Aloe: Diseases and Prevention Measures

What kind of diseases are aloe exposed to? What to do when diseases and pests occur? You can read about all this in our article.

Diseases of aloe

  • Root rot. The most common disease of this succulent. It could be caused by excessive watering. Leaves become soft and begin to fade. The trunk at the base of the plant begins to rot. If root rot is detected, it is necessary to transplant the plant into the new soil. When transplanting, rotting parts of the roots should be removed. After transplanting, stop watering aloe for a few weeks.
  • Dry rot. A fungus appears inside the plant. At first, its negative impact is completely unnoticeable from the outside. Over time, the aloe begins to dry out. Regular treatment of the plant with pesticides can prevent the appearance of this fungus.
  • Various pests. At first, they are also difficult to notice on inspection. These include bacteria, mites, and worms. If pests are found, aloe should be isolated so that insects do not get on neighboring plants.

Signs of diseases

  1. The plant begins to rot when the roots are affected by the disease.
  2. Aloe begins to dry out: the trunk dries up, the leaves fall off. At the bottom, the trunk becomes thin and may even break.
  3. The plant slows down or stops growing.
  4. An unpleasant smell of soil can be a sign that root rot has begun.

At first, it is difficult to notice that the rotting has begun. If there is a suspicion of a disease, it is worth extracting aloe from the soil and inspecting the roots.

Causes of the aloe disease

  • In nature, succulents grow in dry soil and hot climates. Abundant watering is the most common mistake made by aloe owners.
  • Too small flower pot. The roots of the plant take up a lot of space. Oxygen ceases to flow in the required amount into the soil. This can lead to excessive dampness and the beginning of the rotting process.
  • Excessive cooling of the plant. It can be caused by cold air or water used for watering aloe.
  • Feeding plants with low-quality fertilizers. They may contain pathogenic bacteria.

Prevention of diseases

  1. Prevent the plant from overcooling. Avoid cold coming from windows during the cold season. During the hot season, try to keep aloe at a sufficient distance from the air conditioner.
  2. Plant the plant in soil that contains minerals. Poor soil can cause aloe disease.
  3. Ensure sufficient lighting. Aloe is a succulent plant and requires intensive sunlight or artificial light.
  4. When transplanting the plant, wash the pot thoroughly. The pot may contain harmful bacteria that can harm the aloe.
  5. Perform regular inspections of the leaves and trunk. If spots, dryness, rot, or other anomalies are found, remove the plant from the pot and inspect its roots.