Aloe vera plants are known for their healing properties and are commonly kept as houseplants. They have thick, fleshy leaves that contain a clear gel-like substance that is used to treat various skin conditions such as burns, cuts and bruises. However, there may be times when you notice your aloe vera plant turning red, which could be alarming. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss the reasons behind why an aloe vera plant turns red.
One of the most common reasons for an aloe vera plant turning red is sunburn. These plants require plenty of sunlight but too much direct sunlight can damage them, especially during the hot summer months or if they are placed near windows that receive more than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day.
The leaves of an overexposed plant will turn reddish-brown in color and even become crispy at the edges. To prevent further damage from occurring, move your aloe vera plant to a shadier spot or provide some shade using sheer curtains or blinds.
Another reason why your aloe vera may turn red is due to overwatering. A common mistake among many people is watering their plants too frequently without allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
This causes root rot which leads to reddish-brown discoloration on the leaves along with mushy parts on both roots and stems.
To save your overwatered plant from further damage, you need good drainage so make sure it’s planted in a well-draining soil mix with adequate drainage holes on its pot base also, reduce watering frequency by waiting until half-inch of soil becomes dry before re-watering again
3. Insects Infestation
A third reason why your aloe vera might turn red could be due to insect infestations like spider mites or mealybugs. These pests feed on the sap of the plant’s leaves, leaving behind a reddish stain on the affected areas.
To deal with these tiny but dangerous intruders, you need to use insecticidal soap or neem oil in order to kill them off and apply as per instructions on the label.
Aloe vera plants can also develop diseases like root rot or fungal infections that cause reddish-brown spots on their leaves. This is especially common if your plant has been overwatered, making it vulnerable to various pathogens.
In case of disease infestation, You should remove infected parts of the plant and dispose of them carefully away from other plants. Reduce watering frequency as well, in addition, add organic fungicide into the soil mix.
In conclusion, there are several reasons why your aloe vera may be turning red. It’s important to identify the underlying cause so that you can take appropriate action to care for your plant properly. With proper care, such as adequate sunlight without causing sunburns, good drainage system, and avoiding over-watering while keeping an eye out for pests and diseases- Your Aloe Vera will keep looking healthy and vibrant all year round!