Houseplants forum: Aloe vera dead? 🌱 💀

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Adamdadz
Jan 14, 2018 12:15 AM CST
Hi there!

I bought 2 aloe vera at ikea and one is doing alright while the other that is standing next or close to it is in a weird state and shape. Is that normal that the leaves keep on falling down and dont stay straight up?

I am posting one photo of the good one and one of the bad one.. you will figure which one is which easily 😒

Thanks for yor help!!
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kniphofia
Jan 14, 2018 1:11 AM CST
Are they planted directly into those pots? Are there any drainage holes?
The compost looks rather wet, these are succulent plants, and they should be kept rather dry in winter when they aren't in active growth.
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tx_flower_child
Jan 14, 2018 1:33 AM CST
I'm certainly no expert but here's what I think. The first one looks like it's planted way too deep. Did you maybe add potting soil thinking it would make the plant stand up? I have aloe veras that sprawl and almost jump out of the containers. I have one tiny one that is made up of leaves that fell off a different plant and I just let them lay on top of the potting soil in another pot that happened to be near by.

I would either remove some of the potting soil or even better, I'd repot it into something smaller. From what I can tell from your pictures, your plants are the same size but one is in a much bigger container. (That could just be from the angles you shot each one from.) And it's the one that's not so happy. Definitely alive. Doubt that it's 'sick'. Just unhappy.

Give them sun and don't overwater! And get rid of that extra potting soil or compost.
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WillC
Jan 14, 2018 11:50 AM CST
I agree that the problem is with the repotting. Aloes are succulents with small root systems that must be kept in small pots with a porous potting mix that dries out quickly after a thorough watering. The way yours is potted there is a very high probability that the roots will suffocate and die.

I suggest that you repot the first one in the SMALLEST pot that the roots and a small amount of Cactus potting mix will fit into snugly. In addition, plant it low in the pot so that the sides of the pot will help support the leaves. Provide maximum sunlight and minimum water.

For future reference, avoid repotting your new plants. They do best when left in their nursery pots.
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plantladylin
Jan 14, 2018 12:16 PM CST
I agree with much of what has been said.

1. The pots are too large for the plants.
2. The unhappy Aloe is planted too deep in the container with soil too high on the base of the plant.

Both should probably be re-potted into smaller, shallow containers. Use a well draining potting medium; actus-succulent soil is good but you might also consider adding perlite or other gritty substance to help aid in drainage.

Please understand that when WillC says to plant it low in the pot, that doesn't mean to pack soil up high on the plant; just put a small amount of soil into the pot, place the plant in the pot and add soil to cover the root ball. Be sure not to cover the succulent leaves.
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WillC
Jan 14, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Thank you for the clarification, Lin. Well described.
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plantladylin
Jan 14, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Will, you are very welcome. I understood what you meant but I wasn't certain someone new to growing houseplants would. Smiling
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WillC
Jan 15, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Lin - It's not always easy to find the line between providing basic information and being patronizing. The participants here represent a wide range of experience and knowledge. Your clarifications are always welcome! Thank You!
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Adamdadz
Feb 3, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Omg you can call newbie im totally fine with that! I really am trying hard at providing the best care for my plants but it is hard!

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