Return to the House Plants Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Aloe Leaves Are Drooping

Posted by yelena z5-6 NJ (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 29, 08 at 13:24

All my aloe plants have drooped leaves. I tried to straighten leaves up but they break. I have this problem with all aloes, even small ones with 3-4 leaves. How to prevent this? What I am doing wrong? I dont water them often (mostly very rare), they are in a sunny spot and growing great despite drooping.

Thank you for your help.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Aloe Leaves Are Drooping

First, check the base of the leaves and plant for any signs of rot. Some Aloes have leaves that recurve, or point down after reaching a large enough size. I find that many Aloes grown inside have longer, narrower leaves than if they are put outside during frost free months, and the longer leaves are more prone to droop or break. My own large Aloe vera has leaves which point both ways, and the leaves which grow during the winter are the ones which eventually hang down.


 o
RE: Aloe Leaves Are Drooping

That's right--Aloe leaves that grow out/down suggest a need for more light. In strong outdoor sun, the leaves grow upright to shade the newly emerging leaves from the full effects of intense sun. In lower light, they stretch out to open up the center to all the light it can gather. Of course, as mentioned, some Aloes are more naturally upright-growing than others. I've got a couple hybrids that grow year 'round that exhibit very different growth forms in winter than in summer. Give them the best light you can, and hope for the best!
Odd as it sounds, if the leaves break when you try to straighten them, that's probably a good sign. If they were flopping from root or crown rot, they'd be somewhat flexible & soft.


 o
RE: Aloe Leaves Are Drooping

Thank you for your help! I will move plants to sunnier spot, may be it will help.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the House Plants Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here