Aloe Juvenna (The Tiger Tooth Aloe)

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Aloe juvenna is also known as Tiger Tooth Aloe and is native to Kenya. It is a vibrant plant with spiny green leaves that turn reddish-bronze during the summer. It is because of the pointed leaves and “fear-inducing” look that makes it very eye-catching.

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Unlike most Aloes with basal rosettes, alternating leaves cover the stem of the Aloe juvenna. The leaves grow as high as a foot in clusters.

Aloe Juvenna Care

To care for your Tiger Tooth Aloes, you need to put the following factors into consideration:

#1. Lighting

Tiger Tooth Aloes can be grown indoors or outdoors. If you are going for the former, ensure it is a bright spot in your home. The best spot to place your Aloe juvenna indoors is close to a south or west-facing window.

If you overwater and do not provide enough sunlight, the roots of your Aloe juvenna succulents will rot, and the plant will appear faded.

If you do not get adequate sunlight throughout the year, you should consider getting a grow light to provide additional lighting for your succulents. Grow lights are handy during the dark winters.

When it comes to growing Aloe juvenna succulents outside, ensure you provide a partial shade. You should only be worried if you notice the leaves are sunburned. If you expose your Tiger Tooth Aloes to full sun, the leaves will turn reddish-brown, which is not precisely wrong.

To prevent sunburns, do not move the Aloe juvenna outside hurriedly. Instead, gradually acclimate the succulent to full sunlight. But then, remember that an Aloe juvenna plant that is thoroughly acclimated can still be sunburned, especially during intense heat. The good thing is that as the plant matures, it is more capable of withstanding heat.

You can also use sunshades to prevent sunburns, particularly during the summer when the temperature rises to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

#2. Frost Tolerance

Aloe juvenna succulents can withstand freezing temperatures and frostbite for a short period. If you reside in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11, you do not have to worry about taking your Aloe juvenna succulents indoors. You can even plant the succulents in the ground, and they can withstand cold rain and frostbite during the winter.

#3. Soil

Like many succulents, Aloe juvenna needs to be planted in soil with good drainage. Watering the plant properly without using suitable soil will not yield the best result. If you do not use well-draining soil, the roots of your Aloe juvenna are bound to rot.

The best soil for your Tiger Tooth Aloe is a combination of cactus potting mix and perlite in a ratio of 2:1. This will provide the needed drainage and allow the soil to dry out quickly.

You can also use sandy soil for your Aloe juvenna by combining cactus mix with coarse sand in a 2:1 ratio.

#4. Watering

The climate depends on how much water your Tiger Tooth Aloes will need. Even though this succulent can withstand drought, it will grow better if you provide adequate water.

There is no strict rule for watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In the summer, you can water the plant once a week. You may increase it to twice a week during a heatwave.

During the winter months, you can depend on rainwater and cut back on your watering frequency. If your area barely experiences rainfall during the winter, you can water two or three times a month, depending on how long it takes the soil to dry out.

If you live in a humid environment, you may have to water your Aloe juvenna succulents once a month, especially if your plants are indoors and are not getting much sunlight.

To know if your plants need water, touch the top layer of the soil. If the soil feels dry, then you can resume watering. If your plants look dehydrated, you need to increase your watering routine.

Suppose you do not want to risk overwatering or under-watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In that case, you should consider getting a moisture meter or hygrometer to determine the soil and air moisture level.

#5. Feeding

While it is optional to feed your Aloe juvenna succulents, you should consider it if you want them to thrive and bloom. The beautiful flowers of the Tiger Tooth Aloes will spring up during the flowering season if you provide the needed nutrients via fertilizers.

It is best to apply fertilizers during the summer or spring when the plant is actively growing. You can use a fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents or one blended for houseplants. You should only apply half the recommended quantity every two weeks for the Tiger Tooth Aloes to thrive.

#6. Potting & Repotting

Aloe Juvenna rarely needs to be repotted because they are slower-growing plants. Repotting them once every couple of years will be just fine; however, if they’re getting too big for the pot, you should repot them sooner. With that being said, make sure only to use well-draining soils with the Aloe Juvenna plants and be extra careful when moving them to a new pot.

#7. Pruning

Pruning is not necessary for Aloe Juvenna; however, many owners do it to give it a look they want. Or to control it when it’s overgrown or has damaged leaves. If your Aloe Juvenna has any damaged or decaying areas, you should trim those off immediately and keep an eye on the plant to ensure those spots are not spreading. Otherwise, you can trim whichever areas you feel should be trimmed off to make the plant’s shape look right to you. Make sure you always clean your pruning tools before using them on the plant – dirty tools can cause diseases to develop.

#8. Pests & Diseases

Aloe Juvenna plants usually only attract aphids and mealybugs; however, they can also attract thrips and spider mites, although those are rare. Now, those two pests can do quite a lot of damage to the plant’s leaves if you don’t get rid of them as soon as you notice them. If they’re not dealt with, they can create diseases in the plant, which will be much harder to get rid of. With that being said, the most commonly seen diseases on an Aloe Juvenna are fungus, mildew, discolored and spotted leaves, root rot, and possible infections.

#9. Common Problems

The most commonly faced problem with Aloe Juvenna plants is overwatering, hence why keeping an eye on watering habits is so important with these plants. Overwatering can also lead to root rot if it’s not fixed in time – root rot is much more challenging to fix and, in some cases, may not be fixable. In addition, Aloe Juvenna is more prone to experiencing problems with shriveled-up leaves, sunburn, and potential growth stunts.

How To Propagate Aloe Juvenna Succulents

Aloe juvenna succulents can be propagated from offsets and pups. Unlike stem and leaf cuttings propagation, you must be patient for your Aloe juvenna succulents to produce offsets and pups before propagating.

To propagate from pups, find a mature pup and cut it off along with some roots. Propagating pups with roots have a higher chance of success than those without. Also, the bigger the pup, the higher its chances of survival.

You can either twist the pup from the parent succulent or cut it off with a sterilized knife.

Keep the pup in a cool and dry place for a day or two to allow the cut to dry and seal. Please do not leave the pup under direct sunlight so it does not get burnt.

If the pups do not have roots, dip them in a rooting hormone before you plant. The best soil to plant the pup is a potting mix with good drainage.

Watering should be frequent because pups require more water than fully grown plants. Once you notice roots are developing, reduce your watering frequency or stop watering altogether. When the soil appears to be dry, use a spray bottle to water it again.

Toxicity of Aloe Juvenna Succulents

First, if you are looking for a non-toxic succulent, the Tiger Tooth Aloes are not for you. Aloe juvenna is harmful to dogs and cats because it contains anthraquinones and saponins.

Final Words

In conclusion, Aloe Juvenna plants, or Tiger Tooth plants, can be a great addition to your home or garden. With its nature-y colors and beautiful leaves, this plant is sure to bring joy to those who encounter it. This plant is also super simple to care for, and anyone can do it easily by following the guidelines in this article. It’s great for beginners, experts, and everyone in between!

Succulent City chief editor


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