I have a small aloe plant that someone gave me a while back and it's been doing well. They took some of their cuttings and planted them in a small pot. The longest leaf is probably the length of my hand. I set it outside for some sun today and a freak rainstorm occurred. When I got home, most of the leaves had turned into complete jelly with 2 of them turning into jelly at their bases. I had no clue that heavy water could do this.

Is there any way to save/salvage part of the plant and replant them like my friend initially did? Or should I just give up?

  • When rooting cuttings from most succulents the cut surface should dry and scab over before putting in soil. This gives some protection from soil bacteria, etc.You didn't mention if you dried the cuttings before planting.
    – Tim Nevins
    Jul 25, 2018 at 16:29
  • @TimNevins No I didn't. Would it be okay if just sticking it in if it's fresh new potting soil? Or should I take them back out and let them it dry?
    – Sensoray
    Jul 25, 2018 at 16:39
  • Were your plants acclimated before taking them out of doors in the sun?
    – stormy
    Jul 26, 2018 at 1:11
  • @stormy not really... I just thought it needed sunlight and my windows are always shadowed (at the backside of an apartment building away from the morning sun with tall woods). And they're floor length windows, so we cant really set them in front because of our cat. I try to bring it outside in the mornings sometimes so it can get sun. Should I not be? I tried to leave it out one day and the next morning there was tons of super tiny bugs surrounding it so I noped that.
    – Sensoray
    Jul 26, 2018 at 14:12
  • @stormy It's not strong though, the small deck doesn't get much direct sunlight when I do bring it out. It was acclimated before it came into my possession.
    – Sensoray
    Jul 26, 2018 at 14:13

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Aloe plants do not need a lot of water. Their leaves are designed to hold on to water during drought, like a cactus which is related.

The leaves are turgid and because of that, it has stopped photosynthesising because the stomata have closed. Personally, I would keep it dry and unwatered for a while. Place south facing BUT NOT in direct sunlight.

This is a very tough plant and it should return. Just give it time to recover.

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