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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 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
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.
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 interior landscaper
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.
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