Aloe 'Silver Star' is one of the Kelly Griffin hybrids sold under two names.
Aloe 'Silver Star'
Aloe 'Silver Star' is a hybrid created by Kelly Griffin while he worked as the Curator of Xerophytes at Rancho Soledad Nurseries in Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States. It is also distributed under the Retro Gang name Aloe 'Guido'. The parentage is unknown.
Aloe 'Silver Star', also sold as Aloe 'Guido', is a small, slow-growing succulent that forms rosettes of eye-catching patterned leaves. As the plant ages, it produces offsets at the base, forming a dense clump. The rosettes can reach up to 8 inches (20 cm) in height and up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The leaves are pale green with fringed edges and white, elongated dashes running from the base to the tip of each leaf. They take on red or brown hues in full sun.
During summer and fall, the plant produces delicate spikes of bell-shaped, coral to salmon-colored flowers.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Silver Star'
Light: When growing Aloe 'Silver Star' indoors, place it near a window with plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week to ensure all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors, the plant prefers light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Great drainage is essential for growing this plant because too much moisture for an extended period can cause root rot. Use commercial soil for succulents, or make your own well-draining mix.
Temperature: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring this plant inside. It tolerates heat fairly well but will not survive a hard frost. Aloe 'Silver Star' grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: This plant needs regular watering but can tolerate drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry to the touch, and do not let water stand in the rosettes. Cut back on watering during the winter months.
Fertilizing: Although it generally does not require fertilizer, Aloe 'Silver Star' will benefit from extra nutrients. Use a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
Repotting: Repot only as needed during spring. Pick a container that is one size larger and with drainage holes.
Propagation: To propagate Aloe 'Silver Star', remove the offsets from a mature plant from late spring to early summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Toxicity of Aloe 'Silver Star'
Aloe 'Silver Star' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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