The Aloe ferox is such a beautiful plant and so easy to take care that having it in the garden or in the patio is a real pleasure for the eyes. It reaches two meters high, so you can have it in any corner .
But not only that, but she, like the rest of the species of the genus, is a plant that does not dirty anything, being able to place near the pool without problems.
How is Aloe ferox?
Our protagonist is a plant native to South Africa which they call Áloe feroz or Áloe del Cabo. It forms a rosette of fleshy green glaucous leaves that reach 70-80cm in length and 15cm in width once the specimen reaches adulthood . The edges are provided with tiny spines or teeth of reddish or brown color.
The flowers, which sprout in autumn, are grouped in inflorescences, and are tubular, 3-4cm in length, red or orange.
How do you take care of The Aloe Ferox?
The Aloe ferox is suitable for beginners. Resists the drought and is not known any potential enemy, except for the snails which can be eliminated or repel with the remedies that we tell you in this article . But let’s see what is your care guide to have a healthy plant:
- Location : it must be placed in an area exposed to direct sunlight.
- Soil or substrate : it is not demanding, but it is very important that it has good drainage (you have more information on this topic here ).
- Watering : every 2-3 days in summer, and every 5-6 days the rest of the year. During the winter, water every 15-20 days.
- Subscriber : in spring and summer must be paid with mineral fertilizers. For this, you can use a specific fertilizer for cactus and other succulents following the indications specified on the package, or add a small spoonful of Nitrofoska every 15 days.
- Planting time / Transplantation : every two years, in spring.
- Rusticity : it supports soft frosts of up to -4ºC, provided they are punctual and of short duration. Needs protection against hail, especially when young.
Properties of Aloe ferox
I would not like to finish this article without first talking about the properties of this beautiful plant, which, in addition to being cultivated as ornamental, can also be used to improve digestion or purify the gallbladder . In addition, it also serves as a laxative and laxative.
The way of use is the following:
- Juice: dilute the acibar (the viscous liquid that is inside the leaf) in water. So that it is not so bitter, it can be sweetened with sugar or honey. Taken at night, it will help improve the intestinal tract.
- Acibar powder: should be consumed before meals, in very small amounts. This will improve digestion and cleanse the gallbladder.
What did you think of this Aloe? ????
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.