They get snowed on and all kinds of abuse during the winter...and prefer more moisture than typical aloes...My polyphylla is very happy with the ~6 hours of morning to midday sun, then relief all afternoon in bright light. Aloe polyphylla is a stemless succulent that forms a rosette of leaves arranged in a perfect spiral. How to Grow Aloe from Seeds. This Aloe polyphylla was grown from seed and is about 7 years old. The container with the seed should be put on a bright spot in your apartment, but not exposed to direct sunlight. Its sharp-edged thick leaves form a spiral either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:52 pm Posts: 9409 Location: Hayward- S.F. Leaves are fleshy, soft green, broad at the base, and taper to sharp, dark tip with irregular teeth along the margins. Since then I have been trialling small batches of the seed in order to test other methods or to prove that one. Growing aloe polyphylla from seed. Germinating Aloe polyphylla - An Alternative Approach In an earlier article, I posted the method given to me by the South African grower of my original batch of seeds. Bay area Ca. Absolutely fascinating, Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) is a compact evergreen succulent valued for its foliage arranged in a perfect spiral pattern. In late 1996, I obtained some seed from plants in cultivation in California. Cool and damp, morning sun afternoon shade, never allow to dry out completely. Aloe polyphylla is a rare beauty with a spellbinding spiral statement! Lekhala kharatsa (seSotho). Also known as the Spiral Aloe, (Aloe polyphylla), this intriguing plant grows into a tight spiral as the plant matures. The Aloe polyphylla is a hungry, thirsty plant and best kept outdoors. Aloe polyphylla blooms in the spring, with pink-orange flowers. Plant in full sun on a mound and at an angle. The leaves are arranged in a perfect spiral. Aloe seeds generally sprout quite easily. The fleshy gray-green leaves form a tight rosette that becomes a beautiful spiral, either clockwise or counterclockwise, as the plant ages. I had no result with the seeds I got off of eBay to start with, and after reading about a method where you germinate the seeds in water, even the eBay seeds germinated after a while. The leaf tips gradually dry out and turn a purplish black colour. This fascinating, rare and beautiful Aloe from the mountains of Lesotho can be grown easy using our seeds. The Aloe Polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) is one of the fanciest Aloes. It does best in mild temperatures, with growth slowing or stopping when the temperature gets above 85 -90 degrees F. Grow this Aloe as you would any Alpine plant. Aloe Polyphylla Seeds, Aloe Vera Queen, 100pcs/pack quantity. For more information view our product page. The plants do not seem to sucker or produce offshoots, but from the germination of their seeds they can form small, dense clumps. Seeds of Aloe polyphylla were sown in fall of 2012. You need the proper medium and situation for better success. Here they recommended 1 or 2 cold periods followed by a warm period to break the dormancy. But the Silverhill seeds were very fresh and had excellent germination rate, in fact, I had to throw away quite a few seedlings due to lack of space and pots! This is a must-have for collectors of stunning plants! ALOE POLYPHYLLA 100mm Pot. The plants do not seem to sucker or produce offshoots, but from the germination of their seeds they can form small, dense clumps. Unfortunately it is an endangered species that is threatened with extinction in its homeland of southern Africa. Aloe polyphylla comes from very high elevations, where the climate is cool, and nights are cooler. Dave, the seed came from Silverhill Seeds. Other common names many-leaved aloe . The rosette grows up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter. The plants to the left of it are in one gallon cans and are about two years old. Offered is a well grown from seed Aloe polyphylla shown in 1 gal pot and ready for planting in a 3 gal pot. Genus Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles . The fat, wide, serrated, gray-green leaves have sharp, dark leaf-tips and grow in the five spiral rows. Family Asphodelaceae . Aloe polyphylla. Which begin to spiral when they become from 8 to 12 inches (20 and 30 cm) in diameter. I live near Sacramento where we get triple digit heat with nights barely below 70F. Positive: On Jan 27, 2011, Lesotho from Ficksburg, South Africa wrote: Spiral Aloes like to be ignored, they grow in decomposed Sandstone. I've done as much research as I can on how to mitigate this. Plants which have been removed from their habitat usually do not survive for more than a few years. The plant must reach at least 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter before spiraling. Aloe polyphylla is a stemless aloe and grows its leaves in a very distinctive spiral shape which may be clockwise or anti-clockwise. If anyone has grown Aloe polyphylla from seed I'd appreciate reading the method. The spiral is formed by five ranks of leaves which contain between 15 and 30 leaves each. FarOutFlora has uploaded 26321 photos to Flickr. Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:57 pm: Stan. The Aloe polyphylla is incredibly popular so we can’t guarantee it will always be in stock. Use a free draining soil mix and add a feed. Choose the right containers. Aloe polyphylla AL-oh pol-ee-FIL-lah Audio The spine-tipped leaves of this aloe grow in a beautiful spiral; mature plants have five rows of leaves growing either clockwise or counterclockwise. Anything relating to Succulents that doesn't fit in another category should be posted under General. Nearly 400 species belong to the genus aloe, including well-known and widely cultivated varieties such as Aloe vera. “Spiral Aloe” is a rare succulent, with rosettes formed by five rows of leaves. This picture was taken 4 months later. You can also use a combination of the sand, sterile compost and perlite. This is one of those plants that I had wanted to grow, but had never seen cultivated plants for sale. I purchased 5 Spiral Aloe seeds from a seller and have tried to germinate, one seed in 50/50 soil and pearlite with river sand and then two in water and so far after about 6 weeks have had no luck. The perfect UK outdoor succulent, hardy to -15°C. It does best in mild temperatures, with growth slowing or stopping when the temperature gets above 85 -90 degrees F. Grow this Aloe as you would any Alpine plant. Cool and damp, morning sun afternoon shade, never allow to dry out completely. Growing aloe polyphylla from seed. Aloe seed is best to plant during the warm months, but you can plant it during winter too, provided that you can supply it with an ample amount of light, warmth and moist. CareProvide full sun or light shade and excellent drainage. Plants which have been removed from their habitat usually do not survive for more than a few years. Aloe polyphylla Date: 2004 May 26 The "spiral Aloe of Lesotho". Jun 8, 2018 - With a proper care, Spiral Aloe can be cultivated successfully outside of its native habitat. This plant has . Aloe polyphylla. The spiral aloe is a rare and beautiful aloe from the high Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Below: Seed-propagated Aloe polyphylla in the landscape at Succulent Gardens. The stemless spirals of toothy leaves can twist in either direction, and plants typically grow together in tight clusters. Re: Aloe polyphylla germination. Aloe polyphylla comes from very high elevations, where the climate is cool, and nights are cooler. Flora2, I'm pretty sure there are people growing this aloe outside in the PNW and in England (and not just the southern tip/Isles of Scilly), but they may be protecting it from the rain. It is a compact evergreen succulent valued for its foliage arranged in a perfect spiral pattern. Aug 10, 2011 - Explore FarOutFlora's photos on Flickr. Aloe polyphylla. Add to cart. Just thought I'd mention the only way I have managed to grow Aloe Polyphylla from seed was by putting the seed in glass of water & leaving it on the kitchen window, after several weeks you will see some sprouting, the seed can stay in the water for another week & will continue to grow. Our web site requires the use of cookies in order to function correctly.If you continue to use our site we will assume you will allow us to do this.Click Here to find out more about how we use cookies. Light salmon to pale red flowers appear in September and October. Aloe polyphylla is the National flower of Lesotho. I know that one of the Berkeley Botanical Gardens longtime C&S volunteers is part of the Xeric World forum. There are many different species of aloe available, and not just the common Aloe vera. The polyphylla will grow a tight spiral if given enough light. Growing Conditions and General Care. If all goes well, eventually one may end up with some seedlings of Aloe africana. Polyphylla is a relative of the common aloe vera. Aloe is probably one of the most recognizable succulents that you can grow! Hello all, I just received a small Aloe Polyphylla grown from seed at the UC Berkeley botanical gardens. You should be able to get seeds from Silverhill Seeds, and if you're in the US, there are probably online sources for the plant - possibly Plant Delights. But whereas Aloe Vera is valued for its medicinal properties, aloe polyphylla is coveted among succulent collectors for its striking spiraled leaf rosettes and vibrant red to pink flowers. Details A. polyphylla is a compact evergreen perennial prized for the ornamental value of its foliage which is arranged in a pronounced spiral pattern. 1. Each row contains between 15 and 30 sharp leaves, creating a rosette that can grow up to 1 foot (31 cm) across. Minimal temperature for Aloe germination is 70°F (21°C). Click Here to Buy From our US Warehouse for Succulent Plant Click Here to Buy From our US Warehouse for Flower Seeds Click Here to Buy From our US Warehouse for Vegetable Seeds. A plant can count up to 150 leaves geometrically arranged in 5 ranks. It is very hardy, but will rarely flower. It is a criminal offence to remove plants or seed of Aloe polyphylla from the natural habitat or to buy plants from roadside vendors. Make Your Seed to Garden ; Why Buy From Us? The Aloe polyphylla is one of the best-selling seeds supplied by Chiltern Seeds. Photo via pinterest.com. This unique succulent grows to 3 feet across, with dozens of overlapping leaves that spiral either clockwise or counter-clockwise. A native of Lesotho, Africa, it is extremely endangered due to overcollecting. A half and half mixture of peat and horticultural sand makes an excellent, well-draining medium. Aloe africana seed pods formed and starting to dehisce (left); seed from pods (right) . Spiral Aloe is one of the most ornamental Aloes but extremely difficult to grow in cultivation. Aloe polyphylla is a stemless aloe with short, thorny, grey-green, upright leaves arranged in a perfect spiral. Super easy to grow and care for, Succulents require a gritty free draining potting mix or soil and minimal water. See below for a few comments on seed-raising. Aloe polyphylla is a stemless aloe and grows its leaves in a very distinctive spiral shape which may be clockwise or anti-clockwise. 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