Aloe Recipe 2: With Company
One 4-inch aloe hybrid (Aloe ‘Pink Blush’, A. ‘Peppermint’, and A. ‘Bright Star’ are good choices)
1 lichen-covered stick, about 20 inches long and 1 to 2 inches in diameter
Two 4-inch burro’s tails or sedum burritos (Sedum morganianum or S. ‘Burrito’)
Two 4-inch cathedral windows (Haworthia cymbiformis)
Four 4-inch zebra plants (Haworthia fasciata)
Container and Materials
Copper bowl, 24 inches in diameter
1 cup of small lava rock
10 to 12 cups of cactus mix
2 cups of decorative gravel
- Pour a thin layer of lava rock into the bowl, whose scalloped edges will play off the sharp, pointy leaves of the aloe and zebra plants. Add cactus mix to fill the vase about two-thirds full, and create a slight mound in the center. Unpot and replant the aloe to one side of the bowl.
- Divide the bowl in half with the lichen-covered stick. Unpot and replant the burro’s tails so that they drape over the stick. Then unpot and replant the cathedral windows so that they sit snug against the stick and at a slight angle, as if they were growing from just under it.
- Unpot and replant the zebra plants so that they also appear to be growing from under the lichen-covered stick. Then, using a spoon, cover the soil with a layer of decorative gravel. Let the soil dry out completely before watering about once a week. This arrangement will last about a year.