Originally from the African continent, specifically from Namibia and South Africa, Aloe pillansii is one of the most beautiful species of aloe. It grows to 5-6 meters high, with a thick trunk of a spectacular grayish color.
It is one of the most beautiful plants in all of Africa, and also one of the most endangered. Because of that, it is not easy to find it for sale and, even so, we have to make sure that they are plants that are sold legally and that have not been taken from their habitat.
Characteristics of Aloe pillansii
Pretty, right? Our protagonist is a magnificent garden plant. The leaves form a rosette, and are fleshy, greenish-white with jagged edges . The flowers, which sprout in autumn, are grouped in yellow inflorescences.
Due to its conservation status and its growth rate, which is very slow, steps are being taken not to lose it. In fact, it is produced in Namibia, at Cornell’s Kop Richtersveld, in north Brandberg.
What do you need to grow an Aloe Pillansii Plant?
When growing in tropical and subtropical meadows, you need to live in an area with a mild climate, where frost does not occur or it is very weak (up to -2ºC), of short duration and isolated; otherwise, it would have to be inside the home, in a room where a lot of natural light came in.
If we talk about irrigation, it has to be scarce , allowing the substrate to dry between irrigations. He does not like to have “wet feet”. For this reason, it is very important to check the moisture of the soil before watering, introducing a thin wooden stick to the bottom of the pot. If when it comes out it is practically clean, then we can water.
The substrate has to have very good drainage (you have more information on this topic here ). The roots have to be very well aerated, so to get it there is nothing like using sandy substrates like akadama, pomice or similar . So not only will we have a healthy plant, but also your trunk will widen without problems .
Finally, you will also need regular fertilizers , for example with Nitrophoska. A small spoonful every 15 days will be more than enough to grow properly.