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

All right! This is John Kohler with 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.


  1. The absurdity of being told what you can or cannot grow on your OWN LAND is overwhelming. I find this DISGUSTING. Honestly my list of 'anti America' reasons gets longer every day. Wolf in a sheep's clothing if you ask me. People need to stand up to this – it is utter BOLLOCKS.

  2. Though he's rather verbose, it's really informative, particularly in the way he shows how to harvest the baby plants from the mother plant which is then rebooted. This is the proper way to harvest and propagate aloe plants, in contrast to those misinformation (on youtube and more) about leaf cutting.

    Those aloes in this garden look so healthy, with all the leaves standing so upright. They're lucky to have all the sun in Florida. I have the same kind of aloe plants at home, but the leaves are kind of droopy since half of the year, I have to take it indoor to protect it from harsh winter.

    He's absolutely right, about growing our own food. What's not to love afterall. A word of caution: One should always test the soil quality first. In the area where I live, a lot of soil has lead and other contamination. If yes, then no, you don't want to eat those fruits and food grown in those soil. The aquaponic system he shows in the clip early on is cool, and is definitely the way to go.

  3. nice channel, i have not compared prices but will be buying from you just because of your passion for your subject

  4. does aloe vera smells bad like onion? or is there kinds that smells bad and others that smells like nothing please help. because I can't handle the foul smell of the plant. though I really really like aloes and want to use it

  5. Why mine has leave points dry ?I'm in the desert so the heat is high 107 to 115 degree f. I give water with drip irrigation 4 times a week like 15 to 30 minutes cause the soil get hot and dry quickly .I have a lot of them from just two I purchase on Star nursery , maybe 35 already and every suck I take I just plant it right away so I got a lot.

  6. I Love your Aloe Plants. I started my first plant and it had Four growing on the side. Your video was very helpful! Thanks!

  7. I agree with you about grass being a waste of space unless you have kids. Many years before drought conditions hit the So Cal area, I dumped my grass and went to a low water. Only watering once a week or less during the summer saves lots of water. On top of that I save a lot of time as there is no grass to mow and only needs trimming about every two months during the growing season.

  8. This video was sooooo helpful omg I appreciate you so much!!!😁 I can't wait to go take care of the pup babies I have and you explained it all so great!! Thank you sooo much💕🌿

  9. hi john i been trying to the aloe that you are talking about it and they don't even have for do i get one of this plant?

  10. This was super helpful! I just cleaned up and trimmed my aloe's roots and replanted just like you mentioned. Fingers crossed everything works out!

  11. Thank you John, very helpful with all the great tips and tricks to successfully grow this variety of ALOE VERA. You are a champion!!!

  12. Hi, I have just seen this video from three years ago and am wondering whether it is still the case that residents in Miami are not allowed to grow vegetables at home? That is outrageous!

  13. 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. 🙂

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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….

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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 !!

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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) 😉

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

  33. Hi John,

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

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

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