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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

Description

Aloe 'Christmas Carol' is a small, slow-growing succulent that forms rosettes that grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. Leaves are deep green, lance-shaped leaves with raised, vibrant, dark red markings, some soft but spine-like, down the center, and along the leaf margin. The leaves grow with up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. Flowers are reddish-pink.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. 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.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. In the spring, repot Aloes 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 varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need 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 succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Aloe 'Christmas Carol' is a Kelly Griffin hybrid and possibly includes the legendary and beautiful Aloe 'Doran Black' as a parent or at the least shares some of its appearance.

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