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May 19, 2017 2:22 PM CST

I want to rescue my aloe but I'm not sure how. Do I need more light? It's in a NE window with indirect light all day. Bigger pot? Do I repot and plant deeper in the soil? Last summer I had "a great" idea to put it outside in direct sunlight all day in hot weather Sad I burnt it. It turned brown and the spots were dry and flaky, it is doing better now, I cut off all those burnt leaves. The new leaves aren't very big or juicy (almost no aloe in them). I'm hoping I can get this plant growing into a big juicy plant but I'm lost for how to get there or if its even possible. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 19, 2017 2:34 PM CST
They have to be introduced into direct sun gradually. They will grow indoors with good lite. Soil dosent look like it drains well. Re-pot to equal parts potting soil and washed sand or aquarium gravel, for good drainage. Let soil get dry before watering. You can plant it deeper.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
May 19, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Aloes need full sun to thrive, but they have to be acclimated gradually. That soil does look wet, so I agree with Philip that it should be repotted in a fast draining mix and let dry between waterings.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
May 20, 2017 4:47 PM CST
Repotting will not eliminate the leggy lower stem, which is the problem. You can renew your Aloe by taking a top cutting with no more than a one-inch bare stem below the lowest leaf. Leave the cutting in the open air overnight. Put the cutting in a small (3 or 4-inch) pot filled with a porous potting mix that is a third to half perlite. Allow the lowest leaves to rest lightly on the rim of the pot.

Of course, keep it out of direct outdoor sunlight.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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