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How to Care for Aloe polyphylla

Aloe polyphylla also commonly known as the Spiral Aloe.

The Aloe polyphylla is a Surreal Succulents favourite, it has fantastic growth patterns and can withstand temperatures well below freezing. Making it a perfect outdoor all-year-round UK succulent.

The Aloe polyphylla is native to the Maluti mountains of Lesotho which is an area rich in minerals and high levels of winter snowfall, it is also the national plant of Lesotho.

The Aloe polyphylla breaks all the usual rules for keeping succulents. They are an incredibly thirsty and hungry plant that benefits from extra feeding and watering during the growing season. They respond by appreciating air to the root system and not drowning in water. This will cause their roots to rot, slowing down growth rates. To achieve a growing medium that will encourage root development, we use standard multipurpose compost at 55% then we add 35% of perlite and a further 10% grit to the mix. We also add a natural feed e.g. chicken muck.

As the Aloe grows, the bottom leaves of the Aloe polyphylla naturally dry out and die back. This process encourages new roots to develop, old leaves can be removed carefully by hand. When planting this succulent, it will benefit from being planted on a hump or mound. Angling the Aloe will encourage the water to run away from the leaves and to the root system.

  • Angle your Aloe to allow excess water to run off of the crown. You can angle the plant to suit your garden.
  • One of the most unusual features of this Aloe is that it can survive and thrive in temperatures well below freezing.
  • This succulent has impressive growth rates when happy.
  • The Aloe polyphylla is a hungry, thirsty plant and best kept outdoors.
  • The perfect UK outdoor succulent, hardy to -15°C (on mature specimens).
  • Plant in full sun on a mound and at an angle.
  • Use a free-draining soil mix and add a natural feed.

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9 thoughts on “How to Care for Aloe polyphylla

  1. Very useful and practical information, I am going to re-position my plant as you suggested.

  2. I know that root watering is preferred but do they mind overhead watering?

    1. Watering from above is fine during the growing season, it’s advised to water during the early morning or evening time.
      During the winter it’s best to water from below to stop water from collecting in the crowns/rosettes of the succulents.

  3. Hi there, I didnt manage to get my aloe p. planted out this year, how much water do I give it through the winter in a bright greenhouse min 10-15c? I notice you advocate watering from below.

    1. It is advised to water it whenever it dries out fully, which may be every 2 weeks to once a month depending on the soil and conditions. Bottom watering is advised, especially through winter as water pooling in the rosette can cause rot. Make sure the plant has plenty of airflow and once spring arrives, if big enough, it will be happy to be planted outside.

  4. Im noticing some yellowing to the tips of leaves, all the way up to the crown. It has had 2 seaweed feeds in the last month (march), does it need more? Going to repot in the next week, and will incorporate some pelleted feed. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Thank you for the comment. Could you please send us an image of your plant as it will be easier for us to give correct advice.

      Kind regards,

  5. Hi, I’m just repotting my aloe and have damaged some of the leaves – what should I do? Also should I trim the roots when repotting?

    1. Thank you for the comment. If the leaf is still attached, leave it on the plant as the plant will still be able to access the energy from that leaf. You should take any dead roots away from the plant when repotting. These will be brown and weak rather than yellow and sturdy/ strong.

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