A little November Color

Chandler, AZ(Zone 9b)

One of the many reasons I love the Desert....color every month of the year!
Although it didn't get its name because of its off-season flowers, it is a pretty nice sight in November.


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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Pretty Tristan!

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)


A little November color from the aloe family (A. krapohliana). Two more inflorescences in bud.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Baja, how much sun does you A. krapohliana get?

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

About 3-4 hours of morning sun.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Thanks, Baja. Yours is nice and fat too. Mine got skinny and I'm worried about it.

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Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

More water maybe?

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

I am trying to water it more now that I noticed what was happening to the leaves. I don't want to rot it though. Such a delicate balance. I've been told that A. krapohliana is difficult here in Phoenix heat. I have watered it like all my other aloes and they are fine, but this one appears unhappy. I love your flower though--such a nice full one!

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

The flower was a bonus because it was the first.

That plant comes from a part of South Africa which corresponds roughly to this part of BC climate-wise (arid, winter rainfall). I would imagine that now is the time of year it's probably most likely to perk up and enjoy water. In moderation of course.

What you're seeing could be a consequence of poor root health. It might be helpful to take a look and see what's going on below ground. That may also help you figure out how to fine-tune the watering schedule. I try not to let the soil go dry too long (target is almost dry) because I lost a plant to desiccation this summer. It had puny roots.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Good idea! I knocked it out and checked and the roots were rotting on the lower parts. They just fell off when I touched them. The plant was potted in about half soil and half tiny perlite mixed. I don't like that mix and repotted in a looser soil with larger pumice. I hope it will show some improvement now.

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