Aloe Plicatilis (Fan Aloe)

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It has since been reclassified under the name Kumara Plicatilis. Aloe Plicatilis is originally from South Africa’s Western Cape region. It has a unique fan-like leaf arrangement from which it gets its common name. It is a multi-stemmed shrubby plant.

Family:Asphodelaceae
Genus:Aloe
Scientific Name:Aloe Plicatilis
Other Names:Kumara Plicatilis
Growth Season:Spring to the fall
Preferred Temperature:The best temperature for its growth is 21-27oC (70-80oF), but it is cold-hardy to -7oC (20oF).
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone9-12
Average Mature Height & Width:It grows between 4 and 8 feet and can reach a width of 4-6 feet.
Toxicity:It can be toxic to humans and pets when ingested. It may cause kidney failure in extreme circumstances.  
Aloe Plicatilis Summary

Aloe Plicatilis Physical Characteristics

This plant has a heavy trunk with dichotomous branches. As they branch, the plant becomes shrubby and broad. The trunk is fire-resistant due to its thick succulent bark. Each of the branches has a dense collection of leaves that are arranged next to each other.

The leaves are typically tongue-like, and the branch centers the fan. It means there are equal leaves on either side of the branch. The leaves are grey-green, 30 cm long, and 4 cm wide. They have an orange shade on their rounded edges.

It produces tubular flowers on branching racemes. The flowers are red, and they bloom in summer. Its flowers are rich in nectar, and they attract birds and bees.

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Aloe Plicatilis Care

This vigorous, relatively big, 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, so you should water it using the soak-and-dry method. However, when the plant is planted outdoors and well established, it rarely needs watering.

The soil on which you plant the succulent should be grave to allow water to flow 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 quite deficient in nutrients, so they are well adapted to such conditions.

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Aloe Plicatilis Growth

It is possible to propagate this succulent using seeds or cuttings. Seeds take quite a bit of time to mature into entire plants. You can obtain cuttings from the branches. They grow faster than seeds and may be the best option for this aloe since it doesn’t offset.

The only pruning this aloe needs is for the removal of some dry. Also, you might cut back some branches 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. Avoid waterlogging to keep root rot at bay; you are virtually safe from diseases.

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