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Aug 5, 2017 2:23 PM CST
I have these baby aloe veras and they had gotten root rot from accidental over watering. I had to cut the roots to stop it from spreading, and now they have almost no roots- maybe like a 1/4 inch. They don't get direct sun (only bright indirect) and they have good drainage. The color is turning brown on the tips, and the leaves are thin and a little squishy... how do I fix this?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 5, 2017 2:48 PM CST
Roots rot when they don't get sufficient oxygen. It is not a disease that can be cured by removing the rotted roots. Your Aloe veras should be potted in very small pots with a small amount of very porous potting mix. The small pots and porous potting mix will allow oxygen back in around the roots soon after watering. Roots need oxygen (drying out) as much as they need water.

Aloe veras also needed at least a few hours of direct sun every day.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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