Aloinopsis is a genus of plants that occur mainly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces of South Africa, extending slightly into the southern part of the Northern Cape. One species is found in the northeastern corner of the Northern Cape. Rainfall is sparse throughout the range. Many species have rough-surfaced spoon-shaped leaves that grow arranged in small rosettes. The roots are thick, and the flowers are often striped with red. The members of the genus are sometimes confused with Titanopsis, but the plants in the genus Titanopsis lack striped flowers.
These succulents are popular among collectors. They are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat to extremely cold-hardy and bloom in the winter. The flowers are mainly yellow to pink, fragrant, open in the afternoon, and close after dark.
Light: A sunny position brings out the best colors. The plants should be protected from too much exposure in summer.
Water: Remember not to overwater in the summer when they are taking their rest. During the winter months, water only when the soil becomes completely dry. Wet soil quickly causes root and stem rot.
Temperature: Aloinopsis plants will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate down to about 23 °F (-5 °C).
Soil: These plants prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage.
Fertilizer: They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
Aloinopsis plants are propagated by seed or division.
Pests and Problems
Unfortunately, these succulents are prone to red spider mites and root rot.
Aloinopsis can be grown in the ground or containers. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year and bloom in winter if they get good light. Direct sunlight is essential to bloom well. Aloinopsis plants can go dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Do not be surprised if they do not grow then, but although Aloinopsis plants are better treated as winter growers, they will grow anyway in summer if given water.
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