I have few aloe vera plants. They are in small pots and in the last 8-12 months they haven't looked very happy at all. They are rather dark brown instead of the gorgeous green. I have tried watering them less and I have tried placing them in different points in my yard for different amounts of sun. However, this hasn't stopped them from shooting either. I started with one pot and have now progressed to 4 pots, one rather large plant and the rest are smaller.
I believe your Aloe Vera plants are over watered.
I would make some adjustments to the soil, the soil should be of a cactus type planting material.
The soil should dry completely before each watering.
Here is a link that will help refresh you on the care requirements.
My plant was doing well but suddenly took a turn for the worse. Leaves almost look like chunks are in them.
This is likely Brown Scale.
As the insects grow they become fatter and may appear to be bumps in the leaves.
You can use a Q tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe each insect away.
Spraying the plant with a insecticidal soap will also be effective.
Here are some links to help you.
Please help! I have accidentally broken my entire aloe vera off of its root ball! Can I save it? What can I do? I was preparing to repot my very small (4-5 leaves total) aloe and was wiping down her leaves with a damp paper towel, and I thought I was being gentle enough, but the entire plant snapped off at the soil line, just above the lowest leaves. It took very little pressure to do this, and the area that broke is brown and appears...almost blistered, swollen and filled with liquid. The plant looked healthy enough, but I have never done any of this before. I don't water her often, about once a week or a bit longer, but my 5 year old informed me one morning last week that she had watered the aloe, and I had watered her well the day before. I'm hoping we didn't drown her, and that you'll tell me she can be saved.
You can save the plant by rooting a new cutting!
Cut a healthy leaf from the plant and let it sit for a few days for the stem to dry or until a skin forms on the cut end.
Insert the cut end into a small pot with good quality potting soil, about 1/3 of it's length.
Place the pot in a bright and sunless area.
Water sparingly-keep the soil moist but not wet.
You can also go ahead and leave the roots in the pot, watering sparingly and it may sprout new leaves.
I bought an older home with a lot Aloe Vera plants. They are all bunched up and seem to be going dormant or dying. A neighbor mentioned I need to remove some of the plants because they are crowding each other. She mentioned they would be healthier if I do, also then I can weed better between the plants. She mentioned they need space and weeding. Is she right? If so, how should I decide which ones to remove?
Were the plants exposed to cold temperatures?
This would cause the decline of your plants.
If the plants have become to crowded, you can easily divide the plants and share with other gardeners.
Make sure the plants are growing in a well draining soil, to much water will cause root rot and the loss of plants.
Here are some articles with more information to help you.
My Aloe has a bloom coming out of the center! I have had an aloe plant for many years and they have never bloomed! Do they bloom on a regular cycle?
Getting an aloe to bloom is a real tricky business. If blooms are to be seen in aloes, they are usually seen in the early springtime in mature aloes (4+ years old) which get a lot of exposure to sunlight. The conditions have to be "just right." They can bloom annually but there is no guarantee you will see this happen on your plant.
For more information on growing aloe plants, please visit the following links:
How do I plant aloe vera seeds and what's best soil to grow it in?
Here is an article that details how to grow aloe from seed:
For more information on growing aloe vera (which specifies soil types for indoor & outdoor planting), please visit the following links:
Was given an aloe plant from original plant. Was doing fine but now wilting. How do I help it?
Aloe vera cuttings, with their high moisture content, rarely become viable plants. As you discovered, it usually leads to a rotten or shriveled leaf. I would see if you could get an aloe pup from your friend's plant instead. You can read more about propagating from aloe pups in the following article: