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ALOE barberae

Tree Aloe

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Family: Asphodelaceae

Subfamily: Asphodeloideae

Characteristics: Flowering succulent to 5-15 metres

Seeds per packet: Approx 10


A sunning architectural tree that can grow to 15 metre but typically smaller (5 metres) in cultivation.
An ideal specimen tree for the garden with a branching stem topped with long, curved fleshy leaves. Produces tubular flowers on terminal stems that can vary in colour from a rose-pink shade to orange or red.

Aloe barberae can also be grown in containers for many years making it an ideal low maintenance plant for smaller gardens or patio.
Adaptable to most climates, prefers a well-drained sandy soil.

Occurs naturally in South Africa northwards to Mozambique.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C

  1. Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover with a a sandy mix to a depth of 1-2mm
  2. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  3. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  4. Germination should occur in 14-28 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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