Why are Aloe Vera Soft leaves used?

Are your aloe vera leaves soft? Do the leaves of your Aloe feel very soft? perhaps Are the leaves are becoming transparent Aloe Vera your? Perhaps those leaves have already expired and are bent due to their own weight, but don’t worry, I’ll explain what is happening and how to recover your plants.

That the leaves of an Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera become soft and begin to fall can be due to three causes:

  • Excess of Risks
  • Poorly draining substrate
  • Extreme temperatures and humidity
  • Bacterial disease

I assure you 99% that if your Aloe plant has soft leaves it is due to one of these four reasons or a combination of both , since a problem never usually comes alone, but in conjunction with others.

Soft leaves are a more common problem than it seems

Before I start dealing with the matter that brought you here, I need you to understand something:

  1. The Aloe Vera plant does not need to be in the sun all day to grow bigger and better. This and all plants need Light, not direct sun (they are two different concepts that you must assimilate)
  2. Water is not good for Aloe Vera, it is only necessary . These plants are happy in drought.

Aloe is a great houseplant because aside from being beautiful, it is very easy to grow and very forgiving. Your Aloe will grow large in good light and not too much water. And although it is difficult to kill one of these plants, if your aloe is falling from the weight of its leaves, something is not right. The good news is that there is probably an easy fix.

I put here the last query they made me about this matter:

It turns out that this plant was in very bad condition in a pot of 5 cm in diameter where my wife had it. It made me very sad because recently it fell from a height where it had it and the newer leaves broke then. I already decided to do something for her and I cut those sheets that were broken and they were the newest.

I transplanted it to a larger pot with cactus substrate and I have had it without watering until today because I have seen that the leaves were completely losing their gel but they are not drying they have a very strange color and I do not know if you could help me I think Maybe I shouldn’t have come here, I send you some photos

M. SalvadorAloe vera plant with soft leaves

The first thing that one thinks when seeing this plant is that it has an excess of water and in part it is an accurate reasoning, however, we cannot limit ourselves to that diagnosis and remain calm.

A combination of factors makes your aloe soft

Let’s imagine that we have a Aloe Vera in perfect condition, that is; Substrate with good drainage, correct watering, good lighting and warm temperatures. If we just start overwatering this Aloe, it won’t turn out as you see in the photo.

An Aloe Vera with excess water begins to darken the tips of the leaves and little by little that color extends to the base of the leaves, turning the natural green of the plant into a grayish-brown color. Here you can see a full article on why aloes turn brown.

If you look closely at the plant in the photo you will see the clue to what happened:

Aloe vera plant with soft curved leaves

As you can see, the leaves curved before falling and changing color.

Why is it that Aloe Vera leaves curl?

Aloe Vera leaves curl for two reasons:

  1. Due to water shortage
  2. Due to excess heat

And now that? It turns out that the problem is water shortage? Well yes and no.

It usually happens that we neglect our aloes for a period of time (Our partner tells us how his wife had the plant in abandoned conditions). Suddenly one day we realize that the poor plant is weak from drought or excess heat and we begin to water it daily in the hope of recovering it as soon as possible.

Just like the castaway who has not eaten and drunk for days, you cannot give him much water and food so that he does not vomit everything, aloe plants must be recovered in the same way or we will do more harm.

How do you recover an Aloe with soft leaves?

As I said before, aloes have very slow reactions, so any action on them must be done very gradually and little by little.

If we talk about that moment before having soft leaves, we should watered a little one day, wait a few days for the plant to assimilate that water and add another little and so on until the leaves recover.

But if you are reading these lines, you have surely passed that phase and you are dealing with a plant with very soft leaves.

My first advice is that you have peace of mind because nervous you will not be able to fix anything. And the second tip is … Don’t do anything! Or at least don’t do anything to make the situation worse and I’m afraid that almost everything you do will make the plant worse.

Your plant may have lost its roots at this point, in that case visit this article to save your plant.

The objective is to preserve the central leaves

I repeat, do nothing! Just look at the central leaves. Are they healthy? If they are still green and straight, there is still hope.

The lower and older leaves will be lost so don’t even worry about them. All we are going to do now is to preserve those center sheets.

Solving irrigation problems

If the substrate is wet, you could save your plant by digging it up and letting it dry for a day or two (off the ground, yes). Then remove any leaves or tissue that appear to be dead. Then (if you have one) sprinkle the dry base of the plant with rooting powder and replant it in a terra cotta pot with a drainage hole . Give the aloe a bright light (not direct sun) and keep it in a dry and well-ventilated place.

Avoid extreme temperatures or direct sun

Remember what I said at the beginning of this article: Aloes don’t feel as happy as you think in the sun . Exposing a healthy Aloe Vera to direct sunlight can cause long-term problems, but placing only a plant with a delicate state of health in it is condemning it to certain death.

How to avoid mushy leaves

Avoiding these problems is easy if you follow the two golden rules: “Aloes thrive on carelessness” and “Less is more .

  • Don’t over water
  • Do not expose it to the sun too much
  • Don’t transplant her more than necessary
  • Do not use a larger pot than the one that fits the size of the roots

If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.

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