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Kouga Aloe

Aloe pictifolia

In its natural habitat, Aloe pictifolia is restricted to a small area where it is well protected due to the inaccessible, sheer rock faces on which it grows. It is well established in cultivation and is grown worldwide by succulent plant growers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds are angular, grey-black and up to 4 x 2mm in size, seed germinates within 3 weeks and plants will flower in the third year.
Division
Separate offsets in spring or early summer.

Special features

Pot plant
Where frost is a problem, grow in containers close to home or even inside. Use suitable well-draining potting medium.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Eastern Cape, confined to quartzitic sandstone cliffs overlooking the Kouga River near Hankey.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Aloaceae
Flower colour
Reddish-pink
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to scale insects and mealy bug.

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