Why is your aloe sick? “Too much sun” is rarely the first diagnosis that comes to mind, am I right? We hardly ever think that too much light could be giving our aloe a problem, often overlooking it as a cause of sickness for a couple of different reasons:
Can An Aloe Plant Get Too Much Sun?
1. In Africa The Sun Shines Strong
The continent of Africa is no stranger to the sun! Since aloes are native to Africa, they are used to growing in a hot, arid climate created by the intense sun. It therefore makes sense to assume that your aloe can not only withstand but thrive in a lot of sun. Worrying about whether your plant is getting too much sun seems futile; your energy is better off spent elsewhere–or so it seems!
2. Aloes Thrive in Direct Sunlight
Because of aloe’s reputation as a African-living plant, it is associated with loving the sun. And plant experts fuel that belief by recommending that you keep your plant on a windowsill where it will receive direct sunlight. Although aloes can grow in slightly shaded areas, it needs a decent amount of sun to really thrive. Especially if you want to see flowers on your houseplant, you’ll give your aloe plenty of light.
3. If they Heal Our Sunburns, they Must be Immune to Getting Sunburns Themselves, Right?
Aloe is perhaps most well-known for its ability to provide sunburn relief; it is the plant that comes to your aid when you’ve stayed out in the sun a little too long and begin peeling from overexposure to the sun! But just because aloe can reduce the pain of getting a little crispy does not mean it is immune from getting too much sun itself. An aloe plant responds to too much sun just like we do: bring on that sunburn!
So there you have it: a list of myths that keep aloe-growers from thinking too much sun could be killing their plant. Sun overload is an easily fixable problem for any plant–but not when you don’t it’s the problem. Don’t let your aloe shrivel up from the sun when it doesn’t have to. Recognize the symptoms of sun overdose, and act quickly to get your aloe out of the sun and on to the road of recovery!