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I have a miniature aloe and while it's been normal for it to flower once or twice a year, this time something new appeared on the stalk:

Aloe stalk

B is what grows normally, A is this weird bean-shaped thing that is a new thing. I tried looking it up and found nothing - is this just the next stage of flowering for the plant?

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You were pretty close when you described the "thing" as a bean, because like a bean, it's a seedpod - your aloe was pollinated and has set seeds in three pods. You could let the pods dry - when ripe, they should open up a little. At that point, you could carefully pick them and collect the seeds to plant in other pots or cells. If I remember correctly, germinating aloe seeds can be somewhat tricky, so additional research would be needed to determine just how to go about it - and instructions may vary based on the species of aloe that you have. Alternatively, you could just pick the pods and toss them.

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    Seed pods only develop on mature aloe plants that are a few years old. Good job keeping yours alive! – j0h Aug 30 at 2:21

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