Monday, April 6, 2015

Manatee Rare Fruit Council Annual Plant Sale 2015

If your looking to add tropical fruit trees to your yard, now is the time to do it. The Manatee Rare Fruit sale is the largest tropical fruit sale in Florida. It takes place inside, it's free no entry charge and free parking. One day you don't want to miss, the good plants sell out fast. Come early, bring lots of money and  expect to wait in a line that wraps around the building. The wait is worth it, you'll see plants you won't see anywhere else in Florida.


Manatee Civic Center

At the corner of  US 41/301 and Haben Boulevard in Palmetto, Florida 

Sunday May 17, 201510:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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:    

Monday, March 16, 2015


 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
                 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