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Can I prune an aloe vera plant?

  • Posted on April 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

Can I prune an aloe vera plant?
I have an aloe plant that apparently likes its surroundings as it’s gotten rather large. The problem is that I don’t want it quite so big so I am wondering if it’s OK for me to cut the leaves back to a more manageable length? The plant is in a small pot (4″) and I was hoping the plant would remain small. Any help or advice would be much appreciated!

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Answer by Insane Penguin of Craziness
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What is the best way to prune an aloe vera?

  • Posted on February 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What is the best way to prune an aloe vera?
I have an aloe vera plant in a pot that seems to grow gangly and out of shape. Is there a way I can prune to keep it from getting out of control and make it look nice?

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Answer by franko19622003
Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged ‘cacti mix’ soil. Fertilize yearly, in the spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10).
Aloes are propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.

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