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Care of the plant Aloe arborescens or Candelabra aloe.

Care of the succulent plant Aloe arborescens or Candelabra aloe

The genus Aloe is included in the subfamily Asphodeloideae (family Xanthorrhoeaceae), which comprises about 500 species of succulent plants native to Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East. Some species are: Aloe arborescens, Aloe aculeata, Aloe juvenna, Aloe variegata, Aloe aristata, Aloe striata, Aloe ciliaris, Aloe vera, Aloe ferox, Aloe x spinosissima, Aloe mitriformis, Aloe marlothii, Aloe maculata, Aloe plicatilis, Aloe thraskii, Aloe barberae, Aloe tenuior, Aloe suprafoliataAloe esculenta.

Common names: Candelabra aloe, Krantz aloe. This species is native to South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

They are succulent plants with green leaves and yellow or red flowers; It can reach 4 meters (13.12 feet) high.

Aloe arborescens needs full or half-sun exposure and a warm, dry climate.

The soil has to be sandy with very good drainage because waterlogging is fatal for this plant. They do not usually present pest problems.

Water moderately, waiting until the soil has dried. During the winter we will stop watering them. They do not resist frost and temperatures below 10 ºC (50 ºF) do not suit them; can be stored indoors in cold months. It tolerates a dry atmosphere very well.

Add a few of mineral fertilizer during the growing season (in spring).

They can be propagated by seeds or by making cuttings, for which the cut branches must be left for several hours in the air so that the sap emerges, which would prevent the formation of roots.

Images of the succulent plant Aloe arborescens or Candelabra aloe

Aloe arborescens
Aloe arborescens
Aloe arborescens