Scooby
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Desperate lady - Aloe Vera with sad droopy leaves

Hi all, I'm new to the forum but desperately need help, well my plant does!
I have an Aloe Vera plant that's around 4 years + old (Can't remember when I got it) and is kept indoors. (I live in England where it rains most of the time!!!) It's near a South facing window. It has a long 'trunk' and is propped up. Although all the leaves are green and full of gel they keep thinning and bending at the trunk. My plant now has droopy sad looking leaves.
It's still producing new growth and has an offspring at the bottom. It fell over the other day and looks even sadder now :(
Where did it all go wrong? Is there anything I can do? Can I cut the trunk and plant it? Will it grow roots if I do?

Desperately want to save it.

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Re: Desperate lady with sad droppy leaved Aloe Vera.

Scooby - welcome to the forum. :)

Could you post a picture? That may help with problem identification.
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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown

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Re: Desperate lady with sad droppy leaved Aloe Vera.

ElizabethB wrote:Scooby - welcome to the forum. :)

Could you post a picture? That may help with problem identification.
Hi ElizabethB

I hope these photos come through. I can't remember the type of Aloe Vera, I did see the name on another website but forgot to note it down.
Aloe Vera top.jpg
Aloe Vera top2.jpg
Aloe Vera trunk.jpg
Aloe Vera close.jpg
Aloe Vera whole.jpg

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Re: Desperate lady with sad droppy leaved Aloe Vera.

How often do you water, and do you let it dry out in between? You may have watered too much, and lost some roots under there. Or maybe it's time for a re-pot. Not sure. Also, you can chop the trunk, and it will grow new roots, but there are some negatives to doing that. Such as the lower leaves will probably thin out while it's growing the new roots, because it wont be able to take up any water for a while. So if you do chop the trunk, the plant may not look it's best for a while, until it makes a new root system. Here's a pic of my aloe that I chopped about two months ago. Besides the lower leaves getting a bit thin, it looks really good. :

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Re: Desperate lady with sad droppy leaved Aloe Vera.

Thank you baileysup. What special care do I need to take if I decide to chop the trunk?

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Re: Desperate lady - Aloe Vera with sad droopy leaves

Scooby - Ok. Gently remove the plant from the pot. Remove the pups. Cut the woody stem 1/2 way up. Re-pot the roots with fresh soil. Pot the top in a new pot with fresh soil. The bent and broken leaves won't recover. Bent as in there is a crease in the leaf. You may need to put dowels around the top to support it while it develops new roots. Pot the pups individually. Let the bottom part dry out between watering. Make sure you have good drainage. Keep the soil in the pot that you plant the top in just barely moist until roots develop - a couple of months. Barely moist soil for the pups. Worst case scenario is that you will lose the top and base but still have the pups. Aloe really is tougher than you think. If the pups have no roots set them on a table outside - under cover - on newspaper. Mist them a couple of time a day. They will develop roots and can be potted. Plant shallow. Bury only the roots. If you bury the leaves you will end up with rot.

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Re: Desperate lady - Aloe Vera with sad droopy leaves

Try adding 50% perlite to your mix, or a gritty mix only water when the medium is dry, stick your finger in about an inch if it's dry give it some water ..if its damp leave it be. When in doubt, DON'T .

Try repotting your plant with 50/50 MG cacti succulent and Palm soil (sift out all the heavy meterial first) w/ MG perlite
To increase drainage and air flow so your soil won't be so packed.
Goodluck hunnie

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