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Sep 27, 2016 2:36 PM CST
Hello. I had a question about my aloe plant. I received this aloe plant when my friend sectioned it off from hers. I put it in the pot with some indoor plant soil and put it in a place where it is getting some direct sunlight. After a month or two, two leaves turned yellow and fell off. Then a new leaf started to grow but now I'm having similar issues. The leaves aren't turning yellow but they're falling of and are wilt at the bottom. It seems like there are no roots forming either. (See picture below) what am I doing wrong and what can I do to save this little guy? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Sep 27, 2016 5:56 PM CST
Hi and Welcome! to NGA

I think its too late to save to your plant. It should not have been removed from the mother plant until it had its own roots. The only way to tell that is to take the mother plant out of the pot and check the babies.

At this point, you are essentially rooting a cutting - the chances of success are slim.

Next time your friend offers you an offset, make sure it has its own roots, plant in cactus soil, not indoor potting soil and water sparingly. The new leaf you saw was grown from energy stored in the leaves but without roots, it could not sustain itself. The remaining leaves you have are rotting.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news... Sighing!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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