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west coast, washington state
Oct 14, 2017 12:59 PM CST
I have a large aloe that has a healthy top portion but the bottom, larger leaves are drying from base to leaf point and falling over.

The soil mixture looks appropriate, it has a nice window seat, and im watering when it is dry two inches down. The pot itself is a glazed pot (uh oh!) with only one drainage hole.

Wondering where to go from here, how to get a healthier plant. Inspect the roots for root rot and re-pot in a clay pot? perhaps the air around it has too much moisture (pacific northwest probs!) - ive considered placing a drying pac near the plant to make its environment a little more arid.

any help would be appreciated. ive included a picture to help show the drooping bottom leaves bur healthy top.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 14, 2017 1:21 PM CST

Your photo is very dark so I'm not sure what I am supposed to be seeing. It is natural for the older leaves to die. They will get brown and crispy - is that what you are seeing?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Oct 14, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Sounds like you are over watering to me. I have a large aloe that lives in a 24" pot in full sun outside. It only gets water about once a month.

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