Aloe hybrid “Vito”
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Aloes are native from South Africa, but Aloe “Vito” is a hybrid, created in nursery, by Kelly Griffin. Kelly Griffin is one of the most important succulent growers in the USA, an he is specialized in creating hybrids in particular of Aloe and Agave genuses.
Aloe “Vito” is a little plant, 30 centimeters tall, which forms clusters of bright green, 15 centimeters long, triangular leaves, covered in red protruding and rough spots. Also the margins of the leaves are spotted, but in the margins they become like soft teeth. For its particular leaves and also for its small dimensions, Aloe “Vito” is really good for ornamental purpose, especially in pots, indoors. The inflorescence develops in winter: it is a long raceme bearing orange-red tubular flowers, more or less 3 centimeters long.
The tips for the cultivation of Aloe “Vito” are similar to the ones for the other Aloes. It requires a well-drained soil, composed of one third of sand or pebbles, to prevent roots rotting. Also leaf rotting can occur, if you wet too much the leaves while watering and you water too much frequently. Watering can be almost completely suspended in winter (once a month it’s sufficient) and, in spring and summer, watering once or twice every two weeks is sufficient. Before each watering, it’s better to wait until the soil is completely dry. Aloe “Vito” needs bright light, especially in winter. It can survive temperatures close to 0ºC but, to prevent damages, it’s better to keep it indoors, especially if you live in a region with cold winters. Repotting is not so frequent, because Aloes are relatively slow-growing plants.
The easiest way to propagate Aloes is to take off one of its many offsets, produced in spring, and put it to root in a river sand substrate.
The name Aloe comes from the Arabic word “aluat” , which means “bitter thing” because of the bitter juice of its leaves. Plants of this genus are also called “stick of heaven”, “gift of Venus”, “plants of immortality”, “silent healer”, “doctor in a jar” because of their many beneficial detoxifying and disinfecting properties, which help to heal wounds and burns.