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  • camo16
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    Some kind of aloe?

    Saccades
    Member

    That’s not a proper cactus – some kind of succulent. And not too well looked after either…

    You’ll need free draining soil/peat – with a higher than usual (flor plants) percentage of gravel – B and Q do a nice specialist range in small bags that makes it easy. Do pot it on after removing the dead spurs/leaves to a pot about an inch or so bigger.

    Water 2x a week a little more when it’s hot. October to March really reduce the watering so that the soil stays slightly damp and nothing more. For your first time sit it in a saucer of water to give it a good drink after potting on.

    In spring give it 1/4 strength (ie a 1/4 of what they recommend) tomato feed every week, in summer every other week. None in autumn or winter.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Yes.. I do know.. damn.. had loads of those as a kid. It is an aloe, but I forget which. It’ll produce loads of babies and a flower spike with pinky yellow droplet flowers on it.

    EDIT:

    http://www.succulentguide.com/cactus/?start=-10&genus=Aloe&species=&PHPSESSID=5ada38d5ec7063fd64221623ca674bb8

    Get stuck in 🙂

    duntmatter
    Member

    I’ve got this one, but I don’t know what it is. Can you identify it, so I can find out how to look after it?

    Let’s see what you’ve got growing too.

    mrmo
    Member

    definitely an Aloe, i think it is Aristata. Got a few kicking around.

    As for care, they are pretty bombproof i have managed to get them through winters outside when i ran out of windowsill space. Your meant to use a fairly free draining compost but i have used multipurpose ok.

    Only problem i have had is that i had some rot off at the base.

    schrickvr6
    Member

    Aloe Ferox possibly. I’ve got about 50 cacti/succulents ranging from minatures to a 5 footer, some nice caudex forming succulents too.

    mrmo I’d say your soil isn’t draining well enough, i use 50% compost, 25% sharp sand and 25% horti grit, works well.

    mrmo
    Member

    schrickvr6, i think it was an infection, it was a few years ago and i destroyed the afflicted plants.

    As for it being Ferox, i am not convinced every Ferox i have seen or grown has been a single stemed monster with much more prominent spines.

    Aloe Ferox

    Aloe Aristata

    Bad feng shui.

    Do you really want all that shar chi flying around?

    schrickvr6
    Member

    Yep you’re right mo. Maybe a STW cacti cutting swapshop?

    busydog
    Member

    Saccades +1

    They really need good drainage and too much water can cause the brown/dying out. Especially if it sits in too wet of a sail. Gravel/sand as part of the planting mix.

    mrmo
    Member

    well i have got a pile of kalanchoe daigremontiana, and i mean pile, the number of plant lets it produces is incredible! and i have some Aloe species seedlings i acquired on holiday, not sure which species though.

    duntmatter
    Member

    Great, thanks for the good advice.

    It hasn’t been watered for 12+ months, so I’ll give it a few sips and get it repotted in the right soil.

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