Plant ID forum: Aloe Vera- Which kind is it? And why is she yellowing?!?

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Name: Mila
Atlanta GA (Zone 8a)
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Luvnbalance
Jan 26, 2017 8:28 AM CST
I received my aloe from a coworker a few months ago and she told me that she is 2 years old. She had a slight yellow tip on one leaf when I got her in a popcorn bucket with no holes and old soil. After seeing that she wasn't doing too good, (more yellowing) I changed the pot and got her new soil. I read that the yellowing comes from too much sun so now she's in the middle of my room and away from direct sunlight.

What can I do to save her?
And can anyone identify what kind she is?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 26, 2017 9:31 AM CST
If its sunburn. She'll be ok. Just cut that part off. Shes not use to direct sun yet. Needs harding off. Hope she isnt soft. Let her get good and dry before watering .and bottom water her.
The soil she's in looks like regular potting soil ??? If it is. Go and buy some washed sand or aquarium gravel. Take her out of pot. Mix equall part washed sand or aquarium gravel to equall part potting soil. Just barely damp, and dont water her for a week, roots need to heal, or she'll get root rot.
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PS : if you watered her after you repotted her. Pull her out of that wet soil straght- up. She'll be ok with her roots hanging out for several days, even a week or more. Dont want no root rot.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 26, 2017 9:39 AM CST

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That is not an aloe vera, but is an Agave (Agave americana). It can handle the full sun with no problems; in fact it prefers it.

They do shed leaves and that's not really anything to worry about. Give it as much sun, and don't over water. Let it dry out completely between waterings. I grow many agaves outside in containers and only water them a couple times a year.
Name: Mila
Atlanta GA (Zone 8a)
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Luvnbalance
Jan 26, 2017 10:06 AM CST
dave said:That is not an aloe vera, but is an Agave (Agave americana). It can handle the full sun with no problems; in fact it prefers it.

They do shed leaves and that's not really anything to worry about. Give it as much sun, and don't over water. Let it dry out completely between waterings. I grow many agaves outside in containers and only water them a couple times a year.


Thanks! I did repot her and water her lightly- do you recommend pulling her out and letting her dry up the. Repot with a cactus mix?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 26, 2017 10:11 AM CST

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Personally, I just use regular potting soil. I don't think you need to do anything at all but to give that plant plenty of light. Smiling
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mcvansoest
Jan 26, 2017 10:44 AM CST
I agree that it needs way more light, but if that is the soil it is in and you are keeping it indoors, you are probably keeping the plant too wet. If you water the plant and the top of the soil (stick a finger in and test) is still wet after 2-3 days then it is staying too wet. Right now you should not need to water an Agave much at all - once or twice a month depending on sun exposure and temperature.
Given that the yellowing is happening on the lower leaves, it may just be that it is a normal process, but bad growing conditions will make this kind of die back happen sooner. An A. americana of that size should be able to keep more than 2 healthy looking leaves.
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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Hi Luvnbalance, Welcome!

I agree, your lovely little plant appears to be an Agave rather than Aloe and the yellowing leaves could be due to the soil retaining too much water. Agave's do best with as much bright light as possible and are extremely drought tolerant, the reason they grow in full sun, in desert like conditions so they do not require regular water like other house plants. Agave americana is native to Mexico and the American Southwest. I don't know anything about the healing or medicinal uses of Agave but upon googling there seems to be a lot of information on the internet regarding the benefits of this plant!
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Baja_Costero
Jan 26, 2017 1:59 PM CST
On top of the other helpful comments here, I would stress the importance of sun for the best health of the plant. You cannot provide too much sun indoors, especially this time of year. But be careful moving the plant out into the sun come spring, if that's what you choose to do. It will do better if you provide a gradual stepwise adjustment period over the course of weeks to direct (outdoor) sun. Despite the fact that most agaves are sun loving plants, they still can be shocked (& sunburned) quite easily if you move them from the shade right into full sun.
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