Aloe vera is a succulent and considered as one of the most common houseplant. It provides a low maintenance potted plant option and can’t tolerate winter chill but grows healthily outdoors year-round in dry. Well, wilting is the common problem caused by overwatering your plant which results in making the leaves of aloe vera into brown color.
Brown aloe vera plants mean they are suffering from too much or too little moisture and other causes include excess salt in the soil, fungal diseases, nutrient deficiency, and chemical toxicity. Recognizing wilt signs and working against the cause of it allows you to save your distressed aloe vera plant.
Wilting And Browning Of Aloe Vera:
As I said earlier, water issues are the number one cause of problems with aloe vera. Brown aloe vera has soft spots in the leaves and a plant with puckered leaves that are discoloring may be too dry. The leaves are the first thing you need to check to know whether the plant is healthy or not. They should be plump and glossy green if they are healthy.
Before watering your plant, insert your finger into the soil and check its moisture. If the soil feels wet overwatering is the cause of wilting.
To prevent water issues, fill a clean pot with cactus mixture and if you reusing the original pot make sure to rinse it in a solution of one part bleach and nine parts of water to kill any pathogens.
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Repot your aloe into fresh soil with the same depth and water the potting mixture lightly. Water it once in a day until aloe completely recovers from the damage of wilting. Water it only when the top of the soil feels completely dry throughout the depth of the pot and empty any standing water from the drip tray promptly.
Salt, Nutrition, And Chemicals:
If you fertilize your plant, the soil may have excess salt buildup and cause roots to burn and turn them into brown aloe vera plants. So, leach the soil with lots of water and when you see aloe vera turning in to brown color it might be also caused of chemical exposure.
Treating aloe Veras that have chemical damage requires the removal of leaves and transplants to prevent chemicals in soil from transporting in to other parts of the plant. However, this plant needs much feeding so feed only once in a month with diluted plant food at half strength.
Make sure your plants get a maximum of 8-10 hours of sunlight in a day. The window sill is an ideal place to grow healthy plants. Aloe wilting and browning is just a matter of cultural or site condition.