Aloe Buhrii ‘Spotted Aloe’

Aloe buhrii, Spotted Aloe or Buhr’s Aloe, is a species of the genus Aloe belonging to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family. 

It is native to South Africa.

These are small succulent plants that are easy to grow, without a stem or with a very short one, reaching 20 cm to 30 cm in height.

The attractive fleshy and lanceolate leaves appear in a rosette. 

They are dark green with transverse bands and a white border with small teeth.

The flowers appear in branched inflorescences; they are red or pink and tubular in shape. 

They bloom in the second half of winter.

They are usually used in pots as a houseplant or for balconies, terraces, rockeries, and succulents gardens.

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Aloe Buhrii ‘Spotted Aloe’ Care:

Illumination

As for the amount of light that “Spotted Aloe” needs, it is better to expose this plant to direct sun or semi-shade.

If you see that the leaves of your “Spotted Aloe” are turning brown, its because they are not receiving the light it needs.

If they take on a burnt brown shade, it’s because they’re getting too much direct sun, and the leaves are burning.

This means the plant isn’t healthy.

One tip to keep in mind and that it will help you take better care of your plants is:

Making sure you don’t put your succulent in a plastic pot; they can overheat and burn your plant’s roots.

This is one of the reasons I always recommend clay, ceramic or concrete pots; this way, you will avoid overheat.

Irrigation

You should water moderately in spring and summer, waiting for the soil to dry. 

In fall, reduce watering until winter. In winter, water occasionally.

It is important to avoid watering the leaves directly, to prevent them from wrinkling and falling due to excess moisture.

How much water does you succulent needs?

If you have your Aloe buhrii planted, water it until the water runs out of the drain hole.

You should never spray your succulents, since the leaves of succulents are very susceptible to rot, for this reason, it is important not to water the leaves, but you must directly wet the substrate.

In winter, it is advisable to water biweekly or once a month to avoid rot due to excess moisture.

It is essential to leave the substrate completely dry for several days, as the moisture remains in the substrate for much longer, which can damage the plant.

To find out if you are watering the plant properly, just look at its leaves. 

When you water too much, the leaves start to wrinkle.

If you see these signs in your succulents, you should only stop watering it for a few days, leave the substrate completely dry, and allow the plant to remove all excess water.

But, if you are not watering the plant, its leaves often dry out and develop brown spots.

The leaves of the plant will be much more fragile and look drier than usual; then, the plant will begin to wilt.

If this happens, you should shorten the time between watering, let’s say your watering every 10 days and your plant is drying up try to do it every 3 days for the plant to recover.

Something you cannot do is start watering it daily, as this can be more harmful than beneficial.

Substratum

Succulents are plants that are very susceptible to excess humidity and puddles, so the substrate must have good drainage and aeration.

The substrate is the fundamental part of the growth of a succulent.

The ideal substrate for this type of plant should be loose. 

Succulents do not tolerate very compact substrates. 

Plus, it must have good drainage and ventilation, as mentioned above.

Succulents do not require nutrient-rich soil.

Aloe buhrii can grow perfectly with a mixture of common garden soil, gravel and perlite or pumice.

Plagues and diseases

If you have an “Aloe buhrii” in your plant collection, you should take care of the watering.

If you overwater your plant, you can cause fungus to form at the root, which will end up killing your plant.

If you notice that your plant looks wrinkled and very weak and looks like it is rotting, it is best to get fungicides.

When doing this, you should inspect your plant and cut any damaged roots, and remember when planting again; you must use a new substrate.

If you had it in a pot, you should disinfect the pot before replanting your plant, to avoid traces of the fungus.

Before replanting the plant, leave it in the sun for a couple of days to remove excess moisture.

Once the plant is planted again, you must take care of the watering to prevent the Aloe buhrii from getting sick again. 

It is best to allow a week to pass before watering.

Mites can also attack succulents. The main factors that attract mites are heat and dryness, which facilitates rapid reproduction. 

It can be prevented with water sprays.

But sometimes they are difficult to control. 

They multiply by eggs, deposited on the underside of the leaves.

But if you work on it you can get rid of them you just have to put the work.

Larvae is another plague you have to look for, young ones have 3 pairs of legs, while adults have 4 pairs of legs.

They are easy to spot; if you start seen brow spots in your succulent, that’s a sing.

To get rid of them, you will use commercial products, just follow the instructions on the packaging.

Pots

Succulents are plants that generally need some room to grow. 

So the ideal size for your Aloe buhrii pot is 2 to 3 cm larger than the plant.

You can’t use an overly large pot, which can backfire on your plant from excess soil.

Excess soil equals to excess water and moisture, two bad things for the succulent.

It is also essential that you have a drain hole so that the substrate can remove water.

If the pot you use does not have this hole, just try to water your succulent a little less and make sure the substrate you have helps evaporate the water.

Fertilizer

You can use fertilizer in the spring and the summer. Just follow the fertilizer instructions you buy.

Before flowering, it is advisable to fertilize with a product rich in potassium, since it favors the formation of flower buds.

For the rest of the period, you can use a balanced product that contains all the mineral elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, etc.). 

Currently, there are special fertilizers for Cactaceae and other Succulents.

Beware of excess fertilizers, particularly nitrogen, since an excess of this element produces very weak and watery tissues, as well as fewer flowers or even not appearing.

Composting in the fall will allow the plant to accumulate food to sprout and flower the following spring/summer.

 In winter, in general, there is no need for it.

Natural fertilizers for your succulents:

1.Banana peel extract: Banana, as it is popularly known, is rich in potassium. 

To make this nutrient available to your plants, I boiled one or two banana peels with one tablespoon of sugar in one liter of water. 

Water your plants with that water no more than once a week.

2.Wood ash: Wood ash is rich in potassium and phosphorus. Soak the ashes for a few minutes water no more than once a week.

Also, ash helps prevent pests. The resulting water has an alkalizing effect (increases the pH) of the soil, so if the soil you are fertilizing has a pH higher than 6.5, it is recommended to avoid its use.

3.Hoof Flour: It is a good source of slow-acting nitrogen, remaining in the soil for about six months. Mix a handful of granules with the soil with which you are going to transplant your plants.

4.Old nails: nails are made of iron, and this element is essential for the development of plants. It will bury the nails that you no longer use in your pots or the garden, and they will gradually release iron.

4.Eggshell: Eggshells take months to decompose within the substrate, so it is not recommended to add them more than once a year.

Eggshell tea for watering:

Another way you can use eggshells to add nutrients to succulents is by making a tea or infusion.

It is a fertilizer for succulents and cacti.

To make the tea, you must rinse the peels to eliminate the excess of clear or dirt that they may have.

Break them with your hands.

Then put them in boiling water. The recommended ratio is 2 generous tablespoons of crushed peel for every 4 liters of water.

Put the mixture to boil for approximately 10 minutes, and then you will let it rest for about 24 hours. 

We filter the mixture with the help of a strainer.

Use the infusion liquid to water your succulent plants, and know that this will provide them with all the nutrients that the eggshell contains.

Remember that succulents should not be fertilized frequently.

I recommend that you carry out the fertilization process once a year, preferably at the beginning of the period of active growth or during any flowering.

Be careful with this fertilizers

Too much nitrogen causes plants to develop fast; however, it makes them defenseless against pets. 

The nitrogen of the compost you should not be higher than 15.

It is not recommended to use slow-release fertilizers. They are very powerful and can burn the roots.

It is also not good to use chemical fertilizers since there is an increased risk of burning the plants’ leaves and roots (although they are usually the easiest to get).

What happens if we fertilize excessively?

All extremes are bad, and both lack of nutrients, and excess of them can be detrimental to our plants’ health.

They can be poisoned, inhibit the defense systems against diseases, or promote the development of harmful microorganisms.

Also, excess nutrients are washed away by rain or irrigation.

That is why it is convenient to apply fertilizers (commercial or homemade) in the growing season of the plant, in a moderate way and waiting for a prudent time between one application and the next.

Pruning

Aloe buhrii does not need to be pruned. You only have to eliminate the leaves of the plant that are withered or rotten, so that the plant looks prettier.

Also, if there is any rotting or disease in the plant, it is essential to carefully remove it from the plant to prevent the rest of the plant from getting sick.

Also, the withered leaves do not allow the plant to grow as it should.

Others aloe you might like: 

Aloe arborescens

It is endemic to Africa. The characteristic of this type of aloe vera is rose leaves are glaucous green. 

They are lanceolate, fleshy, and their main characteristic is teeth on their edges.

This aloe can grow up to 10 feet tall and become as big as a small tree.

Vibrant red-orange cylindrical flowers rise high up on the plant leaves to give it a distinctive look.

Aloe ferox 

It is a tree that can reach 10 feet tall; its red flowers grow 2 to 4 feet above its leaves.

Its flowers are small, tubular, grouped into dense and long inflorescences, orange-red, with brown spots on the perianth’s inner lobes. They usually flourish in the cold season.

Aloe Striata

This small stemless aloe plant is called “coral aloe” due to its leaves’ pink tint. Aloe striata have broad, smooth leaves.

It has the shape of embedded rosettes about 45 cm in diameter and has no thorns. It has some bell-shaped flower clusters, and the characteristic color is dark orange with large stems.

Aloe Aristata

It is known for its deep green color, serrated leaves, and unique white spots.

Its large orange flowers attract a wide variety of birds and insects, especially bees, which promote the health and longevity of this plant and other plants in its immediate area.

This makes it another excellent garden plant as it requires little care and thrives in hot, cold climates.

The Aloe aristata also has therapeutic roots, for wound healing in Ayurveda.

Aloe marlothii

The aloe spotted can grow up to 6 meters. It has robust, greyish-green leaves that can be up to 1.5 meters long and grow from a central “head”. I

Its flowers vary in color from orange to yellow and vibrant red.

Conclusion

Aloe buhrii “Spotted Aloe” is a beautiful plant, and it is also very easy to care for. 

They don’t require special care and do not need to be watered as regularly.

If you are thinking of growing an aloe buhrii, I am sure you will enjoy this plant. 

Also, it is an easy plant to propagate in case you want to have more than one of these plants.

Plus, it is a great gift for plant lovers. I assure you they will fall in love with this plant.

Having this succulent at home is a way to have a piece of nature inside, I recommended it, especially if you’re living in an apartment.

I hope this article has been useful and that you have all the necessary information to take care of this plant. I encourage you to buy it.