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Aloe ferox which is also known as Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloeand Tap Aloe, is an aloe species.

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Aloe ferox which is also known as Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloeand Tap Aloe, is an aloe species that can grow up to a height of 10 feet (3.0 m). It is found in South Africa’s Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Lesotho.

Its flowers are orange or red and are between 2 and 4 feet (0.61 and 1.2 m) above the leaves.

Aloe ferox is used for cuts, wounds, burns, pimples and skin problems, spleen disorders, Indigestion, cancer, HIV/AIDS and Constipation. It acts as a laxative and is used for skin products.

These flowers are pollinated by sunbirds and honey bees.
The leaves are fleshy and thick and can grow about 200mm in length. They are evenly spaced and the stem has green distinctive stripes at the internodes. The leaves are margined in white deltoid teeth format.
These are grown in rocky gardens and in terrace gardens as the sprawling stonewall terrace climber.

Medicinally, these are known a Khoi. The sap, pulp, gel and crystals of aloe are used in treatments. These are used as laxative, for arthritis, conjunctivitis and sinusitis. The leaf gel is an application for soothing skin irritations, cuts, bruises and sun burns. They are used in soaps as well.
These plants are called succulent as they store water in their large, fleshy leaves, stems and roots too. Hence they can survive even in dry environments. Since it is a moist plant, it is easy to grow it indoors too. It is known to hold 95 percent of water.

These aloe plants tend to grow small sprouts of plants around the big plant, so it is better to remove these and plant them independently, or remove them as a whole. These sprouts are called pups.

Growing conditions of Aloe Ferox:
– Aloe can be grown by seed or cutting.
– Fill the pot with potting soil and dirt mixture (half of each).
– Sow the seed one meter apart in rows and columns.
– It approximately takes 4 to 5 years to harvest.
– Keep the aloes cutting, one to two inches deep into the soil.
– This plant need well drained soil.
– This plant prefers acidic soil and sandy soils.
– The soil used should have a pH around 6.5 to 7.5.
– Maintain the temperature around 25–35°C for good propagation.
– Use cactus mix or soil combined with sand if needed.
– If placed with root, see that the root is covered with soil along with one inch of plant as well.
– Press the soil around the plant.
– Water the aloe well.
– Keep the plant in shade on hotter days and in sun on colder days.

Care for Aloe ferox:
– Move the plant to a warmer area when temperature drops to zero or freeze.
– Use cactus mix to keep the soil moist, rather than wet.
– Keep the soil moist; do not let it dry out.
– Remove pups, the smaller plants around the bigger Aloe Vera plant.
– Use fertilizer during spring time.
– Keep the plant in shade on hotter days and in sun on colder days.
– Use a 10-40-10 fertilizer mix to ensure good fertilization.

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