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Aloe polyphylla: The Spiral Aloe
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Currently I have my 20 newly acquired Spiral Aloe seeds in the top compartment of our freezer, although they are still in the packaging. Consensus of opinion around the garening internet forums indicates that a frost or two in their native Lesotho helps to breakdown the outer coating of the seed and aids in germination. So I'll remove them from the freezer on Thursday, and then on Saturday I'll begin attempting to germinate these seeds on blotting paper.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot about my Spiral Aloe seeds in the freezer, so they stayed there for another 7 days until Lois noticed them whilst doing a quick food stock check.

We have since taken 5 seeds from the pack and have placed them on damp tissue paper in our unheated conservatory. According to various gardening web-sites and forum boards this seems to be the most successful method of germination. We will set off 5 seeds a week for the next 3 weeks and when seedlings appear we will pot them up but leave them to over winter in our unheated (single glazed but attached to the house and south facing) conservatory.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the last couple of weeks my original 2 Spiral Aloes have shown a little more growing progress. It is one week shy of 2 years since the first one germinated.



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Rena



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing!!! They look SO cool!!

What are the diameter measurements on them so far?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rena,

My Spiral Aloe currently reside in 4 & 1/2" diameter pots.

I have taken this photo this morning against a tape measure for you.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly looking good Gareth, pat on the back to you mate, well done
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lois has just informed that she has all 20 of my recently purchased batch of Spiral Aloe seeds on damp tissue paper in the kitchen, and that it is her intention to stop me from procrastinating and to make me just get on with it.

So now the seeds have been frozen, thawed and softened on damp paper, come the weekend I will have to plant them into individual pots on a tray to germinate them properly.............. watch this space.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth wrote:
Hi Rena,

My Spiral Aloe currently reside in 4 & 1/2" diameter pots.

I have taken this photo this morning against a tape measure for you.



Thank you! They're making pretty good growth time

Where are ya gonna put 'em when the are close to being adult plants? (they might be a bit challenging to be moving around if ya wait til they are full grown )
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rena wrote:

Where are ya gonna put 'em when the are close to being adult plants? (they might be a bit challenging to be moving around if ya wait til they are full grown )


I am going to follow the lead of this gentleman from whom I purchased my first Spiral Aloe seeds and re-pot them into large pots.

Here are a couple of photos I have copied from his web-sites:




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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooo! Perfect!! (Snow an all even! ) I hope you'll keep updating.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rena wrote:
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!


Rena,

I have been checking the Nurseries from around the world that sell Spiral Aloes to the public. I think it might be worth you looking into growing these as a long term project:  Spiral Aloes from Eco Tree California
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth wrote:
Rena wrote:
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!


Rena,

I have been checking the Nurseries from around the world that sell Spiral Aloes to the public. I think it might be worth you looking into growing these as a long term project:  Spiral Aloes from Eco Tree California


Thanks Gareth!

Not so sure they'd make it here though... . We're at 4500+ feet above sea level and winter lasts longer than spring-summer and fall combined.  I'll have to settle for watchin how yours progress.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the wild of the Drakensberg mountain highlands of Lesotho, Southern Africa they are most abundant at altitudes of between 1000 to 2500 metres or 3300 to 8200 feet, and survive and flourish in a temperature range from -24*C to 35*C or -13*F  to 95*F

The seeds need plenty of water to germinate, but the plants require free draining conditions
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Gonna have to get some serious thinkin goin on.

The lowest we've gotten (last winter) was -27* with -20*-ish F (it became the 'norm') for a period of time. The warmest (here on the farm) has been 112*-120* F and that for a period of weeks.

Think it would do okay if I started from seed? (It would have a good start by being climatised from the point of germintion.)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that would be the sensible course to follow.


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