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Why Is My Aloe Plant Growing Sideways? 

Why Is My Aloe Plant Growing Sideways? 

I have noticed my aloe plant growing sideways and efforts to straighten it have not been fruitful, what could be the problem?

Aloe vera is an evergreen succulent plant that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is native to Africa and tropical Asia but is also widely cultivated in other places around the world. In India and China, it is known as “Sarsaparilla” and is still very popular as a natural remedy.

The use of aloe vera as a medicinal plant was first described by Dioscorides (1st century AD) in his De Materia Medica. He described its use as a treatment for skin disorders and eye problems. It was also used for wound healing and to treat burns.

In the past few decades, it has been shown that aloe vera contains many biologically active compounds that have properties that may be useful in the prevention or treatment of a wide range of diseases.

These include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-tumour, and anti-hyperglycemic properties. Aloe vera is used in traditional medicine as a cooling agent, a tonic, an analgesic, and an antiseptic. It is used topically for burns, ulcers, wounds, and sunburns, and internally for digestive problems, inflammation, and liver disorders. It is also used to treat minor eye problems such as redness, irritation, and swelling.

Growing aloe vera is easy and every gardener can grow it. You just need to provide it with the perfect growing conditions that it requires. However, in its growth process, you will notice the aloe plant growing sideways.  What could be the cause or why does it grow sideways?

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Why Is My Aloe Plant Growing Sideways?
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Aloe vera plants may grow sideways if they are not supported properly. This is usually caused by the roots being too deep or the pot being too small. If you have a large enough pot and your plant has good drainage, then it shouldn’t grow sideways. It may take a while for the plant to adjust to being in a new pot, so don’t worry about it for a few days.

You can give your plant some extra attention by removing some of the old soil from the pot, and giving it a bit more water. When you open up an aloe vera plant, it will release a lot of the moisture that it has accumulated over the past weeks.

Saving An Aloe Plant Growing Sideways

Now that you know why the aloe vera plant growing sideways, it’s time to save it so that it can grow straight up.   If your aloe vera is growing sideways, use the steps to correct it

Choose a deeper wider pot

You want your pot to be at least twice as wide and deep as the pot that you currently have it in.   You want the pot to be as deep as it can be because it will allow for more roots to grow down into the soil.  Put the plant in the new pot and add some fresh soil.

The amount of soil that you add depends on how much soil the plant has lost from its roots.   It could be as little as a teaspoon or as much as half of the original pot.

Re-pot it

Use a soil mix that is rich in nutrients.   Pinch off the tips of the leaves and place it in a sunny spot.   Wait for it to grow.  When the plant grows up, water it well to encourage its growth.   Once the plant is well established,  place it in a pot that is bigger than the one it is in now.


When watering your aloe vera, always remember that it needs more water than other plants. However, when watering, don’t over-water as it will get waterlogged.

Use support to straighten your aloe plant

You can use a piece of bamboo or a stick.   Hold the stick at the base of the plant and then use the other hand to guide it until it gets straight.   Repeat this process until the aloe vera has straightened up. When you are done with your aloe vera, take some time to enjoy the beauty of your plant.

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Final Thoughts

The aloe plant growing sideways is a simple problem that can be rectified and the plant saved from forever looking sideways.

The plant can still look like a normal aloe plant but will have a better appearance. This method can also be applied to other plants such as orchids, ferns, and succulents. It is important to know the shape of the plant before attempting this method.

Using bamboo support or any other aloe plant support to uphold the aloe plant will keep your plant growing upright. You may need to add some soil around the roots of the plant for it to grow normally.

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Why is my aloe plant growing sideways?

Aloe plants are grown on a stem that grows up and down, so they grow in a straight line. If you wish to grow your plant horizontally, it must be in a pot or other container with the top of the plant growing up and down. Aloe plants will also grow in a pot or container that is wider than tall, as long as the top of the plant is growing straight up and down.  

How to keep aloe vera plants from growing sideways?

Aloe plants need to be kept in an upright position for optimal growth. If you plant them in the ground, they will grow upwards to find sunlight. The plant can be moved around by gently pulling on the top of the plant. To prevent the plant from growing sideways, it should be planted in a pot that is at least two-thirds taller than it is wide. If the pot is wider than tall, the aloe plant will grow sideways until it finds a pot that is tall enough to grow vertically.

Why does my aloe plant not stand up?

The plant may have grown too long. Cut off about one-third of the leaf and plant again. If the plant does not respond, it may have dried out. Water the plant well. You can also try fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer.