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Aloe castanea

A succulent, evergreen perennial forming a rosette of thick, fleshy, grey-green leaves, toothed at the margins. Mature plants may produce a flower stalk to 1m long, of densely packed brown flowers

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

In containers grow in a loam-based potting compost with extra added sharp sand or horticultural grit. Position plants in full sun. Water freely in growth and apply a balanced liqid fertiliser every month during the growing season. Move plants under glass during winter and keep the compost almost dry. See hardy cacti and succulent cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or by stem or leaf cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Bedding
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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