In early Egyptian times, aloe vera was known as the "plant of immortality" and was given as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. Nowadays, aloe vera plants are often grown in kitchen gardens and the juice and pulp of the plant is used to heal wounds and treat a number of skin conditions. Taking cuttings from an aloe plant is straightforward whether you are doing so to treat the skin, or grow another plant.
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Things you need
- Sharp knife
- Potting soil
Look for an aloe plant leaf that is at least 4 inches long. Examine the plant to make sure it looks healthy, with no spots on it.
Cut the leaf close to the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife.
Keep the cutting in a cool, dry place for two to three days, to allow the fresh cut to heal.
Fill a pot with potting soil. Dampen the soil until it is moist, but do not soak it.
Calculate one-third of the length of your cutting. Make a hole in your soil as deep as this measurement and insert your cutting. For example, insert a 9-inch cutting to a depth of 3 inches.
Position the pot in a spot that receives plenty of indirect sunlight. Water the soil regularly to keep it moist, but do not over water.
Take Cuttings for Rooting
Cut a 1-inch piece from the tip of a leaf with a sharp knife.
Peel off the spines from the stalk and make a vertical cut to open the piece.
Press a finger on either side of the piece to squeeze out the aloe juice and pulp.
Take Cuttings for Healing
Tips and warnings
- Use aloe juice and pulp to cool down sunburned or irritated skin. Spread it on the affected area with your fingers or the aloe peel once or twice a day.
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