Monday, 8 October 2012

Growth Report: Aloe Dichotoma

When I bought this Aloe I did not know what it was but some Internet research and a good look at the Botanical Gardens convinced me this is an Aloe Dichotoma. In just three months this has grown considerably. After about a month or so I knocked this out of its pot so the 'after' photo's are in a much bigger pot. Here come the before pictures: 

 And now after three months of growth:

I am guessing it likes its bigger pot and I am tempted to go another size up for next season. It only lost one leaf so you can see that there has been a lot of growth. The rosette opened up a bit and I think it won't be long before the lower level leaves drop and show a trunk, making it look like a proper little tree aloe. As for winter care, this is going to be inside (obviously) and I won't be moving it to a colder bedroom like I will with the Aloe polyphylla and eventually also the Aloe plicatilis. I'll just keep it on the plant table and water it very sporadically. The only thing that concerns me is the current state of the roots which have not filled the pot yet. So I will take extra care not to over water and when I repot it I will add even more gravel to the mix.

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