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Feb 13, 2018 5:42 AM CST
I recently aquired a healthy aloe plant at my home in Jeddah but soon left for a few weeks leaving it in the care of a friend. I instructed him to water only once a week. When i came back i noticed its tips had browned. When i checked the outer most leaf it just slid off. The reat of the plant is wobbly. I took it off the pot to check roots but cant say for sure if its root rot. Can anyone help? I also notice a lot of small flying bugs in the soil.
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Name: Sally
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Feb 13, 2018 6:12 AM CST
The small flying bugs usually mean the soil has been too wet for awhile.
Dump out that soil, wash the pot, pot back in new soil. It should recover.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 13, 2018 2:57 PM CST
The roots look damaged, but not dead. Repot into the smallest pot that the roots will fit into along with a minimum amount of very porous potting mix that has extra perlite mixed throughout.

The bugs are fungus gnats and they thrive on decaying roots and constantly damp soil. Stick with a mix of plain peat moss and perlite.
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