Aloe aristata, also known as lace aloe, is a common aloe species in the southern United States and northern Mexico, where it thrives on rocky hillsides with shade from taller plants nearby. The leaves of aloe aristata are usually green but can also be found with yellow edges or stripes near their margins. Aloes do not have flowers but instead produce offsets underground that will eventually develop into new aloe roots if given appropriate conditions for growth.
The aloe aristata plant is a perfect choice for those with dry skin because it has an astonishing amount of nourishment in each leaf, almost three times what we get from ordinary aloes! The leaves are so rich in nutrients that they were once used to make beer, wine, and vinegar.
Lace aloes can be grown indoors or outdoors, but they need lots of sunshine and well-draining soil (so don’t forget to add lots of perlites). They’re drought-tolerant plants which means you won’t have to water them too much. These gorgeous succulent stems grow up to four feet tall and produce yellow flowers at their very ends just before winter sets in.
How to propagate Aloe Aristata
Propagating aloe aristata is relatively simple. One way to propagate aloes is by cutting off an offset at its base (between two leaf scars) and transferring it to a well-draining container filled halfway full with pebbles or coarse sand as drainage material to avoid root rot problems – be sure not to damage any of the roots when cutting off the plant.
When you need to propagate a new plant, take the aloe that has developed some offsets at its base and cut it where the offset meets the main stem. Be sure not to damage any of the roots when cutting off this section. Remove all leaves from this portion of aloe root except for one or two near each leaf scar (where cuts were made earlier).
Fill into wide-mouth containers with well-draining potting soil about halfway full with pebbles or coarse sand on top as drainage material (to avoid root rot problems) in order to give plants support while they grow their own set of feeder roots down through the container walls. In another container mix up a well-balanced fertilizer solution with a dilution of one part aloe to five parts water and pour it on the aloe.
Give plants indirect light until new plantlets have grown roots, then move them into brighter light with plenty of ventilation but no direct sun exposure. Keep moist and fertilize regularly during the summer months while they are growing vigorously, watering from below if possible so that soil stays moist for longer periods of time without drying out too quickly.
In winter when aloe roots go dormant allow their leaves to dry off completely before moving plants indoors where moisture is maintained year-round. Water sparingly at this point in order to avoid rotting aloe aristata’s remaining feeder roots.
How to care for Aloe Aristata
Lace Aloe is a succulent that prefers bright light. It can survive in low-light living spaces, but the leaves will turn brown and fall off quickly if it’s not getting enough sun. Place this plant near windows with southern or western exposure to prevent leaf loss even during the winter months.
If you’re using artificial lights inside your home, keep them set on 16 hours of daylight per day so lace aloe doesn’t get used to shorter periods of brightness.
If placed outside its natural habitat, aloe aristata requires protection from frosty temperatures and prolonged droughts, especially after flowering when the need for water becomes critical because there are no old flowers left to take up moisture from rainwater as they had before blooming.
Soil and watering
Lace aloe requires a very well-draining soil with plenty of coarse sand, perlite, or pumice added to the mix. These plants do not need frequent watering and can survive periods of drought without damage if they get enough light. A thorough soaking once every two weeks is sufficient unless there has been no rain for four or five days in a row; at that point, you should give it an extra drink just to be safe.
Watering when flowering
Flowering aloes are susceptible to rot, so it’s important not to let the soil dry out too much. Water when the top inch of the potting mix is visibly dry and repeat until the water runs through the drainage hole at least half an hour after applying. If you notice any wilted flowers during this process, cut them off with a sharp knife immediately, they’ll just continue dying if left alone.
Lace aloes are much more tolerant of cold than heat. They can take a light frost, but prolonged exposure will kill the leaves and flowers quickly as well as cause it to drop its own leaves in response, a sign that you should provide better protection for your plant if possible.
The optimal temperature range is between 12°C (53.76 °F) to 36°C (96.52 °F), with 18-30 degrees being the best temperature for aloe aristata, but it can survive in temperatures as high as 38 degrees without any ill effects, and will bloom at this higher temperature than at lower ones, too!
Aloe aristata is a hardy aloe that can tolerate cold temperatures, ranging from 13°F to 105°F.
Lace aloes are much more tolerant of low humidity than they are of high humidity. Relative humidity of 40% or below is ideal for this plant, and it can survive in environments with as little as 25% humidity.
Fertilize aloe aristata with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks until it’s time to start feeding in preparation for flowering.
If you’re using an organic solution, use general-purpose houseplant food or a well-balanced compost tea diluted at half strength as often as necessary, at the very least monthly during active growing seasons and more frequently if your plant needs the extra nutrients or the plant is suffering from any particular problems that could be helped by fertilizing (e.g., yellowing leaves).
Lace aloes do not need frequent feedings of nitrogen; instead, stick with soluble potash when preparing foliar sprays or any other means of applying nutrient liquids without roots access to soil!
Don’t worry about overfeeding lace aloes, they’re not susceptible to typical nutrients toxicity symptoms like algae on the leaves, stunted growth, or browning tips.
If you want aloe aristata to produce a flowering head as it would in its natural habitat (instead of just leaf production), keep this plant at least three feet away from any other aloe plants and don’t fertilize for about two months before it starts blooming!
Lace aloes are saprophytic plants that feed off dead organic matter rather than requiring regular fertilizer; feeding them too often can cause toxic levels of nitrates to accumulate inside their tissues which will show up in yellowed leaves and eventually death if left untreated. Use a diluted foliar spray twice monthly during active growing seasons only.
Repot aloes in late winter or early spring when new growth begins to appear.
This species of aloe is very slow-growing, so repotting is not necessary more than once every three years unless you want to propagate your plant by taking a cutting and rooting the two inches taken from its root ball. Note that lace aloes do not like being transplanted, it will drop all its leaves within about four hours if moved even just an inch away from their current location!
Don’t worry too much if lace aloe becomes rootbound before repotting time; they can wait quite a long while between pot changes without any deleterious effects on their health. Just keep an eye out for signs of stress: yellowing tips, more wilting flowers, and stunted growth.
If lace aloes’ leaves are wilting or yellowing, it may be time to prune.
Prune aloe aristata by removing dead and decaying material (such as flowers) from the plant with a sharp knife every two weeks during active growing seasons until flowering is complete. Remove any stems that have begun turning brown at the bases, the plant will replace these lost stems with new growth in about four months’ time!
When aloe aristata has finished blooming, cut off all of its flower heads so they won’t attract pollinators which might harm your other plants; this species does not produce much nectar for them anyway so you’re really just wasting energy on attracting something without getting anything in return unless you want some honey.
Prune aloes in late winter or early spring as you would any other aloe, in this case, the best time to do it is before new growth begins appearing. This will stimulate more branching and help your plant produce larger leaves quicker (which make better flooring for outdoor cooking kitchens!).
Lace aloes are extremely slow-growing. It takes them about five years to reach a size of one foot, and that’s only when they’re in the ground!
Keep your lace aloe aristata well under any other aloe plants, should you have to move it (such as for repotting), do so with extreme care: as said before, this plant will drop all its leaves within hours if moved even just an inch away from its current location.
The typical houseplant aloe aristata reaches a height of three feet but rarely more than two inches wide; in contrast, some wild stands can be over 12 feet high and produce stalks up to six inches wide which eventually become woody vines.
The aloe aristata plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals. The fleshy gel of the leaves can cause serious skin irritation when it comes into contact with human or animal tissue, as well as releasing a pungent odor if ingested. Contact should be avoided by wearing gloves while harvesting aloes from this species.
Some people have hypersensitive reactions to aloes, so aloe-sensitive individuals should also avoid handling aloes from this species.
The hardiness zone for aloe aristata varies depending on the altitude and location. It has the ability to grow in tough conditions and is more resistant to insects than other aloes.
It can grow in zones 9 through 11 but thrives best at an elevation of 2500 to 8000 feet above sea level or latitude between 25°N through 15°S.
Pests and diseases
The aloe aristata plant is more resistant to diseases and pests than other aloes.
One of the most common pests on aloe plants is mealybugs, which can be combated with a simple soap spray or dish detergent that will remove them from your aloe’s leaves. The aloe killa weed also loves growing in soil with aloes, so make sure to remove the weeds before they get a chance.
The aloe aristata plant is also not prone to many diseases; it’s most likely that pests or insects are causing any damage you see on your aloe plants.