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Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Paperback – November 1, 2006
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Of the varieties of fruit presented, I found a total of forty possibilities for growing on my property (central west coast of Florida, on the Nature Coast): thirteen in the dark green area, thirteen in the light green area, and fourteen in the yellow area.
Those totally committed to growing only Florida native plants may be bothered to find fruit like loquat (Japanese plum) presented in this book as it is sometimes considered invasive or a threat to become invasive. Any time a non-native species is planted, there is a risk of its seeds being carried into the wild, including by birds and wildlife. There are advantages to growing plants, including fruit, native to an area; in Florida, the list of native fruit that grows well might be a short list.Read more ›
Having lived in various parts of Florida, it's not always easy to distinguish which plants will work in any given area - for example, some forms of avacado will thrive as far north as Gainesville while some forms of citrus (despite seemingly having a farther reach) have a more limited area than might be expected. Unfortunately, nursery and plant sales tend to push plants that won't always survive after the first sign of frost or during those super high humidity days...and even if they work on one side of the county it might not hold true for other areas.
As a person who loves fruit trees, shrubs and other edible plants this is a GREAT book. Includes a drawing and photo for each plant. Height, location, description, alternatives/close family members of the species, where to locate and care instructions. An instant favorite and must have for any Floridian searching for those unusual fruits or simply which will work best in their own area!
how tall it will be at full size
which is the best cultivar (variety) of the fruit that will do the best in south Florida and produce the best results
detailed description of the tree and the fruit
where in Florida it will grow the best
full color pictures and drawings
The only thing that kept the book from earning a well deserved 5 star rating is that it is lacking if the plant needs sun or shade. It is fairly detailed on all other manners of care such as watering requirements, soil types, and possible pests that can damage the tree. It is also missing a handful of exotics like the Miracle Fruit, Akee, Cacao, and Malay Apple. That being said, this book contains fruit that even I have never heard of before and is an excellent reference tool and is a must have for anyone who loves exotic fruit.
This book was recommended to me by my good friends at Excalibur Fruit Trees in Lake Worth and if you love rare fruit and live within 2 hours, their place is my disney world. Well worth the trip but bring a truck or SUV because you WILL leave with something you've never heard of before.
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Fantastic Book for anyone living anywhere near Florida. I live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and more than half of everything in this book will grow here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric J. Ladnier
doesn't include miracle fruit, and the grow zones are conservative (probably more realistic based on people not going to the trouble of blanketing their plants in winter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sense
Pages came misprinted... missing several pages and a chapter!!! called publisher and got it replaced, but very disappointed with initial copy.Published 3 months ago by RobertsBrianna
Very informative and specialized for Florida residents who want to successfully grow from ordinary to unusual kinds of fruit.Published 6 months ago by Ms
I live in northern Florida and after trying several trees that did not make it past the occasional frost, I picked up this book and it was really helpful to identify what plants... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. D. Berberette
I gave it as a gift to my daughter- in- law, who lives in florida' she said that it has a lot of useful information that she can use in starting her own fruit orchard .Published 11 months ago by jean warchol