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Tiger Tooth Aloe

Tiger Tooth Aloe

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Native to Kenya, Aloe Juvenna will add diversity to your succulent collection with its clump-forming look. Its leaves have toothy protuberances that give it its name, but the spines are soft and flexible and add more charm than defense to this aloe. Its leaves have scary-looking thorny edges, hence their common name ‘tiger tooth’.

The spines on the edges of the leaves may appear sharp but they are actually inoffensive and don’t sting when touched. So, this succulent is not harmful to people or pets and you don’t have to worry about it being risky to use as an ornamental house plant.

Tiger Tooth Aloe plants can thrive both indoors and outdoors.  The key to their survival, whether indoors or outdoors, is providing the right potting mix and adequate amounts of sunlight.

Light: If you plant it in a pot and keep it indoors, place your Aloe in a bright location. Choose an east-facing window if possible, but a west or south-facing window will also work. For areas that receive poor lighting no matter the time of the year, you may consider using a grow light (an artificial light to help plants grow). Grow lights provide a light spectrum similar to that of the sun and can help supplement your plants’ lighting requirements especially during those long, dark winters.

Watering: Watering mainly depends on the climate you live in. Even though these succulents are highly adapted to dry weather conditions, they do better when given enough water. There really isn’t a set schedule on when to water succulents.If you keep your Aloe plants indoors, you may not have to water as much especially if they are not receiving a lot of light. Too much water and not enough light is a recipe for failure so we recommend adjusting your watering needs to the amount of light the plant receives. The best way to make sure you don’t overwater your Aloe Juvenna plant is to use the “soak and dry” method. In other words, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering the plant again (usually 1-2 times weekly if the plant is in the growing season). During their dormant seasons in summer and winter, we must reduce the frequency to biweekly or monthly.

Pro Tip: Like all succulents, Aloe Juvenna plants need well-draining soil. The right type of soil goes in accord with proper watering. Succulents are root rot sensitive, so a well-draining soil helps keep them alive. You can choose a well-draining soil for cacti/succulents. (See collection Planters and Accessories to purchase) or prepare your own by mixing potting soil with coarse sand (about 2:1 ratio). This mix is important because it helps the water to flow through the drainage holes and your plant is protected from root rot.

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