Sunday, October 25, 2015



Plant them in a sunny place and water them twice a week. It takes about 18 month for it to produce a flower and grow fruit. Fertilize you plant at least twice a year , some people fertilize more often.  I don't, but I still get more bananas then I can eat every year. Allowing only three plants to grow from the corm at a time will produce bananas every year. when they begin to turn yellow, you can cut them off and place them in indirect light. You can either cut the stalk to the ground and dispose of it, or you can leave it, and it will continue to fertilize the new pups.

Within a week or two the will begin to ripen. Sadly they will all ripen at the same time. so, enjoy them. Regarding the flower, it is edible  but it a lot of work preparing it.

For your information there are over one hundred  different varieties of bananas, ranging  from dwarf to eighteen or twenty feet tall. Bananas themselves range from four inches to six inches long. all tasting a little different. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Photo's of Dragon Fruit


Dragon Fruit Cactus 
Growing food can be as beautiful as any plant you grow, satisfying not only your eye's, but also you stomach. For your eye's I present the Dragon Fruit, originally from Mexico, the flower opens at night.

Dragon Fruit flower starting to open

Closeup of the open flower

The open flower

Flower starting to close

Flower closing, soon to fall off
The fruit growing

The Dragon Fruit ready to cut and eat
Dragon Fruit ripe and ready to be picked

Monday, July 13, 2015


                              DRAGON FRUIT       


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:    

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.