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Name: Faith
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stonesliver
Feb 7, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Hi, I bought an aloe plant from Walmart about 4-5 months ago. It was re-potted with potting soil about a month ago. My room has a large East-facing window, and for most of its life it's been in the far side of the room , opposite the window. A couple days ago I thought it could use some sunlight so I put it in the window and now it's getting droopy. I don't know if its a coincidence- maybe I started over/underwatering it at the same time as the move? Or is it getting too much sun? It doesn't look red or brownish. Pictures are attached, what's wrong with my plant?
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Feb 7, 2017 11:41 AM CST
It's basically impossible to give your aloe too much sun indoors. In fact, the more the better, usually. It might be complaining a bit about the sharp increase in light but that should pass. Regarding watering, you will know you're doing it right if you wait until the soil is going dry at depth (stick your finger or a chopstick in to tell) before watering. If you water while the soil is still wet, you run the risk of rotting the plant (overwatering).
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 7, 2017 11:52 AM CST
It is growing a new leaf, so that is good..I am thinking your media is rather too moisture retentive, lots of organic stuff. I would add more pumice to it just to make it much faster draining. Hopefully it improves the general growth of your plant.

They can take lots of full sun outdoors, and your area gets better humidity than we do here. If it were outdoors by Spring, it will do better. More airflow, warmth and light. In the meantime, be very careful with watering. Stick a bamboo skewer into the soil. If it comes out wet, delay watering.
Name: Faith
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stonesliver
Feb 7, 2017 12:13 PM CST
Okay I see it's important to make sure it drains, my pot has holes in the bottom so that's good right? So do I need to stick it in the sink every time I water it or is it okay to just leave it on my desk and it'll still drain?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Feb 7, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Yes, holes in the bottom are important. Water however you like, but if you use a saucer, be sure to empty the run-through water from the saucer (I just swap in a new one) so the plant does not sit in a pool of water afterwards.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 7, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I use pot risers under some of my containers, especially with my plants that absolutely hate wet feet, so plant does not sit in water on the saucer.

You can also do a once a month flush watering at the sink of your plant, to help remove excess salts. Anyways, that plant is happier on the dry side, so it does not need too frequent watering.

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