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How to Prune Flowering Aloe

By Lauren Wise ; Updated September 21, 2017

Aloe vera plants are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape. They come in various shapes or sizes, ranging from small to tall and large. Large outdoor varieties like the American aloe grow large flower stalks called rosettes. They can grow up to 30 feet tall, and will die right after flowering. If they fall over they can be dangerous, so it is important to prune them correctly and carefully to prevent rosette growth, as well as maintain the rosettes.

Use the pruning shears to cut back any dead or dying leaves as close to the base as possible. For very large or thick aloe leaves that the pruning shears can't get through, use a bow saw.

Remove any leaves on the inside of the plant that have begun to yellow with the shears. This indicates that the aloe vera plant is overcrowding and may need to be transferred to a larger pot.

Remove the offshoots in order to control the growth. Offshoots usually occur while the aloe vera plant is flowering. Cut these free from the main plant and remove them completely including the roots.

Remove the flowers. The rosette will fall over and can be a hazard unless it is removed carefully. Use the pruning shears to cut the rosette stalk off at the halfway point, then set aside.

Cut the rosette stalk off at the very bottom, as close to the roots as possible. Discard the rosette stalks.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Bow saw