This is one of the more prominent members of the aloe genus. The plant is entirely endemic in East Africa including Kenya and Tanzania, but it draws its name from its original hometown of Massawa in Eritrea. The IUCN lists it under threatened species.
|Spring and summer
|It performs best in temperatures ranging from 55 to 80oF
|USDA 8 to 11
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|It can attain 2 to 3 feet high and wide.
|Aloe massawana may become dormant in winter and sometimes the fall.
|Ingesting it can cause nausea and indigestion and have more adverse effects in larger quantities. Research suggests that ingesting artificially decolorized Aloe massawana can cause cancer.
Aloe Massawana Physical Characteristics
These plant’s leaves are technically defined as decumbent; they grow horizontally before facing upward. They form a beautiful rosette which is rather compact with marked similarities with Aloe-Vera. The margins of its leaves are characterized by translucent sines and it lance-like leaves curve inwards.
Aloe massawana’s leaves are evergreen and succulent. It is stemless and leaves form from the very base to establish a rosette support. Aloe Massawana produces flowers from stalks that grow above the rosettes. These flowers’ hues range from salmon to red and their petals form into cylindrical racemes.
Aloe Massawana Plant Care
It is unlikely you will need to water your Aloe Massawana once it is established especially when growing it outdoors. Watering may be necessary for a potted plant but you should water it very sparingly as sogginess will lead to root rot.
Water it only during the growing season. Growing your Aloe Massawana on the right substrate makes watering easier; you should grow it in permeable soil to keep it from retaining too much water after giving the plant a drink.
Aloe Massawana requires full light to grow optimally and it is not averse to direct sunlight. It does quite well in it. Furthermore, it is adapted for dry-bare soil and it, therefore, rarely needs fertilizer.
Aloe Massawana Growth
A mature Aloe Massawana plant produces pups. The pups are already rooted and easy to propagate since all you need is to uproot and pot them. You may also propagate your Aloe Massawana using seeds that forms fairly well. However, seeds take much longer to be established as plants than offsets.
Pruning and trimming is often unnecessary unless you are removing the woody flower stalks that form to carry your massawana’s flowers. You may remove some of the lower rosettes is the leaves are injured and repot if the plant outgrows the pot which can happen approximately annually.
Your Massawana may be attacked by fungus gnats, spider mites, and snout beetles. Furthermore, it suffers from root rot, aloe rust and sooty mold, and other fungal infections. The best way to protect it from diseases is by keeping it healthy.
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