Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: my "crispy"aloe..:-(

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Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Mar 21, 2015 11:39 AM CST
I got some cactus and succulents from a lady moving out of state and at the time I bought them it was freezing outside and wet. The plants were outside some unprotected.. this was one of them. it had red tips ( not dead just red ) at the time on some of its limbs.. and one stalk has turned crispy, dead half the way up.. the stalk doesnt seemed to have turned hollow but hard. Im not sure what I need to do. Was it the cold?under watering which i cant imagine.. but could be ( i tend to over water ) or anything else should i repot Check the roots?

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gg5
Mar 21, 2015 5:03 PM CST
Hey Alli - I'm not an expert, but it does look like cold damage...It'll probably grow out of it soon enough! It does also look like its under watered (but I too err with overwatering so??? Shrug! ) I started watering my plants once per week, the tropicals get a nice big drink and the succulents get a sip - seems to work well for me Hilarious! Personally I like the coloration, but yes it does look like it'll brown and fall off.
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tarev
Mar 23, 2015 11:40 AM CST
With aloes, crispy better than mushy. But give it time, it is healing already. Cold can do that to succulents, turning chilled red . Getting very wet and cold is really bad for them. If your temps are still cold, I would really hold back from watering. Just keep them in a warm bright spot, there is enough moisture in its leaves to get it through.

When temps are much more consistently warm, like in the mid 60's to 70's you can chop off that one with the leggy neck, about an inch or so from the actively growing green part, make sure to remove all dead leaves and stick in new soil. When you water it later on during the warmer months, make sure you allow the water to drain out, do not make the pot sit in water, so remember to empty that saucer under the pot.
Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Mar 28, 2015 8:28 PM CST
Thank ya'll.. I wasnt sure if or how to save the still liv top parts.. so that helps to know they wont just be lost mybe.
ive lost several of her succulents the cati 2 in perticular have recovered well.
Will keep yall up todate!
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karmatree
Apr 6, 2015 6:29 PM CST
I think that's Aloe juvenna. It grows like that normally (the tall, legginess). Mine suffered a bit of cold during a spell we had here, but it's up and running again, with a gazillion little babies all sprouting from it. It was red tipped too, but has been sunbathing a lot lately and seems to be very happy!
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