Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How do i take care of this

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Name: Brit
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Britbolt
Jul 30, 2016 9:48 AM CST
Is this just aloe vera? How should I properly maintain its health? Do I need to replant it in a bigger pot?
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2016 9:56 AM CST
The faded center is a sign its' light has been reduced from when the older growth was formed. Is it in your most bright spot?
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mcvansoest
Jul 30, 2016 10:20 AM CST
welcome!
I agree with Tiffany that it has need of more light.

It is not straight up Aloe vera, it probably is not even a straight up Aloe. I suspect it has a lot of Haworthia in it, so it is possibly an Alworthia (Aloe x Haworthia hybrid), but there are other hybrid combos possible (Gasteraloe - Gasteria x Aloe).
Name: Brit
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Britbolt
Jul 30, 2016 10:51 AM CST
Actually I did not have it in any light. So thanks I did put it outside today. Does it need a lot of light?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jul 30, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Do not put the plant in direct sun outside. It will get fried. Sudden transitions in exposure can be deadly. Bright shade is best outside for a couple of weeks, or a couple of hours of indoor sun at this point.
Name: Brit
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Britbolt
Jul 30, 2016 10:58 AM CST
Ok thanks
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Agree! I'd hoped you'd answer that you do have more light available, then I would suggest gradually increasing the light gradually over the course of a few weeks so it can start to adjust to an amount of light that will keep it normal looking. Forum'ing seems more fun to me if it's more of a conversation instead of saying everything up front and possibly leaving you with little more to say or ask. Sorry if I made things awkward this time!

When roots start poking out of the bottom, and it's drying much more quickly, it's time to consider repotting. Whenever you decide it's time for that, I'd recommend removing the old soil as completely as possible, replacing with new, try to not compact it too much, then waiting for a day or two to water, depending on how much moisture the new soil seems to have, so any damages to the roots can dry before they get wet. I'll repeat an analogy Baja put recently, that damages to roots/foliage of succulents is like a wound on a human that needs to form a scab to seal it from pathogens. After that point, give a thorough drink so the soil is evenly moist, and let it get mostly dry, repeat indefinitely. The first few times watering a newly repotted plant, I try to use an extra-gentle light sprinkle of water vs. a gush that can cause the soil to compact. Be sure to use a pot with a hole in the bottom so excess moisture, which can cause roots to rot, will drip out and not cause problems.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jul 30, 2016 1:17 PM CST
To add to Tiffany's helpful comments about repotting (conversation is where it's at), here are some thoughts about maintenance, specifically as relates to light. Hopefully this explanation gives you better perspective than my terse comments above about the short term situation. Smiling

The plant should be happy on a sunny windowsill for years, if you choose to go that route. You will know it is getting enough light when the color at the center becomes more like the darker green of the older leaves. Strong light will keep the plant compact and resistant to disease. These plants tend to like a bit of protection from the sun when they are outside (compared to many of their aloe kin anyway), which means maybe filtered light or morning sun, a covered balcony, something like that, not lots of harsh midday sun or hot afternoon sun.

Succulents present a bit of a balancing act when it concerns light... they don't tend to do well indoors without hours of daily sun, or outside in the shade for that matter, but they do not necessarily like day long sun either. Certainly that's something to avoid in this case. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Brit
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Britbolt
Jul 30, 2016 3:06 PM CST
I love all plants and this was part of an assortment from my sister's wedding. I want to keep it alive! I've always been bad about neglecting houseplants and so I'm trying to learn to properly care for each specific plant. These succulents are the only plant I've had that my cats don't eat and salvage. I guess it's bc of the thickness of the plant. Great information. I hope to keep it up

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