General Care for Aloe plicatilis “Fan Aloe”
Aloe plicatilis “Fan Aloe” is a deer-resistant Aloe tree whose flowers attract hummingbirds. The name “plicatilis” means “foldable,” referring to the fan-shaped leaves of this succulent. The trunk of “Fan Aloe” is fire resistant, making it a great addition to xeriscaped gardens.
Aloe plicatilis “Fan 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. Water sparingly in the Summer.
Where to Plant
“Fan 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 and placed under a grow light in the winter. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Aloe plicatilis is synonymous with Kumara plicatilis. It has been proposed that “Fan Aloe” no longer be classified as an Aloe, but rather a member of the Kumara genus. It has also been suggested that it be added to the tree Aloe genus Aloiampelos.