Aloe aristata (South Africa) 

& Hybrids  (Aloe aristata x Aloe variegata)  &  (Aloe aristata x Gasteria sp.) 

Aloe aristata is well known as a garden-,  indoor-  and container plant in many countries outside South Africa.  It can withstand light frost and wetter conditions than most other aloes.  The hybrids are at least just as hardy as the species aloe plant. 
Aloes are succulent plants, also known as fatplants. It is not difficult to grow aloes as a houseplant or as a potplant in the garden or greenhouse.

Aloe aristata x Aloe variegata hybrid

Aloe aristata X  Aloe variegata is a very hardy and attractive plant.   The leaves short, broad and packed in the rosette. The color of the leaves are bright green with a fine dotted pattern.
This hybrid comes from the Sutherland area, where the largest SA Observatory is situated because of the clear sky -  that is, very dry air, which include extreme temperatures from very hot to well bellow freezing.
Before anybody in the cold countries get excited, many aloes take freezing when dry,  the problem is wet and cold at the same time.  The hybrid had no problem in our winter rain conditions (we have no frost).
It can be stated that this hybrid can compare in hardiness to A.aristata
The hybrid makes offsets but we were not successful in pollinating the seeds. This hybrid bloomed the same time as A.variegata.    The  flowers and racemes were very much like A.variegata.  Easy to compare as they bloomed the same time next to each other
It was very disappointing when no seeds were produced on the hybrid using pollen from A.variegata
Aloe  variegata is well known and popularity as indoor plant in many countries around the world. All it needs is good drainage. 
Plant this little aloe on stones to keep it dry outside in the garden.  Very important!  Keep away the ants with their pets plant lice.   The ants carry the lice in the crevices of the leaves where they can not be seen untill the plant collapse.

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Hybrid   Aloe aristata X Aloe variegata  

 

Aloe aristata x Gasteria batesiana hybrid

Aloe aristata X hybrid  is a hardy and attractive small plant.
In full sun the leaves tint to a reddish dark-gray with the center leaves green. The short broad, thick, firm, triangular leaves, have an off-white ridge on the back and edges.
The Aloe aristata X Gasteria species hybrid, blooms the same time as Aloe aristata.  
The flowers are the same color as the flowers of Aloe aristata, with the dark tips,  but no faint lines and no basal swelling.
No seeds formed on the hybrid.

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Aloes are succulent plants, also known as fatplants. It is not difficult to grow aloes as a houseplant or as a potplant in the garden or greenhouse.

seeds available   click here