Aloe Juvenna is an aloe plant species which is found in Kenya. It is famous for its growth of leaves as a dense cluster taking the form of a triangle. The leaves of the succulent plants also have pointed teeth-like margins. So, this species is commonly known as Tiger Tooth Aloe.
The plants belong to the aloe genus and Asphodelaceae family. It especially grows in rocky and mountainous areas. It can grow up to 2 feet. The leaves are bright green in color, but when exposed to sunlight, they may acquire reddish or brownish tones.
Now, tiger tooth aloe plants can be grown as a houseplant. Let us see how you can grow and take care of such a plant.
Exposure to indoor lightings
Tiger tooth aloe needs bright lighting. So if you are keeping it indoors, you need to provide it with sufficient lighting. You should choose an east, south, or west-facing window.
You can move the plant around the house and see where it will fit in and will be happiest. If you have poor lighting, you can also set up artificial lighting. You should use grow lights. It helps the plants to grow by providing sufficient light. The grow lights give ample help on winter days.
Exposure to outdoor sunlight
The tiger tooth aloe juvenna plants can survive in light shade and tolerate scorching sun. It stays happiest in places that receive slight protection from full sun. Before exposing it to the sun or elevating the amount of sunlight it receives, you should acclimate the plants to prevent sunburn.
Do not place the plants in the sun all of a sudden. You must slowly increase the amount of sunlight it receives. It is also important to know that mature plants are more tolerant than their smaller versions.
Requirement of soil
The soil characteristic that tiger tooth juvenna desires is a well-draining soil. All succulents want such soil. They flourish well in this kind of soil because they are susceptible to root rot. The roots rot if the water stays clogged in the soil.
You can use various kinds of concoctions to help in drainage. For added drainage, you may use a cactus potting mix merged with perlite in the ratio 2:1. You can also use sandy soil as it cannot hold water for a long time.
Requirement of water
Proper soiling and proper watering go hand in hand. Roots of aloe juvenna rot due to improper water concentration in the soil. Watering depends on the climate the plant lives in. Although they are adaptable to dry climates, they flourish well with a sufficient amount of water.
In the summer seasons, you should water your plant every 7-10 days’ interval. In the winter season, you may water them every two weeks’ interval. In places with humidity, you don’t need to water even that much.
Propagating the plant
The best way to propagate the tiger tooth aloe plants is by separating the pups and offsets. You should first identify the pups that are grown enough to be cut out. You should try to remove the pups which have their roots already growing.
It will give you great success in cultivating another aloe plant in another pot. Some pups are easier to be plucked just by twisting them off the mother plant. But it is recommended that you should remove the whole plant from the pot before doing it.
Tiger tooth aloe plants do not need much care like any other flowering plants or fruit trees. Some basic care is needed to be done to make it your garden plant. Follow the above-mentioned tips to grow your aloe plant well. You must remember about proper soiling with proper watering.