Lousy Magazine Rack Becomes Pretty Good Plant Stand; Aloe Thraskii

This was lousy as a magazine rack:  more than two thin magazines and it would fall over.  But flipped upside down, not a bad plant stand!  Being cast aluminum, it's not going to rust.   A rectangular pot that fits exactly inside the former feet would look even better. 
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That is Aloe suprafoliata in the pot.  It cries out for the aperture setting on the camera.  
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I've tried to keep it from growing much to prevent it from blooming.  Once it blooms, it loses that distichous form and spirals into the typical Aloe rosette.   
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A lot of fun to photograph.  
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Speaking of Aloes, I finally got A. thraskii in the ground.  It got the spot formerly inhabited by one of the moved-to-the-front roses.  The area can use some more height.  
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It's not the best looking thraskii, but it didn't cost $150, either--it cost $15.  Still not cheap, but thraskiis are a little less common here.  It was this one or nothing.  Now free of the confines of a one gallon pot, I think it will improve. 



Comments

  1. That is a gorgeous Aloe suprafoliata. It is funny that you are trying to stop it from flowering so it doesn't spiral. I know other people who do the same. I much prefer them in a spiral.

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  2. Not stop, just delay...it's so cool as it is. Soon I will put it in the ground and let it grow like crazy. But not quite yet...

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  3. I quite like the upside down magazine stand, it looks oriental! And lovely photography too :)

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  4. It's hard to imagine the A. suprafoliata will move from its current form into a rosette. Rosette's are beautiful, but I see the attraction in this configuration...reminds me of a spiny clivia!

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