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Posted 6d ago by @Hannalee

Some Stems on my aloe are droopy, plant was overwatered about a week and a half ago and I’ve been taking it outside for a few hours a day in indirect sunlight to help dry out the excess water before I repot it, any tips to help get the stems up ?
#AloeVera
3ft to light, indirect
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
Do they feel flimsy or soft?
You can remove it from the soil completely until it’s just bare roots and let it sit for a day or so. That way you can examine the roots and everything for signs of rot
It looks like it’s probably ok and not rotted hopefully. And it can survive being out of the soil while the roots dry for awhile
If you try rabbit hill farms soilless cactus mix it helps a lot to avoid overwatering. It drains and dries fast. And the cactus and succulents seem to really like it. So far I’ve tried a few different brands and I like this one the best so far for sure. Also can be good to use in combination with other soils. If the plant needs more water to be retained in the soil but still needs good drainage so it doesn’t stay wet for too long you can also mix rabbit hill cactus mix with a regular type of soil for tomatoes or something. That way it increases draining without drying too fast if it’s a thirsty plant, but still doesn’t rot or sit in moldy soil
Weird trick that I do when I’ve overwatered a plant and it’s not drying fast enough is squeezing the pot (if malleable) to “fluff” the soil to aerate it! I’ve also used a toothpick or skewer to dig down in the soil to create air pockets that help it dry a bit faster!

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