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Jun 9, 2020 5:45 AM CST
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I've just purchased an aloe plant. It arrived with the stems bent and frayed at the tips. I'm a complete beginner with plants. I never buy flowers cause I end up killing them so thought a house plant would be 'easier' to manage.

I immediately gave the aloe a water and put it at the kitchen window, since then the bending has got even worse. The window it's sitting doesn't really get bright light, it's more of a shaded window but still gets light. Any ideas what I can do to help?
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Jun 9, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Aloes need light, very bright light! A good many of them need some sun.
But since you just got this plant, you have to be patient, you have to give it time. It needs time to adjust to your conditions.
Put it in the brightest, sunniest spot that you can.
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Jun 9, 2020 6:29 AM CST
UK
BigBill said:Aloes need light, very bright light! A good many of them need some sun.
But since you just got this plant, you have to be patient, you have to give it time. It needs time to adjust to your conditions.
Put it in the brightest, sunniest spot that you can.


Thank you for your reply. So if I was to move it to a sunny window, can I move it back to the original window eventually or does it have to stay there? How often should I water it?
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Jun 9, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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No. It needs good light all of the time. You can't give it low light for ten months and good light for two. It will slowly decline in health and eventually die.

I see that you said you are new to plants. You need to understand that plants need certain conditions and in order to thrive, they must grow accordingly. You don't buy plants and grow them the way you want them to. Your success will be very limited that way!
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