Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Aloe ‘Doran Black'
Aloe ‘Doran Black' is a favorite among beginning hybridizers, as well as collectors. It can be grown in full sun, but enjoys shade and filter light, making it great for growing indoors.
Aloe ‘Doran Black' tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
Aloe ‘Doran Black' is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.
Plant in an area of your garden that gets a mix of sun and shade. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets filtered sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).
How to Propagate Aloe ‘Doran Black'
Aloe ‘Doran Black' is a prolific propagator, growing many offsets. You can also grow it from stem cuttings and seed.
Aloe ‘Doran Black' will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.
Simply take a cutting from the stem using a sharp, sterilized knife or pair of scissors. Allow it to dry out for a day or two, and then place the cutting in well-draining soil. Water when the soil is completely dry.
‘Doran Black' can be grown from seeds harvested from the flower pod or purchased online. It can be difficult to grow from seed. Begin to sow your seeds in the summer, in a warm place. Keep soil damp, but not too wet, until seeds germinate.
‘Doran Black' is often mis-labeled as ‘Dorian Black'.