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Chandler AZ (Zone 9b)
Dec 12, 2016 1:29 PM CST
I got an aloe vera plant on December 3rd when I got it, it looked really healthy and green.
We bumped 1 pot size up and re-potted it in terracotta pot, and the shopkeeper told to not water it for 1 and half weeks.
However, I thought it was under watered and poured 500ml water on 6th December. I haven't watered it since then (Today 12/12/16).
The plant is kept outside where it gets 4-5 hours of sunlight every day.
I saw some of the leaves and their tips turning reddish-brown, and one of its babies turning brown and today I saw one of the leaf had cracked open and some brown gunk had come out of it. Pictures below.
I am worried that the baby which has turned all brown might die.
I am confused if my aloe is over potted, over watered or under watered or not getting enough sunlight.
I am considering buying it led growth light.
Please help !
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Name: Sally
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Dec 12, 2016 2:50 PM CST
perhaps sun is too strong, maybe it was greenhouse grown before.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 12, 2016 2:51 PM CST
We need to know where you live for better diagnosis. Looks like rot. Is it mushey? Take him out of pot to dry. Cut any mushy parts off. Dry dosent kill. Water dose. I only water mine in pot every 6 weeks. When they begin to shrivel. Its time to bottom water.
This will give you a base line of when to water.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Dec 12, 2016 3:09 PM CST
Outside in Chandler you can water every week or two in that much sun, just cut back when it gets cold in winter, because cold and wet is a dangerous combination. These plants do change with lots of exposure but tend to rejuvenate when they're given a break. Going straight from greenhouse conditions into hours of midday sun can be a bit stressful for the plant but the sun is at its weakest this time of year, so less of an issue compared to late spring or summer. Ideally time your watering for when the soil is going dry at depth, which you can assess by poking your finger (or a chopstick or a moisture meter) in there. But these are pretty tough plants so I would not worry overly much about babying it. When you do water, water well (until drops come out the bottom of the pot).

Good luck! Smiling
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