Aloe bakeri Scott-Elliot
Baker Aloe, Dwarf Aloe
Aloe bakeri is a succulent plant that forms a dense clump of rosettes of fleshy, toothed, green or reddish-green leaves heavily mottled with white. The rosettes grow on up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall stem. Leaves are up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and have straight or slightly curved white teeth. Flowers are tubular, red or orange, green-tipped, and appear on unbranched, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall spikes in summer.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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. However, 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 a 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.
This species is native to Madagascar.
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