The Lace Aloe is great for beginners, whether you have outdoor space on a patio or garden, or even if you only have space on a windowsill. The Lace Aloe can be described as having triangular succulent leaves that grow in a rosette pattern. The leaves can be bright green to dark green with white spots on their spines and teeth on the edges. While these teeth can poke they are not as sharp as needles on a cactus.
Scientific Name: Aloe Aristata
Outside this plant loves the sun. It can handle direct sun but preferably in less humid climates.
Inside this plant can handle low light but still requires light. The best placement is within a few feet of a window that gets a lot of light throughout the day.
This plant does not require a lot of water. Too much water can cause the plant to ‘explode’ and turn into mush. Some plants can empty water when it consumes too much (like Pothos) but unfortunately, Aloes do not have this ability. The best explanation can be compared to overfilling a water balloon that explodes.
You can tell by the leaf color whether it’s happy with the amount of light it’s getting. If the leaves are a light-green to almost white, this means it’s not getting a lot of light. Darker vibrant green means it’s getting the right amount. In the winter if it is inside it will most likely become light green, and that is okay.
The leaves will also let you know if it is getting enough water. If the leaves start to get mushy stop watering right away. If the leaves start to sink in and shrivel then it’s time to water. Overwatering is the more common killer of aloes than under-watering. Remember, this is a desert plant that can handle droughts so it’s better to err on the side of less watering than other house plants. When potting your Aloe you can use well-draining soil to help regulate water consumption. Lowes, Home Depot and most nurseries can supply succulent/cactus soil.
This plant does very well in warmer climates and cannot tolerate temperatures below 50° Fahrenheit. If you live in an area where this happens in the winter you’ll want to bring your aloe inside. In the winter months, your Aloe will become dormant and will not need very much water. This Aloe does not tend to grow very tall, but rather up then out wide. In the winter if the Aloe is still getting light, it can and will grow up with skinnier leaves. Like any desert plant, their growing season is spring and summer. When given enough light Lace Aloes can produce orange-yellow flowers that bloom off of a stalk that grows slender and tall above the plant.
Lace Aloes of one of the EASIEST plants to propagate. During the growing season, this aloe will produce pups, or new baby aloes, off of the bottom of the plant. As a good rule of thumb that has worked best for me, it is best to wait till a pup has at least 4 leaves on it before separating it from the mother plant. Some articles online may say that you need to cut the pup away from the mother plant but every pup I have removed I’ve done with just my hands. A pup will be ready to separate if you just tug on it. If you pull and it pops off, it’ll usually already have roots on it that you can repot right away in dirt. If you tug and it doesn’t want to come off you may want to wait a little longer and try again.