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Feb 8, 2018 3:20 PM CST
I think it might be getting too much sunlight, but I put it in the shade and it seemed to be doing better, and then it started wilting again.... Moved the rock next to it and saw a whole bunch of little mites squirming on it. I made a 1/3 vinegar to water mix and sprayed it leaves with it, to kill whatever was making it wilt. I don't think it has root rot from me overdoing the water when I first got it, I checked the roots then and it was fine. One leaf was wilted and oozing what looked like blood though, so I cut it off and it didn't seem to have any negative effects on the plant. Is there anything else I should do, or should I just wait this one out? Thanks!
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Name: Baja
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Feb 8, 2018 4:27 PM CST
I've never heard of the vinegar treatment but I would think spraying acid on your plant could cause serious long term damage, especially in quantity. Unlike alcohol (which I would recommend spraying at 70% to kill bugs) it does not just evaporate away, it builds up and stays there. And unlike soap (which I use in very dilute form) it can affect the roots once it washes down the plant to the soil.

Keep your plant in bright shade (minimal direct sun) until it recovers. You're probably going to have to just wait this out. I would recommend leaving it out in a heavy rainstorm (or water all parts of the plant and flush the soil over time) so that the acid works its way off of the plant and out of the soil. Then put it somewhere with overhead cover so the soil has a chance to dry out completely, or nearly completely, before you water again.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 8, 2018 6:26 PM CST
Is your Aloe indoors or outdoors?
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Name: Carol
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Feb 8, 2018 7:28 PM CST
That soil doesn't look like fast draining soil to me, and that wouldn't help the situation.
Feb 9, 2018 12:09 PM CST
Thanks for the advice, I'll keep it out of the sun for a while. Also, I actually didn't end up spraying the plant, since the only spray bottle I could find had a little bit of Windex in it D'Oh! ended up just wiping it all over the leaves, but accidentally spilled about 1/4 cup into a part of the soil that was farthest from the roots, thankfully. The only experience I have with plants is when I was 7 and had a couple of small flowers growing, and then I and my family went on a trip and didn't water them. Thanks again!

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