a genus which includes some succulent dwarf plants originating in southern Africa. They are rosettes of fleshy leaves, generally between 10 and 15 cm in diameter; the leaves are grey-green or bluish-green, and often have small light warts on the edges or on the entire upper page. The roots are large fleshy tubers, and tend to widen underground, forming a new rosette each time they surface.
At the end of the winter, the aloinopsis produce large, yellow or orange daisye-shaped flowers, with petals marked by central, red or brown stripes. A. malherbei has grey-green, rounded leaves, with bank warts on the margin; A. rosulatus is a dwarf plant with a wide caudex.
prefer the semi-shaded positions, with some hours of direct sunlight in the early hours of the day or in the late afternoon; some species do not fear the cold, and can bear temperatures even lower than -10°C, even if usually there is a better development keeping the plant at 8-10°C. Due to their resistance to the cold, they could be placed in the ground, but this is difficult to do, as the plant in winter should not receive watering.
From March to October water moderately, letting the soil dry between one watering and the other; in the cold months avoid watering, just moistening the soil every 15-20 days if the plant is kept in a warm place.
the aloinopsis they need a soil rich in humus, very well drained and sandy; use a compost for succulent plants, to which must be added some soil of leaves and some lapillus. To allow an adequate development of the roots, repot the plant every 2-3 years.
takes place in spring by seed or by cutting; the cuttings must be dried in the air for a few days before they can be rooted.
Aloinopsis: Pests and diseases
Cochineal can severely damage the leaves.