Is your aloe vera plant having trouble “rising”? This is a sign of the fragility of the plant. This condition can be due to a lack of excess water. If the substrate seems dry, watering will suffice.
On the other hand, if the water stagnates in the pot, the soft leaves mark the beginning of the rotting of the plant. In this case, it is necessary to repot it. To do this, replace the soil with a special cactus potting soil. You can also make your own composition by mixing 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 white peat and 1/3 coarse sand.
Finally, make sure that the pot has holes to ensure water drainage. You can even put gravel or large pozzolans at the bottom to promote good drainage.
Why is my aloe vera sagging?
Aloe vera is said to be an ideal houseplant because it is very easy to grow and very forgiving. And with good light and not too much water, aloe vera will grow tall very quickly.
It is true that this plant is very resistant, but unfortunately it sometimes collapses and has falling leaves for several reasons.
And if this is the case, there is a problem. Because nobody would like to see the leaves of his plant falling. Indeed, everyone wants to have an aloe vera that is not only straight, but also robust.
It is then obvious that in order to treat it, it is necessary to understand the reason for this phenomenon of falling leaves.
Generally speaking, it can be the reasons or a combination of various reasons among which we can list: a fungal infection, a too shallow container, insufficient sunlight, bad watering practices, cold temperatures, etc.
How do I make my aloe vera stand up?
The good news is that there is probably an easy solution to your aloe vera’s falling leaves.
Consider the above concerns and make sure you provide the plant with the right growing conditions if only and if you have an aloe vera with leaning or drooping leaves.
In fact, your aloe vera needs to get at least six hours a day of strong, direct sunlight. In other words, lack of sunlight can weaken the leaves and cause them to drop.
It should be added that cold weather can have the same effect on the leaves of your aloe vera. Therefore, do not let your aloe vera go below 50°F.
Likewise, too much water can be a problem and lead to an aloe vera plant falling over. In fact, a simple watering strategy for aloe vera is to wait until the soil is completely dry, then wet it completely.
You are advised to remove the excess water and not water again until the soil is dry again. That’s why you have to put it in a pot with a hole for drainage. Otherwise, there is still a risk of root rot.
The roots of your plant can also be infected by a fungus if you have watered too much for a while.
In this case it is recommended to check and treat the roots of your plant with a fungicide.
Finally, it is possible to remedy the fall of your aloe vera by choosing a better, wider and deeper container to allow the plant to grow at its ease!
How to care for an aloe vera plant to prevent it from falling?
The aloe vera is a succulent adapted to arid climates: it needs a good light, but does not appreciate too much the direct sun which quickly makes its leaves turn yellow and dry out irremediably.
Where to install an aloe vera ?
It will only be better to be taken out during the nice season (May to September, but don’t hesitate to bring it in at night if the nights are cool), however it asks to be brought in as soon as the temperature reaches 41 °F. It will then do well at normal room temperature (between 64 and 70°F all year long) near a window that lets in as much light as possible without subjecting it to sunlight.
The best container for an aloe vera: a clay pot, wide enough, because the roots of the aloe vera extend horizontally.
How to water an aloe vera plant reasonably?
Like all plants, watering aloe vera varies according to the season. It should be moderate, and the soil should not dry out between two waterings.
Watering in spring and summer
Regularly, but moderately: about once a week, when the soil is dry on the surface, without waiting too long, especially when it is very hot, so as not to make the plant suffer.
If the tap water is too hard, choose some spring water or collect rain water to water your plants. Water at room temperature is perfectly fine; if it is too cool, the difference in temperature could cause significant stress to the plant.
Watering in autumn and winter
We are entering the vegetative rest period: it is better to reduce watering slightly.
Wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again, always with water at room temperature.
Watering can be resumed in the spring when the plant is growing again.
Cutting the aloe vera
When everything goes well, from the third year in spring, some suckers will appear under the first row of leaves. These shoots are easily detached from the mother plant with a sharp knife. It is then enough to plant them in cups filled with the same mixture of substrate as the mother plant.
Repot the aloe vera
This operation is essential. The repotting of the plant should be done every 2 to 3 years at the latest, in a pot of a slightly larger diameter. The best time to repot this plant is in spring, after flowering.