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Eastern Massachusetts
Nov 4, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Hi I recently bought an Aloe Vera plant and when I got home I noticed it was like orangey brown on most of the leaves and there were black spots and even lines on the underside of some of the leaves and some of the leaves are also curved a bit in the middle I thought it was receiving too much sun so I moved it to my bedroom where there is little to none direct sunlight. What do I do?
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Nov 4, 2017 6:16 PM CST
It is not unusual for Aloe vera to turn various colors of brown or grey as part of normal life, just as a response to stress. Maybe it has just not quite gotten used to being in your house.

It is pretty unlikely that your plant will ever get too much sun through the window, since regular window glass blocks most UV and that is the dangerous part of the spectrum. So indoor sun is not in fact direct, it is filtered, and that difference makes it kinder to plants indoors.

Ideally your aloe should "see" the sun for hours a day. This becomes increasingly unlikely during the darker and shorter days of winter, because the sun travels closer to the horizon and is more likely to be blocked by stuff outside. So find your brightest indoor location, perhaps southerly-facing, and put the plant right by the window for best results.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Nov 4, 2017 6:59 PM CST
It also requires VERY little water.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Nov 4, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Aloe Vera grow in full sun here, with very little water, so I agree that it is probably stress.
Name: Will Creed
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Nov 5, 2017 3:05 PM CST
I suspect root damage prior to your receiving it as another possibility. Perhaps it was just recently propagated and it has few developed roots. Or maybe the watering prior to your getting it was not done well.

Going forward, I agree with Baja and Carol - lots of indoor sun and allow the soil to get pretty dry between waterings.
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