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.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
What's Growing in My GardenWell, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.