|Closeup of albino* pups|
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Survival of albino Aloes
This is an Aloe nobilis
variegata. Pups are continously growing from her base - all
variegated. The variegation patterns are widely varied, ranging from almost full green to albino*. Striping is light to dark green, often turning red/brown in full sun.
*In the context of this post, "Albino" are plants with very little chlorophyll.
I was curious if the albino forms would survive on their own. I removed four similarly sized pups, three albino and one standard, and situated them in half day sun. This is a photo of the four pups a few months after removal. The standard form has grown twice as large as the albinos and has begun to produce pups.
More recently, I removed these four pups and planted them in the same pot. They represent a wider range of variegation. There is one almost completely white specimen. Curious to see if it survives.
This pup was lightly variegated and unlike the others, took on the reddish "stress" colors of the mother plant.