Plant Shopping With My Daughter – Found Aloe Crosby’s Prolific
My daughter and I recently went on a random trip to Home Depot and stumbled upon a great plant. It was an Aloe Crosby’s Prolific and we snagged that huge pot right away. Neither of us hesitated (hardly) at that price since it was such a large pot. And it is bound to grow a lot more , right? After all, its name is “prolific.” I looked up that word and, sure enough, that’s what it said.
Prolific: (of a plant, animal, or person) producing much
fruit or foliage or many offspring.
What else could we think but that the Aloe Crosby’s Prolific is the Mother Lode of succulents! It is said to be fast-growing so I best get a lot more hypertufa pots made!
I couldn’t find any info on why it is called Crosby’s, so I can only imagine it was a breeder named Crosby who discovered or performed a cross between Aloe nobilis and Aloe humilis and came up with this one.
I feel guilty that I spent as much as I did, but my daughter and I shared it, so that isn’t too bad at all.
Stats on My Aloe Crosby’s Prolific
- USDA Zones 9a – 11
- Houseplant or brought in to protect under 30°F
- Bright light or sun, it will get reddish in more sun
- Drought tolerant, low water needs
- Must have well-draining soil
- Propagates by pups which can be separated and planted
- Red orange flowers on spikes
I am planning to re-pot my Aloe Crosby’s Prolific into a hypertufa bowl. In my video, you see how I plan to make one a bit bigger than the current bowl it is in now. That will give it more room for more pups which, if it lives up to its name, I will have in abundance.
Keeping mine indoors as a house plant, I don’t think I will have as much problems with insects or sun burns or even Critter Nibblers. I read where one aloe was eaten by crickets? I haven’t experienced that so I hope not in the future.
My Aloe should be blooming shortly and I hope to have it planted in its new pot before that happens. But the stalks are growing quickly. I have had aloes bloom before and love those little bells dangling, so I hope that is the type of flower this one will provide too.
I will update with a photo when I get my blooms!
Aloe is one of my all time favorites to grow!! Great tips! I think this will come in handy for me!
It does seem like an easy plant, especially since it wants to make babies for me without even any work from me! What more could I ask?