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The branches of my aloe vera plant seem to be draining and the plant itself is turning orangish brownish, why?

Asked by DuskaB (2points) July 7th, 2008

My friend gave me a baby aloe vera plant, I’ve had it for almost a month. She repotted it before she gave it to me. It was doing fine until last week… I noticed that one of the branches was starting to drain, and yesterday I noticed that it was happening to all of them. They were paper thin in the top half and normal in the bottom half. It is also starting to turn brown.

I have it sitting in my living room window, where it get direct sun every afternoon, and I’ve been watering it about once a week. Should I be giving it something like Miracle Grow? Any insights? I do no know much about this plan thing, but I dont want to have to explain to my friend that I killed my aloe vera plant she gave me!

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nikipedia's avatar

You might be overwatering it. I’ve never watered mine and it’s the only plant I’ve never killed.

marinelife's avatar

You are doing absolutely everything wrong I hate to tell you. Here is what The Garden Pages say:

“Orange stalks on aloe are usually a sign of stress. Aloe vera takes much less sunlight than some of the other aloe plants. Mine seem to prefer shade during the hottest part of the day. It has overhead protection, but gets sun in the morning and late afternoon.

If your plant is in a container, try moving it to an area that gets less sunlight. If your plant is in the ground, try giving it shade for a week or two. If too much sun is the problem the orange stalks should change back to green. If that clears up the problem you should consider moving the plant it to an area that receives less sunlight.

Sunburn is another problem for aloe vera. Somewhat ironic to me because it does such an outstanding job on sunburned human skin. Sunburn on an aloe will show up as brown spots and the skin will be hard or crackly. This will not clear up, but you can rescue the plant by moving it to an area with protection from afternoon sunlight.

Resist the temptation to over water your aloe, you will be killing it with kindness. The soil still needs to dry out completely between watering.”

PupnTaco's avatar

Unfortunately, it may be too late for this plant. Toss it & start over fresh if you can.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I had a similar problem, only my leaves weren’t draining. The split/draining leaves make me think you’re overwatering (i.e. too much liquid in the plant and nowhere for it to go).

I would stop watering it for a while and see if you get any improvement. Also, aloes love sun, so put it in the sunniest place you have (most hours of direct sun a day). It being outside would be helpful, this will help the soil dry out faster.

You really only need to water them every 2–3 weeks, and not a ton of water each time. I have mine sitting on the edge of the balcony, where it gets a bit of water every time it rains.

whatthefluther's avatar

Aloe Vera bis very hearty and can take quite a bit of a hacking so cut away the dead leaves. If it is not currently in sandy soil, transplant it into some. When you do water it, which should be infrequentlly, the water should drain right through.

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