Plant Care Prickly Aloe

Prickly Aloe

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Prickly Aloe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Prickly Aloe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Prickly Aloe

Many people are familiar with Aloe vera, but this genus of plants contains tons of other beautiful succulent plants that come in all sorts of colors! Their succulent leaves evolved to store water in dry climates, which makes them a perfect fit if you're a busy plant parent. With great care (and a lot of sunlight) you may even see your Aloe bloom! Their flowers grow out of a large spike and can be shades of red, orange, and yellow. 🔥


Aloe aculeata

Also known as

Red Hot Poker Aloe, Red Hot Poker Aloe, Ngopanie and Sekope

How to care for Prickly Aloe


How often to water your Prickly Aloe

Water needs for Prickly Aloe
0.5 cups
every 12

Prickly Aloe needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Prickly Aloe

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Red Hot Poker Aloe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Prickly Aloe: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Prickly Aloe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Prickly Aloe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Prickly Aloe in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Prickly Aloe

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Prickly Aloe: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Prickly Aloe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Prickly Aloe

Prickly Aloe

Prickly Aloe

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Prickly Aloe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Prickly Aloe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Prickly Aloe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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Grows quickly, likes a lot of light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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