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Our New Fan Aloe Friend


Our new baby

Last week I brought this slightly beat up, awesome fan aloe (Aloe plicatilis) home. I work for a home staging company watering plants, and one of our sweet clients offered me this guy when she moved. After 45 minutes of digging, pulling and shaking it finally came out of its container.  Matti wanted to take pictures of the huge bruises on my legs from the fight. I have some nice scrapes on my knuckles too. Even out of the container it weighed at least thirty pounds.

Happy aloe

The opuntia is going to have to go somewhere else, but we couldn’t figure out where. I think we still have a few years before it gets too huge to move.

Something had to be moved

To make room for the aloe we (Matti) dug up the dwarf callistemon and moved it to the succulent corner.  This sad little dude has some sort of nasty bug that likes to hang out on the new bud shoots. I’ve had it for at least two years, and it’s never flowered. A couple weeks ago I started blasting the nasties with some hort oil, and it’s gotten happier. Sometimes I’m kind of lazy when it comes to pest management. He may or may not make it in this not-so-prime spot.

Another aloe friend

Here’s the guy we rescued from a green bin last year. The chilean glory vine is in all its glory behind it. Don’t forget, you can click on the pictures above and then click again for super close ups. We really like to jam stuff in.


  1. I notice that the “Something had to be moved” photo shows succulents arranged in a triangle, which is, as we know, the best way to arrange succulents.

  2. Can I come spend an afternoon hanging out in you guys backyard? It’s just so darn beautiful!

    • Of course! We’re still working on some sort of seating arrangement :) I have a feeling if we weren’t renters it would rock even more. I’d love to get rid of all the concrete back there. More room for plants!

  3. I like the new addition to your garden.

  4. I am stunned at that Chilean glory vine covering all that fence! And that fan aloe doesn’t look beat up at all. What a score. And who needs seats when there’s so much to check out up close?

  5. What a garden! That fan aloe is awesome!!! Goodness, I suppose I could come over there and just spend a week or two checking out your yard!!! I might need a glass or two of iced tea during that time!!! LOL…gorgoeus stuff you guys do…..:)

    • It has been fun putting this garden together. I have on my to do list to map out the garden and all the different species of succulents…but will also need a couple weeks to complete. Matti

  6. I love the fan aloe. Nearly bought one myself but since I have such a little space, I decided not to. Love looking at photos of yr garden – so lush and green and healthy!

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  9. I know I’m a couple of years late to the party but I was coveting a neighbors Fan Aloe-frost burned edges and all. Someone must have seen me scoping it out day after day (I was studying the structure..honest).
    Anyway they yanked and discarded it somewhere.
    So there I was heartbroken…and today I happened to look at all these new plants that Raley’s brought in and there was a very healthy, beautiful 8″ plant for under $7.00. !!
    Being sure they had idea what they had I grabbed to and it’s going into a 14″ Celadon bulb pot..

    I’m in the North Bay so it goes on the deck (winter frosts up here)…


    Thanks for the pics..

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