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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

This hybrid is 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.

Aloe 'Quicksilver'

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How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Quicksilver'

Light: When growing A. 'Quicksilver' indoors, place your plant near a window that gets 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. 'Quicksilver' in a well-drained soil mix specially formulated for succulents or make your own. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring your plant back inside. A. 'Quicksilver' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

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. 'Quicksilver' 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 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. 'Quicksilver' can be done using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant. Remove offsets from the mother plant or take cuttings with a sharp knife in late spring or early summer. For best results, sow seeds during the warm months.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Toxicity of Aloe 'Quicksilver'

A. 'Quicksilver' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

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