Aloe 'Walmsley's Blue'
This succulent is a hybrid of unknown parentage.
Aloe 'Walmsley's Blue' is a small succulent that forms rosettes of narrow blue-green leaves that turn bronze-green in full sun. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Leaves have small teeth along the edges. Stems are short and completely hidden by leaves and numerous suckers. Flowers are tubular, orange to red-orange, and appear in winter through spring.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Walmsley's Blue'
Light: When growing A. 'Walmsley's Blue' 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. 'Walmsley's Blue' 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.
Hardiness: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring your plant back inside. A. 'Walmsley's Blue' 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. 'Walmsley's Blue' 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. 'Walmsley's Blue' 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 'Walmsley's Blue'
A. 'Walmsley's Blue' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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