Aloes in the early light

Aloe saponaria is one of the few aloes that positively thrives in our cold climate, suckering happily and flowering freely. Over the years the bed in front of the stoep has twice been thinned. This week the winter clean-up in the garden started, and the dark seed heads which featured in the foreground in my previous post have gone. And still the last autumn leaves linger…

Aloe saponaria


10 thoughts on “ALOES IN THE EARLY LIGHT

  1. Hello Jack
    where in your experience is the most impressive mass display of wild aloe flowers in Limpopo & Mpumulanga

  2. Hello Jack, what is the lowest temperature that Aloe saponaria can withstand? Could we grow it in England or is that a ridiculous idea? By the way, I really enjoy reading your blog, getting an insight into gardening in a totally different climate is fascinating. Helen

    • Hello Helen! As far as climates go, our immediate area is not far different from yours, although move 10km either way and it will be vastly different. A.saponaria grows over a very wide range, and it is possible that you need to source from a colder wetter area, such as ours. The biggest difference is that our winter days tend to be very sunny and relatively warm – mostly over 15 C. But we do have rain every few weeks. Flowering season is extended for an aloe – late May through to Sept, so you should hit opening times. The soft orange will look great against the Sissinghurst bricks… I can easily spare you some if you cover the (rather extreme) postage. The time out of ground will not be a problem. Like most succulents a time to callous between plantings is advantageous. It all depends on your import regulations. Email me at . πŸ™‚

      • Thanks for all the information Jack and for your kind offer to send us some plants. I’m not sure about the import regs, I suspect they are strict so I will see if I can source some in the UK first. There are lots of good nurseries here in the UK so I’m hopeful! Helen

  3. Jack, I smiled at your description of your climate as cold — not by my Maine standards πŸ™‚ . But given how close to the equator you are, -5C is cold.

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