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Name: Mike
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Region: Massachusetts
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munchies24
May 24, 2020 3:11 PM CST
Hey guys! I have a couple of aloes I repotted a little over a month ago from my first ever succulent planters, along with a few others, into a larger new planter. One of the aloes is growing very quickly, and is a nice bright green with very firm leaves, while the other is more of an army green color, with softer, almost empty feeling leaves, with much slower growth. They get the same amount of water, same sun, and the same soil, but aside from being well rooted, the "problem" aloe doesn't look nearly as healthy as the other one, and has been like that for a while. It's not getting better but not getting worse either. Anyone have any ideas?

Not so healthy looking aloe:
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Healthier looking aloe:
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Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
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romalu
May 24, 2020 6:53 PM CST
Well *something* is different. It sounds like the one isn't drinking. Did you break up the old soil around the roots when you re-potted? You may have a compacted rootball that's not absorbing water.
Name: Mike
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Region: Massachusetts
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munchies24
May 24, 2020 7:14 PM CST
romalu said:Well *something* is different. It sounds like the one isn't drinking. Did you break up the old soil around the roots when you re-potted? You may have a compacted rootball that's not absorbing water.


If I recall correctly I didn't fuss with the roots too much aside from breaking off larger chunks of the old compacted soil. I didn't do what one might consider a "thorough cleaning" though, as there was still a decent amount of old soil hanging on the roots. Do you think that might be the cause, and is it worth pulling out?
Name: Mike
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Region: Massachusetts
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munchies24
May 28, 2020 8:51 PM CST
I ended up pulling the aloe and did a light root cleaning with water to get most of the soil off. There was fresh root growth so that was a good sign. I put it in its own nursery pot with fresh soil and watered it and stuck it under my grow light, and now the color is slowly coming back and the leaves are definitely getting plump again. I'm not quite sure what the issue ended up being but it may very well have had to do with the roots. It's looking much better now! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction romalu!

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