A friend of mine gave me this plant with no name or instructions of how to care for it. It looks like an Aloe plant to me but I'm not sure. Any suggestions on how to care for it?
aloe vera plant Sorry, this isn't more exact but it is aloe vera and quite old. More light, I'd get a clay pot with drain holes, that is short and squat and the same diameter as the one it is in. Could you ask your 'friend' when they last fertilized and with what? Transplant into potting soil, no other additives. There are potting soils for succulents/agave/cactus. That would be fine to use. But don't get a potting soil with gels/sponges for holding water! These plants already have THAT solved by storing water in their leaves.
I'd use good ole Osmocote 14-14-14 at half the direction amount. Find the brightest window but keep him out of direct sunlight. Water only when the pot is light to lift. Water shallowly, not deeply. And this plant should start looking lots better! Find out about the fertilizer before adding any fertilizer at all.
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All you need to do then is IGNORE this plant! Well, not ignore but babying will eventually kill it with love. It should get greener with thicker leaves. Clay pots are best I think for succulents and cactus as those pots breathe.
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