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With its striped leaves, the aloe variegata looks exotic and wild. Because the pattern is reminiscent of Tiger, this South African succulent plant also bears the name Tigeraloe. As exotic as she is, her claims are small and even mistakes in nursing forget her now and then.
No time for watering and fertilizing is forgotten occasionally? The Tiger Aloe does not take it too fast.
This makes them the ideal plant for those who want to do little effort but still do not want to do without decorative greenery. As small as the claims of the South African tiger salmon are, it also needs the right location and conditions to thrive and even flourish for a long time.
The Tigeraloe comes from South Africa and grows here especially in dry and hot areas. As a succulent it is perfectly adapted to this.
Even if it is cultured in the pot, these requirements must be met. The location of the Aloe variegata should therefore be sunny or at least partially shady, warm and not too humid. Even significant temperature fluctuations make the Tigeraloe, however, little. So she can stand quietly on the windowsill above the heater.
The choice of the substrate is also uncomplicated with the Tigeraloe. In cactus soil or a loose substrate, to which additional sand is added, the Aloe variegata thrives optimally. It is important in any case that the chosen earth is loose and permeable. It should not tend to compact and drain water well.
The Tiger Aloe is not a big drinker. Even in dry locations and at high temperatures, it is frugal. The waterings may and should therefore be kept small and be so far apart that at least the upper layers of the substrate can dry off. If the aloe variegata needs water, it shows very clearly by its leaves. These look flabby, show wrinkles and lose strength.
Only when this happens, a casting of Tigeraloe is absolutely necessary. It can be done before that, but just wait.
In addition, it is important to pay attention to the dryness of the leaves when watering. If too much moisture gets caught in the leaf axils, this can lead to the death of the leaves and even entire plant parts. The pouring from above is therefore conceivably unfavorable or must be done with great caution. It is better to pour the tiger aloe from below or place it in a water bowl for half an hour. In this case, the substrate can be soaked by itself and there is no danger to the leaves. Tip: In order to stimulate the flower, the aloe variegata needs the impulse of a dry phase with subsequent 'rainy season'. If you want to see the delicate beauty, you should not overdo it with water.
In the growth phase from April to September, the Tigeraloe benefits from additional nutrients. These are ideally fed in the form of special cactus fertilizer, which can be buried the irrigation water. Fertilization every two to four weeks is usually sufficient. If a gift is forgotten, that is not dramatic. It should be noted, however, that the fertilizer is not added directly to the soil. This could cause damage to the leaves and roots.
A blend of tiger algae is neither necessary nor advisable. If parts break off once, however, the injured area can be neatly smoothed. This measure ensures that the interface dries faster.
A repot for reasons of space is rarely necessary in the Tiger Aloe. Since it reaches a maximum height of 30 cm and also grows relatively slowly, repotting is mainly the substrate change. This should be done every two to four years. If the pot exchange initially serves the increase in size, the vessel should be chosen only one or two sizes larger. This measure restricts the root system and ensures that the succulent plant grows more quickly above ground. Apart from that, however, there is nothing to be considered when repotting the aloe variegata.
The easiest way to propagate aloe variegata is to root off offshoots. These are formed by the tiger aloe itself and are found around the base of the plant. If they are five to seven centimeters in size, they can be separated carefully from the mother plant. To root them, the cut or break points should first be allowed to dry for a few hours. Only then are they used in a mixture of potting soil and sand or cactus soil. When the substratum is slightly moist, the shoots grow roots relatively quickly when they are bright and at about 20° C to 25° C. Tip: Anyone who can win seeds from the Tiger Alooe can also multiply them.
Even in winter, the tiger salmon can be kept at normal room temperatures.If she was outdoors during the summer, she should be taken indoors in time. The time has come when the temperatures have dropped to 15° C to 18° C. Aloe variegata maintained in room culture stays in its original place. During the winter, fertilizing can be completely stopped. Occasional pouring, as soon as the leaves are no longer bulging, is necessary.
Typical care mistakes, pests and diseases
As a rule, neither diseases nor pests occur on the Tiger Alooe. Due to care mistakes, it can certainly lead to diseases such as rot. Typically, we kept the Aloe variegata too moist, too often or too often poured. It can then wither from bottom to top and shows greasy spots. It is also possible that is watered wrong. If too much water accumulates in the armpits, it can also lead to rot or mold.
Frequently asked questions
- Is the Tiger Alone poisonous? - The Aloe variegata is poisonous in all parts and therefore only conditionally suitable for households with children and pets. Also in areas such as passageways, which are frequented and frequently used, the Tigeraloe should not stand better. Here is the risk of breaking off parts and escaping sap too high.
- Why does not my aloe variegata flower? - The Tigeraloe blooms only at the age of a few years. If there are no buds at the beginning, that is no cause for concern. However, a lack of flowering may well be due to deficiency symptoms or too dark location. If the culture conditions in these areas are correct, flowering can be helped by a dry season.
- The Tiger Aloe likes a full sun. If necessary, it does a half-shady place.
- It is important that the plant is protected. It should not be able to rain on them.
- If water collects in the leaf stems, it can lead to rot.
- The plant substrate should be permeable to water. Normal potting soil is mixed with coarse sand, gravel, expanded clay or similar.
- Aloe variegata needs very little water. It can tolerate dryness rather than too much moisture.
- Irrigation water is stored in the leaves and dispensed as needed.
- Fertilization takes place every two to four weeks during the growing season with a universal or cactus fertilizer.
The Tiger Aloe is not frost-resistant outdoors and must be wintered indoors. The temperatures should not fall below 5° C. It is important that the plant substrate is very dry, otherwise the root rots quickly. The cooler the aloe variegata, the drier the substrate should be. The plant gets along perfectly with dry air. Hibernation in heated rooms is therefore ideal. If you pour, then do not over the leaves, because that can also lead to rot. Also, the plant must not be sprayed. If necessary, it is repotted in spring into a water-permeable substrate.
The multiplication of the Tiger Aloe takes place over offspring or seeds. Offshoots are the side shoots that form around the plant. You can cut them off. Then let the interface dry and put the offshoot in cactus soil or a water-permeable substrate. Pouring is very economical.