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marjavaid
Jan 20, 2018 4:40 PM CST
All my Aloe Vera indoor plants died due to watery appearance at the base. They were growing crazy and I did not over water water them. How to prevent happening it again.
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WillC
Jan 20, 2018 6:35 PM CST
The only causes I can think of are over watering or exposure to cold. Until you know the cause, you won't be able to prevent it in the future.

Aloe veras should be in small pots with a very porous potting mix that does not retain water for very long. They are tropical in origin and do not tolerate temps much below 50 degrees F.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 20, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Base is where rot will start.
How do you know you didn't overwater.
Pictures would help alot.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2018 6:40 PM CST
I agree, either the soil was retaining too much water or they suffered from cold damage or a combination or both. Being succulents, Aloes (Aloe) are drought tolerant and require a very porous, well draining medium.
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porkpal
Jan 20, 2018 7:15 PM CST
Does the pot have a drain hole and no gravel or other "drainage aid" in the bottom?
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Ape_Goblin
Jan 20, 2018 10:10 PM CST
They love morning sun and partial shade, they prefer not to be too potbound, but also not transplanted too often. I think my mom's aloe died of cold after I moved it next to a window, with the same watery appearance at the base. And it was huge and vibrant, 'leaves' over a foot long. Good thing we had already propagated it.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 21, 2018 8:34 AM CST
Ape_Goblin said:They love morning sun and partial shade, they prefer not to be too potbound, but also not transplanted too often. I think my mom's aloe died of cold after I moved it next to a window, with the same watery appearance at the base. And it was huge and vibrant, 'leaves' over a foot long. Good thing we had already propagated it.

I have to disagree with the "they prefer not to be too potbound" statement. I have a pot full of Aloe that have been in the same container for years ... and they don't mind being pot bound at all. These photos are from 2013 and 2015 and the plants are still crowded together in the same pot but mine does stay outdoors year round. One of the most important things is watering ... as with most succulent type plants, they store water in their stems/leaves and will rot if over-watered.
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Ape_Goblin
Jan 22, 2018 2:34 PM CST
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This was the aloe that died of cold. It had fairly recently been repotted in this picture, we separated out and still have all of its babies, which I'm pretty sure were clones as it never had another aloe to breed with
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Baja_Costero
Jan 22, 2018 3:06 PM CST
There are about 500 species of aloe, only one of which is Aloe vera. Sun plants and shade plants, miniatures and monsters. These plants with the spots are not Aloe vera. Not to say they won't generally behave similarly, just to reinforce the idea that not all aloes are medicinal, and not all aloes have the same needs in cultivation. One can generalize but only so far. More info here.

The Aloes Database

By the way Lin, were you aware the aloe in the 2015 picture was infested with the aloe mite? Comparing the flowers to the picture from 2 years prior, the difference is pretty big.

There is a meaningful difference between tolerating a root bound state and enjoying or preferring it. Aloe vera can fill a 3 gallon (10 inch) pot when it reaches full size, or larger if it's had some time to offset. It will do fine in smaller pots, especially when it's not full grown. But if you provide too small a pot, you will dwarf the plant and interfere with its growth and vitality.

With Aloe vera, like most aloes, there is an upper limit to the size of the plant. That means there will be an upper limit on the size pot it requires in order to thrive as a mature adult. Say 3 gallon size for a solitary Aloe vera. Offsets may change the calculation, but the idea applies to most aloes in cultivation. The size of the pot a mature aloe will require (perhaps fully root bound but not frustrated by it) depends very much on the plant. It is not helpful to assume they all like small pots, or that they prefer being root bound.

As a general rule, if you are matching the size of the rootball with the size of the pot, maybe with a bit of extra space around the edges to allow for growth every year or two, you have made the right choice. The plant will let you know, of course. Smiling
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