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Oct 3, 2017 9:58 AM CST
I've had my plant for about a year. My base leaves are very thick. I about three sprouts ago. My leaves got longer and started hanging below the base leaves bit still were growing. They're my longest leaves. However at the bottom of them I felt little ridges like as it grows it would make an impression. I know aloe leaves are supposed to grow straight up and I've always had it in a sunny area I spin my plant around to try to get equal sunlight. Just want to know if this is normal. I don't water very often maybe once every two weeks. Or I notice my tips thinning out. I have the leaf that's badly creased up against the wall to support it some. And it's not dropping so ND when I take it from the wall. But how do I prevent this in the future.
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Name: Porkpal
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Oct 3, 2017 10:13 AM CST
It looks very healthy to me. Perhaps more sun and a little less water would straighten it out. And be sure the pot drains easily.
Name: tarev
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Oct 3, 2017 10:19 AM CST
I agree still looks okay to me. But you may want to make the media just a bit more grittier and scale down watering a bit more later on as the cold season comes about, and position to stronger light later. Light levels decrease a lot and this plant enjoys lots of light and warmth.
Name: Will Creed
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Oct 3, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Lots of direct sunlight all day long will produce correspondingly thicker, stronger leaves that are better able to support themselves in an upright position. However, the leaves are heavy and over time will gradually get pulled downward by gravity. Once a leaf is creased it will never be able to support itself in an upright position. Those leaves are good candidates to trim off and use for medicinal purposes.

Plants are never perfect. They develop blemishes, sag and discolor. That is just how nature is.
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Name: Baja
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Oct 3, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Yes, a position right in front of an unobstructed sunny window will provide the sunlight your plant needs. Aim for hours of daily sun, not just reflected or diffused light (which is great but not enough on its own). Indoor sun is not direct because regular window glass cuts much of the harmful UV rays, so it is basically impossible to give your aloe too much light indoors.

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