(Deltoid Aloe) Perennial succulent native to the mountains of south-central Madagascar. Light frosts may be tolerated, but for all practical purposes best to protect from frost. One of the most elegant of all Aloeaceae, the plant is distinguished by the fine parallel lines that seem to score the leaves as if they were candy, or glass. Showplants do well in potted culture and low light situations. To plant (any) Aloe, first cover the hole in the bottom of the pot with a pot shard, put a layer of sand/pumice in the bottom of the pot (2 inches or so deep), then a 2 inch or so layer of compost or any kind of humusy potting soil will do, then finish off with more sand/pumice on top of the compost. Plant the roots of the aloe seedling down through these layers, and leave the succulent barely nestled down into the top layer of sand, tamping all around to hold the seedling firmly upright. Do not water after transplanting--leave the plants for a week or 2 without watering at all. The seedlings will send down roots at this time, roots that would be discouraged by the presence of too much moisture. Once the plants have rooted in, water once a week or so during the summer, but then more or less discontinue watering during the winter. Aloes do best in a shaded greenhouse or indoors on the windowsill with a northerly or easterly exposure. Aloes live on and on.
This plant is usually grown as a potted plant, and may be grown outdoors in a suitable environment, but it is also recommended for indoor growing as a houseplant. Following, find some recommendations for growing this plant in indoor culture (an indoor windowsill, under a skylight, in a sunroom, but without auxiliary growlights):
Pot size: Aloes truly do best in undersized pots. Start with 4-inch pots and work up from there only as necessary to keep the plant from falling over when the cat jumps on the shelf.
Soil and potting up: As described above. Pumice may be substituted for the coarse, sharp sand and will work equally well.
Light requirement: Low to moderate.
Watering requirement: Low (every month or so, more often in summer, less often in winter)
Potential toxicity to pests or young children: none
Setting outdoors: OK, but protect from sun, direct frost, and too much water. These will thrive outdoors in subtropics to tropics and will withstand sun once established.
Vacations: Probably OK to leave unattended for a year or so.
Other recommendations for growing this plant indoors: They do poorly on a South window and seem to thrive best in an East facing window. Propagation by repotting of the offshoots (pups).
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