How Do I Revive My Dying Aloe Vera Plant?

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Stephanie

The reason why aloe vera can be attributed to the cause of root rot caused by excessive watering as well as slow drainage soils. Aloe vera requires the soil around its roots to dry out between watering sessions. If the aloe is planted in moist soil, the leaves become soft and yellow or brown as the aloe vera begins to die back.

Aloe vera that is in too much shade causes its leaves to shrink to turn light green. potted aloe vera that is transferred from a shaded area to the sun may burn and become brown with scorched look.

Aloe vera dies back when it is living under conditions not akin to the conditions of its natural habitat.

In order to revive the aloe vera plant, it is essential to replicate the conditions of low rainfall, part or all-day sun and well draining soils that are grit and porous so the aloe can grow back.

Aloe vera is also tolerant up to zone 9a, and it can be killed that are cold, and prefer temperatures between 55degF and 80degF (13degC-27degC) to ensure optimal growth.

Read on to learn how you can help save the dying aloe vera plants…

Aloe Vera Leaves Turning brown Soft, Yellow and Soft

  • Symptoms. The leaves of Aloe vera turn transparent, brown, or yellow with a gentle touch on the leaves.
  • Causes. Too often watering slow draining soils, using pots that do not have drainage holes that are properly placed in the base can cause root rot.

The Aloe Vera plant is drought-resistant succulent that has developed to thrive in full sun, sandy well-draining soil, and frequent rains in its native region in Oman within Oman in the Arabian peninsula.

To ensure that aloe vera grows effectively and to avoid its leaves turning color, it is essential to replicate certain conditions in its natural habitat by using a grittier well-draining potting soil. It is also important to keep it moist by only watering when the soil is dry completely.

If you water your aloe too often or planting it in normal potting soil that remains wet for too long could result in too much water around the roots for the desert plant to withstand.

The aloe vera leaves to change from yellow to brown, or translucent and have tender leaves as an indication of stress from water.

Aloe should be watered only after the soil has dried completely.

It is crucial to keep in mind that aloe vera needs to be watered less often in summer as they go into dormant and cease to grow as a way to combat drought.

(Read my article on on how you can water your aloe vera to ensure you water your aloe properly during the winter and summer months because their requirements for watering change all through all of the time).

It is also crucial to plant your aloe in a pot with drainage holes at the base , allowing the excess water to drain away to ensure that the soil around the roots doesnt remain damp, thereby preventing root decay.

Aloe Vera Plant Drooping and Leaves Dying at the Base

  • Symptoms. Aloe vera, with leaf drop and a sagging appearance.
  • Causes. Insufficient direct light. Aloe vera likes sunlight to become small and not droop.

(Drooping may also be a sign of excessive watering, but it is typically accompanied by the appearance of brown or yellow leaves).

The most frequent explanation for the leaves of aloe vera falling down is that theyre not getting enough sunlight.

Aloe vera has been specifically developed to thrive in open spaces with 4 to 6 hours of sunshine per day , with a preference to morning sun, and intense indirect light during the afternoon.

If your aloe vera grows shaded, the leaves will grow large and weak, with lighter green color, and the leaves may eventually drop downwards under the weight of their own.

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Lower leaves on the plant usually become brown and then die back because the aloe is redirecting its energy to bring those leaves closer towards the center, toward the light.

The leaves of aloes grow towards the most powerful source of light , but they eventually drop downwards prior to reaching any sun that is directly in the direction of.

In 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight the aloe becomes smaller and the leaves stay straight.

(If the leaves of your aloe vera are curled inwards, read my article on aloe vera leaves curlying for tips on how to stop it).

Revive Aloe Vera with Yellow, Brown Leaves that feel soft

  • Reduce the amount of watering. If you water aloe vera more than once every week, you are not the amount of water. Aloe veras are best watered after the soil is dry completely. It usually takes between 14 and 15 days, but it can differ based according to your climate, season as well as the dimensions of your pot.
  • Refill the soil. Even with the correct frequency of watering, your aloe vera may remain brown or yellow when it is situated in a slow-draining soil. If your aloe is growing in traditional potting soil, then remove it from the pot and replace with specially designed succulent and Cacti soil (link to Amazon) that mimics the characteristics of well draining soil of the aloe veras native environment , and decreases the chance of stressing the water.
  • Plant aloe vera in pots that have drainage holes at the base. It is essential to grow aloe in any container or pot provided that it has drainage holes in the base. Terracotta pots are more preferred than other materials because they are porous and permit for the soil to dry out faster, which is beneficial to the aloes need for dry soil conditions. Aloe vera also benefits by being placed in a pot which is proportional to its dimensions as larger pots hold more soil and dry out more slowly, which can lead to the leaves turning brown or yellow.

To determine if the soil in your pot is dry, touch the soil in the bottom of the pot by drain holes. If the soil is damp, you can delay watering for several days. If your soils dry, it is the best moment to soak the soil.

The frequency of watering mimics what happens naturally in a downpour of rain, followed by a drought that aloe has adjusted.

Make sure there arent any roots or soil that hinder the drainage holes in the pot. If you have an under-layer of a tray or saucer underneath the container, make sure to empty it frequently so that water can flow easily so that the soil is able to dry out.

After the soil of your aloe has had the chance to completely dry and youve adjusted your frequency of watering or changed the soil to ensure it is able to drain quickly enough for succulents , the aloe is in a position to re-grow.

The aloe will be showing signs of healing over the next few weeks.

When the aloe begins to begin to show signs of recovery, you can start your watering, making sure to let the soil dry between each round of watering.

A few of the most affected leaves become limp might fall off, and if a few leaves dont appear like theyre recovering, you can trim them back to their base using a sterilized pruners to lessen the general stress to the plant as well as encourage the process of recovery.

Aloe vera that has a severe roots decay…

If the aloe continues become worse and the leaves become increasingly discolored despite the best care practices, it is likely that root rot is the reason, and at that the point, it becomes difficult to save the aloe vera.

The best option is to cut off any remaining healthy leaves to use to propagate.

Aloe vera is easily propagated by leaf cuttings, and is the best method to save your aloe.

Check out this YouTube tutorial for tips on how to quickly propagate the aloe vera plant from cuttings to create many additional plants for free:

(Read my article on on how you can determine whether your aloe plant is drowned or overwatered).

How to Revive Drooping Aloe Vera

  • Slowly expose the aloe vera plant to more sunlight. Choose a spot with 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight for your aloe, but shift the pot back and forth from shade to sunlight during the course of four weeks. If you shift aloe vera in a sudden shift from shade to intense direct sunlight without giving it time to adjust, the aloe leaves will burn because of the stark difference in the intensity of light. Moving the aloe between sun and shade over four weeks, with longer time in direct sunlight each day helps prevent sunburn as the aloe gets the chance to adjust.
  • If the central leaves of the aloe remain standing straight, but the leaves on the outside are falling down, trim the outer leaves that are drooping until they reach the base. Dont cut the individual leaves until they are half-way because they will not grow back out of the wound. The leaves that are severely weak and droopy dont stand up again therefore, remove all growth that is thin and fragile to stand on, leaving the remaining leaves in the center. Cutting back will encourage more aloe leaves to grow , and the plant will recuperate.
  • Aloes that have been shaded for too long, the leaves are weak enough to stand up even the smallest amount sun will help. The only method to revive it is to cut off cuttings from the most healthy looking leaves to propagate. Aloe is able to reproduce by shedding leaves, and then produce an extremely strong plant.

Revive Sun Burnt Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is thriving when it is situated within 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.

Aloe vera leaves may be brown because of sunburn when they are relocated from a place that is shaded to full sun.

It is most often the case when aloe vera is purchased from a shop and was shaded for a period of time while displayed.

The aloe vera does its best to adjust to the lower levels of light in the indoor environment. Eventually, the leaves change to a lighter shade instead of their typical dark green.

When the aloe has been taken home and placed in a pot, and in the yard,, it is placed in full sun.

In the contrast of light intensities, the more light sensitive leaves to become hot and then turn brown.

Aloe veras require a gradual introduction to light by exposing the aloe plant to sun exposure every day for four weeks in order to avoid sunburn.

When the leaves of aloe turn burned and brown, they will not recover to a healthy shade (the aloe doesnt go through a process of dying) however, the aloe vera will continue to live.

To revive the aloe plant for aesthetic reasons, you can cut individual leaves back down to the stem base to encourage new growth, or grow from left-over healthy growth, if theres a lot of sunburn.

Revive Aloe Vera Not Growing

When your Aloe Vera doesnt seem to be growing, it does not mean its dying, but rather that it can be part of the seasonal cycle.

Aloe vera goes into an inactive state during the summer, usually when temperatures consistently surpass 80 degF (27degF)

At this the point at which aloe vera ceases growing in order to save water in periods of extreme heat and drought.

The aloe vera is resuming its growth with cooler temperatures during spring and fall, but it will slow down during the winter months due to shorter hours of sunlight.

In the summer and in the winter, the aloe vera is more susceptible to over-watering because the need for water is less in the summer due to dormancy, and in winter, the soil tends to dry out faster therefore, it is recommended to reduce the amount of water during Winter and Summer.

For more information on the reasons the reasons why aloes dont grow and the best methods to care for them, read my article what has caused the aloe that I have been growing stopped?

Key Takeaways:

  • The reason that aloe vera is dying is due to over irrigation and slow drainage of soils. Aloe vera is drought-resistant and demands that the soil dry out between irrigation. When the soil is constantly damp, aloe vera can develop root rot. The leaves turning yellow or brown and then dying to the ground.
  • The leaves of aloe vera droop when in shade because they get longer and lose their appearance to gain sunlight. Plant aloe vera within six hours of sunlight to stop drooping.
  • Aloe vera is susceptible to sunburned leaves when they are relocated from a place of shade to full sunlight. Aloe veras need time to adjust to direct sunlight.
  • Revivify aloe vera plants by re-creating their natural habitats by allowing full sun, a grit soil that drains well and frequent irrigation.


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