Why Is My Aloe Vera Plant Turning Brown?

Aloe vera plants are a succulent plant and most gardeners have at least one. Not only are aloe vera plants pretty, they also have medicinal properties. The gel from the leaves applied directly to a burn will soothe the burning sensation and aide in healing.

Sometimes the leaves of an aloe vera plant will turn brown, however.

Succulent Family

Succulents are in the cactus family, meaning very little water is required. Aloe vera plants will need very little water and do not prefer long periods of bright sunlight. Aloe vera plants will be sunburned in too much sun.

If the Aloe vera plant is placed directly in front of a bright window and the leaves begin to turn brown after several days, consider moving the plant to the side or in another window that receives indirect sunlight. Early morning or late afternoon sun is fine.

Outdoors, place the aloe vera in a location that receives morning or late afternoon sun and is shaded during the hottest part of the day.

Too Much Water

The leaves of an aloe vera will turn brown if they receive too much water. Aloe Vera only needs watering approximately once a month. The soil should be able to drain well, as aloe vera plants do not like to stand in water.

Cut down on the amount and frequency of water and the aloe vera plant will overcome the brown leaves and begin to turn green again. This is a simple trial and error process to find the best watering technique for individual aloe vera plants.

Outdoor Considerations

If the aloe vera plant has been planted outdoors, the plant can tolerate light frosts but not very often. If the temperature dips to 7.22 degrees C or below, the plant needs to be removed from the ground and brought indoors. Cold temperatures will cause the leaves to turn brown as well.

Aloe vera plants make great houseplants and will add a nice touch to any decor. They are slow growing, but will put off baby plants in the pot. They can then be divided and placed in other pots.