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Name: Bob
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CypressStGarden
Feb 28, 2021 7:04 PM CST
I have a few questions regarding this succulent...
1. What is it? We received this as a gift several years ago when it was much smaller, but it did not have an ID tag. I have since replanted it into a larger planter as shown and it has grow considerably.
2. Is it normal for this succulent to have the brown tips? Is it trying to tell me something?
3. Can succulents be divided (like a perennial)?

I water it about one every two to three weeks and the pot drains. It never sits in water.

Thank you for your help.
Bob

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Name: Donald
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needrain
Feb 28, 2021 7:49 PM CST
Nice plant there.

re #1. I'm not much use on the id. Might be Haworthia, or a cross involving Haworthia and an Aloe. There are probably other possibilities. I think someone here will be better at identifying it.

re #2. I tend to think of brown tips like that as a historical record of the life of the plant. They are an indication that at some point it got too dry, too wet, too cold or some other event and the result were the brown tips. It appears to be recovered and, specifically, I think this is relatively normal for most growers. It's a record of a time when conditions weren't optimal for it. Just a chapter in the process of living.

re #3. Yes. It's likely each one of those offsets could be it's own individual rosette or plant until they in turn produced their own offsets. It's a vegetative process for reproducing new plants. How many containers do you want? You end up with a lot just from this plant Hilarious! . Your choice. If you decide to do it. Ask here and folks can give you really good advice on the steps to take to make it successful and productive.
Donald
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mcvansoest
Feb 28, 2021 7:53 PM CST
Hi Bob,

that is a wonderful plant.

To take a shot at answering your questions:
1. It is what used to be called an Haworthia (they changed some names recently so it may now be named somewhat different. I am not sure of the specific type of Haworthia but I am sure someone else will chime in with something more specific.
2. Yep they frequently develop brown slightly shriveled tips on older leaves - you do not want that developing on the new leaves then it is possibly a little too dry. I assume this is growing inside and then watering every 3 weeks is probably plenty.
3. Yes you can split off individual rosettes and they will develop roots if they do not already have some. This is best done in spring/summer when it is warm and the plant is actively growing.

Keep this in a bright sunny spot if it is behind glass, but these can take a good amount of shade, but do prefer and require bright light and at least a few hours of direct sunlight to look their best.
It is what it is!
Name: cheapskate gardener
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hlutzow
Feb 28, 2021 8:33 PM CST
This looks like Haworthiopsis concolor.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 1, 2021 8:42 PM CST

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Here is our database page for that plant, or the synonym that it now goes by.

Haworthia (Haworthiopsis attenuata var. glabrata)

And here is a (mislabeled) image of the plant which I have not yet moved to the listing above.

Name: cheapskate gardener
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hlutzow
Mar 2, 2021 7:24 AM CST
Thanks, Baja! I didn't know the name had changed.
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Name: Bob
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CypressStGarden
Mar 2, 2021 11:34 AM CST
Thank you all for your very helpful information and identity for my succulent. I am glad to hear my plant is healthy and the few brown tips are normal. I am now propagating a few new plants from the original. Thank You!

Bob

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