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Name: Faith
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stonesliver
Feb 7, 2017 11:38 AM CST
My roommate gave me this plant, and I have no idea what it is or how to take care of it
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Eastern Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
jsf67
Feb 7, 2017 11:44 AM CST
I don't know what/whether plants other than Aloe have the shape of Aloe, so I'm far from certain, but it seems the plausible first guess.

But if it is Aloe, it looks pretty damaged and I have no clue how to fix it.

Edit: I'll guess the next poster knows better than I do about the health of this plant, and for sure better than I do about the proper care. I've seen them in homes of people who manage house plants well and haven't ever had one myself.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 7, 2017 11:46 AM CST
That is a nice healthy aloe and it should make pretty flowers. If it's going to be indoors, try to provide as much light as possible, like hours of daily sun. Usually that means right by a sunny window. Be careful if you are going to move it outdoors when things warm up because you will need to provide a gradual stepwise adjustment to outdoor sun (unfiltered by window glass, which cuts most of the UV). Too much outdoor (direct) sun at once can stress, sunburn, or even outright zap the plant. So start out in bright shade and then maybe a little morning sun for starters, if that's the route you choose.

Water when the soil is going dry at depth, trying not to do so when the soil is still moist (risk of rot) and trying not to leave the plant sitting there too long bone dry (desiccation).
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Name: Faith
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stonesliver
Feb 7, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Oh that's weird it doesn't really look like my other aloe plant but apparently there are a lot of different kinds. This little plant went about 3 months (or more) without watering so it looks really dry right now! I'm gonna stick to watering it every 2 weeks for now and if it still seems really dry I'll do once a week. Don't want to suddenly shock it with too much water. I think it''s growing a little baby as well- what do I do with that? It's still attached to the main.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Feb 7, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Your plant is a hybrid which was bred for the interesting color and texture of the leaves. Over the past 15-20 years or so there has been a great profusion of new bumpy aloe hybrids and some are very attractive. The genus is pretty large (about 500 species plus hybrids) and also quite diverse (from miniatures to massive trees, for example).

A 2 week watering interval sounds about right indoors with good light and moderate temperatures.

You can separate the baby if and when you want, and it will grow into a new plant. I would maybe wait a little while longer for it to beef up and grow roots. You will find it easier to separate if you take the plant out of the pot first. Try to keep whatever roots it may have grown up to this point. And wait a week or so after handling the roots to water the plants in. Separating baby plants usually means the mother plant can grow bigger and stronger without competition.... and there are usually plenty more on the way.

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