Aloe × delaetii
Aloe × delaetii is a fast-growing succulent with erect, woody stems and dark green, triangular leaves with margins lined with tiny, white teeth. It can reach up to 4 feet (1.2 m) in height and offsets prolifically to form a dense clump. The leaves are fleshy, not very thick, concave, and can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) long. In shade, the stems can become creeping, growing thinner and longer, with smaller leaves.
The tubular flowers are orange to reddish-orange with player tips and appear in dense conical clusters on tall, often branched stalks throughout the year.
USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. However, as with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot Aloes that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing in spring. A well-drained potting mix is essential. Use cacti or succulent mix. When repotting a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.
Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. These plants prefer warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a fertilizer for cacti and other succulents in spring and summer only.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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