Aloe Glauca

This aloe is also known as Blue Aloe. The leaf’s color can turn to bronzen if the plant is exposed to intense sunlight. Its leaves spread further out than those of most other aloes. Leaves on the bottom-most rosette are almost parallel to the ground. 

Family:Aloaceae/ Asphodeloideae.
Genus:Aloe.
Scientific Name:Aloe glauca.
Other Names:Blue Aloe.
Growth Season:Autumn.
Preferred Temperature:They perform best under temperatures from 11oC to 26oC (52oF to 79oF).
Hardiness Zone:9-11.
Average Mature Height & Width:It can grow up to 18 inches wide and up to three feet tall.
Dormancy:It is dormant during summer.
Toxicity:It can be toxic to humans and pets when ingested. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Aloe Glauca Summary

Aloe Glauca Physical Characteristics

This plan is one of the smaller varieties of aloe. It stands at a maximum of three feet tall when mature. Its leaves are usually blue-green, but their hue can change to pink to bronzen when grown under intense sunlight. Leaves form rosettes, with the ones on the lowest rosette spreading horizontally almost parallel to the ground. Leaves can be anything between 8 to 12 inches and they taper towards the end. Also, they curve inward and upwards in the upper rosettes; they have dark-brown, well-spaced pines on the margins.  This aloe has a short stem on which suckers may grow. These suckers provide a great medium for propagation.

Aloe glauca’s flowers are showy and bright. Their colors are red-orange, and they are tubular. These flowers grow on stalks which are quite long, they can grow up to three feet tall. The flower stalks can branch into several branches so that one plant can have several flowers during the season. This plant’s roots are fibrous and shallow to absorb water from the light rains that fall in its natural habitat.

Aloe Glauca Plant Care

You should avoid watering this succulent during its dormancy period and water it only sparing during its growing season. It is adapted for arid conditions, but water helps it grow healthy and maintain the health of its foliage which is its main attraction. Too much water is likely to lead to waterlogging, which in turn causes the plant to suffer from root rot.

This aloe requires a lot of light to grow, and it is likely to die if kept in the dark. You can keep it under partial shade if you want to keep its foliage green, especially during exceptionally hot summers. The type of soil on which you grow this succulent matters because its roots need air, and it should be possible for water to pass through the soil easily. Thus the compost should have a good mix of loamy soil for fertility and sand for porosity.

Aloe Glauca Growth

You can propagate using seeds or stem cuttings. You’d have to kill the mother to obtain a stem. The best propagation method is by suckers and offsets. It may require repotting as it outgrows its pots. Follow the usual succulent repotting procedures. Also, protect it from mealybugs, aphids, and scale insects.

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