Aloe Vera Plants

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yesjess added on March 12, 2013 | Answered

Ok, if the root does send up pups, do I need to trim back what's there now? The whiskey barrel it's in is completely full and the plant stands about 3 to 4 feet tall. Is there even a way to prune an aloe vera plant?

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Answered on March 12, 2013

yesjess, I don't fully understand what you mean by pruning...if the parent plant is too tall, it may be cut off with a sharp saw or knife. If you mean thinning the mass of the plant, just remove as many of the pups or offshoots as you need to make the container look right to you. This is discussed in the first article Nikki listed above. Don't worry about the plant being too potbound, most succulents, aloe included, don't have a large root system, and prefer to be in a smaller container than one would think.

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