The Torch Plant ‘Aloe Arborescens’

Aloe Arborescens
Scientific NameAloe arborescens
Other NamesTorch Plant, Krantz aloe, candelabra aloe
ToxicityThe plant can be toxic to some pets and children.
The Torch Plant ‘Aloe Arborescens’ Summary

Aloe Arborescens Physical Characteristics

Aloe Arborescens is quite large, the size of a tree. It is naturally up to 6 to 12 feet with a spread of the same length. Each plant has several heads of greyish-green leaves, and these leaves are organized into rosettes. The leaves are long and tapered, with teeth on the margins.

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It produces flowers prolifically in winter. The blooms are showy. They are usually deep orange but sometimes yellow. These flower colors are the reason it is known as the torch plant. Each flower is rich in nectar, so it easily becomes a bird-watcher paradise since all manner of birds come to get the nectar. A lot of bees are also likely to find a source of nectar in the plant.

The roots of this succulent are a big deal. They aren’t deep but spread out a lot, helping the plant grab water and food from the soil, especially in places with little water. These roots also do a great job of holding the plant steady so it doesn’t fall over in strong winds or heavy rain. Moreover, the roots help the plant make new ones by growing small plants called pups at the bottom. However, it is sensitive to overwatering, so don’t let it sit in water for too long.

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Aloe Arborescens Plant Care

Light: This lofty succulent is quite easy to manage. It is a big plant, as we have seen, and therefore, it grows best outdoors in a garden. You should grow it in the full sun throughout the day, and it won’t be too cold.

Soil: The soil should be compost-rich but well-draining to avoid root rot. The ease of management is caused by the fact that the plant can withstand neglect and even significant drought after it is established.

Watering: This plant likes its soil to dry out entirely between drinks, so don’t water it if the soil feels damp. Put your finger into the soil to check whether it’s dry. If yes, that’s the water signal. When you do water, make sure to give it a good soak, letting the water come from the bottom of the pot. In spring and summer, you need to water more often. But in fall and winter, the plant usually needs less water.

Temperatures: Aloe Arborescens likes it warm. It’s happy when it’s not too cold or too hot, ideally between 59°F and 77°F (15°C and 25°C). This plant doesn’t like freezing temperatures, so if it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to bring it inside or protect it somehow. Just keep an eye on the temperature and ensure it doesn’t get too chilly, especially if you live in a place with cold winters. If you are in the USDA zone from 8 to 10, growing this succulent is not a big problem.

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Torch Plant Growth

You can propagate this tree using stem cuttings, which is the most effective propagation method. Furthermore, you can propagate the succulent using seeds which take much longer to get established. Sow the seeds in early spring and allow them to grow through the summer.

Aloe Arborescens can take a considerable amount of pruning and still bounce back. Pruning and trimming are not imperative for its health, but they may be necessary to keep it in check. It doesn’t need repotting because it is a garden succulent.

It is susceptible to several pests, including snout beetles, which cause it to develop spots on the leaves. Furthermore, gall mites can cause tumors in the plant, which some refer to as aloe cancer.

Before you go …

So, to sum it up, Aloe Arborescens is like the cool kid from Africa. Whether you keep it inside or outside, follow these easy tips above, and your Aloe arborescens will be happy and healthy, like the popular kid in the neighborhood. Happy planting!!!

Succulent City chief editor


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