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J_w232
May 18, 2020 6:59 PM CST
I repotted my aloe a few weeks ago (haven't watered since) but these leaves are still kind of mushy and one of them has grown a brown spot! The only mushy leaves are on the outer part of the plant and just at the base. Should I removed them or just wait and see what happens?
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May 18, 2020 10:10 PM CST

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I would wait and see. But remove however much soil you need to so that no part of the leaves is below soil level. The base of the leaves is currently under that line, and that's pretty much an invitation for rot to get started there and go into the stem. If stability is an issue with some soil removed, you might tuck a small rock on either side of the stem to help keep it upright, or stake/tie it for a little while.

Now is the time to water. There's no advantage in allowing your aloe to sit for weeks on end in dry soil. I usually assume that whatever damage there was to the roots will heal within one week's time or sooner, depending on how much I handled them. I would never wait more than a week to water unless I broke a whole bunch of roots. Having water on a regular basis (after the soil has had time to dry out most or all of the way at depth, not just at the surface) will help keep the roots healthy.

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