The Aloe brevifolia is a succulent plant cactus that is often not planted in the gardens of cactus and the like. Its easy cultivation and maintenance, in addition to its rapid growth, make this species one of the most suitable for beginners.
Do you want to know more about him? If so, do not doubt that, after reading this article, you will know how to take care of this wonderful plant .
Characteristics of Aloe brevifolia
Our protagonist is an evergreen plant native to the province of El Cabo, in South Africa. His surname, “brevifolia” derives from the little growth of the leaves. It is known by the common name Crocodile Teeth, since the margins of its leaves are protected by thick thorns of about 0.5 cm in the tooth shape. It is a plant that forms more or less high basal rosettes up to 40-50cm in height .
The floral stems, which emerge in spring, can reach practically the same height as the Aloe. From its highest part sprout the flowers, which have a tubular shape and are red. These have no aroma, as their pollinators, mostly insects, have no smell.
How do you take care of The Aloe Brevifolia?
If you want to have one or several copies, here is your guide of care:
- Location : outside, in full sun.
- Watering : two or three times a week in summer, and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
- Soil or substrate : it is preferable to have good drainage, although it is not demanding. It can grow without problems in areas such as limestone. If you have it in a pot, you can use universal culture substrate mixed with pearlite in equal parts.
- Subscriber : from the beginning of spring until the end of summer, it must be paid with a fertilizer for cactus and succulent plants following the indications specified on the package.
- Planting or transplanting time : in spring.
- Rusticity : it supports the cold and very weak and punctual frosts of up to -2ºC.
Did you know this plant?
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.