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Aloe fosteri
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Aloe fosteri

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Aloe fosteri (Aloaceae). A hardy, stemless Aloe with bluish green leaves that have a grey, powdery surface. The branched flowering stalk bears brightly colored flowers, varying from yellow to orange and even scarlet. This is a beautiful addition to a sunny area of the garden, and makes a wonderful display if grouped together. They bloom in autumn and if you are near Burgersfort or Ohrigstad at this time it is worth a detour to see them blooming in their tens of thousands. Size 50cm (leaves) to 1,2 meters (including flowering stalks). Sowing : The seeds germinate very well but may damp off if over-watered. Use a mixture of river sand, compost and soil to sow seeds in. Sprinkle the seeds evenly on the surface and cover with a layer of small pebbles. The pebbles help the seedlings to stay upright and prevent damping off. Keep seed tray in a dry warm corner and do not allow to dry out. Transplant the seedlings after one year. Locality : Sabie. Date of harvest : July 2016