Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Aloe (I think) help

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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 12:48 PM CST
Hi,

Sorry to spam the board but I was hoping people could help me with this plant too.

I bought it around 2 months ago and one of the lower leaves was a bit brown at the tip then but I hoped that when I got it home and settled the rest would be fine. Since then the bottom two leaves have totally shrivelled and now the next two have brown tips! What is wrong?


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Thanks so much for any help.

Sam
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Feb 28, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Take it out of the pot. Tell us about the soil, the roots. How much has it been getting? Gene
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 1:27 PM CST
I agree with Gene, inspect root zone, maybe it is still getting too wet? Though container is rather very small already as shown on your photo so it should be drying out nicely enough as long as your container has drain holes. If you can describe the media it is growing in, and does it get good light and warmth while indoors?

Your plant typically slows down in growth during the cold months too, so at times really need to adjust/lessen watering, but still provide good light and warmth.
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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 1:42 PM CST
Thanks for the quick replies guys.

By checking the root zone do you mean getting the whole thing out and repotting again after?

I think the problem may be (same with a lot of plants own) that my room is north facing so gets little sunlight and does not stay very warm due to several external walls. So even with a small pot I am not sure it drys out that fast.

It does currently sit in the window but at no point does said window get any direct sun.
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Yes, that is what we meant, carefully tilt over and if container is plastic, press the sides to help pull the plant out gently to check the condition of the roots. At least your plant is still small, so it can still be easily checked out.

North facing window is really rather weak light-wise. Some would augment it with indoor lighting.

If you are in doubt if media is still wet, get a bamboo skewer and stick it in the soil, if it comes out wet, delay watering. Btw, don't spray mist this plant, just water directly soil level as needed.

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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Ok I think I can manage that. And I will look into indoor lighting.

I have some compost that my local garden centre recommended for cacti. If I am pulling the plant out of the pot to check the roots should I just repot it with this regardless?

Thanks for all your help, you guys are great.
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 5:17 PM CST
I just use cacti soil for my succulents. I further add pumice or perlite to really make it well draining.

Good luck on your plant.
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pod
Feb 28, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Good advice above. As hard as it is to not water, most Aloe plants can survive the winter with little or no moisture.
In response to your Aloe (I think), I believe you have Aloe striata. Coral Aloe (Aloe striata)

You can easily cut the stem and root it if needed in springtime to keep it from being too leggy. Good luck!
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Baja_Costero
Feb 28, 2017 9:27 PM CST

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I would agree with that ID, based on the pictures. It could be something else too, I'm no expert. There are 500 or so aloes plus all kinds of hybrids.

Aloe striata will grow comfortably to about 3-5 gallon (10 inch) pot size if you give it the space. You may want to seriously rethink the size of the container you are using, if that's your plant. It's not the best species to keep in a small size pot. It will look a little frustrated no matter what you do if you leave it in that container. My experience with young striata seedlings is they really like to stretch out when they're going strong.

If it's an indoor plant and the temperatures are reaching 60-70°F (20C) for at least some of the day, there is no benefit to withholding water in winter. In our mild climate it is mostly a winter grower, actually. Try to time your watering for when the soil is going dry. Not sooner, and not a whole lot later.

Try to provide as much light as possible indoors. A north facing window will be pretty dark in the wintertime (in the northern hemisphere). My indoor aloes grow by a SW-facing window with daily sun year round. Aloe striata is not a picky plant but it will do better with strong light.

Good luck!

Picture below shows a striata hybrid in bloom at the moment here (very pretty orange flowers).

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