Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tree aloes

                  Tree aloes 

Few gardens have the space or very strict conditions to grow these extraordinary "tree aloes", but it is worth the space and trouble.  These plants never fail to attract attention to a garden.  The tree aloes are under discussion and it seems that a change of classification might be done in the near future.  It should be available on the www .
 Aloe pilansii  the top of the range of  "must have" for the serious and experienced aloe gardeners.  It is also the most difficult of the tree aloes to grow - if you are able to get one! 
That is me very honoured to stand next to this tree aloe in habitat. Take a look at that habitat.  Near to impossible  to create and even if you live in semi-desert the chemical make-up of the soil plays a role too.
 below:- Aloes of this group known as tree aloes growing in the Vanrhynsdorp nursery.  The nursery is situated in habitat of these aloes which makes it much easier to cultivate them.  Tree aloes from this Vanrhynsdorp nursery has been transported by air at great cost to quite a few gardens public and private world wide.
This photo was taken inside the nursery near the office. In the centre of this aloe group  is a very well grown Aloe ramosissima - it seldom reaches that hight. It is the smallest of this tree aloe group forming a bush growth not single stem tree growth.  It is more difficult than Aloe dichotoma when grown out of habitat.
  On the photo above;  Aloe dichotoma, is on the left.   Aloe dichotoma x Aloe ramosissima hybrid growing to the right is easier to cultivate and grows faster than either one of the two species.
above:  Aloe dichotoma in habitat.  Richtersveld RSA.  That is a natural group of trees.  Trees can be seen on the hill in the background.  The trees grow in rocky areas where the seeds are blown under the rocks and the seedlings are protected against the harsh sun.

Lovely photo taken in the southern part of Namibia after a good rain season.  The Aloe dichotoma servived the difficult first stage and may have enough strength to become a  tree with branches.

Aloe dichotoma has no problem to grow in a public garden in  Windhoek.  The green grass grows in the top soil layer which is watered.  A few centimetres down the ground is dry.


guild-rez said...

Erica, thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and excellent information!!
No, my garden is not big and warm enough for aloe trees and plants:)
- Cheers Gisela.
As we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent before Christmas.
"May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment
into the Advent of our lives."

Julie said...

I have GOT TO get an aloe garden started! I have the perfect spot for one in full sun and right in front of my house where I could show them off! You are so lucky to have all these beauties everywhere over there!!!

Happy holidays to you!!!

Spiky Obsession said...

great photos, amazing plants. My dream garden would be an aloe garden like yours. Unfortunately living in London there is no hope, but it doesn't stop me trying.

rohrerbot said...

These plants are amazing! They would be really great to have in the garden....I had no idea that aloe plants also had a tree variety...excuse me...varieties!! We grow aloe here...but only the smaller variety. This is very cool to see...thanks for sharing. I learned something new today:)

Anonymous said...

My mum loves her aloe plants some are circular others have flowers.

Emma said...

These pictures are amazing! I've never seen Aloe like that in person! Thank you!

zen garden san diego said...

My dream garden would be an aloe garden like yours. Unfortunately living in London there is no hope, but it doesn't stop me trying.

ericat said...

Zen you can have lovely indoor aloe/succulent gardens. They need bright light and very little soil. Take a look