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Name: Shilah Morris
Virginia, USA (Zone 7a)
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ShyShi
Apr 14, 2017 7:35 AM CST
I own an Aloe Vera and recently I reused some old soil of a plant I thought died (False shamrocks) when moving my Aloe into a bigger pot one day. Now there's dozens of little red shamrocks growing around my Aloe. The issue is my Aloe seems to be wilting and I don't want it to die. I'm to afraid to separate then because I might tear the roots. I water everyday because I know the shamrocks need a lot of water and at first I thought the aloe wasn't getting enough. It isn't rotting. Please help!
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Apr 14, 2017 9:35 AM CST
The aloe definitely doesn't want water every day and if the other plant has different needs then you should separate them. Water well when the soil is dry and then wait until it is going dry to water again (a week? two weeks? maybe more).

Does the container have a hole at the bottom? Is there any chance that water is pooling down there? Definitely try to avoid that.

It looks like the plant could use more light, which would help simplify watering.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 14, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Great answer Baja.
I've also noticed when letting my aloe's soil dry out, they start shooting up pups.
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WillC
Apr 15, 2017 9:54 AM CST
I'm sure your Aloe did not need a larger pot in the first place. The excess soil is retaining moisture for too long and caucusing the roots to rot and die. I suggest that you gently remove it from its pot and move it into a very small 2-inch pot filled with fresh potting mix that has extra perlite added to it. Water it very sparingly and put it on a sunny windowsill.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Apr 15, 2017 10:37 AM CST
The pot size looks fine to me. The soil would be better with some perlite or pumice in it (aquarium gravel, whatever you have), but I'd leave it alone at this point. The excess soil is not causing the roots to rot and die. The water pooling in the bottom (maybe?) or watering too often is what I would suspect first, if that's the problem. You can definitely make a pot that size work, you just have to water when the soil is going dry. It's only half full which is about what you want. Excess depth is where the danger lies, not excess width, really.

A very small 2 inch pot would mean the death of the plant, and probably sooner than later. How big is it? 8 inches or more?
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Name: Shilah Morris
Virginia, USA (Zone 7a)
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ShyShi
Apr 17, 2017 7:37 AM CST
There is a dish in the bottom nothing is pooling or anything and I do have stones below the soil so there is even more drainage. The soil is just the normal succulent soil.
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tarev
Apr 18, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Hi Shilah! If it were mine, I would separate the two plants as already suggested, change the soil for the Aloe to cacti mix with added perlite or pumice and use a container with drain holes where you can really see excess water going out after you water your Aloe. Aloes need good dry out time after watering, so it is really important to keep the soil very well draining.

You can keep the shamrocks there. The container you have seems to be designed as a self-watering container. I don't like using that container for succulents, so easy to overlook water pooling below.

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