An ice-cold succulent that loves the sun, blizzard aloe has white and green stripes.
It unique coloration makes it a perfect addition to any succulent collection and makes a great conversation starter for all plant enthusiasts.
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This succulent thrives under the same conditions as most aloe plants, however, it grows a bit slower and has a higher sensitivity to sunlight.
The slow growth and increased light sensitivity is a side-effect of this variety containing less chlorophyll in its leaves, which gives this type of aloe its unique coloration.
Additionally, this succulent has small (but not sharp) teeth that run along the top ends of its leaves.
It also has rough bumps that run along the underside of the leaves, resembling tiger tooth aloe.
For more information on tiger tooth aloe, which has its own unique features, check out our webpage on Tiger Tooth Aloe Care
Blizzard aloe does not occur naturally and is a product of selective breeding.
Similar varieties of blizzard aloe have been developed through cross breeding different aloe species.
However, the general care requirements are nearly identical among aloe plants.
Nonetheless, the plant is extremely beautiful, unique, and hardy.
It has primarily white leaves with deep green stripes and light green hues. Similar to other aloe plants, it has small tooth-like spines along its edges.
The plants grow about 8 inches (20 centimeters) and their leaves can grow just as long. As a result, they need repotted every year or two.
Learn more about this plant’s description, hardiness, and scientific background at worldofsucculents.com.
Blizzard Aloe General Care
This variety of aloe has similar care requirements to most other succulents and aloe plants. They prefer to have plenty of indirect light, warm temperatures, and a little less water.
Be careful to avoid placing blizzard aloe plants in direct sunlight for too long. Their white leaves are prone to sunburn.
Most succulents and aloe plants do not require heavy watering. Likewise, blizzard aloe only needs a small amount of water.
They are often watered too much, which results in them wilting or developing a bacterial/fungal infection.
First, water blizzard aloes thoroughly but infrequently to give the plants time to dry out between waterings.
They cannot sit in water for extended periods of time, or else they will rot.
To clarify, water plants once the top 1-2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) of the soil has dried out. This equates to about one watering every 1-2 weeks.
If the temperature of the area is consistently hot, consider watering the plants more often to prevent them from drying out too much.
Additionally, cut back on watering during the winter months. Most succulents and cacti go through a dormant period of limited growth (or none at all) during the coldest months of the year.
During this time, the plants will be preparing for active spring and summer growth.
After winter ends, increase watering to the original amount.
Like most succulents, blizzard aloe requires a lot of light. However, too much light is particularly dangerous to their white/pale green leaves and can cause them to dry out.
Six hours of direct sunlight in the morning each day is ideal, although the plants can acclimate over a few months to survive more hours.
Watch plants carefully for the first few weeks when placed in direct sunlight to ensure the leaves are not burning.
On the other hand, blizzard aloe also does well in bright, indirect light. If using bright and indirect light, be sure to provide around 12 hours total.
If planted indoors, a western or southern-facing window will provide enough light for the aloe and most other succulents (Opposite if you live in the southern hemisphere)
Growth lights are also a great alternative to using sunlight or window sills.
Place the lights about 12 inches (30 centimeters) above the tops of the aloe plants and leave them on for 12 to 16 hours each day.
LED grow lights work well as they often come in full spectrum colors and do not produce a lot of heat that may damage plants.
Unlike its name suggests, blizzard aloe does not tolerate freezing temperatures at all.
Like most other cacti and succulents, this aloe does best in warm temperatures.
The plants thrive between 65°F and 75°F (18-24°C), but they can handle small temperature fluctuations.
As a result of its hardy nature, blizzard aloe can survive in temperatures as high as 90°F (32°C) and as low as 50°F (10°C).
They can survive higher temperatures, however, this may cause plants to sunburn or dry out.
Any prolonged exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures is deadly.
If grown in agricultural zones 10-11, the plants can be left outside all year or may even be planted permanently in the ground.
Always make sure to water aloes located in very dry environments and cover them if it gets too cold (below 50°F/10°C).
Above all, blizzard aloe should never be left in a drafty area. A steady draft will chill leaves or dry out stems, stunting growth or causing the plant to wilt.
Soil and Potting Requirements:
Blizzard aloe, as well as most succulents in general, need a quick-drying soil that does not hold a lot of water. Thankfully, there are multiple soils that aloes will thrive in if provided.
Here’s a list of the best soil options for blizzard aloe:
- Cactus/Citrus potting soil mixes
- Potting soil and Sand mixtures
- Perlite and Lava Rock mixtures
Additionally, organic matter such as leaves or fruit peels can be mixed into the soil. This helps to create a nutrient-rich substrate to promote strong and healthy growth.
However, avoid putting in too much organic matter.
Also, try adding a layer of coarse gravel or small pebbles to the top of aloe pots.
The rocks allow water to drain away from the top of the soil to reduce the risk of rotting, while also preventing water from pushing the soil around.
Make sure that the pot holding the aloe has drainage holes at the bottom. Drainage holes allow excess water to flow out of the bottom of the pot and help to prevent rotting.
Furthermore, the pH of the soil should be neutral to slightly alkaline/basic for optimal growth.
This isn’t a critical requirement, but some soils may be too acidic or alkaline for aloe plants and cause them to die off.
Aloe varieties are excellent choices in succulent rock gardens. Learn about them on our webpage at Sun Spot Nursery – Rock Gardens.
Fertilizing Blizzard Aloe:
Blizzard aloe does not need any fertilizer in order to survive, but it can help boost new and faster growth if used correctly.
Use a succulent/cactus fertilizer or a phosphorous heavy fertilizer diluted in water for the best results. Always make sure to follow the instructions of the chosen fertilizer.
Fertilize the aloe plants during the spring or late winter to promote new leaf production. Fertilizing also helps to promote the development of offsets (tiny clones) that eventually grow into full-sized plants.
Succulent or cactus plant foods are also good choices that have similar effects to other fertilizers.
They can be in pellet or liquid form and slowly release nutrients into the soil for lasting growth benefits. Make sure to follow the product’s instructions.
Blizzard Aloe Propagation:
Thankfully, blizzard aloe propagation is extremely simple and easy.
Mother plants (the oldest ones) will gradually produce smaller pups, known as offsets, over time. The pups will slowly grow into full-sized plants that can be separated from the mother plant with a sharp and sterile cutting tool.
The offsets will form their own roots, so once they are separated they can be cared for like any other plant.
It is also possible to root the leaves in soil by cutting them off and letting them dry. The leaves can then be directly planted into the soil and kept moist until they form roots.
However, propagation through leaf cuttings is often unsuccessful. The best method by far is to allow the aloe plant to gradually produce smaller pups.
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