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I read your response about placing in deeper pot to hold it up. I have done that and it has grown and is falling over again and won't stand up straight and the stem is very small with pups coming up all around. I don't want to lose the plant. So do I just keep putting it in ever deeper taller pots?  Thank you.

Hi Ann,

I have posted many replies to questions about Aloe veras and you didn't post a photo of your Aloe, so it is hard for me to give you a specific answer.

In most cases, Aloe veras become top-heavy if they are not getting lots of direct sunlight, which they prefer. They can certainly stay alive in reduced light, but the stems do tend to become slender like yours. In nature, this is a spreading plant and is not really designed to grow upright like many other plants.

The best you can do for an indoor Aloe is to keep it very tightly potted so that the baby plants (offsets) can grow alongside the main plant and help support it. Provide as much direct sunlight a possible. Finally, allow long stems to drape over the side of the pot or simply cut the stem and after allowing it to dry overnight, replant the upper portion of the stem cutting down in the existing pot if there is room or in its own separate small pot.

Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. You can also post a photo for more specific advice.

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