Aloe Brevifolia o Crocodile tooth is a plant with succulent leaves of the genus Aloe, which belongs to the family Xanthorrhoeaceae.
It is native to South Africa and is found in heavy clay soils in the winter rainy area, in the Western Cape Province.
It has a size of 10 to 30 cm in diameter.
Its leaves are grayish-green, triangular and sharp, with small teeth or white spines on the edge of the leaves. In spring, the floral stalks, hold bright red and narrow bell-shaped flowers with stamens protruding slightly from the mouth of the tube.
Tips to take care of the Aloe Brevifolia
Aloe Brevifolia is a succulent that loves the sun, so it is good to grow it in a sunny enough place. Although they can also grow in a medium shade.
Something very important is that this type of plant is sensitive to frost and cannot survive long in winter conditions.
Aloe Brevifolia leaves are thick but soft and often viscous
During winter the ideal temperature is between 6 and 10ºC and the luminosity should be as high as possible.
As for the soil, Aloe Brevifolia requires a soil not too light, that is rich in nutrients, with good drainage and sandy, although they can also use soil that is for cacti. In general, Aloe Brevifolia grows in clayey soils or in rocky places and for this reason, it is not good to use a very light substrate.
Irrigation should be weekly during hot seasons.
But when it comes to cold seasons, irrigation should be scarce and even remove excess liquid that could be left in the pot.
It is important to allow the substrate to dry between irrigation and irrigation since the aloes fear excess moisture and could cause rot of the leaves or even the entire plant.
After flowering, the frequency of irrigation should be reduced.
Plagues and diseases
It is a plant that resists pests very well, but they are susceptible to rot or drowning and this occurs when the base is irrigated with abundance.
Leaf cuttings can be made (let the wound dry a few days before planting the cuttings) or use the young stems that grow at the base of the plant.
Also, this succulent is reproduced by young children that leave around the mother plant, so it will be necessary to change the place or pot that is larger than the plant.
If propagating from seed, sow in well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow Sedum seeds outdoors if you live in a zone above 9º. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.
When Aloe Brevifolia is planted in a pot, it should be transplanted in the spring season or after winter, because this plant is fast growing.
But if it is planted in the garden, transplantation is not necessary.
The inflorescence is formed by a compact cluster of pendulous florets, bell-shaped.
The inflorescence appears every winter, often during the month of January.
And unlike other plants, aloes do not die after flowering.
The fertilizer must be every 15 days by means of liquid fertilizer for cacti or succulents (previously diluted in irrigation water), and following the indications of the product, during the months of spring to summer.
Prune the plant
Aloe Brevifolia is a low maintenance plant, which makes it ideal for beginners.
The maintenance is based on the sanitation of the rosettes, that is to say, remove the dried or damaged leaves and the already dried floral escapes have to be cut flush.
Aloe Brevifolia is a wonderful option to plant in the gardens or indoors and thus enjoy some nature.
It is a very strong plant that requires little care like most aloe, only in this case it is excellent for pots and rock gardens, it is also ideal for sowing in the rockery and as an outdoor container.
For these reasons, it is an ideal plant for those who want to start having plants in their home. The only thing you have to be careful as we mentioned earlier, is with excess watering since this can kill the plant.