Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

This succulent has wide, thick leaves with white saw-like edges. In the late spring, look for bright orange-red flowers to appear. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn red and yellow. “Short-leaved Aloe” is not attractive to deer.

Care and Propagation Information

Care and Propagation Information

Aloe brevifolia is an excellent choice for gardeners who prefer to cultivate outdoors. Its blooms will attract a variety of birds and butterflies to your outdoor space.

Watering

Short-leaved Aloe is relatively drought-tolerant and usually requires less watering than other succulents. A good watering routine is to let the soil dry out completely before giving it a thorough soaking.

Where to Plant

If you live in a climate where temperatures can drop below 20° F (-6.7° C), it is best to grow Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” in a pot that can be brought inside when the weather gets cold. This succulent does best with exposure to full or partial sunlight.

Put this type of plant in a spot in the garden that gets six hours of sunlight per day. It will fit in wonderfully with a rock garden.

How to Propagate Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

“Short-leaved Aloe” is a fast reproducer, growing many offshoots. Although you may assume that you can propagate it from its leaves, this will not work, and those leaves may end up rotting.

Offsets

The Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” creates miniature offshoots that come up around the root system of the plant. To propagate, simply remove the offsets, let them sit for 1-2 days until the surface of each is dry, and then plant them.

Seeds

For cooler climates, start planting Sedum seeds indoors under a grow light in the fall. If you live in a warmer area with a zone above 9a, you can sow the seeds outdoors in a soil that allows for good drainage.

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

General Care for Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

Watering

Short-leaved Aloe is relatively drought-tolerant and usually requires less watering than other succulents. A good watering routine is to let the soil dry out completely before giving it a thorough soaking.

Where to Plant

If you live in a climate where temperatures can drop below 20° F (-6.7° C), it is best to grow Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” in a pot that can be brought inside when the weather gets cold. This succulent does best with exposure to full or partial sunlight.

Put this type of plant in a spot in the garden that gets six hours of sunlight per day. It will fit in wonderfully with a rock garden.

How to Propagate Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

“Short-leaved Aloe” is a fast reproducer, growing many offshoots. Although you may assume that you can propagate it from its leaves, this will not work, and those leaves may end up rotting.

Offsets

The Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” creates miniature offshoots that come up around the root system of the plant. To propagate, simply remove the offsets, let them sit for 1-2 days until the surface of each is dry, and then plant them.

Seeds

For cooler climates, start planting Sedum seeds indoors under a grow light in the fall. If you live in a warmer area with a zone above 9a, you can sow the seeds outdoors in a soil that allows for good drainage.

FAQ

How often should I water my aloe plant?

Water the Aloe Plant every two to three weeks during the summer, and reduce the amount of water during the rest of the year. Let the soil dry out between each watering.

How much water does an indoor aloe plant need?

Provide your aloe vera plant with thorough, yet infrequent hydration. Let the soil dry out to a depth of one to two inches between waterings, as this will help to prevent root rot. Avoid leaving your aloe vera in water, and water approximately every three weeks, decreasing the frequency of irrigations during the winter months.

Is Aloe Brevifolia the same as aloe vera?

This South African Aloe is quite compact and has beautiful, long-lasting red flowers that bloom in early summer. Although it is quite hardy and can resist low temperatures if kept dry, it is best to move it indoors for the winter, where it can be placed in a well-lit area. This plant is perfect for a conservatory or house.

How often do you water aloe Brevifolia?

How often should I water my indoor aloe vera plant?

Put the pot containing the aloe plant in an area that gets plenty of sunlight, such as by a window in your kitchen. Give the plant water about every two to three weeks during the summer months and reduce this frequency during other times of the year. Wait until the soil is completely dry before giving it more water.

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