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Tips for aloe plant

Hello so I'm making this account and thread for a bit of help with my aloe plant!
I'm not sure which type it is or how old it is because I adopted it off my sister after she basically killed it. However from my progress photos I think I've had it since August 2016 so it's probably over a year old at least.
OK so it's leaves are healthy and sort of full looking but it doesn't seem to grow much, and it's more wide than tall really and I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or what I should be doing to promote growth seeing as it looks a lot different than aloes I see online. I have it in verve succulent soil with some stones at the bottom of the pot and at the top layer. The pot is plastic with multiple drainage holes.
I really love this plant a lot after nursing it back to life for so long so I'd really like some tips on how to help it continue to grow!

I'm not sure if the photos I hoped to attach did because I'm on mobile but if they did: I attached one of when I first adopted it and one of it now so yall can see how far it's come. I hope I can get so good tips here on how to promote growth and what type of aloe it is etc!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,839

    Sorry - your pictures have not shown up yet.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,345

    Hi ...to post a photo start with the camera icon ...  if your pics don't upload try reducing the size.

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  • thank you! I went on my laptop so here are the images

    image this is from august 2016

    imageand this is from today!

    Hopefully you can view these okay

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,839

    Perfect - and well done on the rescue. image It looks like Aloe vera to me.

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  • Thank you :) I am worried that it grows very slowly and is kind of small with not very many leaves but would that be because it is quite young? Do I need to prune it or anything of the sort? I only remove the very dead leaves and leave the rest.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,839

    They ony grow slowly danielle so don't worry. It looks lovely and healthy now. Just remove the dead leaves. When it does get more leaves you can actually cut one off and the sticky sap that comes out of the end can be rubbed onto any scrapes on the skin. It is very soothing.

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  • Thank you for the advice! I guess I worry a bit too much about it but it's nice to know that it is healthy :)

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,839

    You are most welcome.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,345

    The sap is really good for burns ... I grow one on the kitchen windowsill so it's handy for when I catch my hand on the oven shelf.

    Well done with the aloe ... I rescued one from my MIL but it wasn't as sad looking as yours.  They like a brght windowsill but not hot sun.  

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  • Yes it was so bad at first I thought that it wouldn't survive but I'm happy that it did :) it doesn't fit on my windowsill anymore without bending its leaves as it is so wide but I try to set it in places the sun hits in my room during the day although I worry it's not quite enough because I live in a rather cold and cloudy country

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