Aloe is a great indoor plant. It looks great in any home and it also has amazing medicinal benefits. However, when the aloe starts to die, there are two reasons: over watering or new shoots are forming. Fixing the problem is easy. Your aloe plant will not only be stabilized, but it will be healthy and growing again in no time.
If Aloe is Over Watered
Stop watering the plant immediately. Aloes are very succulent plants and do not need to be watered often (in fact, they need to be watered only once a week).
Water the plant once a week so that the soil gets moist, but not wet. If the soil is too wet, the roots and stem rot and die, causing the plant to die.
Place the plant in a sun-filled window. During summer months (or in states with no cold winters), the plant can be placed outside in full sunlight.
If Aloe has New Shoots
Pull the new shoot out of the old aloe plant. Cut off any dried roots with the garden shears and cut the stem two inches below the green, alive part of the plant. Peel the "skin" away from the stem until the stem is green and smooth.
When new shoots form from the mother plant, the new shoots will suck the water away from the mother plant, essentially killing it.
Pour the potting and cacti soil halfway up into the new terracotta plant.
Add the sand, granite and perlite to the soils. Mix together with hands.
Place the stem of the new aloe plant into the soil. Cover the stem with potting soil.
Water the plant once a week, making sure the soil is moist (not wet). Place the plant is full sunlight. The dying aloe will be completely stabilized and growing.
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