Aloe Broomii At A Glance
- Location: Outdoors and exposed to sunlight. In winter, it will not tolerate temperatures of less than 25° F.
- Irrigation: Moderate, 2 to 3 times a week in summer, and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
- Nutrition and Fertilization: During the warm months it must be fertilized with mineral fertilizers, such as Nitrophoska, every 15 days.
- Substrate: Soil must have good drainage as the aloe broomii does not tolerate waterlogging.
- Transplant: Every two years, in spring, in a larger container.
- Multiplication and Propagation : By seeds in spring or summer.
- Resilience: Resists frosts of up to 26° F (-3ºC).
The Aloe Broomii Factsheet
Aloe broomii is a succulent plant with a fine appearance of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) including the inflorescence that has the shape of an agave (also a succulent) but it is not an agave.
Has an appearance of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) including the inflorescence that has the shape of an agave (also a succulent) but it is not an agave.
It is a robust species, short-stemmed or procumbent. The plant can form a large perfect rosette of up to 4 feet from side to side of yellowish green leaves, slightly aligned with sharply spiny margins. The dark spines are peculiarly curved along the outer edges of each leaf. These spines are very dark, compared to other species whose spines are green or white.
The plants are mostly solitary, but sometimes they branch off at the top and form three to five rosettes. Dense leaf rosettes remind of Aloe polyphyllaen Lesotho with similar characteristics and phenology. These plants develop a striking inflorescence, similar to a candle in which the buds and pale lemon flowers are covered by whitish bracts 1.2 inches (30 mm) long.
The leaves are densely pinkish, 30 cm long and 10 cm wide, the upper third usually dry and brown. The upper and lower surfaces are light green and darkly lined, the margins have a brown border with deltoid and brown teeth.
Aloe Broomii Care
Cultivation and propagation: Aloe broomii is one of the most ornamental aloes that is a fast growing species that can reach its full size in 5 or 6 years (if given the right growth conditions). It should be given a soil with a high lime content and grow better in those areas where there is frost in winter and the rain is not too high. Like most Aloe species, this plant is a water-based plant that can be used in xeriscaping.
It grows well in well drained soils and blooms in full sun. It is said that mature plants handle snow, although younger plants should be protected from hard frost and excessively humid conditions. The plant grows well in a pot and can be moved indoors during winter.
Aloe broomii is a plant that should be installed outdoors. It enjoys exposition to direct sunlight. In very hot temperatures, I will recommend to expose them to shade or with the sunlight sifted by a blind or a curtain. Avoid using a dark colored container.
Watering Of The Aloe Broomii
Water: Aloe broomii is an ideal plant for water use, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, but it comes from rainy areas during the summer and appreciates constant humidity during the summer months. As the plant is established, reduce the amount of water and do not water at all during the rainy season. Established plants can take care of themselves as they store water in their leaves and are well adapted to an arid environment.
Care Against Pests And Diseases
Pests and diseases: Aloe broomii is susceptible to beetle and weevil infestation, and fungal infections. If in a pot, tilt the pot so that the water never settles on the rosette. Water sitting on the rosette is the biggest cause of rot of these plants.
Propagation: This plant spreads from seeds. For the seeds to grow, keep them moist at all times, do not let them dry, 10-18 days and you will succeed. Keep the soil moist for the youngest specimen.
Its rate of growth is slow, but that is not an inconvenience; In fact, it is almost an advantage, since you can use it to decorate your terrace for years.
Transplant And Repotting Of An Aloe Broomii
Aloe Broomi plants can be grown for years in a pot, and even throughout its life if it is planted in a large one once it measures 13 to 16 inches in diameter (35-40 cm in diameter).
However, you can plant it in the garden as part of your landscaping deployment. In that case, I recommend planting it along with other succulents, such as Cleistocactus straussii, Oreocereus trollii, Echeverias or Mammillarias.
Inflorescence and Flowering
Inflorescence: Sometimes with two branches, and 2 to 3 developing from a massive, candle-shaped rosette 35 to 50 inches (90-120 cm) long, thicker in circumference than a man’s arm and very densely flowered in which the buds and flowers are covered by long bracts.
Only a very small ring of nectariferous florets is produced at a time, each coming into flower in ascending order.
Flowers: Flowers in the aloe broomii are pale lemon color, up to one inch long (25 mm long). The flowers open in a band of 4 inches wide (100 mm wide) from the bottom of the cluster up, but all that can be seen from them are the stamens and stigmas that protrude beyond the bracts. An amazing feature of this species is that the buds and open flowers are completely hidden by their large bracts and cannot be seen, a characteristic that is not shared by any other South African aloe.
Aloe Broomii For Sale
Aloe broomi specimen are not expensive and can be bought in several nurseries and online stores as this one.
Phenology Of The Broomii
Phenology: It blooms during spring (from September to October) and the seed matures during summer.
Aloe vera is not the most common aloe. Originally native to South Africa, where it grows on the rocky slopes of mountainous areas, at an altitude of between 3200 and 6600 feet (1000 and 2000 meters approximately).
It reaches a height of five feet (150 cm), with dense rosettes of leaves which are bright green to yellowish-green, fleshy and with jagged edges . The flowers, of a beautiful yellow color, are grouped in inflorescences in the stems that come out of each rosette and reach a bit more than three feet (100 cm) in height.