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gian
May 15, 2020 6:26 AM CST
Dear all,
I always used the forum as a source of good information but this is my first post as I have a problem with a small plant of aloe that I received from a friend.

I got the plant about 2 weeks ago and it had no roots. After letting it dry for a day, I put it in a small pot with soil for succulents and I watered it. Unfortunately I have no pictures of this stage.

After 5-6 days the aloe fell as the soil dried up. I noted that it grew two small roots, which seemed healthy. At this stage the leaves were still green and pointing upwards. I took a picture (1st image below) and put it back in the soil and added some water as the soil seemed very dry.

Today the plant looks miserable. Most of the leaves are getting thinner, brown and floppy - except for the central ones which still have a bright green color and are quite thick. There is also a new leave extending from the very center, and it grows by the day. As you can see from the picture, I had to put some straws in the soil to avoid that the plant tips over. There is also a pup, which is growing a small root, but it looks worse than its sibling.

As of today the plant has not been watered for 5-6 days. It sits behind a window (to south-west) but it has been quite cloudy in the last few days so I also used a grow light (red-blue LED). I am not sure what to do now. I would be tempted to check the roots, but don't want to put it again through the stress of getting out of the soil and repotted.

Any suggestion would be very welcome! Many thanks in advance!

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Baja_Costero
May 15, 2020 9:19 AM CST
It's pretty much normal for an aloe to look miserable after it has spent some time without (much) roots. But I am optimistic that your plant will make a good recovery based on the new roots in the picture. Don't take the plant out of the pot to check on them, just leave it alone and water when the soil has gone dry at depth. I would think natural light is sufficient in that location (even if it's been cloudy outside) given the state of things. Artificial lights may actually stress it out and cause more harm than help at this point. As those roots grow out you should see a change on top: the leaves will be greener and more inflated, and there may be some new growth.

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gian
May 15, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Many thanks Baja_Costero! Now I have some hope :)

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