Cactus and Succulents forum: Aloe Vera Hybrid turning brownish

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helpplease
Aug 7, 2019 6:25 AM CST
I've been away for about a week and came home to my aloe vera hybrid turning a bit brownish on one side.

I have no idea what that means. Is it in bad shape? Please help, thanks
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Aug 7, 2019 6:53 AM CST
Seems to be a bit of stress.
They can go full red you know.
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This is caused by heat, cold, drought, or intense sun. otherwise i dont see any life threatening issues.
Make sure the pot drains. It isnt fussy about soil, as long as you dont keep it wet.
Also, not an aloe vera, but a hybrid gasteria(a relative of the aloe),think its called"little warty".
this is a.vera
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Hamwild
Aug 7, 2019 7:04 AM CST
Gasterias are generally more lower light plants than Aloes and some other succulents. That's not to say low light, but you wouldn't necessarily stick it in the same place as a cactus that can take hours of full sun.

That being said, yours is probably just adjusting to where you placed it. It doesn't appear to be getting too much light to me (it doesn't have sunburn marks for example).

I imagine the redness will go away once it adjusts. My 'Little Warty' did thay when I stuck it outside this April. It was under a grow light for the winter, but even winter sun in April (semi winter?) was a little much.
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skopjecollection
Aug 7, 2019 7:05 AM CST
Hamwild said:
I imagine the redness will go away once it adjusts. My 'Little Warty' did thay when I stuck it outside this April. It was under a grow light for the winter, but even winter sun in April (semi winter?) was a little much.


So did mine. And it was HUGE.
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Aug 7, 2019 8:48 AM CST

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The plant is fine. There is no way it could have received too much sun indoors.
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Hallow
Aug 11, 2019 4:49 AM CST
Hamwild said:Gasterias are generally more lower light plants than Aloes and some other succulents. That's not to say low light, but you wouldn't necessarily stick it in the same place as a cactus that can take hours of full sun.

That being said, yours is probably just adjusting to where you placed it. It doesn't appear to be getting too much light to me (it doesn't have sunburn marks for example).

I imagine the redness will go away once it adjusts. My 'Little Warty' did thay when I stuck it outside this April. It was under a grow light for the winter, but even winter sun in April (semi winter?) was a little much.
I have one of these little guys. Mine is brownish but healthy because it's growing. I came across a little trick for dessert Cati in winter. I make them "rest" since I don't want them to grow with the lack of sunlight hours. I simply don't water them. I have a massive 4 year old aloe vera that in a dark room in winter. I don't water it a drop all winter. Buy early spring it's dry looking but then I put it outside as soon as temps let me and every year it makes up for lost time. I do that for all my dessert cacti.

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Hamwild
Aug 11, 2019 6:10 AM CST
I do that with my cacti too (they also go in a dark and cold location), but I overwinter my succulents (Aloes, etc) indoors under a plant light. Smiling
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Hallow
Aug 11, 2019 7:44 AM CST
This is my little guy, brown and Happy. It's common for cacti to turn color in good sunlight.
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tarev
Aug 11, 2019 12:54 PM CST
Hello helpplease, what you have is Gasteria 'Little Warty'. It likes the outdoors better, the hotter it is the more water it likes, but that being said, you have to keep that media very gritty and well draining. Given the chance outdoors during late Spring to early Summer it may even make a nice bloomstalk for you, and make more pups around the mother plant.

Your container seems to be glazed and not sure if it has drain holes. Glazed containers are okay to use, if it has drain holes, and got to allow a bit more interval since it will hold water much longer than needed.

Overall, your plant still looks somewhat okay, but be mindful of watering, since your media is rather too dense. It is one of my few succulents that ably handles our wet winters too, so I grow this plant outdoors year round.

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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Aug 11, 2019 12:56 PM CST
Here is a photo of what used to be mine. Those were better days... Sighing!
It did grew more pups and into a behemoth of course...
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