Aloe Vera Plant Leaves Bending (6 Causes and Solutions)


Aloe vera plant leaves bending due to several reasons.

The aloe vera originally comes from southern Africa. They can survive in semi-deserts and steppes. So, it prefers sunny and warm weather. 

You have to make sure that it gets enough sunlight or artificial light. Lack of enough light might cause aloe vera plant leaves bending.

But be careful with the direct midday sun, this can sometimes be too strong, especially for young plants. Direct sunlight causes the aloe vera to turn brown.

Besides light, there are some other possible reasons for the problem. But, I have got great news for you. In fact, this is easy to fix the problem. 

Today, I’ll share my practical experience with you about the causes and solutions of aloe vera plant leaves bending.

Let’s dive right in.

Reasons for Aloe leaves Bending

Aloe vera plant is a type of succulent plant. Succulents are very sensitive to their growing requirements.

If you fail to fulfill their requirements they will let you by showing different visible symptoms. Such as the leaves may be turning yellow, brown, or bending. 

I bet you have the purpose of growing aloe vera within your home. As you will use the leaves of aloe, if it is bending for some reasons then you will not be very happy. 

Let’s find out the causes of this problem and how you can fix them. 

Inadequate light

Aloe vera plant in low light

You already know that Aloe vera loves sun and warmth. You have to ensure a bright location for the plant to thrive. It doesn’t matter whether it is natural or artificial light.

Lack of light might cause your aloe leaves bending. Nevertheless, Aloe vera plant leaves will turn red when exposed to strong, constant sunlight. 

However, this does not harm the plant. When the intensity of the sun decreases, your aloe vera regains its green coloring. Yet, in some situations, you should protect the plant from too much sun.

Solution: It is best to choose a warm, bright and dry place for your aloe vera plant.  For example in a pot on the windowsill, balcony or terrace. However, it also thrives in partial shade.

Especially at the beginning of cultivation direct sunlight is only suitable to a limited extent. It is better to accustom the Aloe vera to warm temperatures gradually.

Caution: Never place your plant pot in the bathroom. Aloe vera does not tolerate this humid and warm climate.

Watering Malpractices

You have to make sure that excess water can drain off well. Otherwise, the roots can rot. You might have the problem of leaves bending. Waterlogging causes irreparable damage to your aloe. 

If you forget to water, it’s not that bad. The plant recovers immediately after watering. If the leaves go limp, it’s a sign of water shortage. However, too much water can be fatal.

Solution: Water your aloe vera only every one to two weeks (a little less in winter, a little more in summer). Make sure that the leaves don’t get wet (water at the bottom of the stem instead of from above).

As the cactus-like plant is able to store a lot of water. It can also tolerate longer periods of drought. However, it is better to avoid a drought period and water the plant properly, especially in summer.

Caution: Too much water can cause root rot. So, make sure that the holes in the bottom of the pot are not blocked. You can install a thin layer of stones or pebbles on the bottom of the pot so that excess water can always drain off.

Fungal Disease

This might turn out to be a very serious problem for your aloe vera plant. The aloe leaves can bend due to dry rot disease. Fungal infection causes dry rot of aloe vera. 

In the case of dry rot, the plant dries out from the inside. The external symptoms (yellowing, leaves bending and drying out) appear in the late stages of the disease. 

Solution: Dry rot is incurable and you have to destroy the infected plant. Only constant preventive measures can save your aloe plant from dry rot. Proper care, regular watering, and adequate light will keep the disease away. 

Caution: The fungus remains on the walls of the container for a long time. Therefore,  you have to get a new container for a transplant

Low Temperature

You already know that aloe plants love warmth and light. If your aloe vera plant is exposed to below 10°C/50°F,  you may have bending leaves. 

It is very likely that cool air comes from the window or too cold water is used for watering. Try to change the temperature of the water for watering and check the windows.

Solution: Aloe plants do not have problems with high temperatures. But the ideal range is around 18-25 °C/ 64.4°F-77°F.  Nevertheless, if the thermometer rises above 30 °C/ 86°F you need to adapt the watering frequency.

Instead, you have to take care of your plant when the temperature falls below 15°C/ 59°F. At this temperature, the aloe plant goes to vegetative hibernation.

However, you must begin to fear only when the temperature approaches 7 °C/ 44.6 °F.  This is a critical threshold for aloe vera plants indoors. 

Bacterial soft rot

As the name says this disease is caused by bacteria. It causes your young aloe vera plant leaves bending. This disease spreads quickly all over the plant.

You can recognize this disease very easily.  The infected leaves will have a darker color and it will swell with the formation of gas inside. 

Solution: You do not have to worry too much about this disease. Because, if you are careful about the management practices then you are good. The causal bacteria can survive in plant debris and emerges in hot and humid weather. 

Overwatering your aloe vera triggers bacterial rot to occur. So keep track of your watering frequency. You should water your aloe plant in winter when the substrate is completely dry. 

Caution: Another important thing to keep in mind that it does not like stagnant water. So make your excess water drain out quickly. 

Very Shallow Container

Container size is very important for your aloe vera plant to grow. Several physiological disorders may occur due to the small size of the container.

A very shallow container can also cause bending of your aloe plants. Let’s see how it affects plant health and growth. 

When the aloe is a young plant then it is okay to let it grow in a small or shallow container. Aloe plant has a fibrous root that needs more space to grow with plant size.  

Solution: So how do you determine the optimum size of the container? Here’s how: There are several ways to determine the optimum container size.

It should be such that there is 1-2 cm of space left between the roots, the walls, the bottom of the pot. The right container has a diameter of 2 times smaller than the distance between the edges of the adjacent leaves.

How to fix Bent Aloe Leaf

The only way out is to prevent aloe vera plants from bending. Unfortunately, once it is bent you can not fix it. It is better to cut them off and use them.

So, you realize that proper care will save your aloe leaves from bending and also from other problems.  Below are some basic care rules for aloe vera plants indoors. These care tips will help you save your aloe leaves from bending.

Basic Rules of Care for Aloe Vera Plant

The plant is characterized by low maintenance and easy to grow indoors. If you can ensure favorable conditions you can witness active growth and decorative appearance. 

Before taking care of aloe vera, it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the basic rules of cultivation.

  • Lighting. Aloe loves bright sunshine and lighting. Grows well on windows facing south or southeast. To form a uniform arrangement of leaves, you have to ensure uniform lighting conditions. Also, make sure that direct sunlight does not fall on it and does not burn.
  • Temperature. As far as temperature is concerned, aloe can easily cope with changes. Easily withstands its rise above +26°C/78.8°F. It is afraid of frost. Sometimes in winter, the temperature falls drastically. But make sure that the room temperature does not fall below +10 °C/50°F.
  • Watering. As the soil dries up. In summer in 2-3 days and in winter in 2 weeks. Use warm and normal water. Try to avoid getting water in the center of the leaf outlet. 

Do not overwater the plant as this will cause roots to rot. The roots that absorb moisture are at the bottom of the pot. This is why you often use bottom watering. Periodically wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, cleaning them from dust. 

  • Soil. You can prepare the soil from turf, leafy soil, humus, and sand. The turf takes two parts, the rest of the components, one at a time. You can use ready-made soil mixture for aloe as well.  For loosening, add some charcoal, brick chips to the soil. 
  • Fertilizing. Fertilizer is rarely applied to aloe vera containers. If you want not more than once a month. Water the soil before fertilizing. After transplanting, do not apply fertilizer for six months.
  • Transplantation. First, you have to transplant aloe plants annually. Each time using a larger pot. You can perform transplantation once in every three years or simply replace the topsoil.

Here is a useful video on how to care for your aloe vera plant.

Conclusion

A properly selected pot, a suitable substrate, and minimal watering are the key to the health of the aloe vera plant. The basic care tips and preventive measures will keep the problem away. 

Now, which solutions do you think you need to work on? Let me know your experience by dropping a comment below. I’ll be happy to know your thoughts.

Arifur Rahman

I'm the owner of gardenforindoor.com. After completing my bachelor of science in agriculture, I'm serving as a civil service officer at the Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh. I started Garden For Indoor to make your indoor gardening journey easy and enjoyable.

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