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I don't know if I should give up on my aloe vera

Hi I decided to put my aloe vera outside but in a somewhat shaded area by the side of a table to ensure that it doesn't get to much sun right away. Anyway a family member of mine accidentally kicked it over and thought that it fell off the table so he put it on the table where it got the most sun it possibly could. I didn't realize this had happened for several days. My aloe has now lost lots of its bright green color. It has a yellow color now. All of the really big leaves look unhealthy and are broken in one or more places. There are 2 leaves that are very young that are still healthy. One is only half an inch and the other is about 4 inches but is still very skinny. My questions is should I cut off all the large broken leaves? Will the 2 new leaves be able to support the plant on its own?
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In regards to your Aloe plant, I wouldn't throw it out. There are two different ways to deal with the broken leaves. If there is some green color on the broken leaves, you can leave them attached, (as long as there is some green color), for a while since the green color would mean that they are still capable of photosynthesizing and can help support the plant while the healthy leaves continue to grow larger.

If there is no green left on the leaves, then I would probably take them off. The only way to know for sure if the remaining leaves will support the plant is to try - you have nothing to lose....

I hope this is helpful.

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My neibor has an Aloe Vera Plant HUGE plant like 2 feet tall anyways she told me she does't mess with hers ever she said she planted it 2 years ago as a baby and it grew into that huge thing she also said if you don't mess with it the leaves will fall off by them selfs or droop down far enough for the soil to catch them and then they will die and fall off and add to the nutrients in the soil idk I'm not an expert that's just what she said but she never water's it or anything you should see it I'll post a pic later :wink:

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