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Aloe ‘Coral Fire’

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Scientific Name

Aloe ‘Coral Fire’

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe ‘Coral Fire’ is a wild looking, hybrid Aloe that forms a cluster of rosettes up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, with upright, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall leaves on a short trunk. The leaves are dark green with white dashes on both the upper and lower surfaces and have beautiful coral-colored margins and teeth that darken with age. These teeth are particularly showy when backlit and while they look wicked, are actually soft to the touch. The orange flowers rise just above the foliage in winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

Aloe 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 repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.

It needs 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

Origin

It is a Kelly Griffin’s hybrid and involves the crossing of several species over a number of generations.

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