I bought a small aloe plant for my office and it came in a small pot (around 8cm). I've only seen the aloes that get quite large, but I would like to keep this guy small since it's just sitting on my desk. Will it get out of control unless I keep an eye on it or is this just a different kind of plant than the larger variety?

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    Aloe is a large genus of plants of varying sizes - if you don't know what variety you're growing, can you post a picture, otherwise its impossible to answer.
    – Bamboo
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:30
  • Aloe variegata is sometimes mistakenly called Aloe vera because, well, it's an Aloe, and Aloe vera is probably the most well known.
    – Niall C.
    Apr 15, 2014 at 14:15
  • I just uploaded a picture of the plant. To me, it does not look like Aloe variegata (at least the wiki page). I will transplant it into a larger pot, that's just what I bought it in.
    – zje
    Apr 15, 2014 at 18:50
  • @zje I agree, that looks more like Aloe vera, not A. variegata
    – Niall C.
    Apr 15, 2014 at 19:08

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If it is a true aloe vera, then it will eventually need a larger pot, because it will create "pups" (small offshoots) around its base, which will then grow to full size (maybe as tall as 18") and then produce pups of their own, which will then grow to full size...

The smallest pot I'd try to keep a true aloe vera plant in would be a 12" (30 cm) pot. And even in that size pot you will need to divide it now and then in order to keep it healthy, because when they are happy they can grow pretty quickly to fill that space. Dividing will give you new plants to keep or give away. Rooting new plants is pretty easy. Basically, you pull off side shoots, and stick the stems into a free draining, sandy soil, and water very sparingly until you see new growth.

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    "pups" I like that name. :) Mine has lots of pups.
    – LindaL
    Apr 16, 2014 at 10:24

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