Aloe vera are succulent plants that are really easy to grow. They tolerate a wide range of conditions and require minimal water and care. They do grow, as do all plants, and from time to time we need to thin them out and replant them so that we do not end up with an overgrown Aloe vera plant issue. This article shows you how to do this, and will probably result in your house, your garden, and all of your friend’s gardens eventually being full of these beautiful plants.
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Aloe vera plants are really tough. They grow naturally in the Arabian Peninsula – which is a rather harsh environment. When the plants grow they divide and produce more and more aloe plants. From time to time you can remove them from the pot, or ground, and break the clumps of aloes up.
This is really easy to do. Repot the excess plants in decent succulent soil or give them to friends. If you have too many, you can always harvest some to make your own aloe gel. More on that later. Aloe roots are fibrous and you may need to trim them a bit to get the clumps apart. As long as there is a little bit of root on an aloe it will take root.
Do You Need To Harvest An Overgrown Aloe Vera Plant More Frequently?
Harvest or replant as you see fit. I have had aloes in pots that have been there for a decade, and others that get out of hand and crowd the pot in a year or so. I am a bit of an aloe fanatic actually and have planted rows of them outside my house, and in the streets and pretty much everywhere I can.
My main reason for this is I love the flowers and what the flowers do for the birds (and bees).
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What To Do If Your Overgrown Aloe Vera Plant Is Too Big To Care For?
Aloe vera plants do not actually get very big – they just get crowded. If your Aloe vera plant starts to get very big, then it is probably another type of aloe! This is not a problem – just thin it out as needed and pot it into a bigger pot. All aloes are beautiful.
How To Harvest An Overgrown Aloe Vera Plant?
If you find that your Aloe vera clump starts to get too crowded and you have run out of people to give aloes to, you can always harvest a few for making aloe gel.
Again a word of caution – unless you are absolutely sure of the provenance of your aloe and know it is a culinary variety, I would advise against eating the plant. Aloe vera is a very genetically diverse species and some breeds are cultivated for making edible products. Others that are ornamental can contain toxins that are not ideal for human consumption – they may in fact be carcinogenic.
Aloe gel on the other hand is well worth making. I just take an aloe leaf and peel it with a potato peeler. Old school peelers like these work well. Once you have the aloe fillets, as they are known, you can put them in a blender and make the gel. You end up with heaps of it so give a lot away. You can keep it in the fridge for a few weeks.
I don’t really even bother doing this anymore – if I burn myself, I just take a leaf and break it off and rub it on the burn.
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Conclusion On Overgrown Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe vera plants grow fast and multiply. You can break clumps up and replant them, or you can harvest some for making gel. This plant does not get very big, so if your aloe vera plant is reaching heights, the chances are it is another aloe. Enjoy it. All aloes are beautiful.
For other plant-related topics, check our other articles. I hope you got the answer on how to care, and manage, and overgrown aloe vera plant. Thanks for reading!
How to divide an overgrown aloe vera plant?
There are plenty of ways to divide a big aloe plant—the best is to use a sharp knife. The next step is to cut off the base and place the new plant on its side. Next, slice the aloe leaf from the bottom up, cutting along the vein until it's just barely attached. Then, slice away the top of the plant down to the new bottom. You should be left with two new plants that look a little different.
What can you do with an overgrown aloe vera plant?
You can harvest the gel, you can do that with the guidelines we mentioned in the section above. You can also split the plant in two aloe vera plants and re-pot them or gift one half to a friend of yours, that way you can bring some positive energy and vibes to someone else life.
How to trim overgrown aloe vera plant?
If you have an overgrown plant like this, you may think the best course of action is to simply keep watering the plant until you reach a point where the plant seems healthy and lush. But this only creates more work for you because the plant becomes waterlogged and you’ll be required to keep pulling off all the leaves. A better strategy is to prune the plant back by half. It’s still going to look the same size, but it will be easier for the plant to absorb water and nutrients. Once you’ve trimmed down the plant, you can water it thoroughly, making sure that you don’t leave any dry spots, and then add some fertilizer to promote new growth.
How do you take care of a large aloe vera plant?
A very large aloe vera plant will need a lot of water. While the leaves are still green and lush, it's essential that they are not allowed to dry out. Watering and maintaining a constant temperature can help to keep the plant happy. Keep an eye on the root end, which is susceptible to rot. Be sure to give the plant light, but not too much. Aloe vera needs lots of sun. If you notice signs of trouble, it's time to take action.