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Why Aloes?
Monday, 26 May 2014 09:14

You may wonder why it is a good idea to use aloes in your garden. Here are just some of the main reasons why looking into growing these beautiful plants is a great idea. Aloes are architecturally interesting, easy to grow, do not need a lot of water and they bloom in winter with the most amazing colourful flowers. When you start out with an aloe garden it is better to try and resist buying and planting on impulse. Do some research on the aloes that interest you, and try and select a specific colour and stick to it. A main theme with slight variation will look stunning. Once your aloe garden has taken off and you are happy with the results only then should you experiment with different aloes and see how you can mix and match with the different spices. Keep in mind that there are over 500 spices of aloe to choose from, find out which aloes are indigenous to the area where you live and then choose according to that guideline. It is very important to get to know your garden as well. You should know which areas are frost-prone. Where all the warm spots are and where all the sheltered pockets are. Then you can select your aloes accordingly. Soil preparation is of paramount importance. If possible dig over the soil about 500mm, then you should working at least 15cm of well-rotted compost and some bone meal to stimulate root growth by doing this you will simplify aftercare considerably. The following aloes are readily available in our nursery, the Aloe arborescens, Aloe chabaudii, Aloe vanbalenii, Aloe cooperi, and the Aloe thraskii.

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