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** Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 Bank Holiday - Mail Order Deliveries **

Due to the first week in June being a 3 day working week we are planning to suspend dispatching plants during that week. We will do our best to get any existing orders sent this coming week (commencing 23rd MAY).  Orders received after 20th May could be subject to delay as our courier is expecting the following week (commencing 6th June) to be very busy.

If your order is urgent please let us know and we will see what we can do.

Buy 6 or more tender, half-hardy or exotic plants online and get 20% off

20% off Hardy Shrubs until 30th June

Aloe brevifolia

Common Name: Short Leaved Aloe

Plant Family: Asphodelaceae
Plant Type: Half-Hardy Succulent

Buy 6 or more Tender and half-hardy plants online and get 20% off

An attractive succulent forming pleasingly geometric mounds of tight rosettes of short softly spined leaves. Spikes of orange flowers in summer. Reasonably winter hardy if kept dry.

20% off 6 or more
Aloe brevifolia
 Aloe brevifoliaAloe brevifolia 

RHS Award of Garden Merit:  Yes
Season of Interest:  All year round
Sun or Shade:  Sun to Part Shade
Height:  low (up to 3 feet)
Minimum temperature:  Hardy to minus 5 deg. C
Position/Situation:  Heated Conservatory, greenhouse or indoors
Planting Style:  Exotic
Suggested Use:  Growing in Pots
Flower Colour:  Orange
Evergreen:  Yes
Drought Tolerant:  Yes
Soil Type:  Cactus Compost


4 in stock  

4 in stock

Price:  £5.85
List Price:  £6.50
Saving Of:  £0.65 (10%)

Mainland UK  £8.50 -£10 Local delivery Postcodes IP1 through to IP8 & CO10 (minimum order value £25) FREE
Seeds & cuttings only  £2 Collect from our Nursery (Elmsett, Suffolk, IP7 6LZ) FREE
Scottish Highlands & offshore Islands From £10 We only send plants & seeds to UK locations (excl. Northern Ireland) Sorry we cannot ship to any other Country due to British Plant Health regulations on the export of plants post Brexit. There are no exceptions unfortunately  


See our delivery information page for details

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Quantity or Pot size" on plant information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.

Watering: Water sparingly, particularly in winter as succulents do not like sitting in very wet compost. It is very important not to over water these types of plants. They will often go for quite long period without watering and cope better with being under watered than over watered. Before watering test the moisture level of the compost with your finger. If the plant is standing inside a container/ saucer without drainage holes ensure that there is no standing water in the bottom. It is a good idea to put some pebbles or grit in the bottom of the container/saucer.

Feeding: In general succulents do not require much feeding and care needs to be taken not to overfeed them or use the wrong feed. A low nitrogen Cactus food can be used for most succulents but only during the summer and no more once a month.

Position: Succulents require plenty of natural sunlight particularly in winter. A sunny windowsill is perfect for small plants. In summer if plants appear to be suffering on a very hot windowsill or conservatory then consider moving to a cooler position or even outside when there is no danger of frost at night.

Compost: Succulents and Cacti require a well-drained compost. You can buy ready-made cactus compost or make your own by mixing 3 parts John Innes No. 2, loam based compost with 1 part horticultural grit. This creates a mix with a nice open structure with good drainage. 

Potting on: This can be done if the plant has outgrown the pot. Do this when the plant is in active growth between Spring and Autumn in the UK. Do not pot them on during winter as the growth rate will have slowed right down. Select a pot which is no more than 2 inches wider in diameter. The smaller the increase the better as many succulents are slow growing and it takes time for the roots to penetrate the compost.