Whether you are growing an Aloe hereroensis plant already or plan on introducing one to your home, it is essential to understand how they grow and what proper care they require.
This guide will give you the basic knowledge to keep your Sand Aloe healthy and looking its best.
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About Aloe hereroensis
Aloe hereroensis, commonly known as the Sand Aloe, is a succulent native to South West Africa. Even at its ultimate height, it doesn’t exceed 2 feet. A relatively indoor-friendly species, it is suitable for use as a potted plant.
It grows in rosettes with long, fleshy leaves that are pale blue-green in color, blushing red under harsh sunlight. The leaf surface has distinct white bands running lengthwise down the center of each leaf.
The contrast between the pale leaves stands out before a backdrop of mid-greens. This plant is often used as a garden feature, drawing the eye, not for its flashy colors but for its absence.
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|Botanical Name||Aloe hereroensis|
|Common Name||Sand Aloe|
|Origin||South West Africa|
|Bloom color||Red (rarely yellow)|
|Soil||Well-Drained, Loamy, Sandy|
Aloe hereroensis Care
Aloe hereroensis is a very easy plant to care for. It forgives neglect and doesn’t punish forgetful gardeners all that often. Perfect for complete beginners.
Aloe hereroensis likes full sun, though it can tolerate some shade in the afternoon. The plant will change the shade of its leaves under direct sunlight, a desirable trait in some gardens.
The Sand Aloe likes well-draining soil. However, it will not tolerate standing water and will rot if the roots are allowed to sit in it for too long.
Aloe hereroensis likes infrequent watering during the growing season when it actively puts out new leaves.
In the winter, cut back on watering until spring, when new growth starts again. This Aloe will tolerate drought very well once established in your garden.
Temperature and Humidity
The Sand Aloe likes temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is not tolerant of cold weather or freezing temperatures.
Average room humidity needs to be maintained for the best results.
The Sand Aloe is not a heavy feeder and does not need to be fertilized regularly. However, once new growth starts in the spring, use a weak liquid fertilizer on the soil.
The Sand Aloe is a slow grower and does not need to be pruned often. Dead and dying leaves can be removed using sharp shears, but make sure to make a clean cut.
Potting and Repotting Aloe hereroensis
Aloe hereroensis does not need to be repotted very often. However, when it becomes root bound, you can repot it in a container that is 1″ larger than the current one.
Spring is usually the optimal time for repotting.
How to Repot (Step-by-Step)
- Remove the plant from its pot.
- Remove any dead or damaged roots using your knife.
- Use a pair of scissors to trim off any remaining leaves that are too big (you can also use them later to propagate new plants).
- Place some fresh soil in your new container; do not pack it down tightly but make sure to fill all gaps between pot and soil.
- Plant the succulent in the center of your container and water lightly.
Propagating Aloe hereroensis by Cuttings (Step-by-Step)
Aloe hereroensis can be propagated by cuttings. This is a viable way to increase the number of plants you have. The process involves taking a piece of the parent plant and rooting it in potting soil or sand. To do this, simply follow these steps:
- Use a sharp tool to cut off a healthy leaf from your aloe plant (about 8-10 inches long).
- Cut the leaf in half and remove any thorns or spines.
- Allow the cutting to callus over for over a week.
- Place your cutting into a small pot filled with potting soil or sand.
- Water lightly and place it in a warm, sunny location until new growth appears (this may take 2-3 weeks).
- When new growth appears, transplant your succulent into a larger container or garden bed.
The plant produces small, bright red-orange tubular flowers on branched inflorescences. The flowers bloom from summer through fall and are pollinated by bees and wasps.
Aloe hereroensis is non-toxic. It is safe to be grown around children and pets.
NOTE: This page is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. The toxicity of an ingested substance varies depending on the amount ingested, the animal’s weight, and its sensitivity to specific allergens. Contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control center immediately if you think your pet may have ingested a toxic substance.
Mealybugs are small, white, or gray soft-bodied insects that live on the surface of leaves. Their presence is easily detected by their cottony wax secretions. Mealybugs are attracted to stressed plants, and infestations often occur after repotting. Treat with horticultural oils.
Scales are immobile, small insects with a waxy shell that secretes honeydew. They feed on the sap of these Aloe and can weaken or kill them if left untreated. Treat scales with horticultural oils or soaps as soon as you notice them.
Aphids are small, pear-shaped insects that suck the sap from plants. They can be green, black, or brown in color and may have wings. Aphids are usually found on new growth or under leaves, where they congregate in large numbers. Treat with neem oil or rubbing alcohol.
- Placing under harsh sunlight
- Using poorly drained potting mediums
- Fertilizing during dormancy