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Aloe polyphylla - EU only

Spiral Aloe

A marvelous Aloe with bluish-green leaves, densely arranged in a spiral pattern. It is native to the high elevations of the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho in southern Africa between 1800 and 2400 m (6000 to 8000 ft.). While rare and endangered in habitat, it is quite popular as an ornamental and increasingly cultivated around the world. As the plant is protected under CITES and listed in Appendix I, even seeds may not be sold internationally without a serious amount of paperwork. It is easy in cultivation if it is understood that this is not a cactus but a plant from high altitude mountain meadows. It likes moisture and should never be allowed to dry out completely, even during cold winter weather.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were put in humid peat moss in a transparent plastic box, cold stratified for 3 weeks in the fridge, and placed in the window. 3 has geminated so far, after 3 weeks.
Submitted on 23/05/2012 by Frank Leck Fotel

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were put in standard potting soil with a bit of beach sand added, and kept under plastic cover.The first one came after 10 days, two came a bit later. 3 out of 10 is not what im used to but they are growing fine, already 3-5 cm in dia. after 3 months.
Submitted on 14/09/2012 by Frank Fotel

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

Our rating:
Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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