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Aloe bakeri - baker aloe & pot cover combination

  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Soil: specialist cacti compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 30cm (including pot)
  • Pot cover: includes a 17cm Vasto denim planter

    The fleshy foliage of this low-growing aloe is long and slender. It's an interesting mix of green and cream (with a red flush), and each leaf has a toothed margin. A suckering evergreen, it spreads to form spidery rosettes, and then in summer, slender stems appear, topped with clusters of red or orange flowers.

  • Home care: Place it in a bright spot and in spring and summer, water when the compost gets dry, but make sure it never sits in excess water for any length of time. In autumn and winter cut back on the watering but do not let it dry out completely. Avoid a humid atmosphere (no bathrooms or steamy kitchens) and in the warmer months, open a window or door occasionally so it can enjoy the fresh air. Repot every year or two into a slightly larger pot using cacti compost. You will find it easier to tackle if you concertina a couple of sheets of newspaper and then fold these around the spines, leaving a 'tail' that you can use to lift the plant out of one pot and into another. Otherwise invest in some thorn-proof gloves!
Aloe bakeri - baker aloe & pot cover combination
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