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May 4, 2020 11:56 AM CST
Concord, CA
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Does anyone know the name of this succulent? I'm trying my best on taking care of it I water it once a week and put succulent soil and I'm not sure how much sun exposure it needs. Please help! Thank you.


Update: Thank you for everyone's response! My plant is thriving and is rich in color. Smiling
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May 4, 2020 12:03 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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It is an aloe, but not Aloe vera. There are 500+ other species of aloe, and I couldn't really pin your plant down. It looks like it's been in the sun, and maybe the roots aren't doing too well. The brown color is completely reversible to green.

Is this an outdoor plant? How much sun is it getting? Are there holes at the bottom of the container? Is the plant firmly anchored in the soil if you tug gently at the base?

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May 4, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Concord, CA
Yes I've been putting it outside should I consider changing it to an indoor plant? I try to give it a lot of sun, how much sun exposure should my plant get? I will change the pit because it does not have a hole on the bottom.
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May 4, 2020 1:11 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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OK, it sounds like your aloe was growing in a more protected place previously, and then got a bit too much sun. It will do fine outside or inside, as you prefer, but if you increase the sun exposure, you have to do it stepwise, over the course of weeks, so the plant does not get too stressed.

Indoor sun is different from outdoor sun in one fundamental way. Regular window glass filters out most of the harmful UV rays (which our eyes don't see) and as a result the sun inside is much kinder to plants. If they go from an indoor location to an outdoor location, even if the light may look the same to your eyes, they are going to have to build up some resistance to the UV before they will be comfortable.

When in doubt, try placing your plant in bright shade or filtered light for a while, and you should see it turn green again. Then you can try gradually dialing up the sun from there. When you're trying to assess exposure, consider two things: the intensity (overhead sun at midday is more intense, morning/afternoon sun is less intense) and the duration (how many hours of sun). Your plant should enjoy half a day of sun no problem, given a gradual accommodation. It looks like it will green up and recover pretty quickly in the right location.
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May 4, 2020 1:26 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Hello Tiffany25, there is still good potential for your plant. Your location is Concord, and right now we are all in our long super dry outdoor conditions.

I would bring that plant outside, leave it there, but in a part sun area first so it can acclimate slowly to the outdoor temps and light levels. The sun sets now close to 8pm..the wonderful sunny climate for the succulents.

It does get too hot and dry as summer approaches, so try to just keep it outside in an area where it gets morning sun, and dappled shade in the afternoon.

When you water it, water the media very well, till you see excess water drain away, and then observe intervals. Depending how hot our temps go, it may close down the leaves as it tries to conserve excessive moisture loss if the temps goes exceedingly hot and dry later on. So finding a dappled area will help it cope during the hottest part of the day once heat waves comes about.

The hotter the temps get, the more water it can take, but as always containers with drain holes too.
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