Front Yard Aloe Garden Tour: How to Harvest, Transplant & Divide Pups


All right! This is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com.
Today, we have another exciting episode for you and yet on another field trip actually.
This one is going to be really cool, here in South Florida. Today, I’m going to share
with you guys how to grow food undercover. There’s many places. There’s actually
a place, I think, Miami Shores, that recently passed a law for the city that you can’t
grow an edible vegetable garden in your front yard. Actually, what happened was a family
who has grown a garden, a front yard garden for the last 17 years got a notice just in
March that a new law had passed that bans growing food in your front yard, or, more
specifically, vegetables, although they could grow fruits like strawberries and maybe fruit
trees and other things. So what we’re going to do in this episode is kind of say [hand
gesture] to the city and show you guys how you can grow some edible things in your front
yard, but not have it be a vegetable garden, and, actually, even better than a vegetable
garden. This is almost like a medicinal garden. So you’re going to have to stay tuned for
what specific crop that this family is growing a lot of. The first thing is that we are here in suburbia.
As you guys can see, everybody has their front yard lawn. Once again, I’m going to say
that I believe lawns are a waste of resources. They take a lot of water, a lot of pesticides,
and a lot of, you know, herbicides and fertilizers and what-not, and a very small percentage
of standard fertilizers that people use on their lawns are actually giving nutrients
to the lawn. Most of it is being run off into the sewer systems, the storm drain, all of
this kind of stuff. In addition, most people just have a lawn because their neighbor has
a lawn, and, you know, how many kids do you see playing on lawns? Like, zero. Maybe if
you had kids it would be a good use to have a lawn. But I’m all about practicality and
making the best use of your space. We all need to eat, so I think the best use of your
space is to grow some food, and that’s why I travel all around to share with you guys
ways different people grow food differently. So I’m glad to share with you guys this
one today. So next, let’s go ahead and pan the camera around and show you guys why I’m
here today. All right. As you guys can see, over on this
side of the street right here, there is a house. It looks like the house is almost like
a standard house. Half of the yard has a lawn, and they have actually a fig tree and a pomegranate
tree. I always recommend and encourage you guys to grow fruit trees if you’re still
going to have a lawn because you could grow some trees above the lawn, nobody is going
to know, and it’s going to produce food for you and your family. Especially here in
south Florida, I recommend you guys grow tropical fruits, definitely some of my favorites. In
addition, besides just the lawn and some fruit trees, they have an aquaponic set up in the
back, as well as some other things growing in the back yard, more fruit trees actually.
Actually, they have a nice sapodilla tree or chicozapote tree, one of my favorite fruits
called the brown sugar fruit. It’s loaded with fruit, but it’s not going to be ripe
for, I don’t know, ‘til next year. In addition, they got a really cool moringa tree.
I know that a lot of you guys know about moringa already, and most people know about the standard
moringa oleifera but this is a different variety of moringa, and it’s my favorite one that
I’ve ever found so far. So we’re going to look at that as well. Then down below their
fruit trees, you’ll see like it’s literally an aloe garden. Yes, aloe is a succulent,
but it’s an edible succulent, and this is a very special aloe, so be sure to stay tuned
for the segment at the end of this clip where we talk about the aloe. This family really
loves their aloe. It’s apparent that pretty much three-quarters of their yard is taken
up in aloe, and they have aloe baby pups growing at every corner. So first let’s go ahead
and head to the back yard and share with you guys actually what’s growing back there. All right, so now we’re in the back yard.
This place is not quite a jungle, but they have plenty of fruit trees in the back, as
you guys can see behind me. There’s a nice starfruit tree. If you do live in south Florida,
that’s one tree you probably want to get. It puts on multiple crops a year. Many fruit
trees might just like make apples, you know, one month, and that’s it for the whole year!
But starfruit can produce two, maybe three times a year. Before you buy a starfruit,
you want to make sure you get a good variety because there are some varieties that are
really good and sweet, and some varieties aren’t so good, so make sure you get a named
cultivar. Next to the starfruit, they have a huge gigantic avocado. This is a Florida
avocado, so it’s the watery avocado. The funny thing is that they don’t particularly
care for it because it’s too watery. But me coming from California where we always
get the buttery avocados, I don’t like the buttery avocados. I’ve had them my whole
life. I rarely get to have a Florida avocado, so, to me, it’s a real big treat to have
them. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t have any fruit on it right now. This tree makes
avocados literally this big. They’re super huge, super delicious. I wish they were around
so that I go have one. In addition, they’ve got a nice huge mango tree and a whole bunch
of different containers with other trees. So, once again, trees are one of the easiest
things to grow. They’re really low maintenance, unlike a vegetable garden, where you may get
a lot of different bugs and disease and have to tend to it every day. The tree – if you
just set it up right, give it some good nutrition in the soil, compost, rock dust, mycorrhiza,
the beneficial bacteria in the soil – they’re going to produce for you reliably, especially
here in south Florida where it rains so much, you literally might not even have to water
your tree. Talking about water, let’s go see another cool thing that uses a lot of
water. Actually, I think they’ve got about maybe 200 gallons of water sitting right next
to me – an aquaponic system. So now what we’re looking at is their aquaponic
set-up here. This is the standard IBC tote – maybe a 250 gallon tote that they’ve
kind of – they’ve cut it off and they’ve let three quarters of it down below. This
is literally a nice huge fish tank. Wow, there’s a lot of fish in here! Let’s see if I can
catch one. Nope – too slow! There’s these huge fish in there. What this does is that
they’ve basically got fish in the bottom, they feed the fish, the fish poop and pee
in the water – wait, I’ve got poo and pee water on my hands! So what happens is
that they pump that water up to the top here, and the plants take out the nutrition of the
pee and poop to feed the plants, and then the water goes back down so now the fish get
clean water. It’s a really good system to grow food in. This is their first aquaponic
system so, much like anything, I always encourage you guys to learn as you grow. I mean it’s
not always going to be perfect the first time you plant a garden, plant a tree, do aquaponics.
They’re learning as they’re growing. And that’s the fun thing of life. They’re
going to learn, “Hey, you know, we built this, and it’s doing pretty good because
the fish need some shade.” But because this is like a little orchid garden area, the plants
don’t get enough sun actually. So they’re going to move this top piece over into a sunny
area, but they’re going to keep the fish tank here and just run some pipes over so
that now the plants will be able to get more sun. One of the things that I like to grow
in aquaponics here in south Florida are herbs. They seem to do the best, where as some of
the fruiting crops, I don’t know. I would try to tend to grow more leafy greens and
things like that, I know, some watercress and water chestnuts would be some of my top
picks to grow here in south Florida in a nice wet environment. I guess the next thing I
really want to show you guys is what’s behind the aquaponic set-up here in this little greenhouse
area – it’s those special aloe plants that I’ve talked about. They’ve got patches
of aloe here, there. I mean, this family is really into their aloe. All right, so here’s the real reason why
I came here to make a video for you guys. It’s because of these guys right here. This
is aloe vera. But this is not just any aloe vera. This is a special variety of aloe vera
that is not normally commonly available. Many people know that aloe vera is good for sunburns
and people say that it’s good for healing digestive issues and healing other things
as well. But not all aloes are created equal. I happen to like and have been propagating
and growing the Japanese aloe that is actually the non-bitter skin variety. This one actually
has a nice bitter skin due to the aloe in there, which is actually not good to eat,
but this has some of the highest levels of nutrition of all aloes. What this is – this
is actually aloe vera barbadensis, and that’s the common aloe, but, furthermore, it’s
actually aloe vera barbadenis miller, which is what many common aloe veras sold in the
store, when you go and buy a little aloe plant, they are actually aloe vera barbadenis miller.
But this is even a further refinement. This is actually aloe vera barbadenis miller stockton.
This is a special cultivar of aloe that has been tested and shown to have the highest
level of healing properties of any aloe out there. And that’s why I truly came here
today to see all of these aloes growing and to learn more about them. In the back here,
they just have a little nursery with a whole bunch of different aloe plants. In the front
yard, we’re going to go ahead and see the older mature plants. The industry standard
for aloe – if they’re harvesting aloe to make liquid or juice that you would buy
at your health food store – the plant has to be at a minimum 4 or 5 years old. Think
about it, as the plant is growing, it’s literally concentrated in nutrients – it’s
pulling nutrients, all of the nutrients from the soil, and putting it into the plant. The
longer the plant can do this, the more nutrition it has. So if you harvest a baby leaf, this
baby leaf has only been growing, I don’t even know, six months. It’s not going to
have as much nutrition as a five year old plant would. That’s something to remember
– you always want to harvest the most mature, oldest leaves on the aloe vera. Think about
it. If you have a fruit tree, you’re not going to harvest the fruit when they just
show up, like apples when they’re still green. You want them to turn to red and be
fully ripe, because this way the apple tree has the apple on the tree for the longest
period of time and it gets to develop all of the full flavors, the full ripeness, and
get more of the nutrition, like the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and phytonutrients
in there for you to enjoy. With that, you saw all of these little baby pups that they
actually have taken off their mother plants and they potted up to grow. We’re going
to go to the front yard now, which is their main aloe vera patch, in their front yard,
which not only looks beautiful, not only will not attract the city to say, “Take out your
vegetable garden!” because it’s not a vegetable garden. It’s an aloe vera garden.
The cool thing is, it’s also water saving. They actually don’t water it because it
does rain enough here in south Florida to keep the aloe vera garden growing. All right, now we’re in the front yard.
Before I share with you guys this beautiful aloe patch, we’re going to go ahead and
talk about one of the trees here, besides the chicozapote, sapote tree, or sapodilla
tree I love so much, which aren’t quite in season, we’re going to talk about a tree
that I think everybody should be growing in their front yard, especially if they live
in south Florida. This tree cannot handle the frost. If you’re living somewhere where
it’s going to frost, grow it in a container and bring it in the wintertime and put it
under some lights. But if you live in south Florida, you definitely want to grow one of
these outside. It’s the moringa tree. But it’s not just any moringa. There are different
varieties of moringa, and this is actually the first time that I’ve gotten to actually
see, smell, and taste moringa. Let me tell you. It smells amazing! So let’s go ahead
and check that one out. Now we’re going to share with you guys the
moringa tree here. This is just not any old moringa. Normally, when people say, “moringa,”
they think of moringa oleifera. That’s the one that’s most common. This one is actually
called moringa stenopetala. It’s actually much more rare. Actually, I haven’t seen
it too much. This one is actually from India. If you guys see the trunk, it’s nice and
wide. It’s not like the baobab trunk-like huge, but it’s a nice thick trunk. This
guy is maybe like six, seven years old now. It has those nice leaves, and the leaves look
similar to the standard moringa that you guys might be used to, but it’s a fair bit different.
Much like the standard moringa, all of these leaves are edible so you could literally come
out here and pick leaves and eat them for salad. Mmmm – nice flavor. It kind of has
a like mild nutty flavor with a fairly hot and spicy aftertaste. Woo – lights your
mouth up! The reason why I’m pulling on this branch is because I want to get down
here for you guys – let’s see if we can see this on the camera here without breaking
some of the branches here, it’s alright, they grow really fast. Oh my God! Here’s
what I wanted to show you guys, this little flower bunch. Check this out. These are the
moringa flowers, and, let me tell you guys, if you live in south Florida, you’ve got
grow these next to your window as the breeze rolls into your house and it rolls by these
flowers. Aahh – oh my God! It’s one of the most heavenly scents I’ve ever smelled.
If I had a special someone, I would rub this all over her and just sit and smell her all
day. One of my favorite flowers is the ylang ylang flower. For those of you guys who have
smelled ylang ylang, I mean this is one of the top three favorite smelling flowers that
I’ve ever smelled. Woo! Who knew? It smells like a jasmine floral. Man, so amazing! My
other favorite flower is actually the Jerusalem artichoke flower. That one has an amazing
scent as well. Besides just having an amazing scent, all of these little flowers – they’re
edible too. Mmm. They’re not quite as strong-tasting as the leaves. In addition, they’ve got
a little bit of pollen in there. The pollen is what the bees come around and collect,
right, so they could have their bee pollen. But you could get the pollen free and clear.
Pollen is actually high in amino acids. You may want to eat the moringa flowers and actually
other edible flowers in your garden once in a while. Mmm. These guys are delicious. Besides
just the flowers, this will also make the moringa pods, which are also edible, and they
can be used to actually clean water. I went to a place called Echo in Fort Myers that
you may want to check “My Path” videos on to check out Echo. It’s an amazing place,
and they really are up on their moringa. They put dirty water in a bottle with the crushed
up pods, shake it up, and it actually would clean the water. That’s totally amazing.
So I wanted to show you guys the uniqueness of these pods. They’re kind of long and
straight and twisted. Kind of like Twisted Sister! Here I am, and here’s the pod. This
thing is really cool. It’s like long and kind of twisted. I don’t know if you guys
could see it on our camera. These pods are really cool, and they’re actually quite
valuable. You’re going to want to let your pods mature up and then get the seeds out
of here, and especially if you’ve got the moringa stenopetala like this. These seeds
are actually quite rare, so you want to save these seeds and be able to send those to people
so that they can grow more. In addition, the common way the moringa is propagated is simply
by taking cuttings of the branches and just literally sticking them in the ground. They
will root and then you will have a new plant. These guys grow really fast. I don’t know
if you guys can see, but they’ve had to do a lot of trimming to this, because if they
didn’t keep hacking it back and trimming it, this thing would be ginormous. Next, let’s
take a look at the aloe which is the number one reason why I came here today. So now we’re looking at the aloe vera garden
here in the front yard. As you guys can see, there’s just tons of tons of aloe vera plants
as far as the eye can see. In addition, near the windows they’ve got little window boxes
with little baby aloe plants. They’ve shoved aloe plants in every nook and cranny of this
front yard for a really good reason actually. It’s one of the most healing foods. Actually,
the family here consumes glasses of aloe every single day. In history, aloe has been used
for healing. Think about it. Alexander got into wars over in islands, basically, take
over an island so that he could have access to the aloe because he knew it would heal
his soldiers. Think about it. Aloe vera is used to put on sunburn to heal the sunburn
faster. Many people these days buy aloe vera gel in a little bottle, right? Instead of
buying stuff in packages, bottles, and jars, I want you guys to grow the real thing, man.
If you need aloe for a sunburn, grow your own aloe, cut it off the plant, and put it
on your sunburn. That’s absolutely the best. Unprocessed goodness. It’s said that even
Cleopatra bathed in aloe vera. So if you’re a princess like Cleopatra, maybe you want
to bathe in aloe vera as well. But for the rest of us actually, I have heard many testimonials
of people getting better from things like cancer, viruses, diabetes, intestinal disorders,
and all of this kind of stuff by just simply including aloe and making other healthy dietary
changes, like including more fresh fruits and vegetables and getting all of the processed
foods out. Definitely after learning and hearing about some of the things that I’ve learned
about aloe today, I definitely want to start consuming it as much as I can and as quickly
as I can. One of the things that I want you guys to know is that I always encourage you
guys to grow the food yourself instead of buying it. If you just go buy aloe vera in
the store, in the health food store, as much as it is really good, not all aloe veras that
are in a bottle are the same. Many of them have been highly processed. I want to get
processed foods out of your guys’ diets, whether it’s processed hamburgers, processed
cheeseburgers, processed Nabiscos, processed breads or cookies. I want you guys to eat
out of your gardens. Better than even buying processed aloe in a bottle, which actually
goes through multiple steps and maybe doing some not-so-natural things to it, it’s best
to just grow your own, harvest it, and eat it for the highest benefit. That being said,
if you are going to grow it, I want to encourage you guys to grow the best variety based on
my research. The best variety based on my research is this variety here – it’s the
aloe vera barbadensis miller stockton. This is a specific variety that has a higher nutrient
density of some of the specific healing compounds than other varieties that I have seen. One
of the things that they’re fairly anal about here is keeping the genetics clean. We all
know that we do not want to eat genetically modified foods, and we don’t even want people
growing it because if genetically modified corn is growing, the pollen drifts and contaminates
organic corn, then they’ll be contaminated organic corn and there won’t be any purity.
They’re really serious about keeping the purity on this variety. So what they do is
that when they see a flower, like it’s starting to flower here, so that the flower is not
able to get cross-pollinated with a different kind of aloe, they’ll literally take a knife
and they’ll cut off the flowering top, so that this cannot actually go to flower and
not cross-breed and contaminate this specific variety that is so high in healing potential.
In addition, when your plants go to flower, the flowers steal the nutrients that would
normally go into the leaves. So now by cutting this, we’re going to basically ensure that
the leaves have the most and highest level of nutrition. Aloe vera is a very durable
plant, literally here in south Florida, they just don’t water this. Yes, there are areas
of the yard where the plants are doing a lot better, like underneath the moringa tree where
I am now, it looks like it could be a lot healthier than over in some other areas that
may get a little bit more sun or maybe get a little bit less water. Care is really easy.
One of the things that you do not want to do with aloe is you do not want to over-water
your aloe. I know many people are like, “Oh, I love my plants. I want to give them more
water, show my affection.” No! If you dunk a kid that can’t swim in water, that’s
not showing affection. They’ll drown, right? Your aloe and your other plants can drown
as well. They are a succulent plant, and, actually, they store water in their leaves
for a reason, because they’re meant to be in dry climates that maybe sometimes don’t
get as much rainfall so that they can survive weather events. So just plant this in some
good soil with some good drainage. You don’t want to plant it in clay soil that doesn’t
drain out because you’re probably going to get root rot, and some good sun, and they’re
going to grow great for you. Yes, you can even grow aloe vera inside in the winter.
For many years, I actually had an aloe vera plant inside my bathroom. Plants are good
inside also because they clean the air. You can grow aloe vera inside. Remember this – the
more sun your plants get, whether it’s aloe or anything else, the more it’s going to
grow and the faster it’s going to grow. If you have an aloe vera inside in the window
sill, it’s definitely going to grow faster than an aloe vera in the bathroom where there’s
no window, right? It just gets the light turned on once in a while. So if you really want
to have the maximum amount of production, you really want to put it in the sunniest
location possible. What we’re going to do next actually is to share with you guys one
of the aloe plants here that’s been growing for several years, and once it grows for several
years, it makes babies. What we’re going to do today in this video is to separate the
babies and share with you guys how you can do that once you start your own little aloe
orchard in your front yard. All right, so now we’re going to show you
guys how to subdivide, subdivision your aloe. Once you have an aloe plant, you’ve planted
it and it’s grown for a period of time, it will make what’s called pups or little
babies. What these pups or babies are, if you look down by the side here at the base
of the plant, literally this mother plant basically sends out roots and sends out little
runners and makes brand new plants. This is how the aloe plants will basically reproduce.
What we’re going to do in this segment is we’re going to go ahead and pull up this
plant, show you guys the root ball, and also show you guys how to separate the babies.
Also, we’re going to clean up the bottom of this plant and share some more cool aloe
vera facts with you about the aloe vera babadensis miller stockton variety. So first what we’re
going to do is we’re going to go ahead and carefully take this plant with two hands,
kind of shake it, and tip it over. We’re basically going to uproot this guy. It’s
actually coming up fairly easily, but what we have to look out for is that they’ve
got these little stickers. They’re not as sharp as roses, but they can definitely get
you. It’s not fun. So we’re just going to go ahead and carefully uproot this guy.
As you guys can see, this is pretty shallow, and we got all of the rocks here coming up.
We’re going to go ahead and wobble this a little bit and get it out. And there it
is – we got this guy uprooted now. This bottom doesn’t even go that deep down, and,
as you guys can see, all of these little pups that were attached to the roots here just
come out. So now this little guy – you could plant this in your garden and have the same
exact variety – the aloe vera barbadensis miller stockton variety. Check it out – there’s
one, two, three, four, five – man that’s a lot! We’ve got five there, and there’s
a whole bunch in the back side that I covered up. Oh, and they got crushed. Six, seven – this
one’s a big one. Eight, nine, ten. Wow! Ten little babies off this. We’re even going
to divide this guy a bit further and make eleven total plants that we can replant from
one. So the first thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to cut off this bottom
part, because the cool thing about aloe is that it has to live in nature for millions
of years and animals eating it and all of this kind of stuff. It’s very hardy. What
we’re going to do is we’re going to literally cut this off right here and cut the roots
off the plant. We can then plant the rootball and even subdivide the rootball, because on
the rootball there’s different little pups starting to form and come out. We’re going
to actually hack it off right here, clean it up, and then we’re going to plant this
top whole section, and it’s going to re-root again. This is how easily you divide aloe.
We could use a knife to cut this, but this is pretty strong. So my grandfather told me,
“The right tool for the right job.” The Dewalt saw-all is here, man! All right. Ready?
Augghhhh!!! (saw buzzing) I cut you off, aloe! That was quite easy. So here it is. We got
the bottom all cut off. I want to show you guys on here. Check it out. See this little
green stuff kind of growing out. These are the little pups forming. So say we split this
in half, we could plant one half and these pups on this side would come out, and then
there’s pups coming out on the other side as well. That’s another division. Now what
we’re going to do is off the bottom here, we’re going to go ahead and clean this up,
because it kind of got messed up. Some of the leaves when they get harvested, if you
don’t pull the whole leaf off, they shrivel and dry up. It looks unsightly and unkempt.
These all come off in order. We’re going to go ahead and find which one comes off,
one at a time. Check it out. This is how the aloe leaves grow, like in a little circle.
So it looks like I got all of these leaves that are not alive off, and now we’re going
to start pulling off the live leaves. Always when harvesting your aloe, you want to harvest
from the base of the plant first. Some of these leaves, for example, are kind of like
getting old so they’re not optimal to be eaten. If I only had one plant, I probably
actually use these guys, but they have a ton here so I’m not going to bother with this
guy today. It probably just gets composted. In addition, here’s one that was previously
cut. Check it out. I like how that just comes off, just like that. Once again, this one’s
kind of like more older, kind of like light green, not super vibrant. When you harvest
the leaves, you want to get nice fat leaves, and, once again, you want to harvest your
old mature leaves. Four to five years is the optimal time for the highest health benefit.
You have a plant and you just can’t wait, yeah, start harvesting them now. You want
to be sure to buy a bunch of plants so that you can harvest one leaf off each one so they’re
not taken too quickly, because if you take off all of the leaves off the plant, it won’t
be able to grow no more. Let’s see here. We’re carefully figuring out which leaf
comes next. This is one that looks like it had been previously harvested. Here is one
that was previously all dried out here. This is really cool how they come off. I’ve never
harvested them by the bottom before. You can actually see the layers which one is going
to come off next. There’s the next one. You could see the comparison between the thickness
of that and the thickness of this. This one is a lot more thick and [inaudible] out. This
one has a lot larger stores of not only the water inside the aloe, but also all of the
nutrition. So we’re going to harvest this last one. This is the one that I really want
to eat right here. It’s nice, fat, thick, and full of liquid juice. Once we’re done
with that, we’re going to have a little torch here, much like the Statute of Liberty.
Should I pose for you guys? Dunh, dunh, dunh dunh dunh, dunh, dunh. Oh wait, that’s the
Olympics song. Anyways, as you guys can see, I trimmed this down. It looks nice and pretty
now, and it has a little stalk here that if we just plant this in the ground, this will
actually re-root. One of the cool things about the aloe vera miller stockton variety is in
the middle. Basically, how these leaves form, they form three leaves at a time. So you can
kind of see these smallest middle leaves form at the same time, and these outside three
leaves. It’s like three sisters kind of grow at the same time. So it’s recommended
that when you harvest, you harvest the three leaves at the same time. Definitely really
cool. Another way you can tell if you have this specific variety of aloe vera barbadensis
miller stockton is that they have nice dark yellow flowers when they go to flower. In
addition, you will notice that this aloe vera here doesn’t have any white dots on it for
the mature ones. The mature leaves up here don’t have any dots. But check it out. If
we take a look at some of these little younger pups, right, check it out. They’ve got the
little dots on there, like you’re used to seeing. This is another way you can tell that
you have the aloe vera miller stockton. Now you need to have all of these criteria met,
such as the three leaves forming, plus the little spots on the babies, but not on the
big ones, plus a nice dark yellow flower. These are some ways that you can tell that
you have this specific most healing variety of aloe. So what I’m going to do next is
literally plant this guy back in the ground. So we all need to do is try to figure out
where we had this before. We want to make sure that we get into the dirt, not just the
rocks. Actually, the aloe vera loves the native soil here in south Florida. It’s pretty
much kind of sandy soil. Don’t say, “Oh John. I live in south Florida. I can’t grow
anything.” Well, grow some aloe vera, man. This was meant for the sandy soil. Of course,
I encourage you guys to enrich your sandy soil with things like the rock dust, the mycorrhiza,
the trace minerals, the worm castings, and all of that good stuff that I show you guys
in my other videos. Hey, if you haven’t subscribed to my channel, be sure to do that.
I have a lot of helpful videos that teach you guys how to grow your own food at home.
We’ve gotten down into the nice sandy soil. We’re removing some of the rocks. We’re
simply going to take our torch – man, this guy’s pretty heavy – we’re going to
set in there, and then we’re just going to backfill. Wow! That thing is majorly smaller.
It looks a lot more pretty, and I got a lot of aloe vera leaves and also pups. Next, what
I want to do is I want to show you guys how to use the aloe vera leaves. Aloe vera in
this form – if you just tried to bite into it, it can actually be not so healthy. What’s
happening right now is that there’s this yellow stuff that’s actually bleeding out,
and if you smell it, uuhh – it smells bad, man! It smells like the worst BO you can have,
and some of it actually just dripped on me. Uuuhh!! That’s gross! This stuff is called
aloin, and this is the stuff that you do not want to eat. You do not want to eat the green
part or the yellow sap that comes out. This is known as a laxative. If you’re having
special guests over that are your enemies, you could feed them this stuff instead of
Exlax, and they’ll be on the pot all day. I’m going to show you guys next how to fillet
properly your aloe vera to get rid all of the aloin content so you could have the healing
and most healthful part of the aloe, it’s that clear liquid gel in the middle.

74 thoughts on “Front Yard Aloe Garden Tour: How to Harvest, Transplant & Divide Pups

  1. 20:20 watch for the cute lizard to make a cameo appearance (bottom left plant).
    Excellent video, John. I want a Moringa Stenopetala for Las Vegas, NV. 🙂

  2. WOW! I learned SO MUCH about the process of harvest, etc.!!! My Aloe's are in for a treat tomorrow! Excellent episode, John!

  3. Totally loved this episode. Just started growing aloe. The baby plants are starting to show, so cute! It's so interesting how they grow. I can see why they have so many. I live in Vegas and they still do very well.

  4. Really interesting. Can't believe that they passed laws about what you can grow in your garden! The music is a bit too much.

  5. My aloë has only one leaf that has white spots, I just harvested one leaf last month, cause I got a bit sunburned, it works so well against that. Didn't know you're not supposed to eat the green parts though, also I've never seen it flower in all the years I've been cultivating it, perhaps cause I live in Holland, so not too much heat or sunshine. I remember exposing the plant to direct sunlight last year and some of the leaves turned purple….

  6. Yikes 4-5 years old.  I'd like to grow some but I don't know if I'm willing to make that commitment.

  7. I know the aloe plant is a great how can I order the pups from the Doctor and how much does it cost, also the frozen drink, can you in your net video info re: product del., & costThanking you in advance

  8. In recent years most of my hair has thinned and fallen out, and I heard that aloe vera gel could regrow hair, and I have been putting some on my hair for the past 2 or 3 weeks and new hair is showing up as lots of cowlicks and flyaway hair that is getting longer and thicker, I want my long hair back. that and recently losing most of my teeth has been very depressing. But getting my long hair back will be a good start at reversing some of my problems.

  9. Thanks for yhe video what can i do with my aloe plant that has a huge stalk? I want to revive and repot the plant but it has a trunk from all the past leaves that have come and gone.

  10. so true… what you say about lawns – the chemicals, etc… wasted space… just because your neighbor has one… wish more ppl would think like you! You have a nice haircut in this vid. You GO boy!

  11. I would rather live in a tent in the forest than live in a suburb that bans growing food in a front lawn. It's ridiculous, pathetic and sickening, that lawns are legally a must.

  12. Those big bottom leaves  are  good  for  sunburn SALVE  or brushing your TEETH ( try it see what happens) and   for  any BURNS……I would use a bit of rooting hormone  on that    stem

  13. I used the aloe gel for sunburn and then read the ingredients. Number one on the bottle was Alcohol! Alcohol for sunburn? ahaha no thanks !! Today I bought my own plant and am going to grow the real thing! Screw the alcohol and chemicals !!

  14. I cut my roots for medium sized because they were dying in a overgrown pot but they are just rotting? i even waited and didnt water them.

  15. Hey, I watch lots of your videos but was curious who films you as you make these videos from time to time?

  16. I did everything Per this Video And Today my Aloe is Rotting I never got a chance to water it. I have had my Plant for many years….WHAT HAPPENING

  17. I don't know about the flowers but I mite of got lucky enough to have that kind. I do know it wants some water.

  18. Trying to figure out why you haven’t answered my question on what I might have possibly done wrong to my Aloe of 14 years? Wow man you sure do DISAPPOINT THANKS FOR NOTHING

  19. Funny: Just when he asked how many KIDS do you see out playing on the lawns? (CUE the two KIDS who come out with their parent) 😉

  20. I’ve been trying to figure out if all aloe Vera’s grow that big. What’s the name of the ones you have?

  21. Hi John,

    Been trying to find the Stockton Miller variety in s. Florida. No luck….can you recommend any sellers in Broward?

  22. Anyone else felt super uncomfortable watching him go into someone's garden and start cutting up the plants. can't help but cringe at the way he was handling the aloe. Please be a bit more delicate with them! 😣
    I would feel more comfortable to see the owner of the garden even briefly.

  23. Great info Aloe Vera "barbadensis Miller Stockton" I will try to buy this. Thanks for bringing up the species most just say Aloe Vera and some are Aloe ( but not Vera) not even the type you should eat ! Never knew it had to be old to be good also ! You are great John Thank you

  24. I haven't seen a Florida Avacado since c. 1979. They are stringy, watery and taste like caca. Food used to be seasonal! In fall you could only get Florida Avacado. But now we get tomatoes, Avacado, etc 24-7-365. And so Florida Avacado fell into disfavor

  25. Boa. Tarde. Me. Ensina. Como. Eu. Cuidar. Da. Minha. Babosa. Regar. Quantas. Vezes. Ao. Dia. Em. Relação. Tomar. Sol. Por. Favor. Deus. Te. Abençoe. Tenha. Um. Ótimo. Domingo. Abençoado.

  26. Am i the only one who cringes whenever he breaks off parts of the plants.. like branches with the flowers? If its my garden i might not say anything but i certainly wont be happy seeing it… maybe you can just say and not need to demonstrate if it is not really necessary, or just take what you would eat instead of the whole bunch 🙂 other than that i love your videos!

  27. Organic aloe co-op, health is currency.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/organic-aloe-farm-cooperative/x/16406591#/

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