Aloe Vera plant suddenly tipped over - Knowledgebase Question

Buffalo, ny
Question by Lmb1122
September 6, 2017
This aloe gives me so much trouble! It was previously outside in an area that got partial sun. (The bottom leaf was burned quite some time ago. It has not been exposed to direct sunlight since). It was watered about 4 days ago. Two days ago I brought it inside to avoid a massive rain storm we had. The next morning, it looked like it had toppled over. It was standing straight up before. What is happening?! Also, It recently has had a lot of new growth.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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A comment from Philipwonel
September 7, 2017
Check base for rot.
Its leggy. Needs more sun.
If no rot. Stake her up. Or you could cut top section off and start. You could even make three or four plants.
Mine i have in ground outside. 😎😎😎

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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Answer from WillC
September 8, 2017

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The pot for your Aloe vera is quite large so it is very easy to over water it. Allow the top half of the soil to dry in between waterings. Add just enough water so that the top half of the soil gets dry again within 1 to 2 weeks. If it takes longer than that to dry out, the roots will rot.

If you keep it indoors, which you will have to do soon anyway, keep it on a sunny windowsill for maximum light. Outdoors, light shade is best.

You may be able to reposition it slightly in the pot so that it is more upright. Using a stake to hold it upright is another option, as is the suggestion by Philip to cut the top section and repot it into a much smaller pot with a more porous potting mix

Buffalo, ny
A comment from Lmb1122
September 8, 2017
If I cut off the top and repot it...roots should reform?

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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A comment from WillC
September 8, 2017
Yes. Cut the stem and strip off the lowest leaves so you have about an inch of the bare stem at the bottom. Let it air dry overnight. Then, insert the bare stem into a small terra cotta pot filled with a porous potting mix that is one-third perlite. The lowest leaves should rest on the rim of the pot to provide support. Keep it in a warm, moderately bright location. Keep the potting mix barely damp. Be patient.

Buffalo, ny
A comment from Lmb1122
September 9, 2017
Ok last question. Would that mostl likely kill the bottom part of the plant?

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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A comment from WillC
September 9, 2017
Not necessarily. If the roots are healthy, new growth should emerge at the base of the stem below where you make the pruning cut.

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