Oops...I accidentally left my Aloe plant outside and we had a hard
freeze:( From the tips to about halfway down the plant, they are brownish
yellow and squishy. The rest of the plant looks fine. Should I snip off the
squishy parts...will it grow new tips? Forgive me for sounding dumb, but
this is the first aloe plant I've had...
I'll second Ricky's advise and add a bit to it. Frist of all, if the
very crown of your Aleo is still intact it's chances of survival are
The individual leavf tips won't grown back, but the remaining healthy
tissue will still be able to produce energy to help the plant
recouperate, and though the main plant may not "make it" there is still
a high likelyhood that it will develop "pups" or new plants from the
roots and the base of the "mother" plant.
Keep the plant more on the dry side and when you do water it add a few
drops of "SUPERTHRIVE" to the water, water ir thoroughly and then not
again until it is dry (not DRIED OUT).
Place the injured plant is a warm spot with plenty of bright light but
no direct sun during the "heat" of the day. Early morning and late
afternoon sun are acceptable.
If the damaged leaves continue to show cellular damage, use a very
sharp knife or razor and keep it trimmed back beyond the damaged
tissues; you might also want to dust the cuts with agricultural sulfur.
Hope this helps and best of luck to you.
Joe, he's lobbed nothing here, and complaints over the years haven't
done much. Ignore his childishness, and read the posts where he
shares his knowledge, he's really very knowledgable about botany.
It's too bad he insists on acting like such an ass. Some here find
him funny, I've never found mean to be funny.
Yes, I'm braced for another one of Stevie's temper tantrums.
Ann, Gardening in zone 6a
Just south of Boston, MA
I've saved a squishy aloe vera, but it was a overwatered root squishy and
not a frozen head squishy. Prior to that, two frozen squishies that were
brought inside (cold 45-55F? garage) without any additional care did not
survive, however, they were frozen squishy for more than one day. Haven't
had any problems with non-squishy aloes growing new tips.
For reference, the overwatered squishy (which was not yet a smelly squishy)
was pulled from the pot, allowed to unsquishy (air dry) its feet and then
Good luck with yours.
I had several large aloes in 3 gallon pots and left them out to freeze,
quite intentionally. I brought them in and within a few days they had
completely gone to goosh. I hacked them down to just below soil level,
watered them lightly, and left them for the last 3 months in a cool spot
that gets very little light. They have recently produced numerous
vigorous shoots and will definitely need to be severely divided. At the
benign risk of being accused of anthropomorphization, I would claim they
appear to have appreciated the freeze.
Aloes are tougher than they let on. If you still have the pot with the
roots indoors, I wouldn't be surprised if yours recovers with a little
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