How to Trim An Aloe Vera Plant

Overview

Aloe vera is a plant with many health benefits. Its most common use is for minor burns and cuts, but it can also be taken internally to help treat constipation and aches. Aloe plants can successfully grow in almost any home which makes it possible to always have a fresh supply of aloe vera gel on hand. In order to extract the beneficial gel, the leaves must first be trimmed. With the proper technique, you are sure to get the most out of each leaf.

Step 1

Cut the leaf just above the soil. Choose a leaf on the outer edge of the plant because they are older and contain more aloe gel.

Step 2

Set the leaf on a paper towel until all of the sap drains out. The sap drains out on its own, so do not attempt to squeeze it out as you may lose some of the gel. Discard the paper towel because the sap has no use.

Step 3

Place the aloe leaf on a cutting board. Cut 1/2 inch off the tip of the leaf. Run the knife down the edges of the leaf to remove the thorns.

Step 4

Cut the leaf width-wise and squeeze the end of it to extract its gel.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Paper towel
  • Cutting board

References

  • Aloe Vera Studies
  • Tip Nut: Aloe Vera Plants
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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.