Paul Nickerson

Swamp Rot

In Propagation on December 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

I was recently given an aloe plant from a woman teaching Earth Sciences in a Virginia high school. I potted the plant in a large pot filled with Cactus & Succulent Soil Mix. As shown in the pictures, I then covered the top layer of soil with small stone.

Apart from simply adding a nice decor, the stones serve a very practical purpose. When watering certain succulents, it is common that water pools around the base of the plant, causing rot. This rot can be fatal to the plant if it persists.

This ‘swamp rot’ can easily be avoided by adding a layer of stones. This allows the water to drain rapidly past the base of the plant, keeping the it dry, and removing the threat of rot.

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