Plant ID forum: What is wrong with my succulent & what kind is it?

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patriciaisabel
Mar 14, 2018 6:10 AM CST
Hi,

I received this succulent as a gift and first of all I am wondering if any of you can tell me what kind it is? Last summer it made a baby which looks very different than the mother plant.

The mother plant also seems to be having some issues, leafs turning white and small brown crispy spots has appeared on some leafs, can any of you please tell me whats wrong? (First photos are of the sick mother plant and the last two are of the baby)
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 14, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like Aloe aristata to me but I'm no expert on these, someone else like Baja should be able to confirm if there is anything else similar. I only think I recognize it because it came up in a related conversation elsewhere. The long "awns" are normal for this plant.

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Baja_Costero
Mar 14, 2018 9:26 AM CST
Yes, Aristaloe (formerly Aloe) aristata. The reason the baby plant looks different is that it needs much more light. Ideally it should "see" the sun for hours each day through the window if it's going to be an indoor plant. You cannot provide too much light indoors. Right by your sunniest south-facing window would be ideal. I'm not sure what exactly is going on with the mother plant... could just be a bit of the winter doldrums, maybe. Are any of the leaves soft? Are the roots still anchoring it firmly in the soil?

In the spring you should consider moving it (and especially the baby) into slightly larger pots (wider than deep, with holes at the bottom). This plant is a bit sensitive to excess moisture, so be careful to use fast draining soil (say 50% perlite, pumice, or equivalent) and avoid watering when the soil is already wet. Try to let it dry out most or all of the way each time you water, but there is no particular benefit to leaving the soil dry for any extended period. Be gentle with the roots when you do repot (don't break up the root ball) and do not water for about a week afterwards.

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islander
Mar 14, 2018 1:14 PM CST
patriciaisabel, Aloe aristata is one of the few Aloes that is considered hardy outdoors in London. I just planted one in my yard a few days ago.
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