This succulent resembles an octopus. It is an evergreen plant with yellow-green leaves that are usually channeled. These leaves are also recurved, thus their similarity to octopus tentacles.
|Van Balen’s Aloe
|Spring and summer
|The ideal temperature for its growth is 55-85oF (10-27oC)
|USDA Zone 9-11
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|It attains an average mature height of 2-3 feet and a mature width of 3-4 feet.
|It is dormant in winter.
|Ingestion may lead to poisoning of humans and pets.
Aloe Vanbalenii Physical Characteristics
Its evergreen leaves have copper-red edges. They curve steeply inward, and their leaves curl backward according to the succulents in which they appear. The Aloe Vanbalenii has no stem, and the leaves form rosettes at the base. Over and above its beautiful appearance, the plant produces a pleasant cinnamon smell when bruised.
It produces flowers from racemes that grow in winter. Flowers remain from winter to the beginning of spring. The flowers are thin and conical, with colors ranging from yellow to orange. Their petals are tubular, and the inflorescence from which they are produced is usually straightforward, unbranched, and long. It is a colony-forming plant, so it produces sizeable clustered.
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Aloe Vanbalenii Plant Care
This succulent is drought resistant. It can live for long without water, but watering it gives you the best results. Water it like any other succulent, bearing in mind that the waterlogging leads to root rot.
This aloe does best in well-drained soils to ensure the roots are breathing and that water runs through quickly, leaving behind moisture that the plant needs.
This Aloe grows best under bright light, whether direct or indirect sunlight. Keeping it away from direct sunlight allows it to keep its natural leaf colors. Intense direct sunlight, on the other hand, causes a change of color that might be interesting.
Fertilizer isn’t necessary for this aloe’s health. However, you can feed it occasionally to facilitate vigorous growth. Give is a cactus mix fertilizer rich in phosphorus once per year in spring.
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Aloe Vanbalenii Growth
Propagation by seeds is possible, but propagating by the pups is a better option since they take root faster, and this aloe produces them in abundance. This plant’s recurved leaves are its most endearing quality and don’t need trimming. However, you may remove dead leaves. Repot it when it outgrows a pot. Pests include aphids, mealybugs, and aloe fungi. Keeping the plant healthy can keep them at bay.
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