Aloe is a great houseplant because it is so easy to grow and is very forgiving. Your aloe will grow big with good light and not too much water. Although it’s hard to kill one of these plants, if your aloe is drooping, something isn’t right. The good news is that there is likely an easy fix. This article has more information for an aloe plant flopping over.
Reasons for a Droopy Aloe Plant
No one likes flopping aloe leaves. You want an upright, sturdy aloe. To help your plant grow better, it helps to understand why the droop happens. There are a few possible reasons, or it could be a combination of more than one:
- Inadequate sunlight
- Poor watering practices
- A fungal infection
- Cold temperatures
- A too-shallow container
My Aloe is Falling Over, Now What?
If you have a leaning or drooping aloe, consider the above issues and make sure you provide the plant with the right growing conditions. Aloe should have at least six hours a day of strong, direct sunlight. Lack of sunlight can weaken the leaves and cause them to flop. Letting it get too cold can have the same effect, so don’t let your aloe get colder than 50 degrees F. (10 C.). Too much water can also be an issue and lead to an aloe plant flopping over. A simple watering strategy for aloe is to wait for the soil to dry out entirely and then wet it completely. Tip out any excess water. Don’t water it again until the soil has once again dried out. If you have been overwatering for some time, the roots may be infected with a fungus. Check the roots and treat with fungicide if necessary. Finally, your droopy aloe plant may be remedied by as simple a fix as choosing a better container. A shallow container won’t allow the plant to develop enough strong roots to remain upright. Replant your aloe in a deeper, sturdy and heavy pot so it will be supported. A leaning aloe is usually an easy fix, but if these issues are addressed and it still droops, try staking your plant or separating it into smaller plants.
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Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.
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