May 5, 2020 10:02 AM CST
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Name: Klara
Croatia, Europe (Zone 8a)
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1. I took this aloe outside 5-6 days ago(I know it's etiolated) and I noticed that the crown started to turn yellow. . Do you think it's crown rot, or just a sunburn?

2. Should I remove it's offshoots or can I leave them be, since I like the way they look attached to the mother plant?

3. What would be the best way to remove soil from the roots of agave and eheveria? I was thinking about washing the roots with water, letting them dry overnight and then planting them in dry soil, but I'm not sure how smart (stupid) that would be, so I wanted to ask for advice.

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May 5, 2020 10:13 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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Thats not how crown rot looks like.....
May 5, 2020 10:20 AM CST
Name: Rose
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Question 1, sunburn. You need to be careful when taking a new plant (whose prior growing conditions are unknown) or one that's been inside for a while and putting it outside -- it is not used to it! You need to gradually increase the amount of sun over several days to allow the plant to adjust.
2, it's totally up to you. These are naturally clump-forming plants so it makes no difference to them!
3, yes, you can totally wash them off if you wish. I've see videos of people doing it and I've done it. I didn't even bother letting it dry overnight, just laid it on some paper towels for a half hour and plunked it in dry soil.
May 5, 2020 10:55 AM CST
Name: Baja
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I'm not sure your agave or Echeveria would necessarily benefit from having the soil removed, based on the pictures. They both have a really nice well-filled rootball. Agaves can be left bare-root for a couple of weeks without much of a setback, so when in doubt give them at least a couple of days in bright shade (a place with good air flow) to dry out before you pot them up. Do not water either plant right after potting them up... wait a few days to a week for them to fully recover first.

You may want to remove that rhizome (pale fat root) first because that will eventually sprout above ground as an offset, and start competing with the mother plant. There is a judgment call involved about pruning branches or removing offsets, but my advice would be to try and make the pot size proportional to the plant size, whatever you decide. An aloe with lots of branches or an agave with offsets will require more container space in order to do well, compared to a solitary plant.
May 5, 2020 10:57 AM CST
Name: Thijs van Soest
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I am actually not sure that that Aloe is too etiolated - it may to a point be its natural growth habit.

Rose is right: looks like sunburn, she gives excellent advice on how to minimize (some discoloration when taking a plant into more direct sunlight should always be expected).

If this is to be an inside-outside plant because of winter growing conditions the messier a plant is the harder it is to move it and find a good space for it, but yes like Rose says: totally up to you, if you remove them the plant will likely keep making more, if you do not remove them ditto.

Soil washing for really root bound plants like the one you show is about the best approach. For cacti people advice to let the plant dry out for a good amount of time before planting: to allow damaged roots to heal. For Agaves people advise not to wait too long, but if you note obvious significant damage to the roots that happened during the washing I would still wait a bit especially if the soil you will be planting the plant in is really wet for some reason.
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May 5, 2020 11:26 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Klara
Croatia, Europe (Zone 8a)
Cat Lover
Thank you for your answers. I still think I'll repot agaves and echeveria to a more coarser, well draining soil, since the humidity rises pretty high during mid- to late summer, so I'm afraid it could easily cause root rot.
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