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Aloe tenuior (or the Fence Aloe) is a rambling aloe of the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.




Image of Aloe Tenuior plant at Google

Aloe tenuior (or the Fence Aloe) is a rambling aloe of the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. This is an aloe that is medium in size and forms clumps that are about 3 meters tall. The leaves are tufted at the branch ends. The color of the leaves is grayish green and the margins have white teeth that are tiny. The flowers are borne on racemes and are in bright yellow color. The flowers bloom in winter that is from May to August.

The rare subspecies of this aloe are:
– the Dense-flowered Fence Aloe-Aloe tenuior densiflora
– the Green-leaf Fence Aloe-Aloe tenuior viridifolia

These aloes are used as a remedy to treat tapeworms.

It occurs both in rocky areas and bushy thickets. The stems branching are tall and erect and the leaves are succulent and dull green in color.

The flowers are pollinated by sunbirds and honey bees.
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 Tenuior:
– Aloe can be grown by cutting.
– Fill the pot with potting soil and dirt mixture (half of each).
– 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 Tenuior:
– 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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