Aloe vanbalenii forms short, robust creeping stems, developing into dense groups of numerous rosettes, 300-600 mm tall. The soft-textured, deeply channelled (U-shaped in cross section), recurved leaves are 700–800 × 120–250 mm long, with the tips almost touching the ground. They are copper-red when exposed to full sun, with marginal teeth of the same colour and bright green when grown in shade. The leaves release a musty smell when damaged.
No pre-treatment of the seeds is required.
The sowing takes place in plastic pots. Commercially available mineral-based cat litter, perlite or pumice gravel is used as the substrate. Distribute the seeds evenly on the substrate. Cover larger seeds thinly with substrate, fine seeds can remain on the surface.
Then place the plastic pot in a zip lock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm, a zip lock bag measuring 120 x 170 mm is recommended. Put enough tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer in the zip lock bag so that a few mm of water remain after the substrate has been soaked up.
Location: on the windowsill or in a mini greenhouse in partial shade, during the day temperatures should be around 23 - 28 C, at night a little lower at 20 - 22 C. The resulting microclimate creates ideal germination conditions.
Price is for 10 seeds
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