Tiger Tooth Aloe
Also known as
Kenya Dwarf Aloe
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This plant has no fragrance
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Tiger Tooth Aloe Overview
Aloe juvenna is a small, clump-forming succulent, with erect stem up to 30 cm long, branching at the base. The leaves are bright green (reddish to brown in full sun), toothy-margined and flecked with cream-white prominent spots. The flowers are coral-pink to orange-red, with yellow-green mouth. Tiger tooth aloe plants do not often flower, although when they do, they flower in summer or autumn. It is common in cultivation but extremely rare in habitat and it does not resemble any other Aloe species from its origin in the far South West of Kenya. Aloe juvenna can be commonly mistaken for the less common Aloe squarrosa, however their growth habits differ; the A. juvenna grows in a tight, compact, clump-like fashion, and the A squarrosa grows in a more loose way, with leaves that re-curve (bend backwards).
Common problems with Tiger Tooth Aloe
Generally problem free, but over watering and poor drainage will lead to root rots.
How to harvest Tiger Tooth Aloe
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Tiger Tooth Aloe
Dive clumps when plants are getting too big for their containers, or large enough if grown in the soil and pups are visible. Gently ease the roots apart and plant into a well draining, sandy potting mix.
Special features of Tiger Tooth Aloe
Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball.
Flowers are coral-pink to orange-red, with a green mouth.
Other uses of Tiger Tooth Aloe
Aloe juvenna can be grown in pots or in garden rockeries.