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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:00:33 PM »
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:24:12 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.

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