Does Aloe Vera Come Back After Drying Up?

Aloe vera (Aloe vera) is one of the most beloved succulent plants, grown both indoors and out. The question of if aloe vera will revive after drying up depends upon the intensity of the problem. If it is totally browned all the way down to the roots and to the stalks, the aloe likely won’t return. If only portions of it’s dried, withered or browned, you can most likely revive it.

Aloe Vera Adaptations

Usually simply called aloe, aloe vera grows outside in the warm climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. It has fleshy leaves which are adapted to store water in the hot, dry Mediterranean climate in which it evolved. In cooler climates, it is best grown indoors, but after the last spring frosts have passed, you can always place the grass out on a terrace or in a sunny greenhouse. Just remember to bring it back indoors when temperatures begin to drop.

Freeze Damage

Freezing temperatures, or even hard frosts, can damage an aloe vera. The result is often blackened, withered leaves which will turn slimy or may become dry and brittle. If the damage extends to only a few leaves or even only leaf suggestions, the aloe will most likely return. If the aloe vera has dried up all of the way through its down and leaves to the roots, then you may have a harder time. Resist the urge to prune the dried components away, leaving them to stop shocking the plant even more. Provide the aloe with the proper temperature, moisture and light. When the plant revives, you may prune off the damaged components.

Heat Harm

Aloes are far better adapted to take care of heat, and because of that have built-in mechanics to manage prolonged periods of heat stress or drought. They enter a dormant stage, in which they dehydrate, shrivel, drop leaves and stop growing. This is a normal response to lack of water and high temperatures, and if you find the symptoms, reverse them by putting the plant at a cooler spot and sprinkle it. Don’t flooding the plant, as this can also lead to leaf fall.

Rejuvenate With Repotting

Aloe vera responds better than other plants to becoming root-bound, meaning its roots develop in circles from the pot because they lack room to enlarge. Usually the result is the aloe sends up smaller plants, or pups. Even though this is a great means to propagate aloe, the pups will often drain the mother plant’s energy. In case your mucous has pups but is beginning to look dried and tired, unpot the whole family, remove the pups from the base of the mother with a sharp knife, then let all plants to scab within open air for two or three days, and replant everyone in a separate pot.

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