Hi, i’m jessica smith with blands nursery in west jordan, utah, and today we’re talking all about trees and shrubs. All right? Now we’re going to discuss how to grow grapefruits. Well, grapefruits don’t grow here, as, as a tree outdoors, because we’d freeze. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a mild enough climate where they will grow, you’ll treat it just like you would any other type of a tree. When you plant it, nice organic matter. They do tend to like it a little bit acidic, so a peat moss would be also a good one for.
You to use as your amendment. and then just make sure you water it in. now if you live in a cold climate, it is possible to bring it indoors throughout the wintertime, but remember, this is a tree. It is going to get large, and it’s going to need a large enough pot. Your pot, make sure that there is drainage holes at the bottom, otherwise it’s going to rot out on ya. And remember that moving it indoors and outdoors, if you take it outdoors throughout the summer, can be a chore. They do like a very sunny location, so it does.
Need a room that, either a sun room is the best location for it, but not all of us have those. So you’ll want it in a sunny location, make sure it gets enough light. Even in front of the window, make sure that you rotate it throughout the season so that it grows evenly and doesn’t reach to one side or the other. And they like a good, occasional fertilizer. Get a nice, citrus fertilizer for it. One that’s balanced in all of it’s nutrients, and that, you can actually find that at your local nursery. Give it a nice fertilizer,.
Maybe a little faster release one throughout the active season, which is late winter and into the early spring. The inactive season it doesn’t need it quite as much. You can do with the slow release, that’s towards the end of the fall, early winter. Now citrus trees have thorns on their branches, so you need to be a little careful with them. I’m just kind of forewarning you so you don’t injure yourself. There’s just a small, little thorn on ’em. This is normal.
Growing Aloe Vera Fruit Trees Grapes and Vegetables in the Nevada Desert
This is john kohler with growingyourgreens on another field trip. yes, another subscriber visit, actually these aren’t subscribers, well these are subscribers and friends of mine. We’re out her inMesquite,Nevada, and going to check out what they’re growing, and I also got them a gift. This is the other one I brought too in mycarryon luggage, took a lot of space. I got one other gift for them too. Loquats, so these are fresh harvested loquats from California, before I took off and I know they love all kinds.
Of fruit, so i’m bringing them some fresh loquats from california. So let’s go in and check out what they got growing.So it just looks like in their front yard here they have a couple stone fruit trees as well as a fig tree. So we’re here in Ronnie and Minh’s backyard. One of the things that immediately popped out at me was how many aloe vera plants they have growing. I love aloe vera and I’m growing the Japanese aloe, but they’re growing the king aloe right here. It’s a succulent it.
Grows really well in the dessert and it’s also edible. Many people don’t know that it’s edible. You could cut it and get the juice and squeeze out the juice on sunburns and cuts and things like that, but it’s also really good to take internally. It’s supposed to be really healing and good for you. So Ronnie why don’t you tell me how you guys use this aloe and in what kind of recipes you use in it. I mean, do you just eat the leaves whole? Or do you cut them up and take or what do you do?.
Minh: we cut them. ronnie: well minh will come out and she’ll cut off a leaf, a nice thick one and then she’ll peel it with her little Vietnamese peeling tool and then she’ll take the inside, wash it off, slice it up, put it in a blender with some orange juice and then from there, that’s basically it. When you whip it up it’ll come out like an Orange Julius, you’ll have a little bit of fuzzy and it’s a great drink and you can add some sweetener there if you’re a person that likes sweetener, you can add.
Minh: sweetener and ronnie: a mint, almost anything that you wanted to that. But basically it’s just orange juice and aloe vera. I tell you Minh’s been drinking this all her life but when she introduced it to me John, one thing that I found immediately was this is one of those things when you drink it you feel it right away. You can feel something is happening in your stomach and then later on in your body because this stuff goes to work, and you can feel it, it’s powerful.The other thing about it is it’s a beautiful plant.
John: it is. ronnie: right now it doesn’t have its stalk and it’s flower, but these things will grow beautiful flowers. So you get to look at it, it’s medicinal. Out in the dessert this is almost like a staple because if you have any kind of a skin irritation, a bug bite, or a sun burn, you rub the, you break it off and rub the gel right on your skin and it’s the same stuff that you buy in all these packages. But the thing is when you buy something in a package it’ll be telling you it’s made with.
Aloe vera and it is, but usually it’ll be like five percent or three percent aloe vera. When you put the real thing on a cut or a burn, it works, it really has some powerful stuff in there. John: Aloe vera for the teeth, oh wow. Ronnie: For the gums. John: For the gums? Ronnie: Actually I researched that because it’s the same thing, it’s antibacterial, that’s why they use it on wounds and things like that. So when you do put it on your gums it’s.
Great if you have any kind of a gum disease or close to it. John: Oh wow, I didn’t know that. Ronnie: Yeah, it’s very good. This is one of those plants that really requires, basically nothing. John: No care? Ronnie: No care. John: This is like one of the plants you plant and ignore and then it’s going to do better than if you water it because if you water it you’re going to over water it and it doesn’t.