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Aloe flowering guide

January
Aloe tenuior, Rambling, 3m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
February
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
March
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
April
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
May
Aloe marlothii, Single Stem, 2-4m

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Indigenous plants for Rooftop Gardens

There are many advantages of green roofs other than just looking good. They help to stop the rain gushing down and therefor stop storm water runoff as well as keeping the building cooler indoors. The benefit to humans and animals is that the plants process the carbon dioxide from vehicles and produce oxygen, without which we would not live. They retard fires and help to reduce both noise and air pollution. Once planted up, they will require watering or irrigation until such time as the plants have established themselves.
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Indigenous plants to ensure that your sunbirds have nectar all year

Spring flowering trees which a rich in nectar are Schotia brachypetala, Erythrina and Halleria lucida. Shrubs include Watsonias, Tecoma capensis, Aloes and Strelitzia regina. Summer flowering plants include Burchellia bubalina, Kniphofia, and Agapanthus. Autumn flowering Aloes like Aloe dyeri, Leonotis and Velthemia . Winter has an abundant variety of Aloes, Salvia africana- lutea and Proteas.
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Planting bare rooted Aloes successfully

If you have been given an Aloe that has been dug out of the ground, do leave it on top of the soil so that the roots can dry out for at least a week.When planting some of the old roots should be visible above the ground so don't plant it too deep. Water well after planting and then wait 3 weeks in summer and 2 months in winter before watering again. If your Aloe is not making progress dig it up carefully and leave it in the shade of a tree, lying on its side for a month before replanting. Don't plant it too deep and don't over water. Follow the watering guidelines.
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Aloe pests and diseases

1. White Scale is the most common pest but is very easily treated. They are neat, white rows of sucking insects, usually under the leaves.They spread rapidly so treat as soon as you see them. You could use an aerosol insecticide, Oleum or cooking oil, but I prefer to use 'Spray and cook'. Once they have suffocated, scrape them off with a soft cloth, a toothbrush or a hard jet of water. 2. Cancer or Gall is caused by mites and is difficult to control. Cut off the leaves, but don't put them in the compost heap! It spreads rapidly so it may be better to destroy the plant.
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Aloe pests and diseases

Aloe pests and diseases are difficult to combat unless you go on a vigorous campaign by spraying poisons regularly. 1.White scale is easy to identify as the leaves looks grey and on close inspection you will see little rows of white scale. I use 'Spray and Cook' to suffocate the scale. You could use cooking oil or Oleum or try dipping a toothbrush in 'meths' and scrape them off. Do get rid of it as soon as possible as they will destroy the plant.
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The Language of flowers

The language of flowers dates back to the early Chinese Dynasties and was brought to Europe by the King of Sweden in 1714. Queen Victoria’s fascination with the language of flowers in 1847 prompted her to spread the word throughout the world. Ironically it came full circle as Kate Middleton chose specific flowers for her bouquet when she married William in 2011. The flowers Kate used in her bouquet were : Lily of the Valley for the return of happiness. Hyacinth for the constancy of love. Ivy for fidelity and friendship. Other South African flower meanings :
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