This plant consists of a single rosette, which is large compared to others in the aloe genus. It also produces beautiful flowers which tower above the rosette. These flowers make the plant a delight in the garden; it grows best in the garden.
|Aloe Cryptopoda Wickensii
|It grows in spring and summer
|It does best under daytime temperatures of 73-83oF (23-29oC). However, it can withstand higher temperatures. Also it can withstand winters of up to 28oF (-2oC) but the plant gets damaged below that temperature.
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|Its mature height can be up to three feet while it can attain a width of two feet.
|The plant gets into dormancy during winter.
|The plant may be toxic to pets and humans when ingested.
Aloe Wickensii Physical Characteristics
This aloe is outstanding for its beauty among others in the genus that are endemic to South Africa. It is a large, stemless, single-rosette plant. Leaves in the rosette grow in pairs at various levels. Aloe cryptopoda and wickensii. Wickensii may be a little smaller.
The leaves can grow up to 7-15 cm wide at the base as they taper towards the end. They curve inwards width-wise. Leaf texture varies in plants from different environments. It can be anything from rough to velvety while color can range from olive green to grey-green. Some plants may be turquoise green. They may turn purplish in dry temperatures.
Leaf margins are usually reddish-brown with dark-brown spines. Rosettes forming this aloe are quite thick as one can have up to fifty leaves.
Its flowers are a mix of scarlet, greenish tips, and the upper half becomes yellowish as the flower matures. These flowers bloom in mid-winter which makes your garden a welcome break from the often dreary winter months.
Aloe Cryptopoda Care
Aloe cryptopoda needs differing quantities of water depending on heat intensity at any given time. Hot summers may call for copious watering while milder ones may require less water. Avoid watering in winter as the plant is in dormancy. Normal succulent way of avoiding waterlogging applies.
Plant this succulent in well-draining, rich soil. A good mix of loamy and sandy soil works, ensure there are pebbles at the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage. Aloe wickensii can grow under direct or partial sunlight. Those growing under partial shade usually appear healthier than the ones that grow under direct sunlight.
You may need to feed it once or twice in the growing season. Use a well-mixed succulent or cactus fertilizer.
Aloe Cryptopoda Wickensii Growth
Propagation is best done by division of the shoot. It is best to propagate these shoots in spring. Follow the normal succulent propagation by division process. They are slow growing but width can increase by up to 20 cm annually necessitating repotting. Protect from mealybugs, aloe cancer, etc.
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