Aloe albida is a small succulent with long, narrow leaves, which, when it blooms, does so by displaying beautiful white bells on long stems.
It is one of the Grass Aloes, a group of grass-like deciduous Aloes. The leaves are grayish to bluish-green with a waxy coating, up to 6” (15 cm) long and 0.2” (0.5 cm) wide.
Flowers appear in a single inflorescence, up to 6” (15 cm) tall, usually in early fall.
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A Quick Look at Its Characteristics:
Outdoors place Aloe albida in shade with good light.
It can be grown indoors if it has enough light.
Sensitive to extreme cold (tolerates up to 24.8°F (-4 ºC).
The plant grows up to 6” (15 cm) in height in the form of a hemisphere.
Reproduction by tillers or seeds.
Ideal between 68°F and 75.2°F (20ºC and 24ºC).
It needs more continuous watering than other aloes but is equally resistant to drought.
Non-toxic for humans and animals.
Care and Propagation Aloe albida
Aloe Albida or Aloe Stapf is an aloe easy to grow, maintain and reproduce, it can tolerate temperatures as low as 24.8°F (-4 ºC) and although its growth is slow, it will provide us with plenty of offspring and seeds.
Care Aloe albida:
When growing Aloe Albida indoors, place the plant near a south or southwest facing window that receives plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, place this Aloe Herb in light shade (a good amount of light without direct exposure), especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Drainage is essential because too much moisture around the roots can cause root rot. Plant in well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents.
Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but can benefit from additional nutrients if you supply them with the right amounts.
Watering Aloe albida:
These succulents need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods and always try to water deeply, but only when the soil is dry.
You can also reduce watering during the winter months since in these months this aloe reduces its activity.
Where to Plant Aloe albida:
One of the best features of this aloe is that they are not particularly fast-growing, and only rarely need to be repotted. But when the time comes, repot in the spring.
We will use clay pots whenever we can that we will increase in size every year or two to prevent the roots from taking the shape of the container and affecting the growth of the plant.
Propagation Aloe albida:
As always, we will try to propagate Aloes in the spring, so that they benefit from the warmth of summer at this sensitive stage of their life. Propagation of Aloe can be done using the young shoots, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.
Seedlings Aloe albida:
The most common way of propagating aloes is through cutting, and there is little more to add since it applies the technique used with other common varieties.
Cuttings Aloe albida:
This type of aloe can also be easily reproduced by cuttings: The stems should be cut below the root of a node. Cut a stem that has developed long roots and let it dry for at least a few hours to seal on the cut surface.
Place the cut stem in a rooting medium kept moist, but not wet until more roots form and eventually grow as a mature plant.
Seeds Aloe albida:
If you decide to use seeds to reproduce this variety of aloe grass, keep in mind that it will normally take 2 to 4 weeks for the seeds to germinate and that they need slightly moist but not waterlogged soil to avoid fungal attack.
It may be the case that the seeds do not germinate in the first year of being planted and that in the spring of the second year they do, so wait at least one year to discard those planted seeds.
Aloe albida is not listed as toxic to people and pets.
Native to South Africa. Grows in mountain grasslands and rock crevices where grasses are kept fairly short.