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Aloe cryptopoda
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Aloe cryptopoda

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Aloe cryptopoda - Geelaalwyn (a) (Previously A. wickensii) This hardy Aloe grows as a single, stemless, densely leaved, large rosette. The greyish-green leaves have small red-brown teeth on the margins. The robust flower spikes are yellow, red or bi-colored with yellow and red. Flowering time varies, but is mainly from May to July. The flowers are nectar rich and are a good food source for Sunbirds. As it occurs naturally on rocky slopes plant it in well-drained soil in a warm, sunny position. A handful of lime in the planting hole is recommended. Do not over-water. It is a popular garden plant and provides a spectacular display when in full flower. A red-brown to purplish dye is extracted from the leaves. Size 5 to 75cm. 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 : Sekhukhuneland. Date of harvest : October 2016