Monday, July 13, 2015

GROWING DRAGON FRUIT

                              DRAGON FRUIT       

              HOW TO GROW DRAGON FRUIT FROM CUTTINGS  










List of ingredients:

Pot or commercial food bucket (must be food grade or new.
Potting soil
Pine mulch 
4 to 6 foot trellis 
Cloth ties 


If using a food bucket Drill 8 small drane holes in bottom of bucket
Fill w/potting soil to within 2 inches of top of container 
Pant cutting with needles pointing up
Add pine mulch to the top, covering all the soil to deter weeds
Insert trellis next to pot/ bucket
Water until water draines out the bottom (rain water is best)
Water once a week, if it rains that week don't water
As it grows tie plant to trellis 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

What's Growing in My Garden

                              What's Growing in My Garden

    Well, here I am bragging about my garden again. Those mango's that made it through the cold are doing great, they're are between three and five inches and still growing. My loquats are doing so well that strangers are stopping to help themselves. I like to pick them and give them to my neighborhood  kids as they walk by. Pomelo's have flowered and now are tiny fruit. My pear's are flowering even my Asia pear's have flowers. A couple of pineapples decided to flower.
       
I'm looking to replace my red passion fruit, it didn't make it this year. I have dragon fruit plants to trade for passion fruit plants. I can be reached at:    tropicalfruittrees@gmail.com    

Monday, March 16, 2015

MANGO'S



 I've been experimenting with exotic tropical fruit for a few years, I'm always pushing the zone requirement of fruit that the experts say won't grow in tampa bay because it is to cool here. I believe that if you maintain control of the critical growing factors, you should be able to grow anything in this sub-tropical zone ( 9A to 9B  ). Some of the plants that is marginal is mangos, location is the prime issue with growing them. Below 40 F mangos start to go into shock and a little below that they just die. What I am trying, is planting them close to a window on the south side of the house. I expect that the heat escaping from the window should be enough to protect it from the cold.

March 8,2015
Follow-up:
                 February 2015, the temperature in Tampa Bay dropped down into the 30's (F). My mango's had already flowered and set fruit, had the normal fruit drop. But the tree's retained a large number of fruit.

       
                                                         
                                                            MilkWeed flowers

Milk weed flower leaves are the only food eaten by Monarch Catapillers. You need at least a half dozen flowers to insure that there is enough food for them.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Monarch Butterflies just hatched.

Monarch Butterflies


Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis

Chrysalis is the last stage of the catapiller before it transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

Monarch Catapiller

Monarch Catapiller