I’m not going to lie I haven’t been taking the best care of it in the last year. The leaves however are getting really flat, not just lying flat (which I read is from lack of sun) but the leaves themselves seem like they have nothing in them. They aren’t thick like the others. Also I am so new to this any other tips and tricks would be great. Such as how do I know it’s in the right pot? How do I repot it? When do I repot it? How often should I actually water it? How much water should I give it? His name is Francis and any advice on helping to keep him not only alive but well is very much appreciated. He did have dead leaves but they have been snipped off and soil was put on the ends (I read that helps seal the leaf from the aloe coming out?)

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    Can you add a photo of the plant and its pot please? And where are you in the world?
    – Bamboo
    Apr 9 '19 at 17:11

Ok faced somewhat same issue. My wife brought the aloe vera siblings from her parent's house and they were fat aloe vera. I did which i do mostly (i think some crazy obsession i have) i changed the pot and added crazy amount of fertilizer (dried cow dung) few days later leaves started to droop and thin. after a month i took out the plant and low behold roots totally gone. Cleaned the plant with water added new soil without fertilizer and after a month it recovered and making new pups.

So don't over water they love to dry out. im in Arabia so you know its hot here. i add water after a month during winter and 20 days later in summer. Keep it under indirect sunlight.


I've seen aloe leaves plump up big, and round after letting the plant have water up to about half way down the pot, as it will develop a taproot that will bring water to the surface. For an example of what the plant likes see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvMUY6TNrR4

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