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. 🔥

Taxonomy

Aloe aculeata
Aloe
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

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

How to care for Prickly Aloe

💦 Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Prickly Aloe thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Prickly Aloe requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Prickly Aloe enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Red Hot Poker Aloe Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Prickly Aloe is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Red Hot Poker Aloe →

When and How to Successfully Repot Red Hot Poker Aloe →


💩 Fertilizer

Prickly Aloe should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Red Hot Poker Aloe →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Prickly Aloe to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Prickly Aloe is native to Southern Africa to India.


🌸 Flowers

Prickly Aloe produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Red Hot Poker Aloe Flowers →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Prickly Aloe

Prickly Aloe

Prickly Aloe


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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.

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