Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DRAGON FRUIT / PITAYA


Dragon Fruit
Pitaya, commonly known as Dragon Fruit is a tropical  cactus which normally grow in trees in the forest, originally from Mexico. It can easily be grown here in central Florida. You can grow it from seed, but it is much easily grow from cuttings. With in 2 to 3 years it will be mature and you will begin to get flowers followed by fruit.

How to grow your Dragon Fruit
You can either plant it in a Large pot or directly into the ground. In either case you will need a 6 foot trellis for it to climb. Plant in full sun. Water it twice a week and keep it weed free. Mulch it with pine bark as it needs a little acid.



Ripe Dragon Fruit
Unripe Fruit


Dragon Fruit almost ready to pick

Dragon Fruit plant

Sunday, November 13, 2016

PLANT ZONE BY ZIP CODE

Posted by: Steve Lohn
      Email: tropicalfruittrees@gmail.com

Ive been asked many times, how I determine what planting zone I'm in. Well here is a web site put out by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx

In this web page  all you do is insert your zip code and the site gives you you're planting zone. For those of you outside of the United States, I'm sorry, this only works here.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Dragon Fruit



It's finally cooled off here in Central Florida (high 80's / low 90's), the temperature been so hot(high 90's) that I was only able to spend a few hours a day in my garden. While cleaning out weeds I ran across a couple of Dragon Fruit. These are Photos of the same fruit.

Vietnamese Jaina

Vietnamese Jaina




51/2" Vietnamese Jaina
Vietnamese Jaina sliced





Sunday, September 4, 2016

JACK FRUIT


   Jack Fruit is an interesting fruit, it is reported to be the largest fruit in the world. It grows not from a branch, but, on the trunk of the tree. In Asia is grows to a weight of over 100 lbs. In the U.S.A. it grows much smaller I've seen them weighing 25 lbs. The flavor is similar to Juicy Fruit gum, some say that Juicy Fruit gum actual got its flavor from the Jack Fruit. 
   Preparing a Jack Fruit is not as easy as some fruit. Unless very ripe, it is full of latex. You need to either oil you hands and knife with vegetable oil or at least wear kitchen gloves while cutting it. Both the fruit and the seeds are edible.

Apex. 20 lb Jack Fruit





Sunday, July 10, 2016

SUGAR APPLES


   Sugar Apple, Sweetsop, [Annona Squamosa] originally from Jamaica, can be found in most of the Caribbean Islands.  Unlike most fruit trees, the Sugar Apple will start to flower and bear fruit two years from seed. 
   Eating them is kind of like eating fondue, a lot of work for a little bit of great flavor. The way it works, is that most of the fruit is wrapped around each seed and there are a lot of seeds. The inside of the Sugar Apple's skin can be scraped with your feet or a spoon, its taste is like eating brown sugar. 
   Sugar Apples are not a good produce for the Super Market, as it doesn't reach its full flavor until it begins to fall apart. A specialty shop may be able to market it if the grower is local and near by, because from unripe is only a few days. 




Sugar Apple Flowers




Green Sugar Apples

Red Sugar Apple


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pineapple's


PINEAPPLES

The beginning of a Pineapple

A Pineapple almost ready to be picked
      Pineapples are so easy to grow, I don't know why more people don't grow their own. Keep in mind that it takes eighteen months to grow one Pineapple and after you have picked it; the plant will produce another Pineapple. The Pineapple is ready to be picked when you lean over and it smells sweet.
 

 For more information on Pineapples, look up my Posting's:
                "History of Pineapples"
                "Growing Pineapples".

Pineapple's from my yard

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mangos


We are  anticipating our Mango harvest, they are almost full size. Just waiting for them to begin blushing, which is a sign that they are ready to pick.  We chose Nam Doc Mai and Fairchild mangos because of their sweet flavor and lack of fiber strings. Our mangos are about three years old and loaded with fruit.

Nam Doc Mai
Fairchild