|It is dormant in winter.
|It may be poisonous to pets and humans, causing them to suffer diarrhea, kidney failure, and hypokalemia in some instances.
Reitz’s Aloe’s Physical Characteristics
It grows to an average height of between 60cm and 90cm. Furthermore, it can attain a width of three to four feet. This Aloe is robust and stemless. Its lance-shaped leaves grow into a single rosette which can rise to a maximum of 90 cm. The leaves are quite broad compared to other Aloe family plants. The leaf’s color may be described as silvery-blue green. The leaves have reddish spines at the edges.
In the summer, Aloe Reitzii gets these awesome rubbery flowers. They stick out on tall spikes with a red color. These spikes come from the middle of each bunch of leaves. Imagine these flowers standing tall above the leaves, making the Reitz’s Aloe gardens look extra pretty in the summer.
This plant has roots that are kinda flat and not deep in the ground. These roots are great at grabbing the little bit of water that comes from occasional rain in the dry areas where the succulent live. It’s like their way of staying healthy.
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Aloe Reitzii’s Care
Watering: Aloe Reitzii is a plant for arid areas, and it is appropriately adapted where water consumption is concerned. It requires just a little water in summer, its growing season. Even so, an established plant only requires watering in summer when potted. Plants in the garden usually don’t need watering.
Light: It is a full-sun plant, so exposure is necessary to keep it healthy. It won’t bloom or get worse if it doesn’t get sufficient sunlight. Whether it’s by a sunny window indoors or in a spot with lots of sunshine outdoors, this succulent will be one happy camper. A bit of shade during the super hot midday sun gives it a little break to avoid overheating.
Soil: Aloe Reitzii grows best in well-drained soil as this prevents waterlogging. Soggy soil leads to root rot.
Fertilizer: This robust plant might need additional feeding during its growing season. The best fertilizer should have high potash content and low nitrogen levels.
Temperatures: It performs best in temperatures above 10oC (50oF). It can survive hot temperatures over 30oC (86oF). Zone USDA 9b-11 is an appropriate area for Aloe Reitzii to grow.
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Aloe Reitzii’s Growth
Offsets are the best way to propagate this plant. A mature one produces many baby plants that are easy to grow since they are already rooted. You just need to uproot and plant them. They will be established in a few days.
This aloe rarely needs pruning, but you can remove some older leaves. Also, you may decide to remove old flower stalks from the plant. It is quite robust and may need repotting when it outgrows a pot. Aphids and scale may attack Aloe Reitzii.
Keep your place sunny and cheerful, just like this succulent love. Until next time, enjoy the sunshine and the little joys of nature. Happy planting!
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