The Book Aloe ‘Aloe Suprafoliata’

Aloe Suprafoliata Image

This is a solitary aloe with recurved leaves. It is stemless and has beautiful blue-green leaves. The aloe’s leaves are opposite and grow only sideways, making the plant look like an open book.

Scientific Name:Aloe Suprafoliata
Other Names:Book Aloe, Moustache Aloe
Growth Season:It grows throughout the seasons where temperatures are above 5oC (41oF)
Preferred Temperature:It can’t withstand temperatures below 5oC (41oF) but grows optimally at around 18-24oC.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9b-11
Average Mature Height & Width:It is about two feet tall and three feet wide.
Toxicity:It is toxic to humans and animals when ingested.
Aloe Suprafoliata Summary

Aloe Suprafoliata Physical Characteristics

It is often stemless but can sometimes have a short stem. Leaves grow into rosettes that are perfectly opposite each other and are usually about 40 cm long with a blue-green hue. The hue changes if you subject the leaves to intense direct sunlight and get a little more toward the red color. They have recurved leaves whose tips usually become red, and they also have reddish teeth on the margins. 

It produces long racemes during its flowering seasons from which flowers grow. The raceme is itself unbranched, and it can be 25cm long. Aloe Suprafoliata flower colors range from deep pink to deep red, with their size ranging from about 5cm long. Its roots are fibrous and shallow, allowing it to take advantage of the rare water resources in its habitat. 

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Aloe Suprafoliata Plant Care

It needs just a little water and only in the growing seasons. Aloe Suprafoliata should only be watered if it has depleted water from the previous drink. You can check for water level by inserting your fingers or a spatula to check the first three inches of the pottage. Water only when it is dry. This succulent prefers sunlight, and it can withstand even scorching sun.

However, continuous exposure to intense sunlight causes its leaf color to change and its tips to dry. Like other aloes, it prefers well-draining soil, usually a cactus mix. You can make an appropriate package at home by mixing loamy soil with sandy soil at a ratio of 1:1. It doesn’t need fertilizer for average growth, but you can feed it for enhancement. 

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Aloe Suprafoliata Growth

Its seeds germinate quickly so that you can propagate the plant by seeds, division, or offsets. Offsets grow around the central rosette and are easy to pick. Pruning is only necessary when removing dry leaves, but you should use a sharp, sterile tool if you decide to remove leaves. Repot when it outgrows the pot. Avoid mealybugs, scale insects, and aphids by keeping the plant dry and healthy.

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