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al03
Jun 19, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Greetings!

I've done minor research and realized that it would take a long while to sift through the dozens of aloe species, so I decided to take this question to this forum:

What kind of aloe plant is this?
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For those with know-how, what can I do to increase the health of this plant and help it thrive? The pot shown does not have drainage, and I water it once a week.

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Baja_Costero
Jun 19, 2017 1:45 PM CST

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It looks like one of the shrubby/rambling/branching type, though I couldn't give you much beyond that. For more on aloes here is some introductory text.

The Aloes Database

Your plant will be happiest if it can get hours of daily sun through the window (no curtain, no blinds), provided temperatures stay moderate and there is good air flow. It looks like it needs more light, ideally your sunniest indoor location. Strong light will also give your aloe a more compact form, with less of the sideways stemmy growth that tends to require tying or staking or pruning later on, though to some extent that's inevitable with this kind of plant.

Your container must have a hole at the bottom so you can water to saturation (ie. until water comes out the bottom) every time. A good watering interval might be once a week in good light this time of year. You kind of have to work that out for yourself. Try to wait until the soil is going dry before you water, but don't leave it sitting bone dry for too long. The actual interval will depend on light and temperature and humidity, whether or not the heat is on in the winter, etc.
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tarev
Jun 19, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Sorry I do not know the id for it, but if it were my plant, I would repot to a container with drainage holes. You got to be able to flush out excess salt accumulation. As mentioned already, it would love more light, so if your outdoor conditions are good, meaning not going into super dry, excessive heat conditions, you can position it outdoors to enjoy the warmth and light. But do it gradually, part sun/shade to acclimate to your outdoor conditions, since it has been grown indoors for quite awhile.

I would also make the soil grittier and well draining by mixing in more perlite or pumice so it It will also help if it suddenly rains. If you still need to put a tray under the container while outdoors, consider putting under the container some pot risers, so your container does not sit in water.

Top dress with poultry grit (insoluble crushed granite) or even aquarium gravel if you want, so you don't dislodge topmost soil during watering time. Sometimes I also put a big rock on the container, if I lift that rock and soil looks damp, I delay watering. Or stick in bamboo skewer into the soil, if it comes out wet, delay watering
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Jun 20, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Is the drip tray permanently attached to your container? If so, it may have a drain hole. Look closely and make sure it is open if there is.

If you are truly attached to that container, you can remove the plant and drill a hole (or two) in the base with a drill and masonry drill bit. Then replant in the same container.

I will also agree with more sunlight for your Aloe. Just to mention if you do set it outside, place it in bright, diffused light before easing it into the direct sun. Aloes can sunburn.

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plantmanager
Jun 20, 2017 11:16 AM CST
We have started drilling holes in all of the containers with permanent drip trays attached. I found them holding too much water for most of my plants.
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Jun 20, 2017 11:23 AM CST

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I stopped using those myself except as a way to dress up plastic pots nested inside (which I can easily take out to water). What I didn't like was the way that water seemed to always pool in the permanent drip tray, and I had to actually feed a small towel in there and leave it for a while to evacuate the space completely.
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Jun 20, 2017 11:34 AM CST
I've had to do that too, Baja, and it's a pain. I'm drilling the ones I have, and never buying any more of those.
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Jun 20, 2017 11:48 AM CST

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No need to go all industrial, unless that's your idea of fun. Smiling Here's my sole surviving pot of that type, with a grayish plastic pot nested inside (upper lip). It's really easy to pop in and out. The plant is a Sansevieria (indoors, SW exposure). Looking a little dusty at the moment, but still alive. Smiling I water the plant every 3 weeks.

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Jun 20, 2017 11:57 AM CST
I have that San in my greenhouse. Love your little visitor on your plant.
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purpleinopp
Jun 20, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Hi & welcome!

A. juvenna is a popular passalong. How did your plant come into your possession?

A very similar looking etiolated specimen is shown here, though it's hard to get much sense of scale about your cute plant from the 1 pic:

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Baja_Costero
Jun 20, 2017 12:59 PM CST

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The plant in the original post is not Aloe juvenna, which is smaller and more compact, with more triangular leaves. A different color, and usually with leaf surface texture. Like this:



I am pretty sure the plant in Teejay's photo is not juvenna either, but it could conceivably be possible if the plant is totally etiolated.
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purpleinopp
Jun 20, 2017 1:24 PM CST
TY for the input, just a guess since I'm not familiar with this species in (more) etiolated form (than mine.) :+) I love your pic but get no sense of scale. Are your plants always outside?

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Jun 20, 2017 1:31 PM CST

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The pot is 8-10 inches, the tile underneath it is 12 inches. Outdoor plant in part shade.
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Jun 20, 2017 1:39 PM CST
That is a very happy plant, Baja!
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It was doing great when I passed it on (time of photo above)... I recently got a chance to see it in its new home, and still going strong in the same pot years later. Thumbs up Which actually sort of surprised me. It's always a pleasure to see my plant children can fend for themselves out in the big world.
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Jun 20, 2017 5:35 PM CST
I'm happy to hear it's still happy! I agree. I love it when that happens, but many times the ones who get my plants kill them.
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lauriebasler
Jul 9, 2017 2:05 PM CST
Is this it, Climbing Aloe (Aloe ciliaris) I don't know if they grow in clumps as yours does. I have several of these and they are fun little guys. Please google, the pic is not in my downloads. My husband and I are running a shredder, outside, and I was taking a break, and apparently Mr. Bossy Pants says it is over! Smiling


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