Even though the Aloe Plicatilis finally germinated I still got a horrible itch looking at the succulent tissue culture webshop. I decided that since the Aloe Polyphylla seeds failed as well as the Tylecodon Cacalioides that it might be a good idea to get these as well as a back up Aloe Plicatillis that has a bit of a jump start over the seedlings (a second one germinated as well). Inevitably I picked up a couple of other little ones for no other reason than they looked nice on the website and to give me some experience with some different species. I mixed up some cactus soil and mixed it with a considerable amount of gravel for extra drainage. The Aloe Polyphylla and Aloe Plicatilis like a more acid soil which you can get by adding some orchid soil. I was out of orchid soil so they just went into the normal mix. When they get big enough to repot or when they are not doing well I will pot them up in a more acid mix. Lets look at the plants all potted up and looking fabulous.
The Aloe Polyphylla came in two sizes. Just to be certain I got both. The big one is about double the price of the tiny one but it is ten times as big. The spiral nature of this Aloe is not yet very apparent. This has two reasons. One is that they are still on the small side. According to this brilliant website (which you should check out when you are trying to grow this Aloe) you should definately see the spiral when it has 50 leaves. The other reason could be that it is known that tissue culture Polyphilla take a little longer to get their spiral habit, but it should show when the specimens grow larger. This Aloe likes it cool and moist so the big specimen is going to stay out now while the small one will be kept inside for a bit longer. While it likes water it supposedly does not like it when the water stands in the rosettes so I tilted to pot by putting a rock underneath.
Update: Growth Report On Aloe Polyphylla
Here is the Aloe Plicatilis. I have no idea what sort of age this size represents but it does have quite a long way to go before it starts being a real looker. Unfortunately only two leaves are immaculate but the damaged leaves should drop off when it gets older anyway. The black tips can form from both from too much sun and from too little water. I think it will join my Aloe Polyphilla on the table. It gets a reasonable amount of morning sun but should be protected from the hottest rays.
This is Tylecodon cacaloides (or walichii) which I also failed to grow from seed. This is a funny little caudiciform that should make a nice fat caudex but has the added interest of having these fat succulent leaves. Some of these leaves unfortunately broke of during transport but there are still plenty of leaves left. This one I will probably keep a bit dryer than my other caudiciforms since it also stores water in its leaves. And now over to the impuls buys.
I decided to get a couple more Aloes to see how they do. I quite liked the markings on this Aloe cv. somaliensis X rauhii. With a little bit of sun the leaves should grow darker contrasting nicely with the white spots. It is already producing pups.
This is the other little Aloe, Aloe cv. Snowflake. It has even more variegation and nice triangular leaves. This one is also sprouting offsets.
I wanted to try a couple of plants from a Genus I don't know anything about so this is a little Gasteria carinata cv. Snowstorm. Pleasingly this is supposedly very easy to grow and I find the random white dots on the leaves very charming.