Furcraea Foetida Mauritius hemp
(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Green Aloe or Mauritius Hemp are two of the many Furcraea Foetida common names. This sword-shaped succulent grows up to 1 metre tall and belongs to the Asparagaceae family. The evergreen plant is native to the Caribbean and Northern South America.
Whether you grow the plant indoors or outdoors, in a pot or in a container, in a garden or near a window sill, the rate of growth of this succulent is slow.
The Furcraea Foetida flowers bloom in spring and summer with a strong scent that lasts for days. The color of the flowers is greenish to creamy white.
Watering and Feeding
Water it moderately during summers and the blooming season but after that, it requires only occasional watering. To feed your green aloe, use a controlled-release fertilizer at the start of the growing season.
Green Aloe prefers slightly acidic soil with a well-draining mix. Before you plant it, ensure that the soil is completely dry and know dead roots exist.
The Mauritius Hemp grows best in semi-humid environments and can tolerate temperatures as low as -4°C. They belong to a hardiness zone of 9a.
This is a light-loving plant and should be planted in an area where it can get plenty of sunlight. Choose a spot that gets full sun and light shade.
Mauritius hemp propagation can be done by small plantlets that appear at the bottom of the plant. Repot them in containers and be careful of how much water you provide.
Beware of mites. They can be difficult to spot but are noticeable when the plant’s leaves will start to curl. Get rid of them by using insecticide soap.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Autumn and winter|
|Common Name||Mauritius hemp|
|Frost Tolerance||-18° C|
|Growth Rate||Slow growth|
|Hardiness Zone||9b to 11|
|Height||4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)|
|Origin||Native to tropical america|
|Scientific Name||Furcraea foetida|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|