Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’
Aloe x nobilis x Aloe humilis
AL-oh NO-bil(BIL)-iss X HEW-mil-is var. ek-in-AY-tum
Somewhere in my earlier research about Aloe ‘Crosby’s Prolific’, I found where it was a cross between Aloe nobilis and Aloe humilis var. echinatum. Aloe nobilis itself is a very old hybrid of uncertain parentage and should be written as Aloe x nobilis. An older article I found said some think it is a cross between Aloe mitriformis and A. brevifolia while others think maybe Aloe distans and A. brevifolia. Aloe mitriformis is now considered a synonym of Aloe perfoliata. Aloe humilis var. echinatum is also not accurate because there is no species by the name of A. echinatum. The correct infraspecific name is Aloe humilis var. echinata but that name now is a synonym of Aloe humilis. Another website says A. ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ is a cross between Aloe perfoliata x Aloe humilis which is kind of true in a roundabout way. Some believe since Aloe x nobilis is an older hybrid and widely grown it should have a correct and accepted name. Well, if it is that old and no one knows who the parents are, how do they even know it is a hybrid and not a species. Who is “they” anyway?
I bought my pot of Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific from Lowe’s in Sedalia, Missouri on April 20, 2013. There were several HUGE pots with really nice clumps, but I didn’t want to pay $10.00 so I took a small pot home. Although they grow to only about 6″ tall, they quickly form a large clump. Information on the internet says they are one of the fastest growing Aloes.
As soon as the temperatures permitted, I moved my plants back outside for the summer. I repotted my new Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific into a somewhat larger pot.
I really liked this nice little aloe with its bright green leaves. It has plenty of translucent teeth to provide additional interest.
Zones: USDA zones 9b-11 (25-40° F)
Size: Up to 6” (some information says up to 12”) x 9-15” wide
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Needs a good well-draining soil with added grit and pumice or perlite.
Water: Normal watering during the growing period in the spring and autumn months and sparingly during the winter.
Flowers: Red-orange flowers on 18” stems.
As with all Aloe, they need a well-draining soil. When grown in pots, they need a soil that absorbs and drains quickly. Even though they are drought tolerant and require little water if grown in the ground, pot growing is somewhat different. Aloe are summer dormant which means most of their growth occurs in early spring through early summer and again in late summer through fall.
Information online says they are easily proposed from cuttings. That is a new one and I have never attempted to root Aloe from cuttings. I always allow my clumping Aloe, such as this one, so form a natural colony of rosettes from their offsets. If one happens to come loose while I am repotting I may put it in another pot or just stick in the same pot.
Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ on 8-23-13, #178-12.
During their growing period, they should be watered on a regular basis if there was no rain. That is just my opinion because some websites say they need very little watering. Even though they are drought tolerant, regular watering does make them grow better. Supposedly they are dormant during the hotter months of the summer, but I still went over them each time I watered my potted plants. I watered my Aloe very sparingly during the winter while inside (depending on where I had them).
Many Aloe collectors grow their plants in full sun but I prefer morning sun and light shade the rest of the day. In Mississippi, they received a good amount of sun until about noon then they were shaded by the huge magnolia tree and the mansion the rest of the day. Here is much different. They get a little morning sun and the rest of the day they have light shade from being under an old Chinese Elm. As summer progresses and the beetles chew on the leaves of the tree, more light shines through. It works out pretty well even though I don’t care for the beetles.
The leaf tips of the Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ turn reddish brown in brighter light.
Aside from an occasional cricket taking a bit out of the leaves at night, I had no problems with the Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific.
The offsets were all growing and doing well.
Inside for the winter once again. I put most of my succulents on a table in the front bedroom. It was a west exposure so they received a good amount of afternoon sun and the room would sometimes get quite warm. That is not really a good combination for some succulents as they should be slowing down. It caused many succulents leaves to stretch.
I believe those brown spots are old war wounds between the Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ and hungry crickets. They just ruin the appearance of the plant. In time the leaves will get old and turn brown and be replaced by new leaves…
I had no problems with my Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ companion. As I mentioned earlier, the only issue was with the crickets. Unfortunately, I gave up most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken. Now I am starting over and hopefully, I will run across another Aloe x ‘Crosby’s Prolific’.
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