Why The Bottom Leaves of Your Aloe Vera Are Dying

The reason that aloe vera leaves end up dying at their bottom could be due to a absence of sunlight or drought stress caused by inadequate watering or because the leaf dies back naturally at the bottom , as new leaves develop.

The dying of leaves on the base in the plants is a normal aspect of the plant’s growth and, therefore, there is usually no reason to be concerned however it could suggest that you should alter your watering habits or that your aloe vera is getting too shade that could kill it.

Continue reading to find out the reason your aloe vera plants are dying at the base and how you can fix the issue…

Insufficient Sunlight can cause the bottom of Aloe Vera’s Leaves to fade and then grow back

The Aloe Vera plant is drought-resistant plant that is often found in open areas within its native habitat in Oman within Oman in the Arabian peninsula.

If cared for at home, the aloe vera needs to be within 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.

When the Aloe grows shaded too much, the leaves become pale, and then become leggy and weak, sometimes falling down in search of light.

The aloe vera directs its energy towards growing the inner leaves to the most powerful sources of sunlight. Lower leaves consequently begin to turn brown, and then fade away.

If the aloe vera grows within less than 4 hours of direct sunlight it is likely to be the reason for why the leaves at the bottom seem to have died.

Aloe vera that is exposed to more sunlight remain more compact, and leaves don’t shrink or change color and then die at the same time.

Don’t move the aloe from a place that is shaded to direct sunlight at once because this could result in the leaf’s become burned.

It is better to expose your aloe vera to sun and move the pot an extra hour every day for a period of four weeks. This will give your aloe vera the chance to adjust to the increased brightness of the sun without getting burned.

When the aloe has more sunlight, the lower leaves will stop dying at the same time.

When the leaf is falling completely , it is often difficult to revive individual leaves. It may be required to trim them back to their base, as leaves will grow or even take cuttings to propagate.

(Read the article below to find out ways to revive an Aloe Vera plant when the leaves are turning yellow , are soft, or for other reasons that cause the dying of leaves).

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Bottom Aloe Vera Leaves Turning Brown and Dying

If you notice the leaves dying and are feeling crispy on the bottom of the aloe vera, it is aspect of the plant’s life cycle, not necessarily caused by a particular issue.

As aloe vera expands it produces new leaves, and as it grows, the older leaves at the lower part of the plant begin to die back..

This is usually the case when only one or two of the lower leaflets are dying.

Since there isn’t any immediate danger to the aloe, there is no reason to cut the leaves, however to enhance the appearance of the plant, you could remove the crispy brown leaves off the plant, however only if you can peel them is removed is easy.

If you notice a significant resistance then don’t off the leaves off because it could harm the plant. Only attempt to take the leaf off when it is dry, brown and crisp.

If all of the lower leaves are dying, then this could indicate an issue with the culture and could need some changes to the way you take care of your Aloe Vera plants…

Not Enough Water Causes Dying Leaves at the Base

The leaves of Aloe vera can end up dying at the bottom of the plant due to stress from drought.

The Aloe Vera plant is drought-resistant plant that thrives in a gritty porous, well-draining soils that receive little or no rain in its natural habitat, however it may be prone to drought due to inadequate watering.

Sometimes , the statement that ‘aloe vera doesn’t require much water’ is interpreted to mean that aloe vera shouldn’t be watered with a large amount of water, but in fact, aloe vera needs an extensive soak to ensure that the excess water drains away out of the base in the container.

Aloe vera, however, only requires irrigation when the soil is dry enough to mimic the conditions of its natural habitat, which is characterized by a downpour of rain and then a time of drought.

The water that is too light just moistens the top one inch of the soil, and it does not penetrate and reach the roots, where it is needed.

This can cause drought stress, which causes the leaves of aloe vera to curled into the side and the lower leaves to become brown and fade again.


Aloe vera needs to be watered whenever the soil is drying out. Usually, this happens every 14 days or more however this may vary with different conditions and climates.

To determine the right frequency of watering for your aloe vera, give the soil a good soak, then observe the time it takes for your soil to completely dry out.

To determine if the soil is dry you can feel the soil at the bottom of the through the drainage hole at the bottom.

If the soil remains damp, then wait to water for a couple of days, but when the soil is dry, this is the ideal time to water.

This will ensure that the aloe vera is able to store enough water to support itself as well as that soil is dried properly, avoiding problems caused by over-watering, such as roots rot (read my article on on how you can determine whether an aloe plant has been drowned or overwatered).

After two or three watering cycles with plenty of water per tome, the leaves of aloe vera should be able to return to their plump appearance instead of curled upwards. the leaves on the base of the plant should cease in the same way.

For more details on the best practices to water and the best way to water during Winter and Summer check out my article on on how you can water Aloe Vera.

Key Takeaways:

  • The dying of leaves on the bottom of the plant is a nature cycle that occurs in aloe vera . the plant is able to grow new leaves. But dying leaves at the bottom may be a sign of a lack of sunlight or watering.
  • Aloe vera that is not getting enough sun tends to become swollen and its lower leaves fall off.
  • The leaves of Aloe vera can end up dying at the bottom because of drought stress, which can be caused by excessively watering in order that water doesn’t get to the roots at the point where it is needed.
  • Find aloe vera plants within 4 to 6 hours of sunshine and water them with a good soak to prevent the leaves at the bottom of your aloe vera wilting.


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