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Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

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Scientific Name

Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Parentage

This hybrid is created by Kelly Griffin and perhaps includes Aloe 'Doran Black' as a parent.

Description

Aloe 'Christmas Carol' is a small, slow-growing succulent that forms rosettes of dark green leaves with bright red trim and yellow to deep crimson bumps that run across the surfaces. It turns redder when grown in full sun. The rosettes grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, lance-shaped, and up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. Flowers are reddish-pink to orange and appear atop a long spike from fall to winter.

Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

Light: When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil: Plant Aloes in a well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: Aloe 'Christmas Carol' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: These succulents do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months.

Fertilizing: Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot them in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.

Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done by using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Toxicity of Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

Aloe 'Christmas Carol' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

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