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South Georgia (Zone 3a)
Apr 9, 2018 7:30 AM CST
I left for spring break a few weeks ago. Before I did, I watered all of the plants I was planning on leaving behind. I keep my aloe Vera in a bowl, with rocks below for drainage, and left it in front of my window with the blinds up. When I returned, it was really brown. I googled for answers and saw that either light or too much water was the cause my problem. So I kept the blinds closed that day and I haven't watered it since. It looks a hell of a lot better than it did after I returned, but I'm worried because it is still a little brown. Should I cut some roots? Can I water it a little? Thanks in advance.
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Apr 9, 2018 7:36 AM CST
It is a watering issue. If you watered it before spring break and then nothing for weeks, it just might need regular watering. It should perk up.
In the future do not double stress any plant. Stress one was to leave it for weeks with no water and then you put in in the sun to cause it to lose whatever moisture it had even more rapidly!
It just looks dry.
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Apr 9, 2018 9:32 AM CST
You cannot provide your aloe too much light indoors. The more light, the better inside. That's not a problem. The situation seems to have to do with water. But that glass bowl is not going to work as a long term pot for your aloe if it doesn't have a hole at the bottom... you need that hole to provide the water an exit. The rocks at the bottom are not doing anything to help your plant since there is no drainage in a literal sense. See if you can find a pot with a hole and carefully move your plant over once it's recovered as much as possible.
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Apr 10, 2018 2:11 PM CST
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