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Aloe nobilis

Gold-Tooth Aloe

The golden spines on the edge of this succulent may look mean, but they won’t harm you. “Gold-Tooth Aloe” has green leaves that can turn orange when stressed or in full sun. It is deer resistant, and attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Watch for red blooms in the summer.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloe nobilis “Gold-Tooth Aloe”

Aloe nobilis “Gold Tooth Aloe” is a great addition to a succulent container garden, rock garden, or even a terrarium. If you notice the tips of your “Gold-Tooth Aloe” turning brown, don’t panic. It’s typical as the Aloe grows for the tips to turn brown. If they are unsightly to you, simply break them off.

Watering

“Gold-Tooth 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.

Where to Plant

Aloe nobilis “Gold-Tooth Aloe” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun, and can also be grown indoors.

How to Propagate Aloe nobilis “Gold-Tooth Aloe”

Aloe nobilis “Gold-Tooth Aloe” is a prolific propagator, growing many offsets. These offsets sprout up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.

Often Confused With

Aloe perfoliata. Although they look somewhat similar, “Gold-Tooth Aloe” is a lighter green and smaller.

Pairs Well With

Mammillaria elongata “Ladyfinger Cactus”

Commonly Asked Questions

Question

I have a few questions about my Gold Tooth Aloe. I bought it at Lowe’s back in June and put it on my deck throughout the summer, where it got partial sun. The deck temperature gets hot during warm days.

Since the weather has been getting cool here in Maryland, I’ve moved it in my house with a 60 watt grow light. When it was outside it was a dark green. After moving it inside, it seems to be really growing well, but the color looks like like it’s getting lighter, as with new growth on the plant.

It’s in an 8″ terra cotta pot. I water it every 10 to 14 days with 8 oz. of water. Is 8 oz. too much every 2 weeks? Is the change in color normal? Should I get a warmer grow light?

Answer

When the Aloe nobilis ‘Gold Tooth Aloe’ is happily stressed, it will be a dark green as you mentioned and may also “blush” a little with a bit of orange color, in addition to the green.

Indoors, that deep green color is going to be much more difficult to maintain. Even with the grow light, the green will begin to lighten and you’ll notice a much lighter green in the center where the new growth is. This is all normal.

The lightening doesn’t mean your Aloe is unhealthy, but it will definitely benefit from more light. You can try using a brighter grow light, or place the light closer to the plant.

You sound very diligent in your watering, which is great! Since it is winter and the plant is indoors, I’d cut back on your watering frequency to every 3 weeks or so. While your succulent will continue to grow with limited water, it will grow more slowly. This will help prevent some of the stretching that is starting to occur due to decreased light.

Color change in an aloe
Color change in an aloe

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