How to Prune Aloe Plants


The succulent aloe plant is not only an attractive houseplant or landscape plant, but it has a sap that promotes the fast healing of a variety of ailments. After coaxing an aloe plant to grow large, many gardeners appreciate the ability to clip leaves from the aloe plant to use for bringing relief to physical maladies. When you prune aloe plants, try to use the leaves' properties for healing or propagate them into new aloe plants.

Step 1

Check the aloe plant every month or two, looking for leaves that appear dead or dying. Often these spent leaves feel loose on the aloe plant and they are easy to remove.

Step 2

Clip these leaves off from the aloe plant just above the crown of the plant with the scissors.

Step 3

Discard leaves that are dry and withered. If the leaves are green and vibrant, slice them open and use the gel inside for soothing skin externally. Another option is to root the leaf. Allow the aloe leaf to dry for two to three days and then insert it into moist potting soil. Keep the soil moist while the leaf roots and then plant the new aloe plant in its own container.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors


  • Learn2Grow: Aloe Arborescens Care and Maintenance
  • Tripod: Aloe Plant Information
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.