Originally posted on The Expat Garden(er)
Yes, that's right--I haven't been here even two weeks yet, and I've already killed a plant. The Aloe variegata, lovingly carted from New York City to Washington, DC, and then to Saudi Arabia, went all mushy. I had it too wet for several weeks. It was bound to rot. And it did.
There had been some moisture in the ziploc baggie I carted the plant over in. I had grouped a lot of Haworthia and other succulents in the same baggie for transit, but I had rinsed the potting soil off of some of them prior to bagging, and the small amount of moisture that clung to them went into the baggie as well. When I was able to take the plants out of the bag after my arrival, A. variegata already showed signs of rotten sogginess, so I removed another leaf or two from the base and potted it in a mix of the "German Quality Potting Soil" and hydroton instead of waiting for it to dry out and callous (I'm still waiting to find vermiculite, perlite, and all that good stuff here, but hydroton is available in abundance). Also, the "German Quality Potting Soil" holds a lot of moisture--cold moisture, at that, because of the 24/7 air conditioning. Other plants may keel over, too, but I'm hoping that most will survive.
It's a shame. Back in DC, this was a beautiful, if small, plant. Now, it's mush. Luckily, I still have the Haworthia attenuata that was similarly lovingly carted from New York City to Washington, DC, to Saudi Arabia to care for, and I intend for it to remain alive.
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