Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)
Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)

Are you looking for a show-stopping addition to your indoor and outdoor succulent collection? Look no further than the magnificent Tiger Aloe, scientifically known as Aloe variegata (reclassified as Gonialoe variegata), which is a vibrant and delightful succulent that will surely captivate any plant lover's heart.This enchanting aloe plant boasts short, longitudinally-arranged white spots on both upper and lower surfaces that align in horizontal bands hence earning it the name tiger aloe or moniker Partridge Breasted Aloe. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as cape aloe, but the real cape aloe is Aloe ferox. 

Belonging to the Asphodelaceae family, it can grow up to 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide. This aloe variegata is a slow-growing plant and can take several years to reach its full size. 

In its natural habitat, South Africa and Namibia, the blooming season for this succulent is from July to September, but indoors, the bloom season may begin in the winter and last through the spring. The Orange, salmon pink flowers that dangle from the stem in multiple directions emit a light and sweet fragrance. 

Tiger aloe (Gonialoe variegata) is mildly toxic to pets. To propagate your Tiger aloe Variegata, remove the offsets that appear around the base of the parent plant with a sharp, clean knife or razor. When you have a healthy Partridge breast Aloe plant, these small rosettes will grow.  

Watering Needs

When watering these South African Aloes, it's important to find the right balance. This tiger aloe, just like the Aloe vera plant, prefers to be slightly underwatered rather than overwatered. It is a drought-tolerant succulent and stores water in its fleshy leaves, so it can withstand periods of dryness. 

To meet the watering needs of the Tiger Aloe, it's best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Before watering, make sure the top inch of the soil is completely dry. When you do water your tiger aloe plant, make sure to water thoroughly, allowing the water to soak through the soil and drain out of the bottom of the pot. 

During the growing season, which is typically spring and summer, you can water the Tiger Aloe more frequently. However, during the dormant period in fall and winter, you should reduce the frequency of watering. Remember, it's always better to underwater than overwater this Aloe variegata to prevent root rot. 

If the leaves start to look shriveled or feel soft, it's a sign that your aloe plant needs water. On the other hand, if the leaves become mushy or turn yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering.

Light Requirements

Like many succulents, the tiger aloe thrives in partial shade, though full sun may cause your plant to turn reddish-brown, adding to its vibrant beauty. 

If you are growing tiger aloe indoors, place your tiger aloe near a window that receives bright, filtered sunlight. East-facing or south-facing windows are usually ideal. If you don't have a window that provides enough light, you can also use artificial grow lights to supplement the natural light. 

Keep an eye on this variegated tiger aloe plant and observe how it responds to light conditions. If the leaves start to stretch or become pale, it may be an indication that it is not getting enough light. On the other hand, if the leaves turn brown or develop sunburn spots, they may be receiving too much direct sunlight. 

Remember to rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even exposure to light on all sides. This will help prevent your Aloe variegata from leaning towards the light source and promote balanced growth.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

When it comes to the optimal soil and fertilizer needs of the Tiger Aloe, it's important to provide a well-drained potting soil surface specifically formulated for succulents. Tiger aloe grows abundantly on rocky outcrops in its natural habitat. So, they're not picky about soil, except that they need good drainage. Instead, make or buy a well-draining soil, or ideally, use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

Tiger aloe does not require frequent feedings, but if you haven't made it a habit to do so, a mature plant that doesn't bloom might encourage flowering from one in the spring with a balanced natural fertilizer with an equal mix of NPK. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to weak, leggy growth. 

Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution and under-fertilize rather than over-fertilize succulents. If you notice any signs of fertilizer burn, such as brown or scorched leaves, reduce the frequency or strength of the fertilizer. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

The Tiger Aloe is well-suited to warm and arid climates and is typically grown indoors in colder zones. It is generally recommended for hardiness zones 9-11. In terms of temperature, the Tiger Aloe prefers a range between 60°F and 80°F if grown outdoors. It can tolerate slightly cold temperatures but may struggle in extreme heat.

Native to dry conditions, this aloe plant tolerates hot temperatures and low humidity levels. It doesn't require high levels of humidity and can thrive in average indoor humidity levels, which are typically around 40-60%. However, it's important to avoid excessively dry air, which can cause the leaves to shrivel. If the air in your home is particularly dry, you can increase humidity by using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the aloe plant. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your specific location and make adjustments as needed to create the best-growing conditions for your Tiger Aloe plants.

We think you will love this aloe plant for sale – order your very own Aloe variegata - tiger aloe today and start enjoying its beauty in no time!

Bloom Season spring
Bloom Season Winter, spring
Botanical Name Aloe variegata
Botanical Name Gonialoe variegata
Common Name partridge breast aloe
Common Name Tiger aloe, Partridge Breasted Aloe
Dormancy Winter
Family Asphodelaceae
Flower Color green
Flower Color Orange, salmon, pink
Genus Aloe
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Habit rosettes
Growth Rate slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Hardiness Zone 9a11b
Mature Size 24 in. tall, 12 in. wide
Mature Size 3 Inch
Native Area South Africa
Native Area South Africa, Namibia
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By offsets
Resistance 5 °C (41 °F)
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Whitish spots on the leaves
Sun Exposure full sun
Sun Exposure Partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic to pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Tiger Aloe 

The Tiger Aloe is generally a resilient aloe plant, but it can still face a few common problems and pests. Overwatering is one of the main issues to watch out for, as it can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. To prevent this, make sure to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and avoid leaving the same plant in standing water. 

Another common problem is pest infestation. The Tiger Aloe can attract mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites if planted outdoors. These pests can cause damage to the leaves and overall health of the aloe mother plant. Regularly inspect your Tiger Aloe for any signs of infestation, such as sticky residue, webbing, or tiny insects. If you notice any pests, you can try using a solution of water and mild soap to gently wipe them away. In severe cases, you may need to use an organic insecticide specifically formulated for succulents.  

Lastly, the Tiger Aloe can also suffer from leaf spots or browning leaves. This can be caused by various factors, such as overexposure to direct sunlight, fungal infections, or nutrient deficiencies. To prevent leaf spots, make sure to provide the plant with the right amount of sunlight and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures. Additionally, maintaining a balanced fertilizer regimen can help prevent nutrient deficiencies. 

By being mindful of these common problems and taking proper care of your Tiger Aloe, you can help keep it healthy and thriving. 

FAQs - Tiger Aloe Plant

Does tiger aloe need lots of sun? 

Yes, Tiger Aloe thrives in bright sunlight. It prefers to be placed in a location with direct sunlight for at least 4-6 hours a day. However, it's important to avoid exposing it to intense, scorching sunlight for extended periods, as this can cause sunburn or leaf damage.  

Finding a balance of bright, indirect sunlight is ideal for Tiger Aloe's growth and overall health. 

Is tiger aloe the same as Aloe vera? 

No, Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata) is not the same as Aloe vera. While they are both members of the Aloe genus, they have distinct characteristics. Tiger Aloe has variegated leaves with white spots and toothed edges, while Aloe vera has solid green leaves without spots.  

Additionally, Aloe vera is more commonly known for its medicinal properties, particularly the gel inside its leaves, which is often used for soothing skin irritations. Tiger Aloe, on the other hand, is primarily grown for its ornamental value. 

How fast does tiger aloe grow? 

Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata) is a relatively slow-growing plant. It typically takes several years for a Tiger Aloe to reach its full size. The growth rate can vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions, care, and the individual plant's characteristics.  

Patience is key when growing Tiger Aloe, as it may take some time for it to establish and develop into a mature plant. 

How do you care for aloe variegata? 

To care for Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata), provide it with bright sunlight for 4-6 hours each day. Water it thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Use well-drained soil and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.  

Keep it in a temperature range of 60-80°F and moderate humidity. It's also important to protect it from frost and extreme temperatures. Regularly remove any dead or dried leaves and fertilize sparingly during the growing season. 

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Tiger ‘Aloe variegata’ (Gonialoe variegata)

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Are you looking for a show-stopping addition to your indoor and outdoor succulent collection? Look no further than the magnificent Tiger Aloe, scientifically known as Aloe variegata (reclassified as Gonialoe variegata), which is a vibrant and delightful succulent that will surely captivate any plant lover's heart.This enchanting aloe plant boasts short, longitudinally-arranged white spots on both upper and lower surfaces that align in horizontal bands hence earning it the name tiger aloe or moniker Partridge Breasted Aloe. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as cape aloe, but the real cape aloe is Aloe ferox. 

Belonging to the Asphodelaceae family, it can grow up to 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide. This aloe variegata is a slow-growing plant and can take several years to reach its full size. 

In its natural habitat, South Africa and Namibia, the blooming season for this succulent is from July to September, but indoors, the bloom season may begin in the winter and last through the spring. The Orange, salmon pink flowers that dangle from the stem in multiple directions emit a light and sweet fragrance. 

Tiger aloe (Gonialoe variegata) is mildly toxic to pets. To propagate your Tiger aloe Variegata, remove the offsets that appear around the base of the parent plant with a sharp, clean knife or razor. When you have a healthy Partridge breast Aloe plant, these small rosettes will grow.  

Watering Needs

When watering these South African Aloes, it's important to find the right balance. This tiger aloe, just like the Aloe vera plant, prefers to be slightly underwatered rather than overwatered. It is a drought-tolerant succulent and stores water in its fleshy leaves, so it can withstand periods of dryness. 

To meet the watering needs of the Tiger Aloe, it's best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Before watering, make sure the top inch of the soil is completely dry. When you do water your tiger aloe plant, make sure to water thoroughly, allowing the water to soak through the soil and drain out of the bottom of the pot. 

During the growing season, which is typically spring and summer, you can water the Tiger Aloe more frequently. However, during the dormant period in fall and winter, you should reduce the frequency of watering. Remember, it's always better to underwater than overwater this Aloe variegata to prevent root rot. 

If the leaves start to look shriveled or feel soft, it's a sign that your aloe plant needs water. On the other hand, if the leaves become mushy or turn yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering.

Light Requirements

Like many succulents, the tiger aloe thrives in partial shade, though full sun may cause your plant to turn reddish-brown, adding to its vibrant beauty. 

If you are growing tiger aloe indoors, place your tiger aloe near a window that receives bright, filtered sunlight. East-facing or south-facing windows are usually ideal. If you don't have a window that provides enough light, you can also use artificial grow lights to supplement the natural light. 

Keep an eye on this variegated tiger aloe plant and observe how it responds to light conditions. If the leaves start to stretch or become pale, it may be an indication that it is not getting enough light. On the other hand, if the leaves turn brown or develop sunburn spots, they may be receiving too much direct sunlight. 

Remember to rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even exposure to light on all sides. This will help prevent your Aloe variegata from leaning towards the light source and promote balanced growth.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

When it comes to the optimal soil and fertilizer needs of the Tiger Aloe, it's important to provide a well-drained potting soil surface specifically formulated for succulents. Tiger aloe grows abundantly on rocky outcrops in its natural habitat. So, they're not picky about soil, except that they need good drainage. Instead, make or buy a well-draining soil, or ideally, use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

Tiger aloe does not require frequent feedings, but if you haven't made it a habit to do so, a mature plant that doesn't bloom might encourage flowering from one in the spring with a balanced natural fertilizer with an equal mix of NPK. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to weak, leggy growth. 

Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution and under-fertilize rather than over-fertilize succulents. If you notice any signs of fertilizer burn, such as brown or scorched leaves, reduce the frequency or strength of the fertilizer. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

The Tiger Aloe is well-suited to warm and arid climates and is typically grown indoors in colder zones. It is generally recommended for hardiness zones 9-11. In terms of temperature, the Tiger Aloe prefers a range between 60°F and 80°F if grown outdoors. It can tolerate slightly cold temperatures but may struggle in extreme heat.

Native to dry conditions, this aloe plant tolerates hot temperatures and low humidity levels. It doesn't require high levels of humidity and can thrive in average indoor humidity levels, which are typically around 40-60%. However, it's important to avoid excessively dry air, which can cause the leaves to shrivel. If the air in your home is particularly dry, you can increase humidity by using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the aloe plant. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your specific location and make adjustments as needed to create the best-growing conditions for your Tiger Aloe plants.

We think you will love this aloe plant for sale – order your very own Aloe variegata - tiger aloe today and start enjoying its beauty in no time!

Bloom Season spring
Bloom Season Winter, spring
Botanical Name Aloe variegata
Botanical Name Gonialoe variegata
Common Name partridge breast aloe
Common Name Tiger aloe, Partridge Breasted Aloe
Dormancy Winter
Family Asphodelaceae
Flower Color green
Flower Color Orange, salmon, pink
Genus Aloe
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Habit rosettes
Growth Rate slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Hardiness Zone 9a11b
Mature Size 24 in. tall, 12 in. wide
Mature Size 3 Inch
Native Area South Africa
Native Area South Africa, Namibia
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By offsets
Resistance 5 °C (41 °F)
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Whitish spots on the leaves
Sun Exposure full sun
Sun Exposure Partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic to pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Tiger Aloe 

The Tiger Aloe is generally a resilient aloe plant, but it can still face a few common problems and pests. Overwatering is one of the main issues to watch out for, as it can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. To prevent this, make sure to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and avoid leaving the same plant in standing water. 

Another common problem is pest infestation. The Tiger Aloe can attract mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites if planted outdoors. These pests can cause damage to the leaves and overall health of the aloe mother plant. Regularly inspect your Tiger Aloe for any signs of infestation, such as sticky residue, webbing, or tiny insects. If you notice any pests, you can try using a solution of water and mild soap to gently wipe them away. In severe cases, you may need to use an organic insecticide specifically formulated for succulents.  

Lastly, the Tiger Aloe can also suffer from leaf spots or browning leaves. This can be caused by various factors, such as overexposure to direct sunlight, fungal infections, or nutrient deficiencies. To prevent leaf spots, make sure to provide the plant with the right amount of sunlight and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures. Additionally, maintaining a balanced fertilizer regimen can help prevent nutrient deficiencies. 

By being mindful of these common problems and taking proper care of your Tiger Aloe, you can help keep it healthy and thriving. 

FAQs - Tiger Aloe Plant

Does tiger aloe need lots of sun? 

Yes, Tiger Aloe thrives in bright sunlight. It prefers to be placed in a location with direct sunlight for at least 4-6 hours a day. However, it's important to avoid exposing it to intense, scorching sunlight for extended periods, as this can cause sunburn or leaf damage.  

Finding a balance of bright, indirect sunlight is ideal for Tiger Aloe's growth and overall health. 

Is tiger aloe the same as Aloe vera? 

No, Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata) is not the same as Aloe vera. While they are both members of the Aloe genus, they have distinct characteristics. Tiger Aloe has variegated leaves with white spots and toothed edges, while Aloe vera has solid green leaves without spots.  

Additionally, Aloe vera is more commonly known for its medicinal properties, particularly the gel inside its leaves, which is often used for soothing skin irritations. Tiger Aloe, on the other hand, is primarily grown for its ornamental value. 

How fast does tiger aloe grow? 

Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata) is a relatively slow-growing plant. It typically takes several years for a Tiger Aloe to reach its full size. The growth rate can vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions, care, and the individual plant's characteristics.  

Patience is key when growing Tiger Aloe, as it may take some time for it to establish and develop into a mature plant. 

How do you care for aloe variegata? 

To care for Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata), provide it with bright sunlight for 4-6 hours each day. Water it thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Use well-drained soil and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.  

Keep it in a temperature range of 60-80°F and moderate humidity. It's also important to protect it from frost and extreme temperatures. Regularly remove any dead or dried leaves and fertilize sparingly during the growing season. 

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