Aloe x ‘Pink Blush’
I brought this plant home in June 2014, but don’t remember where I bought it. The label just said Aloe ‘Pink’ so I decided I would go ahead and say it is ‘Pink Blush’ (a Kelly Griffin hybrid) even though I am not 100% sure? What other “pink” hybrids are on the market anyway? Well, let me see… There is ‘Pickled Pink’. Most of the photos and information of “pink” Aloe online are of and about ‘Pink Blush’. I have mentioned many times that I don’t care for the color pink, but I will admit, this is one really nice looking Aloe so I can put up with the pinkiness.
Zones: 9a-11 (20-40° F)
Size: 8-12” tall x 8-12” wide
Light: Light to part shade
Soil: Very well-draining. Good quality potting soil amended with pumice (50/50) or additional perlite and chicken grit (2-1-1).
Water: Normal watering during the growing period in the spring and autumn months and sparingly during the winter as necessary.
Propagation: From offsets
I gave up my Aloe x ‘Pink Blush’ and most of my other plants soon after the above photo was taken. I am rebuilding my collection so maybe someday I will find another Aloe x ‘Pink Blush.
Aloe and their cousins are some of my favorite plants. They are very easy to keep as companions as long as you follow a few basic rules. Even so, there have been a few I have had ups and downs with but eventually, we get it figured out, or at least we agree to disagree. Normally, it has something to do with water. You can’t lump all succulents in the same category when it comes to care because many are very unique in their preferences…
Aloe and their cousins are considered a summer dormant/winter growing species but for me, they seem to grow pretty much year-round. I read where Aloe hybrids don’t go dormant and whether they are summer or winter dormant depends on where the species are native. Personally, I think most Aloe will grow year-round if given the opportunity but I am no expert. For me, I think they do most of their growing while outside from May through mid-October, but most show no sign of being dormant while inside for the winter. Their growth does slow down while inside over the winter and I pretty much withhold their watering to a little once a month if necessary.
You can read my Cactus Talk & Update and Cactus & Succulent Tips to get my opinion about growing cactus and succulents.
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