The aloe vera It is one of the easiest succulents to maintain., since it does not need to be watered too frequently, and also, you can place it both on the terrace or balcony, and inside your home. But sometimes there can be a problem that causes your leaves to turn brown.
Of course, when this happens, it’s common for us to wonder if we’re doing it wrong or if something’s wrong. For this reason I want to tell you What are the most common causes of leaf browning?and how we should act so that he can recover.
What are the causes ?
When one chooses to acquire an aloe vera, also called aloe vera, it is strongly recommended to find out about the care it requires. From my point of view, and without any intention of offending anyone, I think we generally stay with “it’s that it’s an easy plant to maintain”, and we think that already tells us everything. I have done it myself several times. I bought one that was supposed to be versatile, very durable, and after a few days or weeks I wonder what I’m doing wrong that’s making it worse.
Our protagonist is not too demanding, it’s true, but like all plants has basic needs which, if not met, could end up ill. In the specific case of aloe vera, it can turn brown for one of these reasons:
- direct sun: if the plant is placed in a sunny position as soon as it is purchased, or if it is taken outside after having kept it indoors for a long time, the leaves will burn quickly, in a few hours or a few days, depending on the degree of insolation (for example, in summer it will burn faster than in winter, since said degree of insolation is higher).
- over watering: them aloe vera It’s a filth that doesn’t like having its roots constantly wet. For this reason, when you water frequently, you don’t give the soil time to dry out and the plant suffers.
- lack of watering: This is not very common, since we are talking about a plant that tolerates drought quite well, especially when it is in the ground, but it can happen. If this happens, the leaves will eventually turn brown, but they will also lose their strength.
- The land is not suitable: when the soil, or the substrate in the case of a pot, is very heavy, the air cannot circulate well between the pores, so the roots find it difficult to breathe. In addition, the soil or substrate stays moist much longer than it should.
How to recover a brown aloe vera?
Now that we know the causes, let’s see how to recover our plant and make it return to green and therefore healthy leaves:
Protect it from direct sunlight
If you get used to it little by little, gradually exposing it to direct sunlight, there may come a time when it resists direct sunlight exposure. But since it is a plant that burns quickly if you are not used to it, and that grows well in partial shade, it is best to have it there, sheltered from the sun. That is to say, There may be direct sun for a while early in the morning or late in the afternoon, but not at midday.
In case we have it at home, it will be equally important to keep it a little away from the windowssince when the magnifying effect would occur, the leaves would also burn.
I told you about excess and lack of watering. Well now let’s see what are the symptoms of both problems and how to fix them:
- over watering: the leaves lose their strength and eventually turn brown. Also, the soil will look and feel very moist, and fungus (mold) may appear, which must be controlled with fungicides like this.
- lack of watering: besides the fact that the leaves will turn brown, we will also see that the soil looks very, very dry and that it may even have difficulty absorbing water. In addition, another thing that can happen is that certain pests appear, such as scale insects, which can be controlled with ecological insecticides such as diatomaceous earth (on sale here).
In the event that we have watered our plant little or nothing, what we will do, of course, is pour water on it. We need to rehydrate her as soon as possible. If we see that the earth does not absorb said water, we will have to immerse the pot -only the pot, not the plant- in a container with water for about thirty minutes and then we will remove it.
On another side, If we have an aloe vera whose roots are literally drowning, we will have to take it out of the pot and remove the soil, taking care not to damage its root system.. Then we will treat it with a fungicide and we will plant it in a pot with holes in its base to which we will add substrate for succulents like this.
Thereafter, we will water when the soil is completely dry.
Change the floor if it is not suitable
The aloe veraLike I said, it can’t stand excess water in its roots. that’s why avoid planting it in very heavy soilsas are many commercial substrates that are sold almost everywhere and usually have very low prices.
If we want it to grow well, the best will be to put substrate for succulent plants, or to mix peat with 50% perlite. To improve the drainage of the pot or the soil, I advise to put volcanic clay (on sale here) or clay (on sale here) inside.
Hope your brown aloe vera recovers as soon as possible.