How to Cut an Aloe Vera Plant


Aloe vera is a succulent plant best known for its medicinal qualities. Each leaf of an aloe plant contains gel that aids in healing and soothing minor cuts, scrapes and burns. For this reason, aloe vera plants are beneficial to have in the house. In order to get access to the aloe gel, you must first cut the leaf. As long as the plant is healthy, a shallow slit in the leaf is more than enough to extract the gel.

Step 1

Cut an aloe leaf off at the base of the plant. However, if you only need a small amount of aloe, you can keep the leaf attached to the rest of the plant.

Step 2

Slit the aloe lengthwise down the center of the leaf. You do not have to cut all the way through the leaf, as the gel will seep out once the surface is cut.

Step 3

Scoop the gel off of the leaf with a clean spoon. The gel can be applied to the skin immediately.

Step 4

Discard the leaf if you removed it from the plant. If you left the leaf on the plant, it may be able to heal itself and produce more gel.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use the gel if it has a brown color or unpleasant odor.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Spoon


  • University of Maryland: Aloe
Keywords: cut aloe leaf, extract aloe gel, harvest aloe vera

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