Almost 18 months ago, a colleague where I used to work gave me a little baby aloe vera plant. Hers was producing lots of little babies so had several to give away.
I was a little nervous about having one as I do not have the best track record with plants.
This is what it was when it came into my care. The little shoots on the outside slowly, one by one, turned black and squishy, then… fell off. I was so sad! I thought the poor plant had had it. It had only been with me for a couple of weeks!
I had a chat with my dear friend and she asked me about watering. Yes, of course I watered it. No, no more than once a week. I mentioned it to my husband too… and it transpired that he was watering it too! So we put an end to that. From then on, only I would water it, no matter how dry it looked.
Now, after all this time, I don’t think it’s as big as it should be but I suspect that has more to do with the pot. It needs a bigger space for its roots to grow. I think it may even have a baby of its own now!