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Looking to buy Beaumont and Arkin papershell macadamia nut trees (grafted or airlayered) - can pick up in FL or pay for shipping

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / 'Fe'i Aiuri' Bananas available
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:34:44 PM »
Tissue cultured 'Fe'i Aiuri' bananas available $33 shipped within the continental US. If interested, email Can offer discount if more than one plant is purchased. I also have some Pisang Ceylon available ($30 shipped). Plantlets are 6-9" tall.

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council's annual tree sale is Sunday, May 20th at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
There are over 20 vendors and typically around 5000 plants.
Admission is free

If you come, stop by and say hello. We would love to meet other fruit growers. Our booth is in the back, inside left corner (Sulcata Grove)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / tropical fruit growers on instagram
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:02:28 PM »
We use instagram as a way to upload photos when our fruit trees bloom/fruit - so we can look.back to see how they do year to year. Anyone else post their fruit/fruit tree pictures to instagram? Would love to see what others are growing.

Our page is

Some pages which post lots of pictures of what they are growing:

I am driving my daughter to the Palm Beach area to go diving Wednesday and would like to pick up some fruit and possibly some wholesale mango trees while I am over there. Any suggestions of places to visit and if an appointment is necessary?

Manatee Rare Fruit Council will be holding its annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale on Sunday, May 21st from 10am-4pm.
Same location - Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221.
There will be around 20 vendors again this year.

We plan to bring some Dream cherimoya, jackfruit, mangos, several species of Inga (ice cream bean), bananas, passion fruit, mamey, caimito, spineless naranjilla, green sapote, and some other stuff.

We have Fruit Punch and Sweet Tart available for pickup now in Sarasota. Other varieties available: Lemon Zest, PPK, Peach Cobbler, Pineapple Pleasure, Ugly Betty, Beverly, Harvest Moon, Cogshall. Additional fruit trees available include Sapodilla, miracle fruit, bananas, Starfruit, Jackfruit, Naranjilla, Inga vera and Inga spectabilis. PM if interested. Sorry - no shipping

Since a couple of members have posted recently about purchasing Raja Puri bananas and receiving something different, I thought I would share this from the bananas forum

Perhaps there was a big batch of tissue cultured Raja Puri recently that was really dwarf cavendish.


Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Wanted: Passiflora ligularis
« on: June 28, 2015, 01:01:27 PM »
Anyone growing Passiflora ligularis in the U.S.? I am interested in cuttings or plants. Have lots to trade or willing to pay.

Looking to buy or trade good tasting/nicely colored passion fruit cuttings other than possum purple. For trade, I have a few passion fruit, bananas, Inga sp seedlings or will pay. Would like to see photos of the fruit. I am not interested in Fredricks Purple from Florida Hill.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Our Fruitcation to Homestead
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:46:29 PM »
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary with a fruit trip to Homestead. Our adventures began on Tuesday with a stop by Going Bananas as soon as we drove into Homestead.

We had talked with Don at the Manatee Rare Fruit Council tree sale last month and brought him down a hua moa that Chris Knight had given us to share with Don. Don and Katie were so kind to spend a couple of hours showing us around their beautiful property and talking to us about their adventures. I loved the way they had their place set up - a tasting table so we could taste a few banana varieties we hadn’t tried yet, but are growing (Saba and Goldfinger). We then saw the tissued cultured plants for sale, and then rows and rows of bananas and some other wonderful fruit trees. We were especially impressed by the way Don had his Lychee trees pruned. They looked beautiful, yet the bottom was much more open than most other mature lychee trees I have seen. It was a great way to begin our fruitcation.

We then headed over to Robert is Here - purchased a couple of smoothies (jackfruit and mamey) and I was able to taste mangosteen for the first time.

As we walked around, I felt like I was sitting on a goldmine back at home after seeing the prices of passion fruit and sea sponges. We tasted all of the honey and agreed that our backyard honey was still our favorite, however, we picked up a jar of Palmetto honey as a thank you gift for my parents who stayed at our home to care for our children and fruit trees while we were gone. We walked around looking for invasive lizards - spotted a couple - and strolled around the property there for a while. I ended up throwing away my smoothie - it was too rich tasting - again, made me appreciate our homemade smoothies. As far as fruit for sale, they had a lot of jackfruit, mangos, mangosteen, passion fruit, and some guanabanas. I liked the way they were marketing their dragon fruit.

The next morning, we started off at Fruit and Spice park as soon as they opened.

There was an Inga out front with fruit - not Inga edulis, but still nice to see. We came prepared with knives, but wish we had brought cutting boards as well. We stopped by the lychee trees in the middle of the park first. There were many ripe lychees on the ground to enjoy (we were the only ones at the park for the first 2 hours). 

Walking along the path, we came across a full grown iguana. We offered him some cecropia fruit, but like ourselves, he wasn’t interested.

We then headed over to the mangos where we sampled a few before coming to the Lemon Merange mangos. Things got serious and we sat down and stuffed ourselves with PPK and several other varieties. We were amazed that no one else was at the park on such a perfect day.


  We definitely ate our money’s worth in the first couple of hours. We then were able to sample some ripe cinnamon apple, hog plums, small garcinias, Mammea americana, Meiogyne cylindrocarpa, and some other fruits. By this time, it was 11am and one other family had entered the park. We decided to take the tour which was entertaining. We would have liked the map to have more trees labeled as well as individual trees labeled better, but found the park very enjoyable none the less.

 As we were leaving, I told the tour guide how much I enjoyed the chock anon mango and she sifted through the mangos she had picked that morning and handed us another one to enjoy. We felt this was a great time of year to go with both lychees and mangos being ripe. We stopped by the Mango Cafe, on site, for lunch where we enjoyed a Cuban and lobster roll.

We then headed up to Fairchild Botanical Gardens. The highlights were seeing all of the colorful lizards, the butterfly garden, the shaded canopy areas with streams, and the Whitman’s fruit pavilion. The fruit pavilion was much smaller than we expected, but we enjoyed seeing the durian tree, the mangosteen covered in blooms, and the chupa chupa tree - one of my favorite fruits (Noris Ledesma said it has yet to fruit). It would have been great to see more fruit trees at the park, but we had a very nice time. As we walked out, we saw a beautiful ae ae banana - the third place we saw these beautiful bananas flourishing on this trip.

We headed back to Robert is Here that night to pick up a jackfruit so we could enjoy the smell for the rest of our trip.

Thursday, we started our day by visiting the fruit stands along Krome Ave (all of them). Our two favorites were Margarita’s (where we picked up some dragon fruit cuttings and had a nice conversation with the lady working there) and Brothers (just next door) where the young girl behind the counter helped us pick out the perfectly ripe guanabana and caimitos for breakfast. We sat down outside and enjoyed our fruit despite being surrounded by flies. Thankfully, they had a nice sink out back for us to wash off our guanabana covered hands. We stopped by a few fruit nurseries in the area (we picked up another Jackfruit, but the nurseries did not have anything we were looking for).


That afternoon, Noris Ledesma gave us a tour of Fairchild farm, her property, as well as a few other very interesting places. This was the highlight of our trip. Noris is always sharing wonderful stories. We sat down with friends of hers that offered us many mango varieties to try - and they sent us home with mangos as well as Homestead Honey lychees. It was my first time trying Okrung - which ended up being my favorite mango that we tried that day. We learned so much and were so thankful that the last full day of our trip was filled with amazing fellowship and delicious fruit.


Friday morning, we had a tour of GRIN in Miami where we picked up some more bananas and other items. Again, we learned a lot and were so grateful for the opportunity to hear about the history of fruit collecting and all of the science taking place in the fruit world - really amazing stuff going on - mind blowing!

We headed home - smiles on our faces, van loaded with fruit and plants, and the smell of jackfruit filling the air.

A Fruitcation was definitely the best way to spend our anniversary. Hopefully we can go to Hawaii or somewhere else to celebrate a future anniversary. Thankful that we planned ahead and were able to pack so much into such a short trip.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rubus glaucus in Florida?
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:27:04 AM »
Has anyone attempted to grow Rubus glaucus (mora) in Florida? I assume we do not have the elevation required.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Inga sp. trees for sale
« on: March 01, 2015, 04:34:22 PM »
I have around 100 Inga sp. (most likely feuillei) trees for sale/trade right now - from 1 gallon to 3 gallon sizes. The fruit is very good/sweet and the pods are easy to open.

We also have many other fruit trees available. We are located in Sarasota, FL for those wanting to pick up, but are licensed to ship as well. Only small trees can be shipped (no mangos, etc will be shipped).

View full availability on our website and email if interested

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Quararibea cordata in Florida?
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:17:07 PM »
Has anyone had success growing Quararibea cordata in Florida?

Does anyone have Malayan Coconut?

We set up a Facebook page so we can have a place for people in SW FL to come and trade/sell tropical fruit plants.

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