This is where the Aloë feels at home
The Aloë delaetii is originally from the Middle East and is related to the more famous Aloë Vera. The plant grows naturally in dry, rocky areas. After a heavy downpour, the Aloe stores moisture in the leaves so that it can survive extreme droughts. It is therefore important to give the Aloe a sunny spot in the house. That's where he feels most at home. When you have just received the Aloë, it is best to let the plant get used to the new environment. It is best to place it in a light spot for a few weeks, but not in full sun. Then you can move the plant to its new, sunny spot.
As mentioned, the Aloë stores moisture in the leaf. An excess of water naturally disappears through well-drained soil, but when the plant is in a pot, the water cannot go anywhere and water remains in the pot. This can cause the roots to rot. Place the plant in a large pot with well-drained soil. You achieve this by mixing soil with sand and fine gravel: 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 sand, 1/3 part fine gravel.
Let the soil dry out completely. Give a splash of water every now and then. It is the same in nature, after a rain shower it can sometimes remain dry for months. In the spring and summer the plant grows, so it needs water in addition to sunlight, but again, don't water too much. It is important to look closely at the plant. If the soil (up to the bottom of the pot) is dry and the leaves start to wrinkle a bit, it is not getting enough water. If the soil is moist (check the soil regularly) and the plant starts to droop at the attachment of the leaves, then the plant has had too much water and rot will develop.
Humid or dry air
An Aloe is naturally used to dry air, so high humidity is not necessary. If the plant is placed on or close to the heating during the colder months, the leaves may shrivel a bit. Then it is too close to the heating and it is best to move it slightly or give it some extra water.
Aloë Delaetii is not poisonous to humans, but it is to pets and can cause lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.
Like any succulent plant, the Aloë Delaetii requires little care. Give some liquid organic plant food from Botanopia at the beginning of the growing season for optimal growth and flowering.
Cuttings | Multiply
Many of our Delaetii's already have small plants next to the mother plant. When you expose the roots you will see that the small plant with roots is attached to the mother plant. Cut the small plant from the mother plant with a sharp knife and pot the little one with well-draining soil in its own pot. Water minimally.
Repot the plant when it becomes top heavy and grows out of its pot, it's as simple as that. Provide a pot that is slightly larger, +/- 20%. Use a well-draining soil mixture: 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 sand, 1/3 fine gravel. After repotting, do not water it for a while. The roots need time to recover and over time they will look for water that will help the roots to grow. If you water too quickly, the roots don't have to look for water, which inhibits growth.
The Aloë delaetii is not very susceptible to diseases and pests. The most common problem is root rot due to too much water.
When you know where the plant originally comes from, you can imitate that environment at home or at work as closely as possible. Then your plant will feel completely at home in no time.
Be careful with over watering. With succulents in particular, an occasional splash of water is sufficient. When water remains at the bottom of the pot, root rot occurs and the plant usually does not survive this.
The kraft paper pot is waterproof for several weeks to months, depending on the water needs of the plant. The pot is 100% biodegradable and plastic-free. As soon as moisture spots appear in the soil, the pot is no longer watertight and it is best to repot the plant. After repotting, the pot can be handed in with the waste paper to be recycled.