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Aloeaceae is a Great Plant for Your Greenhouse

Posted August 11th, 2017 by Robin Nichols in

Plant Name: Aloe spp.

Common Names: Medicine plants and Aloe

Light Needs: High light with at least a half-day of full sun; it can adapt to lower light levels.

Best Temperatures: About 70ºF during the day and 50ºF at night.

Water and Humidity Needs: Allow to dry between watering.

Growing Guidelines: Grow in clay pots in all-purpose mix with added sand to help with drainage. Fertilize lightly once a year in the fall.

Common Problems: Over watering may cause rotting.

Propagation: Remove offsets any time.

Interesting Facts: Over 450 species of Aloe have been described with diverse forms and sizes. The genus includes small grass-like herbs and stemless succulent rosettes a few inches tall to larger species with stout 60 foot trunks, occupying the ecological niche of trees. Aloes are distributed across sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and Arabia. Aloes are featured in prehistoric rock art by Bushmen and have been cultivated for thousands of years.

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