Types of aloe plants in nature and pot.
Aloe plants belong to a very large family, which includes about 300 genera and 4,500 species. Aloe plants grow naturally in Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula.
Aloe pratensis is a small species from South Africa.
Aloe vera, medicinal aloe, gathered by travelers and introduced to all parts of the globe.
Aloe vera is now available in so many places that you do not know its original range.
Flowers stem stems often a little away from the plant's center. It can be of simple or branched. Flower colors range from white, yellow and orange to red. Some species even have green flowers.
Aloe comes in many different sizes, from 2.5 cm to 18 m in height, and they may have obtained or stems up to 3 m, so it is important to choose the right one for their situation.
The most common kind is Aloe aristata. You should by no means reject it as if it is not worth cultivating. It is one of the most robust of aloe plants. It can stand to grow outdoors in in southern areas with a mild climate, where the soil is well drained, and the plant is protected from winter moisture.
The very popular Aloe voriegota.
Aloe Variegata (zebra aloe) grow well on a windowsill. It enjoys being confined in a pot and be fully cooked by the sun. Since it probably will not be replanted so frequently, it watered and fed during the winter, otherwise it will not make its very beautiful inflorescences in early spring. The forming layers with age, and they can be removed and grown in separate pots. We have also been able to grow this species outdoors all year round, but always in a very dry spot.
Two very impressive aloe plants: Aloe dichotoma and Aloe pillansii. They are wood-aloe, ie. they have very thick stems and can get the same height as small trees. Aloe pillansii is an endangered species in the wild. There are only a few copies remain, and there is no regeneration. This sad fate is probably due to overgrazing and possibly collection. Other factors, such as changing climate, may also play a role. Aloe dichotoma is however very common in nature and can in many ways be the only 'wood'. It is used by the Republican-weaver birds as a base for their huge communal nests.
In culture, this plant transplanted regularly to thrive. If the missing food or water, the leaves die back from the tip.
Aloe ericacea is a very rare and slow-growing species.
Aloe gariepensis shows his very beautiful leaf color in its natural environment.
Aloe olooides is large in natural environment. This type is not suitable to grow in a pot.
Aloe striata has one of the family's most beautiful inflorescences.
Aloe melonocontho is an attractive place for slow-growing species.
Aloe plicatilis is another tree aloes.
This species achieves not the same proportions as the first two, and it grows not so fast. It may, in turn, bloom when it is far younger, although it is grown in a pot. In the northern hemisphere will both grow and bloom in winter, and it spreads both before and after flowering. It is one of the few aloe plants, which does not form a leaf rosette.
Aloe jucunda coming from Somalia, is a small spotted aloe, which with age will form a cluster that is 60-100 cm across, if desired. It forms diligently layers, so you have no trouble keeping this plant in the sizes you have room for. It stops only when the light level is too low. The species has very glossy leaves with very harsh teeth along the leaf edges. It can also be a hybrid, as it has been crossed with other species of aloe plants.
Other aloe plants in this group, which is just as good to grow are: Aloe peckii, Aloe somaliensis, Aloe kingiana, Aloe mcloughlanii and Aloe hemmingsii.
Aloe erinacea, Aloe pachygaster and Aloe melanacantha are all good to grow. The latter is the greatest. Aloe melanacantha has leaves with a very rough surface, with sharp black teeth or spines along the leaf edges. The points are pale yellow and soft when they first emerge from the plant's center, but they are cured and become darker as they mature. Aloe erinacea and Aloe apachygaster are from Namibia, while Aloe melanacantha found along South Africa's west coast and straight into Namibia. Aloe erinacea and Aloe pachygaster have very beautiful blue leaves and also dark, sharp thorns.
Note: Aloe plants hate absolutely not to be above the water, and they need full sun.
Read more: How to Grow Aloe Vera