Monday, September 6, 2010

Aloe thraskii crown rot

I've noticed lately that the growing tip of my beautiful Aloe thraskii looked wilted and started turning brown.

Upon closer inspection, the whole crown had rotted.

When I pulled on the litle leaves, the whole inside of the crown came out, all slimy and covered in maggots.

Its really disheartening when something you've been growing and caring for so long just rots like that. Its really surprising to me since these aloes grow right on the beach in South Africa, where they get salty spray and lots of rain.

I started reading up on it and found quite a few other people complaining about crow rot with the thraskii's. Some say to leave them and it might come back, albeit with a strange looking double crown which is out of character for a thraskii as they are solitary single trunked aloes.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your aloe! I say, who cares if it develops two trunks, especially since one of the trunks will likely rot anyways. Good luck!

  2. Bummer. I understand your frustration, but I would go ahead and leave it to see what happens. Who knows? It might look really cool!

  3. Yeah, I'll leave it and see what happens. I have some other aloes growing that could replace it if needed, but they will take 5 years to grow to the size of the thraskii.