Cactus and Succulents forum: Can I save my Aloe Vera?

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Apr 17, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Hi there!

So I just recently got my younger sisters Aloe Vera plant to take care of, and...well, it seems pretty damaged by the looks of it.

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Several of the outer leaves are damaged and bent, and the majority of the leaves are very squishy (overwatering?). There are some "offsprings" from the plant surrounding it, but best case scenario would be to salvage the entire plant. Do you thing I can leave it as it is and it will fix itself or should I replant it or is it to late? Any answer is appreciated! Smiling
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Apr 17, 2017 1:52 PM CST
I think there is still hope for it, just need to correct your media, it is too wet and soggy looking. You may want to check the condition of the roots below, if there are still roots remaining, they could have rotten off already, so you will need to unpot that plant and make changes to your soil.

For my succulents I use cacti mix and I add more pumice or perlite. If you don't have access to cacti mix, you can mix in more pumice or perlite to your potting soil. But make it really gritty looking, the plant as you have seen does not like sitting in very wet soil. It takes awhile longer for plants indoors to dry out, compared when you are growing them outdoors with all the air and sun it gets there.

When watering later on, allow intervals in watering, and make sure any excess water that drains in that saucer gets thrown out so the roots are not sitting in water.

It is good your plant is by a big window, so it can get as much light it can get.

I do not know how far along the squishy leaves are from your mommy plant, sometimes, it may just callus and dry off. If mommy plant seems too far gone, maybe you can salvage the babies around it, hopefully it has its own roots so it will be easier to remove the smaller aloes and repotted in slightly smaller container. If there are no roots but baby aloe leaves are good, it can still be repotted, but you will wait for it to grow new roots, before you can water. It has enough moisture in its leaves, so it will be able to survive without watering yet till the new roots that can drink the water forms.

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