June 14, 2019


Mangos: Food for the Gods, Grown in Your Own Home

It’s delectably sweet, it’s juicy, it’s a mango. This satisfying and fiber-rich stone fruit might seem impossible to grow within your own home, but with the right tools, resources, and guidance you can savor this treat in 48 varieties and species, without having to rush to the supermarket! 

You might be asking “why should I buy a mango tree?”  

  1. Having the autonomy to grow and harvest your own fruit, from your backyard, in your personal garden, or even in your home allows you the freedom to pick and choose your best fruit and know exactly where and how it was handled.
  2. It’s FUN to grow, and EASY.
  3. You will be making a positive impact on our Earth when you purchase a #PlantOGrams tree, cultivating a sense of love and light through sustainable, environmentally sound consumerism.

If reasons 1-3 aren’t enough, how about we discuss the benefits this enviably sensational fruit offers:

  • Naturally boosts your immunity
  • Improves digestive health (thank you fiber-dense stone fruit!)
  • May lower risk of certain cancers (mega bonus)

Packed with vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, Folate, and so much more, it’s an enjoyable way to ensure you get your nutrients without having to break the bank on prepackaged, processed supplements.

How to care for your new Mango baby once it arrives:

Whether you plan to plant your #PlantOGrams Mango Tree in a pot or in the ground, there are a few steps you will want to plan out first.

Planning

Decide if you will be Indoor or Outdoor planting. Like real-estate, gardening is all about location, location, location. Inside, you will want to make sure your tree has access to light but is also in a well-shaded area to acclimate to its new environment. Outside, once again, you will want to plant your tree in a shaded area while it is growing accustomed to its new environment.

Indoor Planting    

You’ve decided you want to grow your baby indoors, congratulations! It will be a fun and rewarding project for you and your family. So, just a few tips to remember:

  1. If you will be using a container, ensure there are proper drainage holes in the bottom so the water doesn’t pool inside the container, which may lead to root rot (essentially drowning the plant).
  2. NEVER water if the soil is already damp, only when it is dry to the touch.
  3. There is some light maintenance to ensure your tropical plant can thrive. For instance, removal of yellowed or damaged leaves and branches will allow for new growth and productivity.
  4. We don’t recommend fertilizing for the first six to eight weeks, but do continue to love, talk tenderly, and water your plants! They can get lonely too.

Outdoor Planting 

Planting outdoors can be just as rewarding as indoors, but you must remember that just like indoors, your tree will need love and care as it is getting used to the change of scenery. Here are a few tips for outdoor planting:

  1. Dig a hole that provides adequate space for your plant to stretch its limbs and grow big, luscious fruit.
  2. Take care while removing your plant from the pot, careful to handle it gently when transferring to the ground.
  3. Position so your tree is centered and straight.
  4. Fill in the hole, water your new mango tree, and wait to see those beautiful blossoms and budding fruit to come.
  5. Lastly, we recommend that you stake your tree to avoid damage from the elements, humans, or animals alike. You will want to avoid damaging the bark as you tie your tree to the stakes, but this method will prevent the aforementioned dangers if not properly positioned, and staked.

While this might seem like a lot at first glance, once you have the hang of how to properly care for your new tree, you will see how easy it is to grow your own and become a part of the solution to saving our environment.

Tags - Mango trees, indoor planting, outdoor planting, vitamin rich, fiber rich, tropical fruits, PlantOGrams,

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June 1, 2019

Mango's are known as the King of Fruit! But did you know that that one variety in general gets auctioned off every year, over 550 tons get exported all over the world! WOW! This is definitely one Mango worth growing! Can be grown indoors and stay compact in any environment and produce fresh fruits every year! The mango we speak of is the Kesar Mango! BBC documented this amazing fruit being auctioned off watch here

Kesar Indoor Plant; Kesar Flowering

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May 4, 2019

If it's anything that we have learned from watching Marie Kondo come into a space and showing us all joy in items we all own. PlantOGram is one she will highly approve of bringing joy, and peacefulness to any space. PlantOGram Coffee Tree will not only brighten up your work space but leave it feeling fresh every time. 

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April 22, 2019

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Nina Agdal Shows off her toned figure and were all picking up our jaws from the floor!  The 27 year old model did numerous interviews about her eating and work out regimen with Harpers Bazar magazine sharing her food diary and says "You have to have 11 blueberries every day, it makes your brain sharper" We love the way that Nina shares her food, workouts and is not shy at all and just basically says in a Fox News Interview "Posing in skimpy swimsuits for the world to see does require confidence, but she insisted anyone can be comfortable in their skin with the help of a healthy lifestyle and simply embracing who you are, so-called flaws and all."

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April 16, 2019


The latest trend and news right now is Oprah purchased an Avocado Orchard because “"It was ridiculous to pay for avocados!" – Oprah Winfrey here; The Queen of media is onto something and we all can learn a thing or two from the Billionaire media mogul. You can have the Oprah experience of fresh home grown Avocados with what- ever space you have, any weather condition and not ever have to pay for the golden Green goodness too!

The average sales price of an avocado is around $1 (and a bit more for organic). You gotta really love the green stuff to go buy a tree ... or 100

Avocados are heart healthy and a greater source of potassium, loaded with fiber and tastes amazing! Here are amazing varieties of Avocados to choose from!

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March 27, 2019

Avocado Recall: Who’s Responsible?

“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds

in the Spring who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.”

– B. C. Forbes

Melissa Benitez for PlantOGram

The Avocado: Used to make fresh guacamole for that crispy tortilla chip and a necessity for the beloved Avocado Toast. This fruit seems to be thriving for its excellent taste and creamy texture but is it time to turn away from such an adored produce?

On March 23 Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor recalled whole avocados from six states (California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and New Hampshire) because of a listeria concern. Many people are worried and want answers. What caused this outbreak? Why is this a problem? The California packaging facility was found positive for Listeria Monocytogenes and while not found on the avocados, the company decided to play it safe and recalled the fruit.

Listeria (Listeria Monocytogenes) is an infection that can be very harmful to pregnant women and people with weak immune systems causing fever, muscle aches, as well as a stiff neck and convulsions if spread to the nervous system.

A simple way to make sure bacteria stays away from our avocados is to spray them but that’s the responsibility of the farmers, isn’t it? Well, what about the consumer? What should we do? Just enjoy the fruit? No. Like it's their responsibility to spray and care for the fruit it's ours to wash it properly. You should run the fruit under hot enough water to kill any bacteria but if you still don’t trust the produce after cleaning it yourself then why not grow one yourself?

You can purchase already grown avocado trees which will continue to grow but to do that you need to take care of it properly. Watering it, using the right soil, taking care of those unwelcome visitors are responsibilities all green thumbs have but we promise it’s not impossible or hard, it just requires effort and attention.

Growing an Avocado Tree

Are we crazy for suggesting this? Growing a tree? Really? You are giving us this solution? Well, no. The solution we are giving is to wash the fruit you buy but this is another alternative.

We said many of these tips when we were on Fox and Friends but here we will focus on what specifically avocado trees need.

When to Plant?

As a summer fruit it’s a perfect time to plant your avocado tree (unless you live in a colder climate)! Avocado trees can be planted inside your home or outdoors just make sure the temperature is right.

If it becomes less than 45° Fahrenheit outside make sure to bring the plant in. This fruit isn’t a fan of the cold.

Sun or Shade?

Full Sun. Maximum sunlight. Avocados love the sun! The more the better!  

What Kind of Soil?

Choosing the right soil is very important. Every plant needs a specific kind or one with certain qualities. For avocados, soil that can drain easily and have higher nitrogen relatives to phosphorus and potassium are the best. Humus fertilizer is a good choice.

How much water?

When it comes to avocados you have to make sure the soil is always moist but not soaked. Avocados need not too much or too little water. It may be a slightly difficult to figure out if it’s watered properly. You can check by simply taking soil a few inches down the tree and squeezing it. If it stays together it doesn’t need more water but if it crumbles it’s time to give it a drink! Also, if you see the leaves turning yellow then you are watering it too much.

Avocado trees actually help purify the air. Unfortunately, many of us know what “dirty air” is like and it isn’t pleasant. So, adding a tree to your home is sure to help when you feel the air is too heavy.

Growing a tree takes time and effect. The best tasting fruit are the ones deeply cared for. While we can’t stop poor weather conditions or outsides forces that can damage the tree it’s important to do whatever we can.

“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat avocados.”

– Phil Henry (President of Henry Avocado)

Currently, the company is cooperating with health officers to complete the recall of these avocados to ensure the safety of their customers.

Of course, we wish this didn’t happen in the first place but don’t let this stop you from using a creamy avocado in one of your recipes, growing one yourself, or purchasing some from the store.

Sites Use:

https://inhabitat.com/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-avocado-pit/?variation=c

https://www.pennington.com/all-products/fertilizer/resources/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/much-water-avocado-tree-consume-64764.html

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March 16, 2019


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In a past blog, we’ve already talked about why it’s important to plant a tree and the numerous benefits it’ll bring to your home.

Besides all these benefits, there are some diring, pressing needs to plant a fruit tree today.

Every year, the human population continues to grow quicker and quicker. Today, there are roughly 7 billion people alive and that number is expected to reach up to 9 billion within the next 40 years. That’s a lot of people!

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March 1, 2019

Jake Peterson for PlantOGram

We’re getting close to being a quarter of the way through 2019 and it’s fixing to be a big year for fruit. Not only because more people are likely to name their children after fruit (and vegetables), but because there are numerous fruits set to take a popularity jump this year.

If you haven’t already incorporated an off the beaten path fruit into your diet or are unsure where to start, take a look at four fruits that are set to trend in 2019. 

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February 21, 2019

Jake Peterson for PlantOGram


They often say there are two kind of people in the world, those with green thumbs and those without green thumbs. OK, well maybe it’s not the most common saying, but it certainly can be true!

Managing a garden is hard work: lots of watering, constant maintenance, fighting weeds and maybe your pet from digging up all your hard earned work.

Fortunately, there’s a project that everyone can take part in: planting a tree. Planting a tree is a bit more straightforward than some complicated flowers and it has numerous benefits besides just making your garden or yard look nicer. 

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February 19, 2019

Author and Founder of Mindful Meal Prep Candyce Pirtle-Smalls shows you easy, practical clean eating done with real food!

Clean eating doesn't have to be difficult. With these guided and easy clean, healthy recipes using fresh #PlantOGram incorporated fruits, Backyard to table never tasted so good! 

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