Saturday, February 5, 2011

Aloe Thraskii not only recovers but blooms

First the Aloe thraskii succumbed to  crown rot which I suspect was caused by the venerable aloe mite. I pulled out the rotten crown and expected the plant to rot and die (one of my Aloe marlothi's had snout weevil maggots eat it from the inside and rotted and then died). A few weeks afterwards, once the dry season started and it dried out, it started pushing out new growth.

I had to baby this Aloe thraskii through two freezes by covering it with towels, but it was well worth it.

This is the first time I have seen a thraskii in bloom myself, to boot in my own garden ! And is it beautiful. I walk past it every day and admire it. The bees love it and are constantly buzzing around it. Wish a hummingbird would discover it and grace me with its presence. Not that I've ever seen hummingbirds here.

It is already forming seed pods. I will trade seeds with other exotic fruit/plant enthusiasts.

Akoe thraskii raceme

Aloe thraskii seedpods

Unidentified seed-grown aloe blooming for the first time

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