperatures and is tolerant of dry air. However, to encourage flowering, giving the plants a short winter rest at no more than 50 °F (10 °C) is best.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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