How to Propagate Aloe polyphylla “Spiral Aloe”
While you may think that you should be able to propagate Aloe from leaves, this is not the case, and you may find your leaves rotting. Instead, “Spiral Aloe” is propagated from offsets or seeds (difficult).
After several years of growth, “Spiral Aloe” will produce an offset. This can be separated from the main plant using a sterile knife.
Wear gloves and use care when removing the offset, as the leaves are sharp. After removal, clean the bottom of the plant, allow it to callous over, and plant in well-draining soil.
History and Name
Aloe polyphylla “Spiral Aloe” is used in African tribal medicine and magic. These plants are considered endangered in the wild.
Polyphylla comes from the Latin words ‘poly' meaning many, and ‘phylla' meaning leaves. It is also called Kroonaalwyn in Afrikaans, meaning “Crown Aloe.”