January 2, 2015

Most fruit trees cannot tolerate frost or freezing conditions for very long before dropping their buds and fruit. If you are expecting a freeze, you can protect your fruit trees with minimal maintenance and a little ingenuity.

Wrap & Mulch & Cover's

  • Wrap your fruit tree's trunk with roofing paper, burlap or another insulating material.
  • Apply a thick layer (at least three inches) of organic mulch over your fruit tree's roots and base. Use shredded newspaper, pine bark, dried straw or pine needles to cover the ground around the tree and protect it from the cold. This will also help to keep the moisture in the soil and allow for maximum absorption of fertilizing nutrients.
  • Cover your young fruit tree with a clear plastic tarp if you are expecting a hard freeze. This will protect it from winter winds and allow sunlight to penetrate the covering. Be sure to remove the protective covering during daylight hours when the temperature rises above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coat

  • Mix one lb. of Ivory Snow and 1/2 lb. of high-calcium lime into five gallons of warm water. Shake well.
  • Attach a sprayer to your garden hose, and spray your fruit tree from top to bottom with the solution, being sure to cover every part of the tree's leaves, branches and trunk with the mix. Shake the sprayer well to keep the mixture from clogging up the hose during the application.
  • Rinse the plastic-like solution off of the tree when temperatures rise above freezing. Re-apply as necessary throughout the coldest winter months.

Provide added warmth to fruit trees in winter by stringing Christmas lights throughout their branches or placing a 150 watt indoor/outdoor rated bulb in a socket at the base of the tree. Protect low-lying or fragile tree branches by tying them in a supportive fashion to the trunk of the tree with a loose knot. If you are concerned that fragile limbs may succumb to frost or heavy ice build-up, wrap the less stable limbs lightly in loose fabric or paper during cold spells. Be sure to remove the wrapping during daylight hours when the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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January 2, 2015

Even though spring isn't here yet and won't be here for a while... after the holiday's there's only one thing on our minds.... THE GARDEN!! There are things that we can do in the meantime to get the garden ready for spring so that everything that we do plant will be healthy and happy.. It's called Prepping the Ground were going to teach you the basics of prepping the ground for the 2015 Spring so that your garden will be a success this year!

1. Set up your area where you will be keeping your compost.

You can purchase bags of compost from your local hardware store in the garden center. If you prefer you can even create your own compost by keeping your yard waste and food that you would initially though away. You would be saving a lot of money and your trees will be really happy & healthy !

2. Start saving money and making that wish list

Our biggest suggestions that we can give all of our clients is to save their money, make a wish list and as soon as it starts to get a little warm in your are place your orders because once you see on our site and it's gone.... IT'S GONE! Our turn around time for shipping is pretty fast and we ship world wide!

3. Order Your Fruit Tree's

This may in fact be your favorite part...browsing through our online catalog... checking out the new spring selections of mango's, lychee's, avocado's, and so forth...Order your beautiful hand selected fruit tree or try our new Pick Your Tree option where you can virtually hand select your own tree and have it delivered without ever having to leave your home!

4. Get your Garden Tools and Potting area ready!

Now all you have to do is go though your shed in the backyard or the garage and find all of the gardening tools and also your beautiful pot's so that you can even get some container fruit trees in there... Container fruit trees are great for keeping in the lanai or on your balcony. I mean seriously how many people can say that they have a mango tree growing in a container in their homes? Well you can be the first in your neighborhood!

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January 2, 2015

We have over 40+ types of mango's to choose from one of our most asked about mango is the Choc Anon Mango Tree also known as the "Miracle Mango Tree" Why??? Let me explain

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The Choc Anon Mango gets it's name from Thailand it has been said to the most best tasting mango. It got it's nickname "Miracle Mango" from producing 2 crops a year! That's right you heard me 2. It would produce one crop in the winter and one crop in the summer. If your a person that loves mango and would be happy having it all though the year this would make a great addition to your garden.

This variety of mango is considered to be a dwarf mango and can be kept in a container so you can keep this mango inside by the fire place or even in the kitchen!

Do you grow mango's? What variety do you have? We would love to see your mango's send us a picture and tag us in it!

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January 2, 2015

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/4 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 handful parsley

Directions:

  1. Cut tomato, cucumber and jalapeno pepper as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
  2. Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Stir and serve immediately.

Serves: 1-2

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January 2, 2015

Pomegranate  Blueberry Juice

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Serves: 1-2

KitchenTip:  Use just the seeds of a pomegranate for juicing as the membranes will make the juice bitter. To deseed the pomegranate, start by making a thin slice from the bottom to make it stable for cutting. Cut out the core at the top. Make shallow cuts to section into 6 wedges. Gently break the pomegranate apart and pry the seeds out with your fingers. Pomegranate juice can stain, so we suggest wearing gloves and something like an old t-shirt. Work over a bowl to catch the seeds and drips before placing in the juice extractor.

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January 2, 2015

Kale, Pineapple and Mint Green Juice

Ingredients:

  • 6 large kale leaves
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 medium lime, peeled
  • 2 small handfuls fresh mint leaves
  • 1-inch thick slice fresh cored pineapple
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple

Directions:

  1. Cut pineapple and apple as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
  2. Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Stir and serve immediately.

Serves: 2

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December 10, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year to show your appreciation to your clients, vendors and employees


Give a Corporate Gift that Grow

PlantOGram has many years experience in providing eco friendly corporate gifts and promotional products that are ethical and innovative. Fruit Tree gifts are a fantastic way of creating a long lasting, positive and eco friendly reminder of your company. With an ecologically friendly gift from PlantOGram you can dare to be different and the gift recipient will appreciate and remember you for it.

PlantOGram provides a large range of natural, living gift solutions. Let us manage branding, create unique designs and fulfill your business gift campaigns. Use our one stop shop to source ecologically sound gifts for special occasions, product launches, direct mailers or invites.


Let us help you brand your company with custom tree tags, custom greeting cards and custom gift certificates! Contact us Today and find out how you can open a corporate account with us.

877-FRUIT-DOC

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November 2, 2014

Christmas is just around the corner! Well, kind of! We can't be the only ones who start planning Christmas months in advance.  This craft will help you make unique, beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Ornament Materials

Round fruits of your choice- Apples, oranges, grapefruit, etc.

Ribbons

Directions

Sort your fruit and select only the pieces that are perfectly ripe. You don't want to use unripe fruit, because it's not brightly colored. Ensure the fruit you choose does not have bruises or rough spots.

Fill a pot with water and set it on the stove to boil. You'll need to blanch the fruit in a hot water bath to help it keep its color, which is essential if you plan to use it for decorative purposes.

Lower the fruit into the hot water bath and blanch it for five minutes. Then, remove the fruit and place it directly into an ice bath -- this locks in the fruit’s bright colors.

Dry the fruit with paper towels. You can then dry the fruit one of two ways: in the oven or in the sunlight. Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread the fruit on the sheet evenly, so the pieces don't overlap.

Put the fruit in the oven and bake it at 145 degrees Fahrenheit for four to five hours. If you have chosen to dry the fruit in the sunlight, leave it in the sun for two to four days until the fruit has completely dried. Bring the fruit inside at night if you choose to use this method.

Create a hole large enough to fit ribbon through.  String the ribbon through the hole and tie with a ribbon.

Enjoy!

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Idea from: Creativebug

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October 9, 2014

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If you've never tried one of these then make it a priority to try one. Once you sink you teeth into this sweet fruit you will always look for it every season!!

They are commonly eaten fresh, in salads, as garnishes and in drinks. The fruit have a sweet citrus like flavor that is both delicious and refreshing. They are also great in jams and as a fruit beverage. A mature starfruit can produce up to 200 lbs. of fruit a year! This exciting yellow fruit is shaped just like a star when sliced makes a great decoration in salads and is extremely sweet. Tree produces 2-3 crops a year and is extremely prolific.

The carambola tree is slow-growing, short-trunked with a much-branched, bushy, broad, rounded crown and reaches 20 to 30 ft (6-9 m) in height. Its deciduous leaves, spirally arranged, are alternate, imparipinnate, 6 to 10 in(15-20 cm) long, with 5 to 11 nearly opposite leaflets, ovate or ovate-oblong, 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 in (3.8-9 cm) long; soft, medium-green, and smooth on the upper surface, finely hairy and whitish on the underside. The leaflets are sensitive to light and more or less inclined to fold together at night or when the tree is shaken or abruptly shocked. Small clusters of red-stalked, lilac, purple-streaked, downy flowers, about 1/4 in (6 mm) wide, are borne on the twigs in the axils of the leaves. The showy, oblong, longitudinally 5- to 6-angled fruits, 2 1/2 to 6 in (6.35-15 cm) long and up to 3 1/2 (9 cm) wide, have thin, waxy, orange-yellow skin and juicy, crisp, yellow flesh when fully ripe. Slices cut in cross-section have the form of a star. The fruit has a more or less pronounced oxalic acid odor and the flavor ranges from very sour to mildly sweetish. The so-called "sweet" types rarely contain more than 4% sugar. There may be up to 12 flat, thin, brown seeds 1/4 to 1/2 in (6-12.5 mm) long or none at all.

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Carambola Flowers

Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion*
Calories 35.7
Moisture 89.0-91.0 g
Protein 0.38 g
Fat 0.08 g
Carbohydrates 9.38 g
Fiber 0.80-0.90 g
Ash 0.26-0.40 g
Calcium 4.4-6.O mg
Phosphorus 15.5-21.0 mg
Iron 0.32-1.65 mg
Carotene 0.003-0.552 mg
Thiamine 0.03-0.038 mg
Riboflavin 0.019-0.03 mg
Niacin 0.294-0.38 mg
Ascorbic Acid* 26.0-53.1 mg
* According to analyses made in Cuba and Honduras.

For more information on any Carambola visit our site http://plantogram.com/product/carambola/   for a full list of our inventory!

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October 9, 2014

Elegant Fig Appetizers with Goat Cheese and  Almonds Recipe

"This is a combination of several fresh fig appetizer recipes. The flavors of fresh figs, tangy goat cheese, salty almonds, sweet honey, and balsamic vinegar contrast to make these a delicious and very pretty appetizer. Arrange figs in a circle, tops facing in, for a flower effect and this will be a lovely addition to a bridal shower menu! If you can find Marcona almonds, use them! They are a Spanish almond that tastes like a cross between an almond and a cashew."

Ingredients

 12 fresh figs, halved
4 ounces herbed goat cheese
24 almonds
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven broiler for high heat.
  2. Place the fig halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with about 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese. Place one almond on each, press to push the cheese slightly into each fig.
  3. Broil the figs in the preheated oven until the cheese is soft and the almonds are turning a rich shade of brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes. Arrange the figs on a serving platter and drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.
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