Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Help identifying succulent

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bethjanzen
Aug 21, 2017 8:38 PM CST
I am attempting to identify this succulent, I think that it may be a haworthia of sorts? I am going to repot the pups but am unsure what to do about the tall main plant since it is to the point of falling over. Any help would be appreciated Smiling
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 21, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Am wondering whether it might be closer to an Aloe?
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mcvansoest
Aug 21, 2017 9:00 PM CST
Webesemps is correct. It is an Aloe. Looks like it is a hybrid of one of the climbing Aloes (a bit of a cop out I know but without flowers Aloes are notoriously hard to ID). It has some aspects that remind me of Aloe x nobilis, but hard to say.

You can definitely separate the pups, and if you really want you can behead the main stalk, let it dry out of a bit and the top will probably reroot as well. The base if it has enough leaves left should also be fine.



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Baja_Costero
Aug 22, 2017 10:52 AM CST

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I agree about the ID. More light may help make the main stem grow more compact and lean less, but it's going to sprawl some regardless. Have you tried pointing it away from the light?

You can cut and re-root the main stem if it's too leggy for you. Leave the cutting in bright shade for a week or so to heal and plant in fast draining soil, then after a couple of months the plant should be going again.

Typically in a situation like this (one main stem leaning too much to the side, several offsets popping up from the base) I don't hesitate to really cut the main stem back, knowing the offsets will eventually rise up and fill the space.

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