10 Tips To Revive A Dying Aloe Vera Plant

It’s sad not to see the failed result when you’re extra careful with your plant. Aloe Vera derives from a succulent family that grows in deserts and hot environments.

Bringing indoors sounded good and you took good care of it, but out of the blue, it started to fade and you are wondering what did it go wrong. Well, it’s kind of late to think about it, but it’s time to take action and save this useful and beautiful dying plant.

Keep in mind that the leaves start to turn brownish at times can be a natural cycle, however, it is most likely something went wrong.

Down below are the things you need to check and fix to revive the Aloe Vera. Examine the reasons why your plant is dying.

9 Tips For Reviving A Dying Aloe Vera Plant

1. Aloe Vera is Sunburned

Just because Aloe Vera grows in desert-like places, doesn’t mean that this is the healthy way. Excessive sun exposure can be the reason behind the brown-looking shade of your plant. 

Do not leave Aloe Vera in sun exposure for more than 6 hours. If it exceeds, move somewhere shady.

Putting Aloe Vera in direct sunlight dries the plant, if the plant is located close to the window, moving anywhere with less light will save the plant from dying. 

Over time, the brown leaves should turn green, and then you can place them back in the place where they used to be, this time remembering the 6 hours of sun exposure daily rule. 

2. Overwatering Aloe Vera Plant  

Succulent plants don’t need daily watering, that’s how they survive the high desert and dry temperatures. Maybe overwatering is an issue.

Water your Aloe Vera once a week during summertime and winter times can go 2 to 3 weeks. Anything that is excessive has the potential to kill the plant.

To see whether the issue is from overwatering, check the roots, if they are rotten, it is most likely that overwatering is the main character in this scenario.

Also, to find out if Aloe Vera needs more water, poke your index finger in the soil for about 2 inches deep, if it’s dried, water it, if it’s not, stay away from the plant.

Watering Aloe Vera from the bottom would be preferable and the process should last between 15-18 minutes. No more than that.

Use filtered water or rainwater as much as you can. Filtered water is free from fluoride and chlorine. Rainwater is the healthiest nitrogen for your plant.

Note: Check the pot if it has sufficient drainage holes. To figure out if this is the problem, check how quickly the water drains. Water Aloe Vera only when it dried up completely. Don’t worry it’s immune to the hot environment, the succulent plant can live more days without water.

3. Change the Potting Soil

Maybe extra nutrients are killing your Aloe Vera. These types of plants don’t need many nutrients but don’t need a complete lack either. Crating the balance is the key. If the leaves turn very light brown, changing the potting soil and providing essential nutrients is a must. 

4. Get a Proper Drainage  

Drainage is just as important as watering. The draining part is crucial because the leftover water needs to be removed. A pot that carries on to have water is causing the roots to rotten and too much water gathering causes the plant to die.

5. Change the Placement of Aloe Vera

Growing a plant indoors is a good thing until you notice that your plant placed near the window requires proper sunlight. Not direct sunlight but proper sunlight. That means keeping in sun exposure by applying 6 hours rule or dropping it to 4 hours.

6. Eliminate the Healthy Leaves

If none of the above didn’t work out and the case is extreme, cut the leaves of Aloe Vera to save the healthiest parts, so you can at least save and use them.

If the leaves keep changing color and look watery, at this point, the plant is incapable of producing. To reactivate the root once again starting the plant propagation process is the best option. 

7. Inspect Aloe Vera Thoroughly for Determination

Succulent plants like Aloe Vera keep in store the water and if the lack is noticed, the leaves turn into transparent mode. Alternatively, if the leaves start to sag, it might be the time either to change the soil or move it to a bigger pot. A good inspection can definitely save the plant. 

8. Save Drooping Aloe Vera

The top reason why maybe your Aloe Vera’s leaves are drooping is leaving the plant in too much shade. The growing environment should be exposed to the sunlight and most leaves will grow in the direction where it is exposed more to the light. 

Turning around the drooping leaves of Aloe Vera would be the only way to save. 

9. Revive the Aloe Vera that isn’t Growing

Just because the Aloe Vera doesn’t grow doesn’t necessarily mean that it will die. This is how the succulent family functions and is a part of the seasonal cycle. 

In summer times, due to the high temperatures that exceed 80°F, Aloe Vera crosses the threshold of “Dormancy” which is Aloe Vera’s life cycle and the physical activity is temporarily stopped. it is just a plant’s metabolic activity to store energy. 

This does not have to do with dying, it has to do more with weather conditions and your current location’s climate. Don’t worry, everything is going great in Fall, it will start growing again.

A Brief Summary

There are many reasons why your Aloe Vera is dying. You better check if it’s sunburned, change the potting soil, get decent drainage, change the location of the plant, inspect the color of leaves or eliminate the healthy leaves.

Remember, if you take care of things, they last. Not taking good care of the plant won’t let you benefit from the gel and it won’t look as attractive as it is.

If the damage is done to many leaves, it can be revived, but I’m sorry to say that the entire leaves cannot be saved.

Further Reading

Let’s look at this article where you may locate succulents that grow more quickly than others and then discover the causes of a cactus shrinking by just reading this article.

There is more information on a hairy cactus; if you’re interested in learning the causes, read this article first. Then, move on to another article to discover whether there are any particular causes for a squishy cactus.

Natalia Michalska

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