Aloe x ‘Twilight Zone’
I was given this great Aloe hybrid by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi. We traded a lot of plants. I think Aloe ‘Twilight Zone’ is a Kelly Griffin hybrid. Although the tag for this plant says it is from Proven Winners, Kelly Griffen works for Altman Plants. He is one of the foremost Aloe hybridizers today and you can watch a few videos showing his AWESOME yard on YouTube.
Some websites online are NOW saying Aloe x ‘Twilight Zone’ is x Gasteraloe ‘Twlight Zone’. I posted a question about this on a Facebook group, the CactusGuide forum, messaged Kelly Griffin, and messaged a friend about it. I also send a message to the administrator who requested the name be changed on The National Gardening Association’s website. Maybe Kelly Griffin, who created this hybrid, will message me back with a definite answer. Never know, maybe one of the Aloe species Kelly used to create it was moved to the Gasteria genus. We shall see…
I really liked this Aloe hybrid because of its dark green leaves covered with tiny white spines. The leaves are very rough and feel like tiny needles.
Zones: 9-11 (25-40° F)
Size: 6-12” tall x 6-12” wide
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Well-draining potting soil amended with additional grit and perlite.
Water: Normal watering during the growing period in the spring and autumn months and sparingly during the winter.
Propagation: From offsets
As temperatures started cooling down, I moved my plants into the sunrooms and other rooms in the mansion. If the day was warmer during the winter, I would move them to the 40′ wide front porch then back inside in the evening if it was going to be cold at night. The neighbors must have thought I was crazy.
I moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. I brought my Aloe x ‘Twilight Zone’ with me as well as most of my succulents. I had to give away several hundred pots and making decisions about what to take and leave behind was tough. I had an awesome backyard and 5 sunrooms at the mansion but I knew I would not have that privilege back home in Missouri.
Back outside once again but this time in a totally new environment.
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.
I started noticing that many of the succulents had been chewed on. At first, I thought it was grasshoppers because they were very bad in 2013. Strangely, though, I never noticed grasshoppers on my succulents when I was working with them during the day. So, I went outside during the night with a flashlight and was SHOCKED to see many crickets munching away on several of my succulents. Right then and there I started moving them into the shed. I continued moving them into the shed every evening until the end of the summer.
During their growing period, they should be watered on a regular basis if there was no rain. Even though Aloe are dormant during the hotter months of the summer, I still went over them each time I watered my potted plants. I watered my Aloe very sparingly during the winter while inside.
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 when 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.
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 really enjoyed growing the Aloe x ‘Twilight Zone’ but I am not sure about the leaves turning brown. It appears almost like the plant is sick.
I really liked the Aloe x ‘Twilight Zone’ but unfortunately I gave it up with most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken. Now I am rebuilding my collection and hopefully I will run across another one someday. They are available online, but I prefer to buy most of my plants in person.
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