Question: how many leaves from a single aloe?
hi, I searched all the sites and read a lot of books but I can't find any data on the yields of aloe vera (in specific I would be interested to know how many leaves a plant produces me in a year and with these how much gel I could get) thanks!!!
Aloe gel: Answer: aloe
it is not easy to answer your question, for a number of reasons; first of all the concept of aloe gel: at home two different aloe gels are prepared, one is prepared by blending the leaves with honey and grappa (or similar) and is used by mouth for various purposes; another aloe gel is prepared at home using gum and preservatives with the filtered aloe juice (indeed, it would be better with freeze-dried aloe juice purified to be bought in herbal medicine) and is prepared for topical use, ie for the skin. Given the two methods of preparation, it is clear that the yield of a single aloe leaf changes greatly, since on the one hand the whole leaf is used, and on the other hand only the filtered juice. Having said that, to extract the gel different species of aloe are grown, namely aloe vera, aloe arborescens and aloe ferox; the three plants have quite different leaf sizes, and therefore also the pulp obtainable from a single plant is difficult to generalize. Generally speaking, from an already well-developed aloe vera plant, which has already a few years, with leaves 50-80 cm long each year, we can cut about 6-8 leaves, possibly in two different sampling stages; assuming that a leaf weighs about 300-500 grams, from each plant in a year you can get about two to four kilograms of fresh pulp. The method and place of cultivation certainly also affects this calculation: plants cultivated in pots tend to develop a little less than the sisters grown in the ground; a correct watering and fertilizing favors the production of larger and fleshy leaves, although excess watering, in addition to favoring the development of fungal diseases, tend to enrich the leaves of water, and therefore to have heavier leaves, but with smaller quantities of active ingredients per gram of pulp. Also the positioning of the plants greatly affects the final quality of the pulp: the aloe plants grown in partial shade, or with poor direct insolation, from scientific research show that they contain much less active ingredients than the leaves of plants grown in full sun. Therefore, to obtain an aloe plant that produces large quantities of pulp, and of excellent quality, we will have to plant it in the ground, with a very well drained soil, and in an area exposed to direct sunlight for as many hours as possible each day; watering must be provided only when the soil is well dry, avoiding leaving it soaked with water; any fertilizers must be rich in microelements, and poor in nitrogen, to avoid the development of excessively water-rich leaves.