Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Holes in my aloe vera? Help please?

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jaav
Jan 17, 2017 11:17 PM CST
I just got this aloe vera a week ago. Since then holes have been appearing on the leaves, and the leaves are deflating and bending around them. They are also becoming somewhat transparent and brown around the hole. However, all the leaves still feel firm. I had to amputate one leaf because it was too far gone. Right now two leaves have holes in them.

What is causing this and how can I fix it? Thank you.‚Äč
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 18, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Looks like water soaked spots, which may indicate the plant is getting overwatered. How often are you watering it?


jaav
Jan 18, 2017 1:40 PM CST
I hadn't watered it since I got it, except for yesterday when I added about 2 tablespoons of water. It looks worse today so maybe I should stop watering it?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 18, 2017 2:25 PM CST
When did you get the plant and what does the container look like, does it have drainage holes?

jaav
Jan 18, 2017 7:56 PM CST
I got it on the 9th. It came in a plastic pot with drainage holes and started developing these holes while still in that pot. I transferred it to a bigger pot without a drainage hole on the 15th. I know it's best for the container to have drainage holes but I thought if I watered it minimally it would be ok.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 18, 2017 8:14 PM CST
Depending where it came from, maybe the plant had some existing wet issues. It is now further getting aggravated by a container with no drainage holes. Primary rule with any type of succulent, always use containers with drainage holes.

So start moving that plant in a container with drainage holes, allow to acclimate. By acclimating, getting used to its new container, new environment, and delay watering a bit, for sure roots will be disturbed. Keep it warm and allow to get some good light.

Try to find wide and a bit shallow container. Take a photo of the root system, got to see how much roots you have left.
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