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Floppy aloe

HeltaHelta Posts: 7
Hi, new to the forum here, found it cause of my little aloe problem. So I'm really not any good at plant stuff but I decided to pick up this guy from the general store.
Read up about watering and sunlight and well it was already not in it's best shape. So I cut off the brown dead part from the top of the leaf and also one full leaf which was brown at the root side. Also the bigger leaf had (and still has) a bad crease from the pot. Gave it a good watering and knew it definitely needs sunlight. Luckily my living room has south side windows with plenty (for UK anyway) of sunlight.  :D
That was over a week ago now, I haven't done anything else to it but keep moving it a bit to catch most of the sun, but my plant is still very limp on the two leaves. They may have dropped even more the past days as it's been overcast and rainy.
So do I just wait for the sun to take effect or can I just cut off the drooping leaves? Not sure how'd it do with just 4 leaves.
Also seeing the succulents at the store few days made me order some 10 succulents online cause I just found them adorable, hope they won't die in my hands  o:)
Thanks in advance


  • AndyDeanAndyDean Posts: 157
    I think it'll be fine - aloes are pretty tough in my experience. Those leaves may perk up, but if they don't soon I'd just pull them off, it'll soon grow more.

    With most succulents, keep them in gritty and poor compost, watering only when the compost feels dry when you stick your finger in a cm or so. This means not much water at all in winter, probably once a month at most! I also put a layer of grit on top - looks nicer and protects the base of the plant from rot. Most of mine have thrived with this treatment.

    A note on sunshine - I found a few of mine, especially aloe and haworthia, struggled on a very bright windowsill last summer, turning a bit brown. They soon perked up on a north-facing windowsill, still bright but out of the direct sun.

  • HeltaHelta Posts: 7
    edited March 2019
    Thank you for the advice, I was wondering if it'd be badly damaging for the aloe. I guess I'll see how it goes and if they don't perk up I'll just pull them off.
    I've thought about moving the aloe to the kitchen where there's a privacy film over the window so it doesn't get as hot.
    Any ideas what to do with the brown tip of the aloe? Rest of the leaf seems to be healthy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,983
    edited March 2019
    Leave it ... if the whole leaf goes brown remove it. 
    I don’t give mine any water at all in the winter ... it sits in an east facing studio, cool )but frost free) except when we’re working in there and turn the rads up. I was given it as a nearly dead ‘thing’ with four leaves about three years by OHs mum who kills houseplants ... I treat it with benign neglect and this is it now 

    i occasionally slice off a leaf to treat a burned finger ... marvellous relief 💕 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • HeltaHelta Posts: 7
    Thanks guys. Yeah the main reason I bought the plant was for sunburns, happens way too often with my pale skin.
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