Supposed to grow in length??

by Roz Anderson
(Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)

Hi, my name is Roz and I have a co-worker who has this succulent. I think it is part of the Hawthorn, Gasteria, Aloe family but I could be way off.

This succulent is an indoor one and is not in direct sunlight. Our building faces North/West and get very little direct sunlight.

From my research, and I am no where near smart when it comes to succulents, this should be growing low to the ground and straight up. As you can see from the pictures, it is not.

We are wondering what we can do to fix the problem and I would like to propagate from this succulent but I am not sure if I can and do not want to harm the succulent.

Any advice or words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!!

Roz :)

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May 20, 2019
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

This looks more like Aloe aristata or something similar. This is typical of a plant that absolutely has to have not just bright light, but full sun. Growing them in dim light is never going to give them what they need.

They need a  grow light, if you don't have enough natural light.

They're super easy to propagate. See this pagefor more about that - look at the pictures down lower on the page for what it looks like.

Hope that helps get this guy back on track.

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