While absorbing themselves in gardening hobby, the gardeners could hone their skills by caring for high maintenance plants. It would definitely take all the attention and time. In comparison to it, there are some plants with low maintenance level, with could stand the freezing winter. Isn’t that interesting enough?
The Introduction of the Plant
It takes less than a minute to recognize the difference between aloe vera and aloe striatula. In fact, these two plants do not resemble each other, despite of being in the same family. First, aloe vera has no flowers, while another blooms yellow flowers. Second, the leaves of aloe vera store a lot of water, which cannot be found in the hardy aloe.
In terms of its foliage, it belongs to the evergreen category. In short, this tall plant could keep the green leaves, even during freezing winter season. If the gardeners look close enough, the stem as well as the surface of the leaves has striped color; light and dark green. For this reason, aloe striatula is also called the striped-stemmed aloe.
Even though many houses in America starting to plant the unique aloe, the origin of it is definitely not from any of the regions in US. The house of the plant is Karoo, one of the regions in South Africa. This explain why the plants grows exceptionally well in rocky areas. In its homeland, aloe striatula could be found in the border, particularly in the rocky mountain, where it climbs its way to the top.
How to Plant Aloe Striatula
It is not too hard to learn the steps. The label “hardy aloe” really lives on this plant. There are literally minimum things to note about the preparation.
- Preparing The Medium
Dedice first: would the aloe striatula be planted on the garden bed or in a pot? To help answering the question, take a closer look to the soil in the surrounding area. No matter how hardy this aloe is, it will get ill in soil with medium to high humidity. In the other words, avoid any area with muddy or damp soil. The perfect garden bed would be loose soil, sandy with a mix of rocks in it.
If such area is not available, then the gardeners should choose the second option: the flower pot. Instead of the small to medium size, prepare the biggest pot that could fit the garden. The aloe striatula is known to grow fast and robust, forming a proud shrub with tall yellowish flower as the crown.
Pour in a drained soil in the bottom layer. To mimic the rocky environment, make a space in the middle and add horticultural grit and sand. The composition should be 50:50.
- Plant It
There is no specific instruction to plant the hardy aloe. Simply take one plant out and put it on the garden bed or flower pot. Then, make sure to cover the root well with the mixed soil.
- Put It On Suitable Place
Not all place is good for aloe striatula. Keep in mind that this plant should be able to get full sun during the day. Thus, the best place to have garden bed is in the east part of the house, which will not be overshadowed until sunset comes. For the potted plant, it would be great to put it on the wall to prevent water logging, or in the patio to get maximum sun.
How to Care the Plant
It takes very minimum effort to get this particular plant grows healthily. There are only three things that might cause harm to it. First, the pests. Two big enemies for this plant are mealy bugs and scale insects. Make sure to remove them immediately.
Second, the care during winter. It will require the gardeners to give additional magnesium and carefully water the plant. The last one is NO pruning. Simply removed the dead leaves from the plant. Don’t worry, it won’t kill the plant. Also, there is no such thing as “starving the plants”. Succulents could survive in poor nutrient soil well.
Forget the aloe vera, the popular plants used for cosmetic and health purposes. This is the striped-stemmed aloe, which could grow into a huge shrub. People who live in area with rocky land should try this amazing plant. The minimum care won’t stop the plant to bloom!