2019 — PlantOGram

November 1, 2019

Ever wondered why certain fruits are on the Thanksgiving table? Is it apart of the decorations? Is there a particular meaning behind what's on the table? Okay We did our research and decoded these 6 fruits that have been captured on several family Thanksgiving dinner tables, making a gorgeous table runner or centerpiece. We all thought the focal point was the Turkey...(wrong) We have decoded the meaning behind every fruit that goes on the table that make amazing Instagram photos and who doesn't like a good snack before the big bird? These fruits are in season and can be found at your local farmers market or grocery store.

Fig - A symbol for happiness, prosperity, longevity, and good luck, this tree is often found around Buddhist shrines.

Apple - has always been associated with peace, good health, and harmony in one's home.

Persimmon - May you have good fortune in all your undertakings.

Pomegranate - is a symbol of good luck, abundance, youth and fertility since antiquity

Pear - is a symbol of comfort.

Grapes - came to represent success and abundance coming to one in the near future, or always being in one's family.

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July 4, 2019

Avocado: A Fruit with its own Month (Mayan Calendar), Grown in YOUR Home

Raise your hand if a creamy spread of avocado on perfectly toasted oat bread, topped with a slice of juicy sun-ripened tomato grown, harvested, and loved in your own home sounds like heaven on a breakfast platter.

Okay, you can put your hand back down now.

Seriously though, this smooth, nutrient-dense fruit has loads of spotlight on it and has for years, (literally like, THOUSANDS...probably more), because it’s just that AMAZING. So let’s talk about it, and feel free to leave a comment with your own thoughts about this yummy bite. 

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June 14, 2019

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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,

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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.

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March 16, 2019

Jake Peterson for PlantOGram

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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