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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 21, 2015 5:39 PM CST
Hi, I have this dwarf aloe and it seems to be sick or something... there are several leaves at bottom turning reddish-brown and almost no growing for about a year since I bought it. Is it over-watering? under-watering? too much sunlight? too little sunlight? ... Thanks for help. (sorry for the bad light exposure of the photo)

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Fiat
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 21, 2015 6:26 PM CST
Lower leaves normally dry out too. So far to me it does not look sick nor dead yet.

But you have to tell us too:
1) where do you position this plant indoors or outdoors and, orientation of the sun: north, south, west or east
2) how long has it been in its container
3) when do you water the plant
4) do you notice if there are any mushy part at the base of the plant
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 22, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Hi Tarev, This one has been indoor since repotted in the container soon after receiving it about a year ago. It was/is placed just behind a west-facing window. I only water it when the mix become really dry-- almost every month or longer in winter and more often in summer. I can't see any part of its base?
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Fiat
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 22, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Thanks Fiat for the info.

Move the plant now outdoors, it can take full sun. As you do it, give it a thorough watering. You need to adjust watering when seasons change. In our very dry 9b location, it can be watered every two weeks, drenching the root zone very well once it is outdoors.
That's okay if you cannot see the base, it really grows so close to the soil.

Eventually the plant will acclimate and get more vigor. Usually I get my blooms at this time of the year too, afterwards offsets.
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 22, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Thanks, Tarev. I'll follow suit and see how it (and another bigger aloe) goes.
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Fiat
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Apr 23, 2015 4:07 AM CST
That's correct...it's in "waiting" mode....waiting for sunshine and warmth to start new growth and activity. Doesn't look sick, just looks kinda "dormant." Big Grin
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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 23, 2015 10:28 AM CST
Thanks and good to know, Kate.
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Fiat

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