Aloe Hellskloof Bells

Aloe Hellskloof Bells


Plant Type: Succulent
Family: Asphodelaceae
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Watering: Low; allow soil to dry between waterings
Colors: Green leaves with red-orange flowers
Size: Up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Soil Type: Well-draining, sandy or gritty soil
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Propagation: Offsets, seeds, or stem cuttings
Toxicity: Mildly toxic to pets and humans

Aloe Hellskloof bells, a lesser-known but stunning succulent, is native to South Africa’s Hellskloof Pass. Its unique appearance, characterized by tall, slender stems topped with tubular coral-red flowers, makes it an eye-catching addition to any plant collection. This post provides detailed information on the care of this intriguing succulent.

How to Care for Aloe Hellskloof Bells

Light Requirements

Aloe Hellskloof bells thrive in bright, indirect light. Place them near a south or west-facing window, but avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the leaves to scorch. If you notice the stems becoming leggy or the plant leaning toward the light, rotate it regularly to ensure even growth.

Watering Regimen

While Hellskloof bells are drought-tolerant, they do require regular watering. Ensure the soil is completely dry before watering again, then soak deeply until water flows from the drainage holes. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s essential to use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes.

Temperature and Humidity

Aloe Hellskloof bells prefer moderate temperatures, between 55°F and 80°F (13°C and 27°C). Protect them from freezing temperatures or excessively hot conditions. As desert plants, they prefer low humidity but can adapt to average indoor humidity levels.


Aloe Hellskloof bells require bright indirect light, regular deep watering with well-draining soil, and moderate temperatures (55°F-80°F). They prefer low humidity but can adapt to average indoor levels.

How to Propagate Aloe Hellskloof Bells

Aloe Hellskloof Bells

Offsets (Pups) Propagation

The easiest way to propagate Hellskloof bells is by separating offsets or pups from the mother plant. Pups will emerge at the base of the plant. To remove a pup, carefully dig around its base to expose the roots, then gently separate it from the parent plant. Allow the pup to dry for a day or two, then plant it in well-draining soil. Water sparingly until roots are established.

Seed Propagation

While less common, Hellskloof bells can also be propagated from seeds. Collect seeds from mature, dried flowers and sow them in a well-draining mix of soil and sand. Keep the soil moist and provide bright, indirect light. Germination may take several weeks, so be patient.


Propagate Aloe Hellskloof bells through offsets by separating pups from the mother plant and replanting, or less commonly, by sowing seeds from dried flowers in a well-draining soil mix.

Fertilizing Your Aloe Hellskloof Bells

Fertilize Aloe Hellskloof bells sparingly, using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Apply the fertilizer once during the growing season, typically in the spring or early summer. Over-fertilizing can harm the plant and lead to weak, leggy growth.

Common Pests and Diseases

Hellskloof bells are relatively pest-resistant, but they may occasionally be affected by common succulent pests, such as mealybugs, aphids, or spider mites. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat infestations. Prevent diseases like root rot by avoiding overwatering and using well-draining soil. Keep an eye out for signs of trouble, and address any issues promptly to maintain a healthy, thriving plant.


Fertilize Aloe Hellskloof bells once per growing season with diluted, balanced fertilizer. They’re pest-resistant, but may encounter mealybugs, aphids, or spider mites. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil for treatment and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

Where to Buy

You can buy Hellskloof Bells at Etsy

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