Aloe Speciosa (The Tilt-head Aloe)

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This may be called an aloe tree since it can grow up to three to six meters. It is usually erect and can have a single or multiple stems. Speciosa has a massive rosette of leaves at the tip of the stem, usually in a tilt position, thus its common name.

Family:Aloaceae
Genus:Aloe
Scientific Name:Aloe speciose
Other Names:Tilt-Head Aloe
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:It does best in temperatures between 18oC-28oC (64oF-82oF)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9-10
Average Mature Height & Width:It can grow up to six meters tall and six feet wide.
Dormancy:It may go dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It may be toxic to humans and animals when ingested.
Aloe Speciosa Summary

Aloe Speciosa Physical Characteristics

This aloe can be either solitary or branched. The succulent sports a massive rosette of evergreen leaves on the top. Leaves that form the rosette can grow up to three feet long. This succulent is known as the tilt-head aloe because it usually leans to whatever direction gives it the best exposure to the sun. The aloe is also characterized by dry leaves that cling to the plant, which some describe as having a petticoat appearance.

It produces a 20-inch raceme from which its flowers. The flowers are red when young but change to green with white stripes. These flowers eventually open, showing easily visible stamens. Racemes don’t branch in these succulents, but one rosette can produce more than one raceme and more than one flower. Its roots are relatively deep for aloe to enable the tree to support itself.                                                              

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Aloe Speciosa Care

This is an extremely hardy plant that can stay for an extended period without needing any additional water. However, if severe drought affects your plant’s appearance, you may need to water it, especially in its early growth stages. Water it just enough to give the soil some moisture without waterlogging.

Aloe Speciosa prefers full, direct sunlight; so important is the sun that the whole plant’s head turns towards it in a tilt. Lack of sunlight ensures the plant doesn’t grow healthy.

Like most known succulents, this plant prefers well-drained soil with large gravel and sand. You should mix loamy soil with some sand if the sand doesn’t occur naturally in your area. It doesn’t require fertilizer to grow, but you may feed it a well-balanced cactus fertilize once in a long while.

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Aloe Speciosa Growth

Seeds are the best propagation method but should be treated with fungicide and sown in spring or summer. They germinate in 3-4 weeks. Pruning and repotting are unnecessary except to remove dry leaves. It will need repotting every time it doubles in size if it is potted. Mealybugs are the most common pests, and you can get rid of them by spraying contact organic pesticides.

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