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How To Grow Aloe Aristata?

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Lace Aloe or Aloe Aristata (Aristaloe aristata) is a common succulent houseplant. Despite its name, it is not related to aloe. Aloe aristata succulent leaves grow in a dense rosette. Leaves themselves are dark green, long, and triangle shaped. Aloe aristata is also known as the torch plant or guinea-fowl aloe.

Lace aloe has tubular orange inflorescence, which attracts wasps, bees, and birds. This unique-looking plant is from South Africa and can be grown as a houseplant or in the garden, provided the plant can handle the temperatures. Aloe Aristata has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Basic Care

Aloe aristata is a hardy, small plant. These qualities make define a terrific houseplant. It can grow 10 to 12 inches tall (25 to 30 centimeters). Lace aloe loves to be in the sun and cannot tolerate cold for long periods (less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or -7 degrees Celsius).

Confusion

Aloe aristata is often confused with Haworthiopsis attenuata or Hawortiopsis fasciata, both are also commonly grown as ornamental houseplants. Aloe aristata has tubular orange blooms, but the blooms of Haworthia attenuata are pink and white.

Climate

Aloe aristata can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 10. The perfect temperature for Lace aloe is 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 27 degrees Celsius), so normal household temperatures are more than sufficient. For aloe aristata to bloom, temperatures should not fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Humidity is a non-factor for Lace aloe, since it can grow in any humidity conditions.

aloe aristata flowers
Aloe aristata flowers Source: John Rusk

Light

Lace aloe demands a lot of light. Find the brightest spot in your room or garden (indoors near a south-facing window) and grow it there. Aloe aristata can survive short periods of lower light conditions, but growth will be stunted.

Water

The soil of aloe aristata should be kept slightly moist at all times. Mature plants can tolerate short periods of drought and need less watering. For mature plants, you can let the soil dry out completely and water deeply once the soil is dry.

Toxicity

Aloe aristata is mildly toxic to pets and people when ingested, it’s best to keep it out of reach from children and pets.

Soil & Fertilizer

The perfect medium to grow lace aloe in is a succulent or cacti mix. Aloe aristata prefers well-draining soil. You can make your succulent mix by adding half perlite and half regular potting mix to the container.

Aloe aristata can grow quicker when properly fed. All-purpose houseplant fertilizer is sufficient, add it to the water once a month during the growing season and once in fall and winter. However, younger plants should be fed less frequently.

aloe aristata in nature
Lace Aloe in nature Source: Dupuyoo

Pests & Diseases

Mealybugs and scale insects are pests that infest aloe aristata. Apply insecticidial soaps or horticultural oils such as neem oil to get rid of them.

Mealybugs are wingless insects. If you see a white cottony texture on your aloe aristata, you’re dealing with mealybugs. They suck the juices out of the plant, making it lose nutrients and slowly die.

Scale insects appear as brown spots, usually on the stems and leaves. Only serious infestations will be able to kill the plant. They do look very unattractive and it is better to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Aloe aristata does not suffer from any diseases besides root rot, which is only caused by overwatering.

Potting

When repotting aloe aristata, ensure that the leaves are on top of the soil. Otherwise, they might start rotting and hurt the plant. Always use a pot with drainage holes and repot into a slightly bigger pot to prevent waterlogging.

lace aloe in a pot
Lace Aloe in a pot Source: Tauralbus

Propagation

Aloe aristata plants are easy to propagate from offsets during spring:

  1. Remove the plant from the soil gently
  2. Find offsets growing off the mother plant
  3. Remove the pup with a dull knife
  4. Plant it in a container filled with succulent or cacti mix
  5. Wait three days and water the new plant

Common Problems

The most common problem with aloe aristata is overwatering, especially when the plant is dormant during winter. It needs less watering during that period and is easier to overwater it.

Underwatering can become an issue in the summer, which will result in wilting leaves.

Last Thoughts

Aloe aristata is a hardy, small houseplant that will brighten up any indoor setting. It has a unique look and is easy to care for, as long as it gets enough light. Ensure to not overwater it as well. Lace aloe is an easy houseplant to start with for beginner green thumbs.

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