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Etizzy
May 13, 2020 8:09 AM CST
Any chances of my aloe coming back? I made several mistakes with this guy. It first started when I changed out the soil- it had been in regular potting soil so I replaced it with cactus/succulent mix. When I did that I noticed the roots were almost non-existent.
-I thought more light would help the root problem, so I moved it to a south facing window in my kitchen. But it started to droop a lot.
-Next I moved it outside to get more sun, but I made the mistake of putting it in direct sunlight before hardening it off. The plant is now drooping more and the leaves turned a brownish color.

It is now sitting in the shade on my back porch, but I'm not sure if it will recover. Any advice?




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WillC
May 13, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Based on how it looks in the third, and I assume the most recent photo, I don't think it is worth saving. If you get a new one, leave the soil and roots alone, keep it in a sunny indoor location, and allow the soil to get quite dry before watering it.
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May 13, 2020 9:07 AM CST

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tarev
May 13, 2020 12:55 PM CST
I am more stubborn, I would just repot in a bit smaller container, and add much more pumice or perlite to your media. Your current media looks too heavy and dense to me. That container looks pretty, but being glazed it is holding water a bit longer than the plant wants. Is that saucer dish attached to the container? I try to avoid those ones with attached dish, it is more difficult to allow water to drain out faster.

Position it in part sun, no direct sun yet, and keep it dry for several days or more if you do repot. That plant will just use whatever moisture stored in its leaves as it redirects its energy to new growth ..which may either be roots, or leaves first.

There may still be a chance, treat it like a learning curve and see if it will bouce back. We are all heading into warm to hot temps which this plant prefers, so be very patient. To me I think there is still a chance. Good luck!

This is an old 2018 photo of one of my Aloes, the Aloe is the one on the right, see how gritty I make the media. So even if it rains, it dries out the root zone area fast, and always container with drain holes.
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Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Etizzy
May 14, 2020 9:58 AM CST
Thanks for the feedback. I started to throw the plant out, but I decided to go ahead and TRY to save it. At least for an experiment you know? So I took the advice to pot it down, still used cactus/succulent mix (I don't have pumice or perlite), and it's in the same shady location out of direct sunlight. I've added a picture of the "roots" when I took it out of the old pot.
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tarev
May 14, 2020 12:56 PM CST
Good luck! It still has good potential to me, give it a week in shade, and keep it dry, If it is not rainy on your side, gradually position to more sun exposure. Aloes are such sun lovers once properly acclimated to your outdoor light and temperatures. Give it time to grow new roots. The best indicator is to see new leaf growth at the center, or it may also try to make new pups around it. So do not be too eager to water, it has no viable roots to drink the moisture yet.
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Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Etizzy
Jun 22, 2020 5:45 PM CST
Update! This guy is still hanging in there and has TWO new growths. I trimmed the other sunburned leaves back, now just staying patient! Glad I decided to hold on
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SoulReaver009
Jun 22, 2020 10:59 PM CST
Awesome!
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Jun 25, 2020 12:37 PM CST
Good growing recovery! Thumbs up

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