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Reitz's Aloe

Aloe reitzii

Aloe reitzii 01 by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Reitz's Aloe Overview

Reitz' aloe is a rather rare species of Aloe, but it is easily distinguished by the handsome erect red flower spikes that are produced in summer. It is endemic to the grassland areas of Belfast, Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Common problems with Reitz's Aloe

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Reitz's Aloe

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Reitz's Aloe

    Seed

    Fresh seed should be sown in spring on a well-drained seedling medium, lightly covered and treated with a fungicide. Seedlings will emerge after two to four weeks and can be transplanted at the age of six months into individual containers ensuring good drainage and full sun conditions. Seed grown plants may take five to seven years from sowing to flower.

    Special features of Reitz's Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Sun birds are attracted tot he flowers and feed on the nectar.

    Drought resistant

    Once established, requires little water to grow.

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in a container, provide good drainage and a sandy potting mix.

    Other uses of Reitz's Aloe

    This summer flowering habit makes it a useful subject for cold gardens where the flowers of other aloes often get frosted off in the cold winter months. A great plant for the dry garden or as a container specimen.