Re: Help...damaged aloe!

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Posted by Newt on June 28, 2003 at 07:32:52:

In Reply to: Help...damaged aloe! posted by Trish on June 28, 2003 at 00:13:17:

: Help...I have a relatively large aloe plant (about 12" tall) and one of my cats just sat in the middle of it, he completely broke off one of the leaves (are they called leaves?) and cracked another one. What should I do? Can I plant the broken ones? Should I cut off the cracked one (it is oozing gel)? HELP!

Hi Trish,
Naughty kitty!! :-( Not to worry, as long as the main stem is in tact, your aloe will survive. The leaf that has broken off can be used for burns. Just apply the gel to the burn. You can even put the leaf directly on the burn and tape it there. It will speed healing, help with pain and scarring. Or, you can just throw it away.

For the cracked leaf, I would suggest that you could just leave it and see if it heals over. It should form a callous. If not, you can just cut it off with a sharp knife close to the stem.

Regards,
Newt

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