Aloe cryptopoda Baker
Aloe wickensii var. wickensii, Аloe wickensii var. lutea
Aloe cryptopoda is a beautiful and unique Aloe with a spectacular display when in full flower. It grows alone or in a small group, usually stemless or has a short, decumbent, hidden stem. The leaves are narrow and oblong, up to 3 feet (90 cm) long and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide, ascending in a dense apical rosette. They are grayish-green with reddish-brown teeth along the margins. The inflorescence is an erect panicle up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, bearing up to 8 racemes. The flowers are cylindrical, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, reddish, turning yellow when open.
USDA hardiness zones 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, 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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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