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?




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    Hi there LOST! It has been awhile. You are right it is in the aloe agave family somewhere. Your new family member needs some help for sure! We'll be back...
    – stormy
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 19:35
  • Hi Stormy. Yes, it's been awhile. Glad to see your response. Ok I will be waiting... Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 19:40
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    That pot although it is plastic should work just fine for awhile. Find out what kind of soil they used and the fertilizer. I'd let him acclimate before any transplanting. Fertilizer might just be the ticket but you gotta find out what they already have done, been doing.
    – stormy
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:26
  • Waaaa! It was your Fiddle Leaf plant that didn't make it! Bummer. Did you get another one?
    – stormy
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:29
  • Yes, and its beautiful. I want to show you but I dont think I can add it to this post Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:31

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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.

Those stakes are ugly...see if your new baby will stay upright without those stakes. If not, find a stake that is unobtrusive such as a dove gray. A bit of jute twine.

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.

Are you a basketball expert? Love all the memorabilia...how do you like New York anyway?

  • Great thanks for the advice. No I'm not a basketball expert, wish I was, lol. New York is wonderful, I was born and raised here. You should visit some time. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:29
  • Wouldn't that be wonderful! When I was a young, idiot, poor, hippie I traveled lots. And now...hardly ever travel. If I ever get the chance I will look you up...sounds like you'd know what is what and where in that big important city! Especially great restaurants!! I live in a podunk town with Mexican, Chinese and one pizza joint. Have to travel an hour to be able to find Thai. So we just learn to cook even better, lots of Thai. I grow Thai basil and Thai peppers and lemon grass because there is NOWHERE to get decent ingredients!! I am a country girl I guess but good food...yummmm.
    – stormy
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:35
  • Definitely look me up, I will show you everything. Oh boy, traveling an hour to find Thai, thats a bummer. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:41
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    You have NO idea...grins!
    – stormy
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:42
  • Ive added the picture to my post "Brown spots on my fiddle fig"! Check it out Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 20:44

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