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Aloe Vera Plant Dying

I have recently been given an aloe vera plant cutting. However, the leaves seem to be quite thin and droopy. One has fallen over completely as it has bent at the bottom as it is so thin. It is also brown at the bottoms and tops. does anyone know what could be wrong with it and how to make it better?


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Has the cutting taken ? you had a look at the root system yet.

  • Im not sure actually. is there anything I should be looking out for?

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Depends if it's an indoor Aloe Vera or an outdoor Aloe, I tend to think from description it is very small and in a pot. I'd put it in inside in full sun on a windowsill and stop watering it for a while. If it is looking very pale it has likely been overwatered.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Check to see if there is the start of a good root system for starters. I don't know how long this cutting has been in the pot for, but usually once separated from the mother plant it is watered then left for 3 weeks. This encourages the plant to put out a strong root system. So, if there is, but you don't think it's pot bound, where the roots are wrapping themselves around the base of the pot. In which case, will need repotting.

    Then the thin leaves could be caused by not being watered enough and is using it's own liquid - water more.

    And the brown leaves could be caused by too much direct sunlight - move to a bright but away from direct sunlight.

    Does anything I wrote, ring alarm bells ?

  • Ye thanks very much its not been in the pot very long and the roots look very small. I will give it a water and see how it goes! thank you 

  • SandimatSandimat Posts: 1

    Hi Marshmello you have also answered some of my problems. I have a mature plant that I now think I brought from gloom to light too quickly And repotted and over watered. It is about 10 inches tall and is starting to show new growth from the top now I have followed the advice given.  The roots seemed ok from memory when I repotted. My question now is should I leave the dying brown leaves from the bottom of the stem or leave them on? The stem is still very floppy. Thank you.

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