I took an offset of this Aloe from Lowe’s on 8-24-12 instead of paying about $10.00 for the pot.. I can’t believe I admitted that but I am sure I am not he only one that does this. It that shoplifting? What if we just consider it a rescue?
Well, on the on October 6, I noticed that it wasn’t making it, so on 10-8-12 I went back to Lowe’s (mistake) and picked out a pot that said $12.98. The gal that was working marked it down to $5.00! Well, since she was in the “marking down mood”, I bought MORE plants! Heck with groceries, I need plants! There are MANY plants plus babies completely filling this 2.25 qt., 7″ diameter pot. All together measuring a total of about 8 1/4″ wide x 4 1/2″ tall. There are several dead leaves that I need to remove… GEEZ!!!
The tag states: “Drought tolerant when established, this South African native forms powder blue rosettes and attractive wide clumps in time. Hummingbirds love the tall spikes of tubular orange flowers. Requires porous soil with excellent drainage. Protect from frost. Water thoroughly when soil is dry.”
The internet states Aloe brevifolia’s common name is Crocodile Aloe. It is a rosette forming Aloe from South Africa having gray-green leaves that build up on each other to about a foot tall. It says that each rosette gets about 6″ tall by a for wide and the leaves have white spines. It states that it flowers in the spring. It also says to plant in FULL SUN in very well drained soil. They say it makes a nice groundcover Aloe.
“Isn’t it just interesting how different websites say different things. Just take it all in as information and try it yourself. You will probably find yourself describing it different they they did. It is so good to realize that we all have different growing conditions which makes our experiences different. Your neighbors have different conditions than you. We see color differently, too.”
On 11-19-12 I decided to go ahead and repot this plant into a 9 1/2″ wide x 8″ tall pot be4cause it seemed so cramped up… Hope this wasn’t a mistake
On 2-10-13, the clump measured 9″ wide x 4 3/4″ tall.
I brought this Aloe to Missouri with me on February 22, 2013. On or about April 14, the clump measured 8 3/4″ wide x 4 1/2″ tall. I am sure it didn’t shrink, but I am sure that it is waiting for SUN and warm weather.
I haven’t had much experience with the Crocodile Aloe yet, but this could get interesting. It has been in dad’s basement from February 22 until May 10 (2013). Between those dates, I had been taking the plants and putting them on the basement steps when the temps were warm enough. Then I would bring them back inside at night. Although information states FULL SUN, I just hesitate doing that right away. A plant that is kept inside in less than adequate light can’t be moved to an instant heat wave in full blasting sun. Well, it seems like that is the weather this year, one day is 70 and the next is 90. We had snow the first weekend in May, 30 degree night temps the second week, and 93 degrees on May 14! I would prefer it getting morning sun but I put it on the front porch where is is getting afternoon sun… So, I may have to change that!
I was doing some work in Patsy Hastings flower beds in Leland, MS, and noticed she had an Aloe brevifolia in one of her statues… NICE! I asked her if she was going to bring it inside for the winter, and she said she bought it the year before and it was outside all winter. AWESOME! It survived a Zone 8a winter!
There are several nice websites on the internet that provide some very good information on Aloe brevifolia. Check them out.
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2013 PHOTOS OF Aloe brevifolia-THE CROCODILE ALOE: