How I Grow Aloe from seed
I don't know the best way to grow Aloes from seed so I'll just share my experiences.
One day last year on a walk just down the street from my (used to be ) office...
|Little used sidewalk with lots of Hesperaloe|
I always thought this area was desolate looking and wondered how they arrived at a decision to plant a berm several hundred yards long with Hesperaloe 20ft on center.
|Hesperaloe Seed Pods NOT Ready!|
Hmmm... these seeds will just end up in the landfill so surely no one will care if I grab a few pods
|Hesperaloe Seed Pods Ready!|
Before planting I soaked the seeds in water for a few days. I was surprised to see green shoots emerging from the soil within days!
|Manfreda spreading in the front yard|
|Manfreda seed pods ready for harvest|
|Manfreda seeds after roughly 2 weeks soaking in water|
|Manfreda seedlings about 1 week after planting|
|Late December 2020|
|Aloe thraskii seeds
|Aloe thraskii seedlings a few days after emerging|
|Aloe thraskii roughly three weeks after planting|
I'm not sure why but the seedlings seemed to have changed color from their original vivid green. Once transplanted they changed back to a richer green color.
I carefully removed several of the seedlings at this point and realized I should have transplanted them a few weeks ago. Their roots are getting tangled and have grown surprisingly long. Some of the plants have a main root that is at least 8+ inches long! Lesson three - start seeds that grow roots aggressively in individual cells rather than an open tray. I've got a bunch of 72 cell trays that would have been perfect.
|Aloe dawei seed pods early Oct, 2020|
|Aloe dawei seeds the next day after removing spent bloom stalks|
|Aloe dawei seedlings late Oct, 2020|
|Aloe dawei - late December, 2020|
|Aloe dawei closeup - late December 2020|