Grow and Care for Aloe Polyphylla – Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla, an attractive evergreen succulent, is native to South Africa. It is a member of the genus Aloe. The unusual spiral-like growth pattern of this succulent has made it extremely desirable. It’s possible for the tight, symmetrical spiral to form either clockwise or counterclockwise, as shown here, based on the orientation of the thick green leaves, which taper to sharp, purplish-brown tips. This particular aloe can grow to a width of 24 inches and has 15-30 leaves per spiral.

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This stunning succulent is perfect for container gardening, rock gardens, and other succulent gardens. Being able to thrive in dry environments makes it a great houseplant. The spiral aloe is in high demand but difficult to come by because of the specific growing conditions it demands. If you can find one, it will be well worth your time because of how incredible it looks.

It’s possible for this Aloe to produce flowers on rare occasions; when it does, it’s usually in the late spring or early summer. Flowers in varying shades of red, salmon pink, and occasionally yellow can be found at the very tip of the spike’s many offshoots. Butterflies, bees, other insects, and birds are all drawn to the blooms because of the nectar they provide.

Native to its present-day range in Lesotho, a small kingdom surrounded by South African territory, the spiral aloe is easily recognizable on any map. Appreciating its value, that country has designated it as its national flower. Further, the spiral aloe plant is a common wildflower in South Africa and its environs. The Aloe polyphylla plant can be grown outdoors of its warm native growing zone as an outdoor area plant or an inside houseplant if the climate is acceptable.

Grow and Care for Aloe Polyphylla

Spiral aloe, a relative of Aloe vera, is famously difficult to cultivate and sustain alive as a succulent outside of its native climate. Because of its extreme sensitivity to its environment, the spiral aloe requires meticulous attention to its humidity, temperature, and water. Among these are the following:


Despite its succulent status, Aloe Polyphylla does best in direct daylight only in areas with warm summers and low average annual sunshine. It can tolerate shade or dappled sunlight during the day, but the full shade is detrimental to its growth in these climates.

Spiral aloe (Aloe Polyphylla) needs a lot of sunlight, so put it near a window on the bright side if you plant it inside. Ensure the leaves are not touching the glass since this could cause damage. Growing spiral aloe outside in highly warm climates can be challenging because the shade requires between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight per day.


The Aloe Polyphylla can only grow in well-drained, somewhat acidic, well-aerated soil. Standard succulent and cactus soil mixes can be used, but adding some pumice or lava rock will improve the aeration of the plants. Potting soil, horticultural sand, and pumice or lava rock can be used in a two-to-one-to-one ratio to create a homemade potting mix.


Like many other succulents, the Aloe Polyphylla is not overly picky about its watering needs and may survive in rather dry environments. Indeed, root rot and overwatering are two of the most common reasons gardeners and those who enjoy growing houseplants have difficulty keeping this succulent healthy.

In the fall and winter, you should water less frequently and let the soil dry out entirely in between waterings. If you live in a location that gets a lot of rain and still want to grow Aloe Polyphylla outside, you should use a planter that can be taken inside and protected from the rain.

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Grow and Care for Spiral Aloe or Aloe Polyphylla

Temperature and Humidity

Unfortunately, the Aloe Polyphylla is easily harmed by frost and can’t handle hot temperatures either. Avoid exposing this succulent to temperatures below freezing or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for long temperatures of time.

Keep the Aloe Polyphylla out of the wind and away from the extreme humidity. The ideal conditions include warm temperatures and low humidity. Most growers have the best success with this high-maintenance succulent when they keep the spiral aloe alive and well in a pot indoors or outside.


Aloe Polyphylla does not require fertilizer for optimal growth and development. If you want to encourage healthier development, apply a phosphorus-rich fertilizer once in the spring. The same effect can be achieved in the middle of spring by spreading worm castings over the soil’s surface at a thickness of 2.5 centimeters. Increasing the amount of fertilizer or feeding the plants during the cold season may have a catastrophic effect on their pace of growth.


Removal of wasted dead leaves and flower stalks is all required of an Aloe Polyphylla, as opposed to standard pruning. Brown or orange leaves should be removed so that the plant’s energy may be focused on keeping the green parts alive. Pruning shears should be used for anything over a certain size, while a sharp knife can be used for everything. Remove any spent flower stems or plant material and any spots on the leaves that have turned a different color or are beginning to dry up.


Growing new Aloe Polyphylla from seeds is conceivable. Still, the most frequent and straightforward method is to use a garden trowel to divide established plants and transplant the divisions into their pots. When mature, spiral aloes generate a huge number of pups.

Potting and Repotting

The slow growth rate of the Aloe Polyphylla means that it will only need to be repotted every two or three years. Ensure the container you buy includes drainage holes in the bottom to keep the plant alive. As a result of their ability to absorb excess soil moisture, terracotta or clay pots are great options for the spiral aloe.

Turn the pot on its side or upside down and gently wiggle the plant out of the pot to repot an Aloe Polyphylla. Transplant the plant into the new container after removing as much of the old soil from the roots as possible without damaging the roots. You should add additional soil and firmly pat it around the plant’s roots.


Pet owners, take note: the spiral aloe (Aloe Polyphylla) is toxic to pets (cats and dogs), so it’s best to keep it safely out of reach. In addition to keeping our pets safe from the plant, this will also keep them safe from each other.

Common Problems

Pest and Diseases

While scale, mealybugs, and other sap-sucking pests rarely bother spiral aloe pests, they have been known to do so on rare occasions. The Aloe Polyphylla often does not have problems with pests or diseases. Be careful to monitor the plant closely and look for signs of pests regularly. Particularly mealybugs and scale-like to hide on the underside of the leaves and in fissures and nooks on the plant itself.

A facial-quality sponge or regular cotton swab soaked in alcohol can be used to eliminate minor infestations of scale insects. This is equally as effective. The alcohol ought to be sufficient to kill the scale, but the dead insects will linger on the plants, making it more challenging to look for future infestations.

If Aloe Polyphylla has already been harmed by root rot, how can I salvage it?

Remove the plant and any sick dirt from the container first. Look at the roots and get rid of the slimy, dark areas. Remove the biggest leaves if the rot has spread to much of the root. This may or may not work, depending on how bad the root rot is, but the plant has a much less chance of survival with fewer leaves.

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Grow and Care for Aloe Polyphylla

Why do my spiral aloe’s leaves turn red?

The bright sunlight and the lack of moisture cause the spiral aloe to become red most of the time. If you don’t move the plant to a location that gets some shade and give it some water, its leaves will start to wrinkly and dry up.

What causes my spiral aloe to fall?

Several factors might cause the leaves of a spiral aloe plant to fall over, including an abundance or deficiency of sunlight, insufficient soil, excessive moisture in the soil, freezing weather, inadequate pot depth, and illness.

How should an Aloe Polyphylla be cared for in intense sunlight?

Since prolonged exposure to sunlight is detrimental to plants, you should cover it in this instance. It enjoys the outdoors, but too much exposure to the sun will cause it to dry out quickly.

How much time does it take aloe polyphylla to grow?

It will take you between 5 and 6 years to see it mature if you give it the ideal conditions to flourish. For example, if the soil is always wet or the plant is constantly exposed to direct sun, you shouldn’t expect much growth. The fastest growth is achieved when grown on a slope.

Can spiral aloe (aloe Polyphylla) be grown indoors?

You can grow it, but you’ll need a container with drainage holes. We’ve already established that this plant doesn’t like water much. Therefore, it’s important that none of the unused water sits in the pot. Place it in an attractive location where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun daily. If its leaves are left in the sunlight for too long, they will turn brown.

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The spiral aloe (aloe Polyphylla) is a gorgeous and low-maintenance addition to any garden. Its pink blossoms and light green leaves will draw attention anywhere you put them, from the outdoors to the living room. It may be grown successfully in containers using the appropriate size.

It doesn’t require much attention from you, but it does require some love and water. Once you find the proper container and setting, this aloe Polyphylla will be just as happy growing inside as it would be outside.

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