October Succulent: Aloinopsis Luckhoffii
This South African Native grows in low forming rosettes with thick, finger-esque, textured leaves. It’s name means Toothy Mimicry due to the white warts that look like teeth on the upper surface. ,They are winter bloomers and, if given enough light, will produce silky, pale yellow flowers with lots of petals. Plant your Aloinopsis luckhoffii in high drainage soil like a cactus mix or a blend of potting soil and sand. If your container doesn’t already have a drainage hole, a layer of rocks is also necessary to help avoid accidental overwatering. Place Aloinopsis in a high light window, but if temperatures drop below freezing plan to move it just a little farther away so it isn’t affected by the chill. You can also use a grow light to either supplement light or as the primary light source. Let the soil dry out completely in between watering during the spring and summer, and water just enough to avoid wrinkling in the dormant season of winter and fall. Aloinopsis Luckhoffii are relatively hardy, but they aren’t used to below freezing temperatures, so if you take your plant outside for whatever reason, don’t forget to bring it back inside before the evening chill sets in.
Aloinopsis Luckhoffii require bright light to partial shade If you would like your Aloinopsis to bloom, it’s important to make sure it’s getting enough light during the winter, but also making sure it’s not CONSTANTLY around light. This is especially relevant if you use a lamp to supplement that is also used for general lighting. Your plant will need to “register” the shortening of days, to a certain extent, to pick up on the change of the season. This doesn’t mean you have to turn the light off right when the sun goes down locally, but it may mean changing the location of your plant if you have it placed in a room where it would be getting more than 8 hours of light. Transitioning into direct light slowly will help you avoid sun-burning or scorching. Grow lights are also more compact and easier to use than ever if you don’t have any full sun window ledges. We recommend these if you need a grow light bulb.
Fall and Winter is Aloinopsis luckhoffi’s growing season, which means it will need a little more water during this time. You will want to water when the soil has completely dried out – about once a week depending on the humidity of the space. We recommend using a spray bottle and spraying directly into the soil to avoid over watering and getting moisture in between the leaves. During it’s dormant season you can reduce watering to just enough to avoid shriveling of the leaves. A small well-draining container with cactus mix or a moderately dry blend of potting soil and sand will help you avoid over watering. If you have a pot with a hole and a dish under it make sure to empty water from the dish afterwards. If you suspect you have over watered your succulent the best way to help it survive is simply to repot it right away, replacing all the over saturated soil with fresh, dry soil.
We recommend maintaining healthy soil with a bacterial inoculant rather than a fertilizer. The bacteria are then able to provide all the nutrients your plant needs without risk of burning the roots or over-fertilizing. You can simply replace the water in your spray bottle with water containing the bacterial inoculant for one or two waterings a month depending on how often you need to water your plant. Dump any extra into other household plants or even your outdoor plants since it is compatible with any soil growing plants.
Long Term Care
Aloinopsis can last for years indoors if they are kept warm and dry. The most common ailment for Aloinopsis lockoffii is over watering. If you have reason to suspect you might have a pest outbreak, you can use insecticidal soap to treat the foliage, checking it every other day and spraying it again if more pests appear. The best way to avoid pests is being consistent with your care and nurturing a healthy plant with a healthy root system.
Not much information is available regarding Aloinopsis lockhoffii’s potential toxicity to pets or kids, so we encourage you to keep them out of maws or paws just in case.