Aloe 'Snow Drift'
This succulent is a hybrid by Kelly Griffin created from a cross between Aloe 'Moon Dance' and an unnamed Aloe hybrid. It was selected by the inventor in 2017 at a commercial greenhouse in Vista, California, United States, and patented (PP33055) by Altman Plants in 2021.
Aloe 'Snow Drift' is a small succulent that forms upright rosettes of light greyed-green leaves with a faint pink flush and entire margins with no teeth. The rosettes grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter, offsetting to form a clump with time. Leaves are fleshy, smooth, lance-shaped, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, and up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide. The red flowers are tubular, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, and appear in a seldom branched panicle three to four times a year.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Snow Drift'
Light: When growing A. 'Snow Drift' 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. 'Snow Drift' 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 at temperatures 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. 'Snow Drift' 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. 'Snow Drift' 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. 'Snow Drift' 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 'Snow Drift'
A. 'Snow Drift' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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