- Can I save my damaged Aloe vera plant?
- Brown Aloe Vera Plants: Tips On Treating Wilting Aloe Veras
- Reasons for Wilting, Brown Aloe Plants
- Top 10 Questions About Aloe Plants
- Help, My Aloe Is Falling Over: What Causes A Droopy Aloe Plant
- Reasons for a Droopy Aloe Plant
- My Aloe is Falling Over, Now What?
- Why does my aloe vera plant keep falling out of the soil?
- Spoiler alert: I repotted & moved it out of the strong sun
- Signs of a Wilting Aloe Vera Plant
- Steps to Revive Your Aloe Vera Plant
- Tips to take care of your aloe vera plant
- How to Revive an Aloe Plant
Can I save my damaged Aloe vera plant?
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Brown Aloe Vera Plants: Tips On Treating Wilting Aloe Veras
One of the more easy going succulents, aloe vera is a happy houseplant in most instances. Few problems plague the plant provided it has excellent drainage and good light. A wilting brown aloe can be caused by several conditions. If your aloe is turning brown, continue reading for some causes and cures.
Reasons for Wilting, Brown Aloe Plants
Aloe plants feature chubby, cherubic leaves that are also a helpful medicinal. The plants tend to like to be a bit on the dry side and most problems are caused by overwatering or incorrect potting medium. Brown aloe vera plants may be suffering from too much or too little moisture, but other causes might be excess salt in soil, fungal disease, sun scorch, chemical toxicity or nutrient deficiency. Guessing which is simply a matter of trial and error.
Moisture and Aloe Wilting and Browning
Water issues have got to be the number one cause of problems with aloe vera. A wilting, brown aloe that has soft spots in the leaves is likely over watered. A plant with puckered leaves that are discoloring may be too dry. The leaves are a great indicator of the moisture needs of this plant. They should be plump and glossy green.
To correct any water issues, repot the plant in a well-draining soil that is at least half gritty material such as sand or pumice. Once the plant is out of soil, check the roots for any rot and remove. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch when you insert a finger to the second knuckle. In winter, reduce water by half.
Chemicals, Salts and Nutrition
If you fertilize your plant, the soil may have excess salt buildup, which can burn roots and cause brown aloe vera plants. Leach the soil with plenty of water or repot the plant.
When an aloe is turning brown, it might also be chemical exposure. Outdoor plants may receive herbicide drift from wind. Plants indoors may be splashed with cleaning chemicals. Treating wilting aloe veras that have chemical damage requires removal of the leaves if there are only a few and transplant to prevent any chemicals in soil from transporting into the vascular system of the plant.
Aloe plants do not need much feeding. Feed no more than once per month with a diluted plant food at half strength.
Light and Cold
Most varieties of aloe prefer warm temperatures. Those that are exposed to drafty windows may develop some foliar damage. Move plants to a warmer location. Aloes prefer temperatures of 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 27 C.).
These easy-to-grow plants also prefer quite a bit of light; however, when placed in a southern location by a window that directs heat and light to the plant, the leaves can actually sunburn. Bright, but indirect light is preferred. Sun scorched plants will recover over time naturally but may lose a few leaves in the process.
Aloe wilting and browning is generally a matter of a cultural or site condition. Just go down the list and eliminate possible causes until you strike the right one. Aloe plants are very resilient and forgiving and should return to health again quite quickly.
Top 10 Questions About Aloe Plants
Here at Gardening Know How we get lots of questions, and our goal is to provide answers to those inquiries to the best of our knowledge. Aloe plants are wonderful in their design and as a medicinal. One of the most common houseplants, aloes are usually trouble free but sometimes problems arise. The following information includes the 10 most commonly asked questions about aloe vera plants.
1. How do I water my aloe vera plant?
Aloe plants are succulents and store extra moisture in their leaves for lean times. However, they do need regular water to keep their leaves plump and happy. Aloe plant care involves the use of well-draining potting medium and watering the plant thoroughly, at least until the water runs out of the drainage holes. Then sit back and wait for the soil to dry out again. Deep watering is key to flush soil of any salts and allow roots to obtain it. You will find you need to water more frequently in the heat of summer and about half that amount in winter when the plant is not actively growing.
2. Is it okay to remove aloe vera pups?
Aloe vera plants replicate by producing those pups or offsets. It is perfectly acceptable to remove the pups. In fact, it will give the mother plant a bit more room in a crowded pot without having to disrupt her roots. Use a clean, sharp knife and cut away the pup. Hopefully, it has roots, but if it doesn’t allow the pup to callus for a week on the cut end. Then insert it into a soilless medium such as sand or perlite. Moisten the medium lightly and wait for root growth. When the pup has rooted, transplant to well-draining succulent soil and grow as usual.
3. Can you grow an aloe plant from a cutting?
The quickest method of propagation for an aloe is by removing the pups. However, many succulents root quickly from leaf or stem cuttings. Aloe has such a high moisture content that it is more likely the cutting will rot before it sends out roots. To solve this problem, try letting the cut end dry out for several days and callusing over. Then insert the callused end into soilless potting mix. Keep the mixture on the dry side and check in a few weeks. If roots have formed, remove the baby plant and place it in a good succulent mixture.
4. How do you prune an aloe vera or harvest leaves for use?
Aloes really are amazing plants. They will heal themselves when a leaf is removed. Depending upon the size you require, take a tip or the whole leaf. Use a clean knife or scissors to prevent passing disease into the plant. In just a few hours, the plant’s sap will solidify and harden around the wound. Within a handful of days, that area will callus and dry, preventing insect or disease intrusion. Removing leaves will not hurt the plant, just don’t remove more than 1/3 of them at a time when harvesting the leaves for use.
5. When should downsize an aloe plant?
When an aloe gets too big for its container or gardening space, it is time to either divide the plant or remove some of the pups to give the mother plant some more room. Removing pups is easy with a clean, sharp knife and each pup may be potted up for individual plants. The best time to remove pups is when the plant is dormant, in fall or early spring. Reducing the size is not absolutely necessary unless your plant is looking unhealthy. As with most succulents, aloe prefers a crowded container.
6. What causes aloe to turn brown and wilt?
In many cases, such a problem is caused by overwatering. Water deeply, infrequently and wait until the soil is evenly dry before irrigating anew. Ensure the soil in your container is made for succulents or make your own. Equal parts of sand, potting soil and perlite allow any extra moisture to percolate through easily. The problem may also be sunburn. The plant needs warmth and sunlight, but a southern window can actually burn the leaves. Try moving it to a bright location in the west of the home.
7. Can you plant aloe vera outdoors?
Aloes grow in nature outdoors but whether yours will thrive in your region depends upon the zone. The plants are adapted to USDA zones 8 to 10. In zone 11, the plant may also thrive but only if it gets shelter in the hottest part of the day. Growers in all other zones can put their plants outdoors in summer and bring them in for fall and winter. If you live in a warm region and wish to plant your aloe outside, make sure the soil in the area drains well.
8. How much light does an aloe vera need?
Aloe plants definitely need sunlight but how much is optimal? 8 hours of full sun makes for a happy plant. If the plant is indoors, place it in a western or eastern facing window sill. If it is too large for the sill, place the plant no more than 5 feet (1.52 m.) from a bright window. Be wary of southern facing windows, as the plant can burn. If you live in a dreary region or do not have access to an east or west window, you may have to supplement the lighting with artificial plant lights.
9. Why is my aloe vera falling over?
The most likely reason for a floppy aloe is that the vegetation at the top is too heavy for a relatively small root ball. Aloes don’t have an extensive root system. A healthy plant with lots of moisture laden leaves is a heavy burden. Either remove some of the pups from the plant to release some of the strain on the root ball or use stakes to hold the plant upright. Make sure the root ball is just under the soil enough that the lowest leaves touch the surface of the soil.
10. How do you transplant aloes and when should you do this?
Aloe roots are more broad than deep, so the first cuts into soil will be the most important. For huge outdoor plants, start a foot (.30 m.) away from the longest leaves and cut down another foot. Gently, mostly by feel, inch in towards the center of the plant as you continue to dig downward. Retain as much root as possible. It may be best to water the soil well prior to digging to help it loosen. Plant the aloe in a hole as large as that from which it was dug. Water the new area well after replanting. For container plants, transplant when the aloe has outgrown its pot and has no new space to put out more foliage or if the plant is showing signs of stress. They prefer to be pot-bound but need enough space for growth and to retain some moisture in soil.
We all have questions now and then, whether long-time gardeners or those just starting out. So if you have a gardening question, get a gardening answer. We’re always here to help.
Help, My Aloe Is Falling Over: What Causes A Droopy Aloe Plant
Aloe is a great houseplant because it is so easy to grow and is very forgiving. Your aloe will grow big with good light and not too much water. Although it’s hard to kill one of these plants, if your aloe is drooping, something isn’t right. The good news is that there is likely an easy fix. This article has more information for an aloe plant flopping over.
Reasons for a Droopy Aloe Plant
No one likes flopping aloe leaves. You want an upright, sturdy aloe. To help your plant grow better, it helps to understand why the droop happens. There are a few possible reasons, or it could be a combination of more than one:
- Inadequate sunlight
- Poor watering practices
- A fungal infection
- Cold temperatures
- A too-shallow container
My Aloe is Falling Over, Now What?
If you have a leaning or drooping aloe, consider the above issues and make sure you provide the plant with the right growing conditions. Aloe should have at least six hours a day of strong, direct sunlight. Lack of sunlight can weaken the leaves and cause them to flop.
Letting it get too cold can have the same effect, so don’t let your aloe get colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
Too much water can also be an issue and lead to an aloe plant flopping over. A simple watering strategy for aloe is to wait for the soil to dry out entirely and then wet it completely. Tip out any excess water. Don’t water it again until the soil has once again dried out.
If you have been overwatering for some time, the roots may be infected with a fungus. Check the roots and treat with fungicide if necessary.
Finally, your droopy aloe plant may be remedied by as simple a fix as choosing a better container. A shallow container won’t allow the plant to develop enough strong roots to remain upright. Replant your aloe in a deeper, sturdy and heavy pot so it will be supported.
A leaning aloe is usually an easy fix, but if these issues are addressed and it still droops, try staking your plant or separating it into smaller plants.
Why does my aloe vera plant keep falling out of the soil?
The Aloe Vera plant, Aloe barbadensis does well when left alone. Too much tender care and they die. Allow me go over the basic care of an Aloe and perhaps you will notice something you can change in caring for your next aloe plant. Aloe Vera needs well drained potting soil–a cactus mix is best. It only needs fertilizer every 3 months. Use a liquid fertilizer for houseplants and diluted it by half, never full strength. When watering your Aloe plant you should water it thoroughly then allow the soil to dry well before watering again. Aloe Vera is thought to be a cactus but it is really a succulent so over watering will cause it to rot at the base of the plant. Finally, find a sunny spot in your home avoiding drafty locations for you plant. Because you have a succulent and they are filled with water, drafts can cause soft spot to occur as though the plant became cold/freezing in that one area. Follow these basic care recommendation and you should have no more problems. A
Spoiler alert: I repotted & moved it out of the strong sun
I love my Aloe vera and use it almost every day. It’s truly a plant with purpose! It was in a warm, sunny spot my front garden and both the plant and pot were looking looking a wee bit sad. It was time to take action and make my beloved plant a whole lot happier. By the way, the pot will get a facelift one of these days.
Here’s the Aloe vera & the pot before the re-do. You can see all the dried & discolored leaves as well as the roots growing out of the bottom. The painted had almost completely peeled off the pot. Not a pretty sight.
A couple of Winters ago we had a 4 day cold (around 35 degrees…brrrrr) and rainy spell, not too common for us here in Santa Barbara. The succulents were saying: “what’s up with this?”. That in addition to the fact that my poor Aloe was getting too much direct sun and needed repotting had caused the leaves to turn pale and orangish. Here’s something you need to know: the leaves of the Aloe Vera will turn orange if they get sunburned. I’m sure the environmental stress of that cold rain didn’t help either.
Here’s the baby, or Aloe pup, which I removed off the mother plant.
The baby in it’s new pot. It lives under a Coprosma & next to a bromeliad so it’s mostly shaded. It’s starting to green up a bit too.
If you want to watch me repotting this Aloe, see what potting mix I used and learn how to remove the baby, then be sure to watch the VIDEO below. Lucy had to help me pull it out of the pot and quite a few of the roots were lost but no worries, this is a tough plant. Almost 3 months later, it’s firmly rooted in and greening back up like crazy.
Here are their fat, fibrous roots. They store a lot of water in those roots & leaves so don’t overwater them.
Here are a few things to know when repotting Aloe vera:
* They’re succulents so use a fast draining mix. Again, refer to the video to see the recipe I used.
* They root deep so don’t use a shallow pot, they need room for their roots to grow down.
* Wait until the babies are a good size to remove them.
* Don’t place in hot sun after repotting. Sun is fine as long as it’s not hot & there’s not too much of it.
* Don’t water frequently. I water the baby every 3 weeks because it’s in a small pot. The mother gets watered thoroughly about every 2 months.
Here’s the new digs for my Aloe vera. It’s a tricked out, painted plain terra cotta pot. I love to use glass chips as adornments. My plants so deserve an artistic home!
This pic was taken 3 months after the making of the video & the plant now lives at the base of the stairs leading up to my front porch. It gets nice bright light with a bit of filtered sun & has greened up already. I can easily snip a leaf when I need it.
Coming up very soon: a video and blog post on How I Care For And Use My Aloe Vera. Hint: I have many uses for my Aloe!
If you’re interested on how to care for Aloe vera a a houseplant, check out my book Keep Your Houseplants Alive.
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The ginormous amount of health benefits of the aloe vera plant makes it the jack of all trades, be it soothing your sunburned skin or helping your body detox.
It is not only the most commonly used herbal remedy in the US, but it is also the easiest plant to grow at your home.
This plant has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, choleretic, and wound-healing properties. Furthermore, the juice of the aloe vera plant improves appetite and digestion and strengthens the immune system.
Learn the necessary steps to add life to your wilted aloe vera plant
The beauty benefits of aloe vera range from soothing your dry skin to adding shine to your tresses.
If you don’t live in the tropics, it is pretty easy to grow aloe vera indoors as a house plant. It prefers strong sunlight, and overwatering is far more likely to kill it.
While aloe vera can put up with low light and can thrive on occasional watering, it is important to take note of when your aloe vera plant is struggling to survive and probably taking its last breath.
Signs of a Wilting Aloe Vera Plant
The following signs indicate that your plant might not be having a healthy growth.
- The leaves of the aloe vera plant are lying flat. This probably means that it is not getting sufficient sunlight.
- The leaves are thin, curled, and yellow or brown.
- The plant is growing very slow.
- The roots are black and mushy.
Do not worry if your plant looks a little under the weather. There are more chances of it surviving if you take the necessary measures to revive it.
Steps to Revive Your Aloe Vera Plant
The most common reason for aloe vera plant death is root rot. In order to determine if that is the case, you need to take the plant out of its pot.
Things you’ll need:
Items needed to revive your wilted aloe vera plant
- Rubber hand gloves
- Pot – 1/3 larger than the root system
- Water in a spray bottle
- Potting soil used for succulent plants
Step 1. Remove the aloe vera plant from its current pot and examine the roots
Start by carefully taking the plant out of the pot
- Run a trowel around the interior of the pot to loosen up the soil. The plant will come out this way.
- Ensure you’re keeping the plant as steady as possible. Do not pull the plant; hold it instead.
- Clean the roots by spraying water on them.
Step 2. Remove the unhealthy roots
Thin out the roots keeping only the healthy ones
- Examine the roots for any black or mushy roots.
- If there are any, use a sterilized knife or scissors to cut it out carefully.
Step 3. Lodge the tended plant into a new pot with the appropriate potting soil
After removing the unhealthy roots, plant the aloe vera again
Once you are done with the chopping of unhealthy roots and removing the wilted leaves, replant the aloe vera.
- Take a pot that is 1/3 larger than the root system of the plant. Line the bottom of the pot with a coffee filter and fill it halfway with potting soil for succulent plants.
- Place the tended plant’s root in the pot and cover it up with the soil. Ensure that the entire root ball is covered with soil.
- Spray a few wisps of water on the base of the plant. Do not pour a lot of water as the plant needs a few days to readjust to its new pot and repair any broken roots.
The planted aloe vera shows healthy growth Quick Tip: You can create your own potting soil by mixing equal parts of sand, gravel or pumice, and soil. Make sure you use coarse sand rather than fine sand, as fine sand would clump and hold the water, preventing water drainage.
Tips to take care of your aloe vera plant
- Be careful while troweling as the roots of the aloe vera plant grow horizontally and not vertically and may get damaged.
- If the majority of your plant has damaged roots, it may be beyond saving. You can try to save the plant by removing the largest leaves and cutting off half of the plant. With fewer leaves, it will be easier for undamaged roots to direct nutrients to the entire plant.
- Do not snap the leaves when you want to use fresh aloe vera gel. Cut the leaf base with a sharp knife where the leaf meets the soil. Similarly cut the dead leaves to main a healthy growth.
- You can also extract the gel and store it for later use.
- Do not bury the plant deeper than it was in the previous pot while repotting.
- Place gravel or pebbles on top of the soil to reduce the evaporation of water.
- Water only when the soil is dry. You can tell if the soil is dry by pressing your index finger a few inches down into the soil.
- Water your plant less in colder months and more in warmer months.
- If your plant is outside, watering it once in every 2 weeks should be sufficient.
- If you keep your plant inside, water it once in 3 or 4 weeks.
Aloe vera, coomonly known as Aloe Vera, Medicinal Aloe, Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe or First Aid Plant, has become incredibly popular. Traditionally, it is known for its topical benefits, including wound healing and its use to keep skin moisturized and protected. Aloe vera is used in numerous beauty products as an additive for its vitamin and acemannan content. However, its nutritional properties also make this plant a living superfood.
It’s a very easy plant to care for, making it a staple in many homes. These succulent plants are known for their ability to thrive under virtually any conditions, as they grow equally well indoors and outdoors with minimal care. It can’t tolerate winter chill and only grows outdoors year-round in dry USDA hardiness zones 9 and 11. Too much water causes the roots to suffocate and eventually rot and is a primary cause of wilting. Recognizing wilt signs promptly and pinpointing the causes allows you to save a distressed Aloe vera.
Insert your finger into the soil and check the soil moisture. If the soil feels wet, overwatering is the likely cause of wilting.
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Lift Aloe vera from its pot. Brush the soil gently from the roots so you can view as much of the root system as possible. Do not rinse the roots with water.
Examine the crown of Aloe vera, where the leaves emerge from the root system. If the crown feel soft and appears rotten, and if there is a foul odor in the region, the plant suffers from extreme rot and may not survive. If the crown still appears healthy, it’s possible to save it.
Trim any soft, rotten roots from the root ball with clean shears. Avoid cutting into healthy roots.
Fill a clean pot with a potting soil. If reusing the original pot, first rinse it in a solution of one part bleach and nine parts water to kill any pathogens.
Repot Aloe vera into the fresh soil at the same depth it was growing at previously. Water the potting soil lightly, but do not use enough water that it drips from the bottom drainage holes in the pot.
Resume regular watering once the plant recovers. Water healthy Aloe vera plants when the soil dries throughout the depth of the pot and empty any standing water from the drip tray promptly.
Temperatures below 50°F (10°C) can also damage Aloe vera and cause wilt. Bring outdoor pots inside before the temperatures drop in autumn and avoid placing indoor plants in cold rooms or near drafty windows.
Aloe vera may sometimes wilt because it needs water. If the soil is completely dry and the plant shows no symptoms of rot, water it immediately. The foliage usually perks up in a day or two.
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How to Revive an Aloe Plant
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Aloe is a succulent plant that originated in southern and eastern Africa. It has been used for more than 4,000 years for medicinal purposes and is available in more than 400 varieties. A common houseplant, aloe is hardy and requires little care. It is susceptible to root rot, or pythium, when planted indoors. Careful watering practices must be followed to avoid this disease. The stems of the plant will become discolored from a combination of too much moisture and a fungus in the soil. When this occurs, it’s possible to revive the plant.
Remove the aloe plant from the potting container. Discard all soil from around the root base and the soil remaining in the pot. Wash the pot in a bleach mixture of one part bleach and nine parts water to sterilize the container for future use. Allow the potting container to air-dry.
Prune the dead stems from the aloe plant with the pruning shears. Cut close to the base of the plant. Remove rotten pieces of the root system, cutting them away from the existing root ball. Prune until all the dead and ailing pieces of the plant have been discarded.
Fill the container with fresh sterilized potting soil to prevent the fungus from returning. Do not apply fertilizer to the soil. The roots will return to a normal growth pattern more quickly if only soil is in the pot.
Dig a hole in the center of the pot to the same depth that the plant was potted before, using a hand shovel. Do not overbury the plant in the soil. Firm the soil around the base of the plant, but do not pack it tightly. This will keep air from reaching the root system, resulting in poor growth.
Water the plant well, until the excess water begins to drain from the bottom of the planter. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering to avoid root rot in the future. Water when the soil is dry, allowing excess to drain from the pot bottom. Place the container in a well-lit area for optimal growth.