Aloe polyphylla

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Aloe polyphylla

Post by Herts Mike » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:15 pm

In bud for the first time!
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by juster » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:51 pm

That's good to see! Look forward to seeing it in flower.
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Aiko » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:51 pm

It should be self fertile, so try to get some seeds. I think this could spark interest for quite some people up here.
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:02 am

Is there anything I need do or leave it to it's own devices?
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by MikeDom » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:49 am

My understanding is that it does not self pollinate to produce viable seed.
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:58 am

So it needs encouraging?
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:07 am

Here's a full frontal-
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by MikeDom » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:22 am

Didn’t finish the sentence, but I meant they are self sterile, so you will have to cross-pollinate them.
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:34 am

I'm confused now. Mike says self sterile but Aiko says self fertile.
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Re: Aloe polyphylla

Post by Tony R » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:13 am

You need two plants to make good viable seed.
this was discussed here back into 2007.
See Clark Brunt's excellent article for how he got seeds and great plants:
http://www.viridis.net/cactus/aloe_poly.html
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