Aloe 'Pink Blush'
Pink Blush Aloe
Aloe 'Pink Blush' is a small clumping succulent with textured dark green and light green leaves with raised pink ridges. It is one of the larger of Kelly's miniature Aloe hybrids and grows up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall with an equal diameter. The flower stalk is a short inflorescence with orange flowers. It blooms from late winter to spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. In the spring, repot Aloes that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.
Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sunlight once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant. See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Aloe 'Pink Blush' is a popular Aloe hybrid created by Kelly Griffin.
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Beautiful rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword shaped green leaves, with yellow spotting, that are flushed with pink occasionally produces erect racemes of tubular orange flowers a wonderful garden or container accent
Pink Blush Aloe features dainty racemes of orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. Its succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in colour with showy buttery yellow variegation and tinges of pink throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Pink Blush Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pink Blush Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications
Pink Blush Aloe will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Pink Blush Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
Pink Blush Aloe is a highly decorative dwarf aloe hybrid. Mature size is an upright rosette about 12 inches tall and from 8 to 12 inches wide. The leaves are green and white patterned with raised ridges of pink and pink toothed edges. The all over aspect is of a green aloe washed in pink with darker color toward the leaf tips and older leaves. The flowers are orange and appear in winter into spring. This aloe is not hardy in the Chicago area. It makes a lovely summer accent in garden containers, but should be brought indoors to overwinter. This dwarf aloe hybrid was created by Kelly Griffin.