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My aloe vera plant has a large shoot from the center of it and a big flower. This is the first time that it has done this and I have 2 basic questions.
1. What should I do with this shoot? Is it safe to cut it off?
2. I have notice my allergies (hayfever type) have been really bad the last 2 weeks in my house. I am wondering if it could possibly be from this flower?
Thank-you

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Shawn,

Sorry to hear it is stirring up your allergies. I am not an allergist so I can't tell you that this is absolutely the cause but I am sure it is also possible. A lot of trees are also pollinating this time of year and many people including me are allergic to lots of tree pollens. Yes, you can use sharp scissors and cut it off and it will not damage the plant. Good luck!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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