NOTE: In this article, Tiger aloe and Gonialoe variegata may be used interchangeably; in fact, Gonialoe variegata is the botanical name for Tiger aloe.
The easy-going nature and tolerance for partial shade are some of the reasons that the tiger aloe is a very popular indoor houseplant. If it is brought indoors when the weather begins to turn cold, it will thrive as a potted outdoor plant. With its thick, blade-shaped variegated leaves emerging directly from the soil, it makes a dramatic statement in a container.
This plant has leaves that are rough-edged and arise from a base. There are bright orange to pink flowers on racemes that grow up to 24 inches tall in the summer. Plants that are seed-starting can take three to seven years to reach maturity, while potted plants can be purchased as a potted nursery plant.
Why does my Gonialoe variegata roots have rot?
Root rot on your Tiger aloe (Gonialoe variegata ) can be dangerous if left untreated. In order to keep your plant alive, we strongly suggest that you follow our advice if the signs start to show: blackened and mushy roots.
Why does my Tiger aloe have gray mold spots?
Gray mold spots are a specific fungus that regularly harms flowers and spreads swiftly. If you notice any brown (or gray) spots, this fungus is probably to cause. You risk your plant dying if you ignore these warning indications.
When you understand the root of the issue, the solution makes perfect sense. The majority of the time, it is caused by the Gonialoe variegata being overwatered. We urge you to cut off the infected roots and leaves, remove the affected sections of the plant, and then repot your plant in a fresh container with sterile potting soil.
Why does my Tiger aloe have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for Tiger aloe owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my Tiger aloe leaves turning yellow?
This is probably the most common problem in the gardening world, yellowing leaves. There are 2 main reasons for this phenomenon, overwatering, or a lack of nutrients.
Reduce your watering frequency when you fear your plants are being overwatered, and follow these steps to determine whether they may be lacking in nutrients:
Here are some indicators of yellowing on the Gonialoe variegata brought on by its numerous flaws:
- The first symptom of a magnesium deficiency is yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves. The leaf’s core turns yellow while the veins stay green. The edges of the leaf yellow last.
- Iron deficiency also shows as yellowing between leaf veins, but it hits young leaves on plant tops and branch tips first.
- The newest leaves are first affected by sulfur deficiency, rendering them completely yellow.
- Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
- A lack of nitrogen is indicated by a widespread yellowing. Older, inner leaves are the first to yellow. As the yellowing progresses, it eventually touches young leaves as well.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my Tiger aloe sunburned?
You can easily tell if your Tiger aloe (your Gonialoe variegata ) has a sunburn. In this case, your plant will change color, starting to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
The leaves of your Tiger aloe can also change color in case it gets too much water or not enough light, as we saw above.
The bottom of the yellow leaves with a shaded area closer to the base can be examined to determine if they have been sunburned. If this part remains greener, the yellow leaf is most likely sunburned and not something else.
Why are my Tiger aloe leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Tiger aloe that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Gonialoe variegata in direct sunlight?
No! Don’t leave your Gonialoe variegata (or Tiger aloe) in the sun if it displays the symptoms mentioned above; that’s why it’s in such a bad situation.
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s Tiger aloe out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Gonialoe variegata leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Gonialoe variegata lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
You may quickly determine if your Gonialoe variegata plant needs water by under-weighing its pot; if it seems light, the soil and roots are probably fairly dry and require water.
If the soil in the container is completely dry, you must first moisten it to guarantee that your plant’s roots absorb the benefits of the water. One common mistake is to drown the Tiger aloe right away after a dry time because you think it needs a lot of water.
This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Gonialoe variegata
Water is essential to the survival of your plant, however, it is important to balance the rate of watering. As we explained above, overwatering could have fatal consequences for your Gonialoe variegata .
Touching the soil will let you know whether your plant needs water or not; if it still feels damp, it’s generally best to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
Maintaining a consistent temperature for your Gonialoe variegata is also a good idea, especially if it is kept indoors. At GreenShack, we typically advise reserving a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, avoid positioning your Gonialoe variegata close to air conditioners, radiators, or other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Tiger aloe Dust-Free
This one relates to indoor plants. Just like your furniture, dust collects on the leaves of your indoor plants. The issue is that this can block the photosynthesis process from starting, which would cause the plants to gradually lose their color.
This would be a true journey into hell for your Tiger aloe and would also satisfy the pests.
To remove the dust from the leaves of your plant, take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the leaves. You can wet the cloth to make it easier to remove the dust, but never use corrosive products (such as rubbing alcohol!)
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.
If your pots don’t already have holes in them, you can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the meantime. This will assist in creating a channel and keep the water from pooling there for an extended period of time, protecting the roots from decay.