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May 4, 2020 8:43 AM CST

As I know, the watering is the most common issue regarding aloes, I have one question in this theme too. I put a picture of the whole plant now how it looks. The big leaves have a soft feeling right now, and the bottom part is quite white and bright. I try not to overwater this one, but it seems the new leaves are already dried on the sides. I marked it with red circles on the picture. Does it have some connection with the watering or can it be a normal process?

It can be seen, it has draining holes and gets enough sunlight too.

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May 8, 2020 12:07 AM CST

Update: one new leaf popped up from the soil, however, based on the dried parts (shown red on my former comment's picture) I still don't know whether I give too much or too little water, generally.

Any ideas? Thanks!
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May 8, 2020 8:36 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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It looks fine. Water it thoroughly as soon as the top inch of soil feels dry and provide maximum indoor sunlight.
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May 8, 2020 3:44 PM CST
Name: Baja
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As Will mentioned, the best way to know when to water is to figure out when the soil is dry (below the surface, because the surface dries out very quickly). It's totally normal for the lower leaves to dry out and die (in moderation). It's very important with this plant to provide very strong light. It should "see" the sun for hours a day (no curtain or blinds in the way) if it will be an indoor plant.

Welcome!
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May 9, 2020 3:51 AM CST

@Baja_Costero : Thanks for the answers both of you! I'm so glad, I've found this forum.

My concern was mostly because of the dried parts are on the new leaves, which just came out of the soil... Is it still normal behaviour?

And I know, I have to learn the watering process at the beginning, but I have the following question now: The soil seems totally dry (I really took care not to give to much water), but the big leaves feels a bit mushy. What do you think, is it still normal?

Yes, it will be indoor, and I put in the window, to get a lot of sunlight. Thank you!
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May 9, 2020 12:43 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Yeah, dry lower leaves are nothing to be concerned about in moderation.

muzmo said:I have the following question now: The soil seems totally dry (I really took care not to give to much water), but the big leaves feels a bit mushy. What do you think, is it still normal?


I would advise taking care to give as much water as the soil can possibly absorb, then allowing time to pass until it's dry at depth. I don't ever go by the softness of the leaves, I go by the soil. This plant is sensitive to wet feet, so when in doubt, wait to water. There is no advantage to allowing the soil to sit bone dry for any extended period, but there is a significant risk of rot if the soil stays too moist too often. Those are the rough boundaries to stay within for best results.
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May 10, 2020 6:34 AM CST

@Baja_Costero: Thanks a lot again for the advice! Hopefully a few years later I can search for the same thread to show some nice pictures Smiling
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May 23, 2020 6:17 AM CST

@Baja_Costero: Hi there! If you don't mind, I would have a few more minor questions, as I would like to learn the basics in time, not with dead plants on the way...

1) I've attached few pictures. This first one shows the plant in its entirely. The leaves are sort of more "standing up" and looks like they are "closing". For the watering, I try to keep your advices, maybe I keep the soil drying too long time?

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2) Now the plant gets a lot of direct sunlight, I put it in the window. The new leaves are more darker now. Does it have any connection with the sunlight or is it ok?

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3) The peak of the leaves some part are dark brown / black. Is it also normal behaviour?

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Thanks in advance!
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May 23, 2020 8:44 AM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers
Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
It all looks good to me. Keep giving strong light. Thumbs up
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Oct 3, 2020 1:01 AM CST

@Baja_Costero: (or anyone else, who can help)

I kept keeping the plant as your suggestions. Everything went well, but rught now, sadly the situation looks quite bad...

Below a few pictures. What's your suggestion? The soil is dry... Is there still any chance to save it?
Thanks in advance!


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Oct 3, 2020 8:16 AM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers
Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
I'm not sure what else may be going on, but the plant needs more light than it has been receiving. Don't give up at this point.
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