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Aloe excelsa - Zimbabwe Aloe - 25 Seeds

Aloe excelsa - Zimbabwe Aloe - 25 Seeds

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Aloe excelsa - Zimbabwe Aloe - 25 Seeds

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Aloe excelsa - Zimbabwe Aloe

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds of this spectacular Aloe.

It is known as the Zimbabwe Aloe due to the large numbers of specimens that can be found in amomgst and surrounding the ruins of Great Zimbabwe.  It is a stately aloe, growing (ultimately) with tree like proportions up to 7 metres tall.  As a houseplant it can be easily maintained with more manageable dimensions and indeed any form of pot culture will limit its eventual size. The plant has a single stem with a crowning rosette of deep green succulent leaves with toothy margins.  The leaves can reach a metre in length on older, full grown plants.

Once of a size (around 70 cm or so) it is a reliable flowerer, with the flowers being variable in colour from pale salmon to a glowing red.  Flower colour seems to be determined by population, although there is some element of soil effect in this as well as seed from any given population may not have the same flower colour as the parent plants.  Still the flowers are well worth the 3 - 4 year wait whilst the plant reaches flowering size.

Easy from seed, as are most aloes, it is also marginally hardy (-2 to -4 Deg C, much colder will result in black spots on the leaves).  It can be grown in a pot for use in house or conservatory and will appreciate a spell outside in partial shade during the summer.  It can be watered and fed freely late spring through to late summer, but at that point it should be allowed to dry out and be kept somewhat cooler - these are the conditions it needs to produce the spectacular spikes of flowers.

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