Ask a Question forum: Aloes in Tropical climate during rainy season

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Trinidad, Caribbean
Nov 24, 2017 5:49 AM CST
Hi Total novice here. I fear that my aloes plants is damaged. Soil is definitely waterlogged. Anyone here can help me?

The first two images are really damaged. The leaves are thin and dry with a pale green and reddish colour. One leaf has a black spot The third image is small and green and not growing.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 24, 2017 8:01 AM CST
Aloes are native to semi-arid regions where the soil is quite porous and the rain is infrequent. The roots will rot easily if kept in soil that is kept constantly wet or even damp. You should protect yours from the frequent rains in your area. Also, pot your Aloes in small pots filled with a very porous potting mix.
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Name: Baja
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Nov 24, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Does the container have holes at the bottom?

One of the best ways to compensate for frequent rains (other than overhead protection of course) is to use a very fast draining soil with at least 50% pumice/perlite/fine gravel mixed in. That helps ensure that water exits the container in a regular fashion and there is more air available around the roots.

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