The Q&A Archives: Twisted Aloe

Question: The leaves of my aloe plants twist, curve and bend. Why? What's the remedy?

Answer: The leaves of most aloe plants are stiff and generally upright, but there are some kinds that grow with characteristic curving and twisting. If your plant is not responding to low light conditions by reaching out for a brighter area, I'd suspect it's just a natural growth habit of the particular aloe you have. The Partridge-breasted (Aloe variegata) aloe has the most upright leaves and they're the most colorful, with white banding and a purplish surface on dark green leaves. Hedgehog aloe (A. humllis) has blue-green leaves with white teeth. The leaves curve slightly. Aloe vera, the medicinal aloe, has longest leaves and requires the least amount of water. Water your aloe only after the soil has dried out (usually once a month in the summer, every 2 months in the winter).

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