Aloe w/dead spots mid-branch

coyote2September 2, 2012

On two of my many aloe vera plants, in the middle of otherwise healthy thick branches there are spots that have died and thinned. What could this be, please?

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Do you have photos???

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 9:14PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Can you post a photo of the problem?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 9:27PM
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coyote2

I thought I attached this the first time, I don't know what went wrong, sorry!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 9:49PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Could something have fallen on it. Do you have a slug problem or big bugs. I had some katydids and they loved to hang in the rosettes and they did leave some marks , but they did not look quite like that. Could it be hail?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 10:05PM
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coyote2

I think you've got it, thank you very much! Because...

I did see a slug on one of these two (adjacent!) plants once weeks ago. The branch it was on was unaffected, I removed it and haven't seen one since.

How do I deal with slugs? (Is my best opportunity to see/remove them, [an hour or two?] after the next watering?)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 9:35AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have a slug once every 8 years so I am the wrong person to ask. My sister lives in New Zealand and she is always complaining about slugs on her aloes.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 12:42PM
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rina_

The beer in a saucer is one idea to catch slugs, diatomaceous earth should help - or anything sharp to top dress. Even crushed eggshell supposedly help - may not look that great tho.
There is a slug bait sold in stores, I do not use that stuff so can't comment.
Rina

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:31PM
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rina_

I also read that copper 'collar' will work by giving slugs a shock, won't kill them but stops them from crawling over into the pot (has to be wide enough that they cant 'lift' themselves over).
If all fails...them by hand & drown in salted water.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:39PM
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Microthrix(9)

The slug bait from stores works great. I used it when slugs and snails were eating up my senecio patch in the ground. Just sprinkle it around, and make sure you get it wet by watering or misting so the snails eat it. Then come out the next day and find the culprits dead on the spot.
It is a bit sad to see them all dead though, considering snails are very cute

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:49PM
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