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Aloe arborescens Torch Aloe Krantz Aloe Candelabra Aloe succulent care and propagation information card

Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe”

Torch Aloe, Krantz Aloe, Candelabra aloe

This blue-green aloe has yellow “teeth” along the edges. It grows well outdoors, and is used medicinally as well as creating a “natural fence.” Watch for reddish orange flowers in the Winter.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Not suited for indoor growers

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Do not water in Summer

  • Plant grows up to 8′ (2.4 m) tall

    Plant grows up to  8′ (2.4 m) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings, offsets, and seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to humans

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe”

Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe” is a great addition to outdoor succulent gardens. It grows tall and wide, making it a natural fence.  This shrub has flowers that attract bees. It is also used as a medicinal plant in many areas of the world.

Watering

Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Reduce watering in the Summer when it is dormant.

Where to Plant

“Torch Aloe” is not cold hardy, and should not be planted in gardens whose temperatures get lower than 20° F (-6.7° C).

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Pairs Well With

Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”

How to Propagate Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe”

Aloe arborescens “Torch Aloe” can be propagated from stem cuttings, offsets, or seed.

Cuttings

To grow “Torch Aloe” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Offsets

To grow “Torch Aloe” from offsets, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before planting in well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Seeds

Sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Aloe seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

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