The Q&A Archives: Aloe Vera Plants

Question: We recently moved to Cal. from Mo. and have quite a few large aloe vera plants in our back yard. We are clueless about these plants and would like to know if we are supposed to cut these long shoots that have come out of the center of the plants. They bloomed with beautiful orange blossoms but all the blossoms are falling off and dying now. We are now getting a small green type bulb on the shoots now. What do we do? We love these plants.

Answer: You can cut off the flowering stems that developed in the center of the plant after the blooms have faded. The bulb type growth is a seed pod. If you allow it to develop seeds you can harvest them and start new little plants. If you're not interested in having more, simply cut them off, along with the stem. Your aloe's will develop more leaves and flowering stems during the summer. Again, enjoy the flowers, then cut the flowering stems down when the flowers are spent.

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