Aloe Thraskii (The Dune Aloe)

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It is known as Dune Aloe because it is found in the dune environment on the South African coast. This is a 10 feet succulent tree with deeply curved leaves. It is attractive and has a single stem and a rosette of leaves at the top, which can be as comprehensive as two meters wide.

Family:Aloaceae
Genus:Aloe
Scientific Name:Aloe Thraskii
Other Names:Dune Aloe
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:It is between -3oC to 40oC (26oF-104oF). Anything below or above these limits will destroy the plant is sustained. However, Aloe Thraskii performs better between 21oC and 30oC (70oF-86oF)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9b-11b
Average Mature Height & Width:It can rise to about three meters and two meters wide.
Dormancy: It gets dormant when temperatures go below 10oC.
Toxicity:It can be toxic to pets and humans if ingested.
Aloe Thraskii Summary

Aloe Thraskii Physical Characteristics

This relatively fast-growing tree Aloe grows to an average of three meters. Nevertheless, it can get to four meters. It has a single stem, and its vast rosette is one of its distinguishing characteristics. Its leaves have a U-shaped cross-section, and they recurve toward the stem. The leaves may curve so far back toward the stem as to touch parts of the stem. They have reddish marginal teeth. 

This tree Aloe produces some of the most beautiful flowers in an aloe. It brooms in winter breathing life into your garden. Flowers grow from seasonal racemes; one plant can produce between 15 and 25. The flowers are yellow but produce conspicuous orange anthers, giving the flower a beautiful bi-color look. The number of inflorescences produced by a flower depends on the age of the plant. The younger produce less and increase as the plant matures. 

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Aloe Thraskii Plant Care

You can give this plant more giant drinks than other succulents and ensure the water dries before the next drink. Avoid watering it in winter since that is its dormancy period, and it doesn’t need water then. Overwatering leads to soil sogginess, which predisposes the aloe to root rot. Very rarely will you need to water this plant is unpotted cause it can get water from the soil in such instances. 

It prefers intense light and can handle even significantly intense direct sunlight. It doesn’t need fertilizer, but light feeding boosts growth. Feed it with water in the growing season. Always grow this Aloe in well-draining soil with a good amount of gravel. Too much of it will lead the plant to grow too much vegetation. 

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Aloe Thraskii Growth

You can propagate this aloe through beheading or using seeds since it has no suckers. Repotting is necessary since the plant is likely to outgrow the pot. It is advisable to prune it to remove some leaves for circulation if it has too much vegetation. Snails, slugs, mealybugs, and scale insects are some pests to protect it from.

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