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Aloe 'Quicksilver'

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Scientific Name

Aloe 'Quicksilver'

Scientific Classification

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

Parentage

It is a hybrid created by John Bleck with complex parentage involving Aloe descoingsii, Aloe calcairophylla, Aloe bellatula, and Aloe rauhii.

Description

Aloe 'Quicksilver' is a small succulent that forms rosettes of leaves with a striking silvery appearance. The leaves are fleshy, triangular, and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. They are green with bands of silvery-white markings that almost cover the entire surface. Flowers are orange-red and appear in late spring on long, usually unbranched spikes.

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How to Grow and Care

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 'Quicksilver' can tolerate 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.

Toxicity: Aloe 'Quicksilver' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

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