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Aloe polyphylla: The Spiral Aloe
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Aloe polyphylla: The Spiral Aloe  Reply with quote

Well it is official, Lois is turning me into a proper gardener.

I was surfing around the net the other day when I came across the spiral Aloe, and thought what a stunning looking plant.

I like succulents and have a few varieties of them dotted about the garden. So I stuck my neck out and bought 5 seeds at a £1.00 each †

Aloe Polyphylla originates from Lesotho, South Africa and in the wild it is currently very high up on the Cites endangered list. Fortunately there are several thousand specimens in collections around the world, and I thought that I would do my little bit.

They grow with either a clockwise or an anticlockwise spiral, and begin to do so when there are seven leaves on the plant, so there will be a little excitment waiting to see which way mine will go: that is if the seeds germinate!


Here are a few photos copied from the internet:










and a link to the gentleman's blog from whom I purchased my seeds http://www.viridis.net/cactus/aloe_poly.html

I am looking forward to planting my seeds this weekend, and then keeping you all up to date with the progress of the plants.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooohhhhh! Pretty please can I have one if you can spare it?? ( I'll pay you in bongleberries!, eggs, crisps, hard cash etc!)  Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lizzie44 wrote:
Oooohhhhh! Pretty please can I have one if you can spare it?? ( I'll pay you in bongleberries!, eggs, crisps, hard cash etc!) †Love Lizzie


I have just ordered 5 more seeds from a Cambridgeshire grower, so hopefully I will now have two sets of unrelated seeds to produce plants from.

Lizze44; Lois agrees with me, and it would be our pleasure to enter into a Spiral Aloe horticultural mini joint venture with you........ buckets full of Bongleberries will do just fine.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it has taken almost 3 months, but our first Spiral Aloe has germinated in the propagator on the shelf in the conservatory.

If the truth be known I had completely given up on them ever making a showing several weeks ago, but Lois told me to leave them alone for them to germinate in their own good time.

It is only one Spiral Aloe with only a single leaf but with a second almost ready to unfurl so far, but my expectation of one or more from the other nine Spiral Aloe seeds in the propagator germinating has risen considerably.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooooh-these look fantastic!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an interesting plant!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a grand looking plant, me likey!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's hope that a few more germinate and that they go in different directions
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a second Spiral Aloe germinate in the last couple of days and it looks like there maybe another two about poke through the surface of the compost in the pots.

It was Lois' idea that they might be a cold climate germinating plant and to that end they have been left on the window sill of our unheated conservatory; we've had a couple of good frosts this week, so I am just going to leave them be for the time being and see what happens.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it has cost me £20.00 and taken 17 months to get to this stage: only 2 spiral Aloe seeds at £1 each out of the 20 I purchased have geminated and survived to this stage, but I think that I have 2 strong and viable plants. I don't think it will be long before the plants start to show which way they will spiral........ Will it be clockwise, anticlockwise or one of each?






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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clockwise...at a real guess..well were in the northen hemisphere......

There again...what do I know...

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are COOL! So glad they sprouted as now they look pretty happy! Yay for Lois keeping you from totally giving up on them! Def want to see more photos of future progress!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say clockwise as well
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the progress to date.





I have also succumbed to buying another 20 spiral Aloe seeds in packets of 5 from four different nurseries. These I'll be germinating on the windowsill this autumn.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Gareth!!! Too bad I'm halfway round the world .... I'd 'let' you start one for me Please, keep the photos coming, seeing the growth changes are amazing!

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