P as in Poison Plants. Getting rid of my Aloe Vera plants

Only four days until my cats are coming home, and I still have so much to do!

toxic plant to catI’m so excited (and so in love) that it didn’t even hurt to kill my aloe vera plants. They’re toxic to cats, and I want my girls to be safe. It really is that simple, even though the plants weren’t just any plants to me. I was first thinking about giving them to friends, but I reconsidered. First of all, they’re quite big and, let’s face it, ugly. They need a lot of light, so you can’t hide them somewhere in your basement. I also remembered why I started to grow aloe vera plants: I use the gel for cosmetic products. If I have to get rid of them, I want the fruit of my labor. Literally speaking.

It was a lot of work, but it paid off – I got 0,5 liter (17 US fl oz) aloe vera extract!

Here’s what I did:

  • Cut the leaves and extract the gel
  • Freeze the extract in ice-cube trays
  • Put the frozen ice cubes in tin foil

Done. I’ve enough aloe vera for a year, and I can easily portion the gel.

how to cut aloe vera plant
how to extract aloe vera gel
how to freeze aloe vera

I’m relieved that I made this decision. Tessa will play in a save environment.