Aloe 'Mauna Loa'
This succulent is a hybrid by Kelly Griffin of unknown parentage.
Aloe 'Mauna Loa' is a beautiful small succulent that forms star-shaped rosettes of green to bluish-green leaves with jagged toothed, pinkish-orange edges and studded with raised white ridges. The leaves get an orange-pink glow with pale purple undertones when the plant is grown in bright light. The rosettes grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter, usually smaller, producing offsets from the base to form clumps with time.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Mauna Loa'
Light: When growing A. 'Mauna Loa' indoors, place your plant near a window with plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Plant A. 'Mauna Loa' in a well-drained soil mix formulated for succulents or make your own. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.
Temperature: This succulent grows at its best between 50 to 85 °F (10 to 30 °C). When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring your plant back inside. A. 'Mauna Loa' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: This succulent does need regular watering but is 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. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
Fertilizing: A. 'Mauna Loa' generally does not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Feed with a fertilizer for succulents in spring and summer only. Be sure to follow the label directions.
Repotting: This plant is not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot it in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.
Propagation: Propagating A. 'Mauna Loa' can be done using offsets from a mature plant. Remove the offsets from late spring to early summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Toxicity of Aloe 'Mauna Loa'
A. 'Mauna Loa' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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