This plant is native to South Africa and Southern Namibia. It is commonly called the Quiver Tree because the San people who reside in some areas where the aloe occurs naturally use its hollow branches as quivers for their arrows. Its species name is Dichotoma because its stem keeps dividing into two.
|Aloe dichotoma, Aloidendron dichotomum
|Spring and summer
|The best temperature for its growth is (21-27oC) 70-80oF. It is not frost-hardy and should be protected from temperatures below 5oC in the first few years of life. After that, it can survive harsh winters due to its sheer size.
|USDA Zone 9-11.
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|7-9 meters high and 3-5 meters wide.
|It can be toxic to pets and humans when ingested.
Aloe Dichotoma Physical Characteristics
It has a thick stem that can be as comprehensive as one meter at the base but tapers upward. Furthermore, the stem’s bark is complex and has golden brown scales covering the plant’s soft and spongy pith. The trunk starts to branch halfway up, and each branch keeps re-branching throughout the plant’s life. You should be wary of the scales because they are razor-sharp on the edges and may cause serious injury.
Its leaves form rosettes at the end of each branch. Each is about one foot long and five centimeters wide. They are blue-green and have brownish-yellow thorns on the margins. Regarding racemes, they grow from the rosettes formed by leaves and branches. Moreover, they produce canary-yellow flowers. The flowers appear in winter, but the plant takes a while to bloom. Unfortunately, you will see the first flowers when it is twenty or thirty years old.
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Aloe Dichotoma Care
This vigorous large tree is best used for xeriscaping and Mediterranean gardens. You can grow it in a container for the first few years, but it will eventually need space. It requires just a little moisture in the substrate. The best watering method is soak and dry, where you only water the plant when moisture from the previous drink is depleted. However, when the plant is planted outdoors and well established, it rarely needs watering.
The soil on which you plant the succulent should be well drained to enable water to flow through easily. Water flowing through the pottage is necessary because it would otherwise lead to waterlogging.
It requires little or no fertilizer, especially when planted outdoors. The natural habitat for aloes is relatively deficient in nutrients, so they are well adapted to such conditions.
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Aloe Dichotoma Growth
It is possible to propagate this succulent using seeds or cuttings. Seeds take quite a bit of time to mature into whole plants. Besides, you can obtain cuttings from its branches because they grow faster than seeds, and they may be the best option for this aloe since it doesn’t offset.
The only pruning this aloe needs is to remove some dry leaves that may remain on the branches. Also, you might cut back the vegetation to keep the plant from overgrowing if constrained for space. When young, you must repot it occasionally and eventually transfer it to a garden for the best effects. It is virtually pest resistant but may be attacked by mealybugs, spider mites, and scales. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about diseases with this one.
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