Aloe dorotheae is an incredibly showy plant of the succulent family.
It forms clusters of bright green rosettes in the shade but turns a deep, bright red in full sun.
The beautiful leaves of this variety of aloe vera are adorned with prominent white spines along their edges.
In winter, greenish-yellow tubular spikes burst forth profusely above the foliage, brightening up the dull winter garden.
This Aloe Vera breaks easily to form a compact colony and is perfect as a ground cover in succulent gardens or large planters.
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A Quick Look at Its Characteristics:
Grows very well between sun and shade.
Resistant to small frosts.
Up to 12” (30 cm) tall and between 12” and 24” (30 – 60 cm) wide.
Easily grown in sandy or gravelly soils, wet or dry outside.
Easily propagated by seed with heat, as soon as the plant is mature.
Ideal for outdoor Mediterranean weather.
Easily grown in sandy or gravelly soils, moist or dry outside.
Non-toxic to humans.
Seasons of interest; spring, summer, and late winter.
Care and Propagation Aloe Dorotheae
Care Aloe Dorotheae:
This aloe is a very forgiving plant and if grown well, can be very beautiful.
Watering Aloe Dorotheae:
It is essential that the water never stagnates, so we must carefully monitor the plant for signs of overwatering.
Where to Plant Aloe Dorotheae:
These aloe pots need strong, direct light, withstanding full summer sun once acclimated.
In the winter, provide direct light whenever you can. These plants prefer warmer temperatures of 69.8°F to 80.6°F (21 to 27 °C) but survive down to 30.2°F (-1 °C).
Feed with a fertilizer for cacti and other succulents only in spring and summer.
Propagation Aloe Dorotheae:
This succulent is not particularly fast-growing and rarely needs repotting. To repot Aloe dorotheae, do so in spring, provided they have stopped growing or their growth has been excessive for the space they occupy.
A well-drained potting mix is essential. Use pots specifically for cacti or succulents.
Soil Aloe Dorotheae:
During transplanting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball to obtain new plants.
Like many other varieties of aloe, Dorotheae will give us offshoots, which can be potted independently.
For reproduction by seeds, if the plants are outdoors we have practically nothing to do since once mature they will fall to the ground and new plants will be born. However, if we want to do it manually you must wait until the seeds are ripe and plant them at the end of the last frost of the year.