Torch Aloe (Aloe arborescens) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 6-10 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 6-8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Inflorescence Height: 24 to 32 inches
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 23, 2016 12:26 AM

Deceptively large, tough, multistemmed aloe with outstanding torch-like flowers in late fall to winter. Very easy to propagate: stick a cutting in the ground, water every 2 weeks, and voila, flowers next season. Will turn funky colors when stressed, often a striking purple while rooting or during drought stress. Requires lots of space or lots of pruning to do well, though it does tolerate confined spaces (still, be prepared to prune). Tends to dominate hybrids, in both habit and flowers.

Very common locally and often a host for the aloe mite during flowering season (cut & trash affected inflorescences immediately).

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