Growing a tree aloe isn’t difficult if you live in a warm climate. The tree can tolerate temperatures as chilly as 22 degrees F. (-6 C.) for short periods of time, although the cold may discolor the foliage. Are you interested in growing this impressive carefree plant? Read on for more tree aloe information.
Tree Aloe Info
What is a tree aloe? Native to South Africa, tree aloe (Aloe bainesii) is a large tree-like succulent and aloe plant relative with mottled gray stems and rosettes of greenish gray leaves. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the clusters of spiky, tube-shaped blooms that show up in winter.
Tree aloe is a moderately fast growing tree, gaining about 12 inches (31 cm.) per year. Allow plenty of space when growing tree aloe, as this lovely evergreen reaches mature heights of 20 to 30 feet (7-10 m.) and widths of 10 to 20 feet (3-7 m.).
Young tree aloes do well in pots, but be sure the container is sturdy and wide enough to accommodate the tree’s thick base.
Tree Aloe Care
Tree aloes require well-drained soil. Like most succulents, tree aloe is likely to rot in mud. Fungal diseases are also common for trees grown in excessively wet conditions. Plant tree aloe where the plant is exposed to full or partial sunlight.
Once established, tree aloes are drought tolerant and should be irrigated only occasionally, primarily during hot, dry periods. Water deeply, then allow the soil to dry before watering again. Rainfall usually provides enough moisture for tree aloe during the winter months. If the winter is dry, water very sparingly.
Tree aloes generally require no fertilizer. If you think it necessary, provide a light application of a balanced, general purpose fertilizer in spring.
Wear gloves when handling tree aloe, as the sap may be irritating to the skin.