Plant ID forum: Type of aloe?

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Ajax, Ontario
SaytaSora
Jun 2, 2018 5:02 PM CST
I'm wondering what type of plant this is. I bought it years ago at WalMart in a random assortment of succulents: I'm thinking it might be tiger tooth but they're really skinny? It grows really long and can't hold itself up... Anyone have any ideas of what I can do with them so they're not all over the place? Thanks 🙂. The pot also has zebra succulents in it that I bought them with. I was going to repot them since it's probably been 10 years in the same soil but I figured I should figure out what to do with them first
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purpleinopp
Jun 3, 2018 6:15 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

Take a look at these two:
Tiger Tooth Aloe (Aloe juvenna)
Aloe (Aloe squarrosa)
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Baja_Costero
Jun 3, 2018 9:58 AM CST
The plant is not a good match for juvenna or squarrosa, though juvenna is in the ballpark. I do not know what to call it. The sprawling behavior looks like the natural form of the plant. It will be minimized in the strongest light you can provide, if these are going to be indoor plants. You can also cut and restart the ends periodically to keep the stems short, if you like.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jun 4, 2018 8:24 AM CST
I was assuming etiolation, but if that is not what you see, Baja, your opinion is surely more worthwhile in an Aloe discussion.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 4, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Not knowing what the plant would normally look like under strong light, I can't rule out etiolation. Strong light will certainly give a more compact plant, all things equal. That is an important and useful general rule, especially in the northlands. Aloe juvenna would not look like that if it were etiolated, though... the leaves on juvenna are more triangular in shape (wide at the base) and they are packed closer together along the stem even under suboptimal light, and the stem itself is actually quite robust in comparison, thus tends to be pretty stiff, at least at the base.

There's a bunch of sideways growing aloes with creeping stems that I know close to nothing about (too many aloes, not enough time). I have mostly ignored those chapters in my aloe book. Smiling
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Ajax, Ontario
SaytaSora
Jun 6, 2018 8:53 AM CST
The plant is indoor at a north-facing window if that makes any difference. When I first got it it was outside for the summer in full light so the leaves were more open and full looking but they were the same length as they are now and the stem was just as skinny. The original aloe I bought had an offshoot then died, and I thought it might have something to do with it being outside so I didn't put them outside again. The soil has gotten quite hard and the drainage isn't as good as it used to be so that's why I want to repot them... I was going to use just cactus soil with rocks at the bottom, but should I add sand to the mix as well? Or peat moss?

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