Aloe Arborescens ‘Krantz Aloe’ – 5 Easy Care Tips

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Aloes are a type of succulent that is native to Africa. Aloe arborescens, also known as the krantz aloe, candelabra aloe, or tree aloe, has a long history as an herbal remedy and for its beauty in the garden. It can be propagated by cutting off from healthy plants or purchased at nurseries, depending on your preference. In either case, they are relatively easy to care for and can be grown indoors with proper lighting.

Aloes are popular for their beauty in the garden and have been used as herbal remedies throughout history, but Aloe arborescens has both medicinal qualities and aesthetic appeal.

How to propagate Aloe Arborescens ‘Krantz Aloe’

Aloe arborescens - krantz aloe

Aloe arborescens can also be propagated by seed. Although, cuttings are easier to propagate and less time-consuming, but seeds have a greater chance of producing an exact clone.

Cutting propagation requires that the leaf is removed as close to the root as possible, leaving behind about four inches of the stem.

Seed propagation requires that the seed is collected and then stored in a wet paper towel or other moist material for approximately two weeks until it germinates, before planting.

General care information for Aloe arborescens

Aloe arborescens - krantz aloe

Light requirements

Aloe arborescens need a lot of light. It is best grown in full sun, but can be acclimated to grow well with lower levels of natural or artificial light.

This plant does not like direct sunlight, so it should be protected from the hot afternoon and evening sun when placed outdoors near other plants that need more shade.

Its light requirements can be met by growing it near a window that faces south or west and using artificial lights for the other hours of daylight in winter or at night.

It also does not need direct sun to grow well indoors as long as there is enough natural or artificial light present.

Soil/potting mix

The Aloe arborescens plant does best in a well-draining cactus mix or another soilless potting mix with pumice (lightweight volcanic rock) for quick drainage and dryness on the surface of the soil.

Aloe arborescens also grows best in a potting mix that drains fast and doesn’t stay wet for long.

A mixture of peat moss and sand can work as well.

If the plant is in a pot, care should be taken to avoid overwatering it and letting the soil stay wet for too long. The top layer of soil must always dry out before adding more water.

Watering

Aloe arborescens does not like to be watered too often, as this can cause bacteria and fungal diseases.

Krantz aloe plant may need water only every few weeks or months in the winter time but will require more frequent watering during warmer seasons.

The soil should always remain moist throughout the growing season with occasional dry periods on the surface.

Fertilizer

The best time to fertilize aloe arborescens is during the growing season.

It can be fed monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer mixed at half strength, or every two weeks with a balanced granular type feed that provides micronutrients as well.

A container-grown krantz aloe plant must also have its soil flushed out periodically with clear water to remove built-up salts.

Temperature

Aloe arborescens - krantz aloe

Aloe arborescens need to be protected from frost and cold temperatures. It does not tolerate freezing or below zero degrees Fahrenheit well, so it should be grown in a location that never dips below 50ºF (and ideally 65-75°).

If the plant is outdoors near other plants that require more shade, then it should be planted in a location that never dips below 50°F.

It can also be grown indoors as long it is given enough sunlight or artificial light.

Lastly, it should not get too cold near the container of water where it grows its roots; lower temperatures will make the plant enter dormancy (become inactive) for longer periods.

When the plant is in dormancy, it may not produce leaves or grow as quickly.

Humidity

Aloe arborescens is not tolerant of high humidity. It should be grown in a dry environment with relative humidity under 50%. This plant can tolerate more humid environments but will grow best at or below 40% RH. This means the air needs to have very low moisture content and no standing water nearby (like rain).

Repotting your krantz aloe

Aloe arborescens does not require frequent repotting. It is recommended to pot the plant in a container that has drainage holes and never put more than half of the pot’s volume with soil (so it can still breathe).

The roots will grow down deeper into the soil as long as there are places for them to go. If the potting mix becomes too heavy or compacted, then it may be necessary to repot.

It is also recommended that this plant not stay in one container for more than three years because eventually it will become root-bound and need a larger space.

Lastly, aloe arborescens need good drainage so make sure the pot has holes and use a light soilless mix.

The Aloe arborescens is not well suited for climates that receive harsh colds, so it should be grown in warm/hot places like by the window or indoors. It can also tolerate more humid environments but will grow best at or below 40% relative humidity (RH). It should not be watered too often, as this can lead to disease.

Pruning

The Aloe arborescens does not need to be pruned but can be given a light trim in the growing season to remove brown leaves and other debris, especially if it is looking overcrowded. If you want the plant to look fuller or bushier then cut off any damaged or dying leaves before they spread disease to other parts of the plant.

The plant can be given a light trim in the growing season to remove brown leaves and other debris, but it’s best to avoid cutting off too much at a time.

A general rule of thumb when pruning this type of plant is that you should never cut more than one-third of the plant at a time.

It is better to cut off damaged or dying leaves as needed during the growing season in order to prevent infection and disease from spreading further up on the stem.

You can also prune away any dead branches that are no longer producing new growth, but it’s usually best not to remove branches that are still alive.

Growth rate of krantz aloe plant

This plant grows rather slowly and it may take up to five years for the aloe to reach its full height potential (or 16-24 inches).

It will also produce new leaves at a slower rate than some other plants, but this is because it spends more time focusing on growing its roots and branching out.

This plant does not grow very quickly, but it will eventually reach its full height potential in about five years (or 16-24 inches).

Hardiness

The Aloe arborescens is hardy to Zone 11-12 of the USDA Hardiness Zones chart.

It will grow in other zones as long it receives enough shade and/or artificial light, but may not thrive as well or produce the desired effect that people are looking for.

The plant is not hardy to cold climates with harsh winters; if you live in a cold area that receives harsh colds, then you should grow the plant indoors or near a window for best results.

Is Aloe arborescens toxic?

The Aloe arborescens is not toxic to humans or pets.

Many people are allergic to aloe vera plant and it may cause skin irritation, but this type of plant does not have the same effect on most people. It’s advised that you wear gloves when handling any plants just in case there are other common allergens present.

Pests and diseases of krantz aloe

Aloe arborescens is not prone to many pests and diseases. Some common problems that affect this plant are root rot or tip burn, which can be caused by overwatering or a potting mix that does not provide good drainage. The Aloes also commonly get aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects at some point in their life.

Aloe arborescens has few pests or diseases, and these can be prevented by keeping the plant in a place with good drainage and not watering it too often.

What are the benefits of aloe arborescens ‘krantz aloe’?

Aloe arborescens - krantz aloe

  1. Aloe arborescens is used to treat wounds and burns, various skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, canker sores, and many more!
  2. It contains a natural antibiotic that helps prevent infections in the wound or burn site by promoting healing on contact.
  3. The gel of the leaf is used to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and acne.
  4. Aloe arborescens also contains a natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce swelling, redness, pain, and discomfort in wounds or burns sites by reducing inflammation on contact.
  5. The aloin found inside of the leaves has been shown to have potential to treat cancer.
  6. Aloe arborescens can also be used as an anti-fungal agent in topical applications, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm treatments.
  7. It has been shown that aloe may help fight oral infections when mixed with other substances like honey or glycerin.
  8. Aloe arborescens has been shown to be beneficial for people with diabetes by lowering their blood sugar levels, increasing insulin sensitivity, and reducing the risk of heart disease-related complications.
  9. The gel from aloe leaves can also be used in sunburn treatment because it provides instant cooling relief.
  10. Aloe arborescens can be used to relieve constipation by increasing the production of bowel movements and reducing inflammation in the intestinal lining.
  11. Finally, aloe is also a natural astringent, so it helps activate blood flow on contact, which aids in wound healing.

What is the difference between Aloe vera and Aloe arborescens?

This is a question that has been asked by many people. Aloe Vera and aloe arborescens are two plants that have similar characteristics, but they cannot be used interchangeably as ingredients in certain recipes or remedies because of their different chemical compositions.

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that grows mainly indoors; it contains mannose which makes it less potent than Aloe arborescens. Aloe arborescens is a succulent plant that grows mainly outdoors; it has more saponins and can be used for the treatment of pain, inflammation, burns, dermatitis, psoriasis, and other conditions when combined with ingredients such as honey or onion extract.

Both Aloe vera and Aloe arborescens contain active healing compounds called glycoproteins, enzymes, saponins, and polysaccharides which can help soothe skin and heal wounds. Aloe arborescens has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat various conditions such as pain, inflammation, burns, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Aloe Vera is a less potent remedy than aloe arborescens because it contains mannose, a sugar that is not found in aloe arborescens. Aloe Vera contains about 0.07% saponins while Aloe arborescens has between 15-20%.

Both plants are effective for the relief of minor burns and scrapes; however, when using them as an external remedy it may be necessary to add other ingredients, such as honey or onion extract for the Aloe Vera and vinegar or cayenne pepper for the aloe arborescens.

 


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