The Cute Small ‘Aloe Descoingsii’

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A native of Madagascar, this is the smallest aloe in the world. It is cute with its orange flowers and has some medicinal qualities enjoyed by other plants in the genus.

Scientific NameAloe Descoingsii
Other NamesGuillauminia descoingsii
Growth SeasonIt grows in spring and summer
Preferred TemperatureIts ideal temperature ranges between 22oC and 35oC.
Hardiness ZoneUSDA 10a to 11b
Average Mature Height & WidthIt reaches a maximum of about 7.5 Inches and is about a foot wide.
DormancyIt falls dormant at the temperature of 10oC.
ToxicityIt may cause diarrhea when ingested.
Aloe Descoingsii Summary

Aloe Descoingsii Physical Characteristics

Referred to as one of the dwarf-leaf aloes, it has short lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are green with white spots, white spines on the edges, and stiff. Each plant has about eight leaves forming rosettes at different levels. The leaves are curved inwards.

The plant flowers in spring and summer. Each plant produces a single woody stalk at the center of the plant. This stalk bears little bright-orange flowers that are cylindrical. They open up as they mature to allow for pollination. Some of these flowers ultimately mature to produce seeds.

Like many other aloes, Descoingsii doesn’t have a stem. It starts with leaves from the base, the older leaves at the base may be a bit discolored, turning purple.

Aloe Descoingsii Plant Care

Caring for Descoingsii is easy, like caring for most aloe. It needs to be watered sparingly as it is adapted for arid climates. Furthermore, you only need to water the succulent during its growing season, never in winter. It is often unnecessary to water an Aloe Descoingsii planted in a garden.

Ensure you give it sufficient water, as too much watering makes the plant susceptible to root rot. The type of substrate you use determines the effectiveness of the watering regime. It should have a fair amount of gravel to help the water flow. This soil shouldn’t be too rich since rich soils are not found in its natural habitat.

Aloe Descoingsii usually doesn’t need fertilizer, but if you find your potted plant needs additional nutrients, feed it some fertilizer sparingly during its growing season.

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Aloe Descoingsii Growth

This plant can be easily propagated using offsets which it produces in some abundance. It is the best and easiest way to reproduce. You can propagate this Aloe using seeds, which take too long to establish.

It is a small plant that is unlikely to outgrow its pot, thus not needing repotting. It doesn’t need much pruning or trimming owing to its small size. You may remove the flowering stalk after the flowering season is over.

Aloe descoingsii is prone to attack by aphids, white scales, snails, and slugs. You can prevent attacks by keeping it healthy and in optimum conditions.

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