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Tidmarshii aloe

Aloe tidmarshii

Grahamstown aloe(Eng.)

This aloe is related to the climbing aloe (Aloe ciliaris). In gardens, it is best planted as a shrublet in full sun. It is considered to be one of the most vigorous climbing aloes. It is very drought tolerant, but can also be planted in high rainfall regions. The bright red flowers will attract sunbirds as they are pollinated by them.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Fruit should be fully mature after flowering before they are harvested. Seed heads should be bagged to capture ripening seed.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time Spring/Summer; Sowing depth is shallow 1-2mm; Germination time - Three weeks. Plant out when plants are large enough to handle.
Cuttings
Branch cuttings can simply be planted in a potting container or directly into the garden.

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.
Drought resistant
Fleshy roots hold water during dry times.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Subtropical to semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae/Aloaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red with yellow tips
Scent
None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free

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