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We remove some of the soil when we ship. There are usually no issues with a plant out of soil or kept dry for a week or more. When you receive your plants, put them into a pot with moist soil. Give the roots opportunity to reachdown for water. Please check to see if your plants should be watered at the time of year you purchase. Some don't get a lot of water in winter and some not a lot of water in summer. How often you water depends on how quickly your soil dries out. Most important, don't overwater. Water well and allow your plants to dry out. The photos on our website represent what plants look like when growing. We are not selling the plant in the photo. Whether your plant has flowers depends on whether it is flowering at that time. A pot may be one large plant or more than one plant. Plants grow at a different pace and different sizes so if you order 2 plants coming out of the same size pot, they may not be the same size.
Aloe dorotheae (Sunset Aloe) A nicely colored low-growing aloe that suckers to form clumps of rosettes to 20 inches wide on short stems to 10 inches that lie flat to the ground. The stiff shiny leaves are colored greenish yellow to bright orange red often with some white spotting when young and stiff spines along the margins. In mid to late winter a 1 to 2 foot flower spike (usually unbranched) rises above the foliage with dark flower buds that have green at the tips and open to show greenish-yellow petals. Plant in full sun to light shade (color much better in sun) and water occasionally to very little. There are various reports on hardiness but it seems that this aloe should be listed as hardy no lower than 28°F and possibly slightly higher. We have had our plants undamaged by the January 2007 cold spell at temperatures down to 25°F but these plants were under a single covering of Agryl frost cloth, which can afford the plants up to 4°F of cold protection. These same plants were not damaged unprotected at 29°F. Geoff Stein (Palm Bob) reported on Dave's Garden website that his plants were severely damaged by prolonged (5 hours) at around 27°F. A very attractive aloe for a rock garden or in a container. Found originally near the south bank of the Pangani River and transferred as a live plant in 1890 to the Royal Botanic Garden in Berlin where it was described by Alwin Berger, who noted that the name honored a Miss Dorthy Westhead of London. This location has been disturbed by the cultivation of Sisal and no aloes have since been found at this location though this plant was later found in soil pockets at 2,000 to 2,500 feet at Kideliko Rock in the Pangani District of Tanzania.