Help, My Aloe Is Falling Over: What Causes A Droppy Aloe Plant?
Aloes are succulent plants which grow from the ground. They have a thick stem with many branches and leaves. These succulents are very popular because they provide beautiful foliage that lasts for years without any watering or fertilizing. There are different types of aloes, but all of them have one thing in common – their leaves turn brown when they get old and dry out. Some aloes may even fall over if left alone!
The reason why your aloe plant turns brown is due to its water content being low. When it gets too cold, the water evaporates off the surface of the leaf. This causes the leaf to lose its shape and eventually falls off.
You can prevent this condition by keeping your aloe plant watered regularly during hot weather and letting it dry out completely before watering again. If you don’t do this, your aloe will start losing its leaves and eventually fall over.
How To Fix Droppy Aloe Plant?
There are several ways to fix droopy aloe plant. One way is to simply cut away the dead leaves so that the rest of the leaf remains intact. Another method is to use a rooting hormone called “Green Tea”. This works great for getting the leaves to turn upright again!
What You Need:
– 2 qts. of clean water
– A spray bottle
– 1 tsp. of Green Tea (dissolved in water)
You can find Green Tea at your local grocery store. It will be located in the supplements aisle or in the tea section. Your local nursery may also carry it.
You Will Need:
– 1 pkt of aloe plant seeds
Where To Plant Aloe:
Aloes like warm weather and bright sun, but not the harsh midday sun. They need a lot of light to survive! Make sure you pick a spot in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
If not, they will start to lose their leaves and eventually fall over. You can change the direction of the leaves by moving the pot around your porch so that it gets more sun.
You Can Also Transplant It Outside! Aloe are very easy to grow from cuttings (pieces of the stem) so you can take a few of these and put them in a sunny spot in your yard. If you do this, make sure you water it every other day and fertilize it once a month.
Once you’ve picked out a spot, you’re ready to plant!
How To Plant:
1. Fill a pot with cactus and succulent soil (you can get this at any Home Depot or Lowes).
You can also use regular potting soil, but the cactus soil has more nutrients that the aloe will need to grow. Also, make sure you get a pot that’s wider than it is tall (tall and skinny pots cause aloes to fall over).
2. Make a hole in the soil the width of the aloe root ball and about twice as deep.
3. Remove aloe from the pot by holding it by the bottom and turning it upside down.
Give it a few good shakes. The aloe will drop out of its pot.
4. Put your hand around the base of the plant and wiggle it around a bit.
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What’s in a name: epithets in Aloe L.(Asphodelaceae) and what to call the next new species by E Figueiredo, GF Smith – Bradleya, 2010 – BioOne