Cultivation: Aloe descoingsii x hawothioides is a most
rewarding pot plant. It is relatively easy to cultivate under a wide
variety of climatic conditions provided it is planted in a well-drained
situation given adequate water but not over-watered. It enjoys
light-shade and clumps readily. It may be grown in full sun too but
protect in summer from afternoon sun, and avoid reflected heat. Plants
grown outdoor can withstand light frost and prolonged drought and can
survive often for several seasons without water, at which point the
leaves turn a reddish colour, a sign generally associated with stress.
Frost hardy to -2°C. Maintenance: Removal of old flower
stalks; During the
winter months, the plants should be grown cool to initiate flower
development (about 5-10°C ).
Reproduction: Usually by cuttings, it is
also possible the propagation from seed which germinates easily if sown
in well drained soil and covered lightly with fine sand. Seedlings grow
fast, reaching flowering size in three to four years.
Seeds must be sown as fresh as possible. Fresh seeds
quickly at 18°C.