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Aloe hereroensis 10-15cm

Aloe hereroensis 10-15cm

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Product Description

Aloe hereroensis, commonly known as the Desert Aloe or Herero Aloe, is a striking succulent plant native to the arid regions of Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. This unique aloe species is highly regarded for its distinctive appearance and ornamental value. Here's a brief description and some cultivation tips for Aloe hereroensis:

Aloe hereroensis is a medium-sized succulent that forms a rosette of fleshy, elongated leaves. These leaves are bluish-green in color, often with white or pale green spots and small teeth along the margins. The plant can grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) in height and width. In the spring and summer, mature plants produce tall, slender flower spikes adorned with tubular, reddish-orange to coral-colored flowers, which attract pollinators like hummingbirds.

Cultivation:

  1. Light: Aloe hereroensis thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. It can also tolerate some direct sunlight but should be protected from intense midday sun, especially in hot climates.

  2. Temperature: This aloe prefers warm temperatures and is not frost-tolerant. It is best suited for USDA hardiness zones 10-11. If grown in cooler regions, it's recommended to keep the plant indoors during the colder months or provide protection from frost.

  3. Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial for Aloe hereroensis. A cactus or succulent mix with added perlite or sand works well. Ensure the pot or planting area has good drainage to prevent root rot.

  4. Watering: Aloe hereroensis is drought-tolerant and should be watered sparingly. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering even further as the plant goes dormant.

  5. Potting: If growing in a container, choose a pot with drainage holes and ensure the plant isn't sitting in standing water.

  6. Fertilization: Feed your Aloe hereroensis sparingly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant winter months.

  7. Pruning: Remove dead or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and health. Be careful when handling the plant, as the leaves have sharp teeth.

  8. Repotting: Repot young Aloe hereroensis plants every couple of years or when they outgrow their containers. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage.

  9. Pests and Diseases: These succulents are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch for signs of mealybugs or aphids and treat promptly if you notice an infestation.

  10. Propagation: Aloe hereroensis can be propagated through offsets or "pups" that form at the base of mature plants. Allow the pups to grow to a reasonable size before carefully separating and replanting them.

Aloe hereroensis is a captivating addition to gardens or indoor collections, providing a touch of desert beauty with its striking appearance and relatively low maintenance requirements.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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Plant height: 15-30cm

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