How to Troubleshoot Aloe Plant Water & Root Rot


Aloe has been grown for centuries as a medicinal plant and is considered to be one of the easiest houseplants to care for. Aloe reproduces itself by offsets, also known as pups, which grow from the base of the plant. Aloe, like most succulent plants, is susceptible to root rot which is indicated when the leaves of the plant begin to yellow and curl. This can be prevented by establishing a watering routine that does not overwater the plant, which is the primary cause of aloe root rot.

Step 1

Repot your aloe plant if it has been more than a year since this was done originally. Use a mixture of good quality potting soil and sand in equal amounts. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the original pot. Crowded roots, as well as overwatering, can lead to root rot.

Step 2

Fertilize the aloe plant after repotting. You can use a 10-40-10 bloom type fertilizer mixed to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

Water the plant thoroughly until the soil is moist to the touch and water is draining from the bottom.

Step 4

Place the pot in a warm, sunny window or outdoors if the weather is hot.

Step 5

Water the plant only when the soil is completely dry to the touch. Water only enough to make the soil moist to the touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting containers with drainage
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • 10-40-10 bloom type fertilizer


  • University of California: The Genus Aloe (PDF)
  • University of Arizona: Problems and Pests of Agave, Aloe, Cactus and Yucca (PDF)
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Aloe Vera
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