The Namaqua Aloe ‘Aloe Khamiesensis’

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Aloe Khamiesensis naturally grows in the rocky mountains of Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province. It has no known medicinal purposes and is often cultivated due to its aesthetic characteristics. However, please take note that it might need special care to thrive outside its natural habitat!

Family:Asphodelaceae
Genus: Aloe
Scientific Name:Aloe Khamiesensis
Other Names:Tweederly, Aloeboom, Wilde-aalwyn
Growth Season:Spring to winter
Preferred Temperature:25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.9 to -1.1 degrees Celsius)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9b
Average Mature Height & Width:8 feet tall and 5 to 8 cm wide
Toxicity:Aloe Khamiesensis is poisonous when ingested. Avoid leaving your kids or pets unsupervised with this type of succulent.
Aloe Khamiesensis Summary

Plant’s Physical Characteristics

Aloe Khamiesensis is an erect succulent that is usually seen as single-stemmed. Typically, the pale green leaves form a single rosette, but on rare occasions can branch out into 2 to 3 rosettes. The leaves can grow up to 400 mm long and 80 mm wide at the base. The leaves also have some white spots on its lower and upper surface and also have reddish brown triangular teeth found on the leaf margin. This succulent also has inflorescence with 4 to 8 branches and can grow up to 300 mm long. Aloe Khamiesensis blooms from June to August and produces tubular orange-red flowers with greenish-yellow tips. Seeds of Aloe Khamiesensis are winged and around 8 mm by 4 mm. The seeds are usually produced inside a capsule like fruit. These fruits break when ripe, usually around October to December. Just like most succulents, root rot could be one of Aloe Khamiesensis major problems, it is crucial to check that you are using a well-draining soil mixture.

Aloe Khamiesensis Plant Care

This type of succulent can survive long periods of no watering as Aloes are known to be good at storing water in their leaves. Aloe Khamiesensis preferred full bright sunlight. Don’t forget to use a well-draining or loamy sandy soil mixture for this succulent. You may mix a regular potting soil mixed with coarse material like sand. You may feed your  Aloe Khamiesensis once a month with organic fertilizer during its growing season.

Aloe Khamiesensis Plant Growth

Seeds can propagate aloe Khamiesensis. Make sure to sown fresh seeds. The best time to plant seeds is from summer until June. Cover the seeds with coarse sandy soil mixture and keep it moist at all times. Add fungicide to your seeds as seedlings are prone to parasites. After germination, the succulent will grow up to 2 to 3 cm and you may now repot the seedlings into a bigger pot. Once repotted, you may proceed with the typical succulent requirement for your new Aloe Khamiesensis. Trimming might be beneficial to your succulent to maintain its shape, keep it organized, and to remove any dying or dead leaves. Also, avoid any unnecessary repotting to prevent damaging your Aloe Khamiesensis.

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