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How I Turned My Brown Aloe Vera Bright Green, in 48 Hours

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Take a look at this lovely pot of Aloe Vera


This pot of young Aloe Vera plants is happily hanging off my balcony's rail.

For a while now, I've been noticing that something's not quite right in that pot... lets take a closer look.

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Uh Oh... Something is not right


Look at that! Those Aloe plants look amazing... bright green and full of moisture, except for the one that doesn't.

The brown little fellow doesn't look good at all. It's completely brown! Is it alive?


Eek! This Aloe has a long stem, but hardly any roots to speak of. No wonder it's brown, it cannot pull the needed water from the ground.

Solution? Lets give it a nice drink!

Popped my brown Aloe into some water


I've trimmed that long stem and allowed the wound to dry for a few hours. Next, I inserted it into a small jar filled with tap water.

This treatment is called "water therapy".

Aloe Vera After 12 hours in water

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This picture was taken 12 hours after my Aloe Vera plant was rehomed into a jar of water. It's already getting greener, ooh!

Aloe Vera After 24 hours in water


Here we are 24 hours after starting water therapy for my Aloe Vera succulent.

The plant looks so much better! Sadly, it's now apparent that some of the tips have dried beyond repair.

Had the plant not been so far gone, 24 hours in water would have been enough. In this case, though, it'll stay in treatment for a while longer.

Aloe Vera After 48 hours in water


After 48 hours in water, my Aloe Vera succulent's vitality is restored! Just look at that bright green color. This is a much happier plant.

At this point, the treatment is finished and I'll be repotting this little Aloe into its own planter and wishing it luck in the future.

Repotted after 48 hours of water therapy


Here we are!

Potted into a brand new planter (homemade from a milk carton, if you were wondering, but that's a story for another day).

I'm planning to keep this Aloe dry for a week or so, in order to prevent root rot. It has plenty of moisture to survive the draught, now. Then it'll be watered when dry - like all my other succulents.

I'm hoping to post an update picture in a month, to record its progress.

© 2020 Marina K

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