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Kskid
Nov 22, 2017 10:53 PM CST
Hey everyone, I'm new here! I have a problem with my aloe vera having no roots, but I think it's also due to rot. I was transplanting some things today and when I came to this little guy I realized it wasn't connected to roots at all. It's almost like it detached itself, because the root cluster is still there in the dirt. The base of the plant is discolored and a little soft. I also noticed some discoloration at the base of some of the leaves. Is there anything I can do to save the plant? Any suggestions would be very very helpful!
Thanks!
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Baja_Costero
Nov 22, 2017 11:07 PM CST
I don't think there's much you can do. The yellowish stem at the base of the leaves is a bad sign. You can always pot it up on fresh soil and try. Do not water for at least a week or two and then only very sparingly through the winter. If all the leaves release from the stem, you know it's over.

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 23, 2017 7:52 AM CST
I would get rotten part cut out first. Then leave out of pot, to scab over for a week.
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Kskid
Nov 23, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Well, it looks like the rot was worse than I thought. Sad I decided to cut the rot off like Philip suggested, and the plant just kind of came apart. I'll cut the rot from the leaves and hope they'll callus. Maybe I can get more plants from them in time.
Thank you both for your responses!
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deborarichie
Apr 10, 2018 10:21 AM CST
My Alevera plant has no roots all came off in the dirt Ithis was a plant that was roofed in water for about a year I put it in the dirt a week later the roots died I have a plant with no roots so should I put it back in water or just stick it in the dirt any suggestions will help thanks a lot
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Apr 10, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Put it in dirt. Use a pot with holes at the bottom and fast draining soil. There is a high risk of rot if you try to root it in water.

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garden_apprentice
Aug 30, 2018 8:50 AM CST
Hello,

I adopted an aloe vera plant a year ago. The conditions when I found it were in an un kept house, tucked away behind the kitchen blinds. The soil looked like dirt and was hard as a rock. There was an inch thick aloe still green and alive. I took action by re-potting it in the early morning sun in normal potting soil (not cactus soil like I read later).
About a month later, the mother aloe produced two baby sprouts.
Since I found the plant in the kitchen, I leave it there and like to think that it watches me cook and warns me not to burn my food.
The mother aloe died after giving me two babies to care for. This was a house for sick people before I moved in. Now all the sick people are gone and I'm left to care for the house and am trying to add healthy, happy memories to the house.
My little aloes arent wanting to grow roots just yet. They'll reach a certain growth and immediately shed a leaf, not wanting to grow past a certain point. It's like a constant recycling of a new leaf and a dead leaf every month.
I read that it takes three years for an aloe to mature.
Is it normal for a constant new growth and shedding of a leaf every month for this plant?
And does anyone have any suggestions for talking to your plants without feeling like a weirdo?

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tarev
Aug 30, 2018 9:01 AM CST
Hello garden_apprentice, soil for succulents needs to be porous and well draining. Ideally use cacti soil and add more pumice or perlite to really make it airy at root zone. You said the soil it is in is like dirt and hard as rock, so it is suffocating the roots or has already suffocated the roots, so it is making it too hard for your plant to grow nicely.

Try to improve the media you are using, use containers with drain holes, do not water right away after you repot, give it a few days. Later on, water only as needed. Too wet media will also damage the roots, so observe watering intervals especially since you are growing it indoors where dry out time is much longer.

Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Aug 30, 2018 9:35 AM CST
What kind of light is the plant getting? How much/how often do you water? Any chance of a picture?

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