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Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby mommystuff » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:18 pm

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Hi Everyone,
I am located on the Gulf Coast of Florida in zone 9b. My passion is growing tropical edibles, including fruits, nuts, herbs and spices. The more exotic the plant, the more I want it!

We seem to be able to grow almost anything we desire on our property. We have been richly blessed with a very fertile 1 2/3 acres. Our property is professionally landscaped and all of our edibles are worked in as though they "belong".
I work in my garden a couple of hours a day on average and add new and exciting plants continuously during favorable weather. I don't add much during the hot summer months, so I will be winding down here within the next month or so and not be adding anything else until fall.

I'm looking forward to possibly meeting others from my area who share my interest in extoic edibles.

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby Axel » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:18 pm

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Welcome to the Cloudforest. I am curious, what exotics are you currently growing and have fruited successfully?
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby mommystuff » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:35 pm

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Hi Axel,

Nice to meet you. It's a VERY long list. Most everything has fruited. Many just in the last year or two. The first part of the list includes the fruit trees. The bottom part includes herbs. I haven't listed my vegetables yet. Everything that has not fruited yet has an * beside it. These are all small plants that I have either purchased small or started from seed. Most are in my greenhouse. Once they are large enough, all get planted in my yard. However, a few never will - mangosteen, clove, nutmeg, etc. They will have to be greenhouse plants forever. Our property has a creek that runs between it and a golf course and we seem to get quite a bit of winter protection from it. I have numerous micro climates on the property and lots of huge oak trees that tend to provide a lot of winter protection as well.

I have photos on my website from 2-3 years ago, but I've been so busy working and gardening that I haven't had time to update them. Everything has more than doubled, sometimes tripled in size since the photos were taken. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post websites, but if you'd like to take a look, just let me know and I'll give you the site.

So, here's my list:

FRUIT & SPICE TREES
*Acai Palm
*Achachairu
Allspice
Ambarella
*Antidesma
Apple Anna
Apple Dorset Golden
Atemoya Gefner Grafted
Avacado Haas
Avacado Fuerte
Banana
Bay Rum
Bay Rum Lemon
*Berchemia Discolor
*Betel Nut
Blackberry Brazos
Blackberry Jam Fruit
Black Sapote Seedless
Black Walnut
Blue Grape Vexor Myrecra
Blueberry Emerald
Blueberry Gulf Coast
Blueberry Jewel
Blueberry Marimba
Blueberry Sharp
Blueberry Windsor
*Breadfruit
*Breadnut
Cape Gooseberry
Canistel
Carob
Cocao
Cacao Yellow
Calomondin
Camelia Sinesis, Tea
Camelia Sinesis Red Leaf
Camito Star Apple
Canistel
Cashew Apple
Cercropia
*Chempedak
*Cherapu Butto Mangosteen
Cherry Black Grafted Surinam
*Cherry Capulin
Cherry Grumichama
Cherry Rio Grand
Cherry Barbados
Cherry Dwarf Barbados
Chestnut Malibar
Cinnamon
*Cinnamon Apple
*Coco Plum
Coconut Palm
Coffee
*Cola Nitida
*Clove
*Cuban Mangosteen
*Cupassu
*Cut Nut Baringtonia Edulis
Davidson’s Plum
Dragon Fruit
Elderberry
*Engkala
Eucalyptus
Eugenia Confusa
Fig Black
Fig Brown Turkey
Fig Green Isha
Fig Kadota
*Gamboge
Goji Berry
Gooseberry Otaheite
Goumi
Grapefruit Pink
Grapefruit Yellow
Grapes Bunch
Grapes Muscadine
Guavaberry Eugenia floribunda
Guava Cas
Guava Chattey
Guava Cuban White
Guava Pineaple
Guava Ruby
Guava Strawberry
Guava Yellow Lemon
Hog Plum
*Ice Cream Bean
Jaboticaba
*Jaboticaba Yellow
*Jackfruit
*Jelly Palm
Joy Perfume Michelia Champaca
Jujube
Katok
*Kiwi Tomuri m&f
*Kiwi Hardy
*Kola Nut
Lemon Harvey
Lemon Sambukan
Lemon Varigated Pink
Lime Australian Finger
Lime Key
Lime Kaffir
Lime Persian
Lime Red Rangpur
Longan Kahola
Loquat
Lychee Emporer
Lychee Groff
Lychee Hakip
Lychee Maritius
*Mamey Sapote
Mango Carrie
*Mangosteen
*Mangosteen Bolivian
*Mangosteen Cherry/Lemon
*Mangosteen Seashore
*Maprang
*Mayan Breadnut
Michelia Alba
Michela Champaca
*Mimusops
Miracle Fruit
Monstera Deliciosa
Moringa (Horseradish Tree)
Mulberry Dwarf
Mulberry Green
Natal Plum
Nectarine Sun Raycer
Neem
Noni
*Nutmeg
Olive Fremtoya
Olive Kononokei
*Olosapo
Orangeberry
Orange Dwarf Navel
Orange Red Blood
Orange Ortanique
Orange Tarocco Blood
Papaya
Passionfruit Yellow
*PawPaw
Peach Red Cylon
Peach Tropic Beauty
Peanut Butter Fruit
Pear Pineapple
Persimmon Ichibe Juro
Persimmon Triumph
*Phalsa
Pineapple, Golden
Plantain
Plum Gulf Rose
Pomegranate Dwarf
Pomegranate Vietnamese
Psychic Nut
Quince
*Rambutan
Raspberry Mysore
*Rollinia Deliciosa
Rose Apple
*Rukam
*Salak Palm
Santol
Sapodilla Makok Dwarf
*Soursop
Spanish Lime
Strawberry
Strawberry Tree
Sugar Apple Kampong Mauve
Sugar Cane
Tamarind
*Tampoi
Tangelo
Tangerine Murcott
Tangerine Satsuma
Tropical Apricot
*Uvalha
Vanilla
Wampee
Wax Jambu Thai Red Sunset
White Sapote
Yerba Mate

HERBS

Ajowan
Ajuga
Allheal
Aloe
Allspice
Annato
Anise hyssop
Anise Verbena
Ashwaganda
Bacopa
Bacopa, Lemon
Basils, Greek Columnar, Lemon, Lettuce Leaf, Lime, Sweet
Bamboo
Bay Tree
Bay Rum
Bay Rum Lemon
Bergamot (Monarda)
Betel
Betony
Black Pepper Vine
Bo Tree
Borage
Calendula
Camelia sinesis
Small Leaf
Red Leaf
Caper bush
Cardamom
Carob
Catnip
Chives, Garlic & Onion
Cilantro
Clitoria Pea
Clove
Comfrey
Coriander
Culantro
Curry Plant
Daisy
Dill, Boquet & Fernleaf
Echinacea
Epazote
Eucalyptus Lemon
Fennel, Bronze & Sweet
Feverfew
Fo Ti
Fuschia
Galangal True
Gardenia
Garlic Society
Germander
Geranium, Apple, Citronella, Lemon Sculpture, Rose
Ginger
Ginkgo
Goji Berries
Gotu kola
Gynura
Henna
Hibiscus, Edible & False Roselle
Honeysuckle
Hoodia
Horehound
Horseradish
Jasmine
Arabian Tea & Confederate
Juniper
Kratom Mitragyna
Lab Lab Bean
Lamb’s Ear
Lavender
Lemon balm
Lemon grass
Lemon verbena
Leopard Lily
Licorice Flag
Lilac
Lion’s tail
Marjoram
Marshmallow
Mint, Apple, Berries & Cream, Blackberry, Chocolate, Citrus kitchen, Corsican, Costa rican Kama Sutra, Cotton candy, English, Grapefruit, Hazelnut, Italian spice, Jim’s Fruit, Lavender. Lemon sweet, Margarita, Marilyn’s Salad, Mojito, Mountain, Orange Bergamot Oregano thyme, Pennyroyal, Spearmint, Sweet pear, Wintergreen, Yerba buena
Monarda
Moujean tea/Bahama Berry/Pineapple Verbena
Mullein
Murraya koeniggi
Myrtle greek
Nasturtium
Ololuiqui
Oregano, Cuban, Italian, Mexican
Orris Root
Pandanus Amaryllifolius
Parsley, Curled & Flat Leaf
Patchuli
Pepper, Black Pepper Vine, Chili, Habernero, Jalapeno, Ornamental, Red Pepper Vine, Tabasco
Perilla
Prickly Pear Cactus
Purslane
Root beer plant
Rose, Bon Silene Tea, Champneys pink cluster, Climbing don juan, Double red, Moanne lombard, Red cascade, Safrano, Treasure blend hybrid
Rosemary, Romero, Spice island, Victorian
Sage, Common, Diviners, Grape scented, Mexican, Pineapple
Samphire
Savory
Sea Onion
Spilanthese
Spinach, Malabar & Okinawa, Sisso, Moluccan, New Zealand
Star anise
Stevia
St johns wort
Sugar cane
Sushini
Sweet almond verbena
Tarragon
Tea olive
Thyme, English, Lemon
Tomatoes
Turmeric
Va Cap
Vick’s Plant
Vietnamese Coriander
Violet sweet
Water Chestnuts
Woodruff Sweet
Yarrow
Yerba mate
Yucca
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Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby nullzero » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:39 am

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Welcome to the forums, this list is even more impressive then what you posted on the vegetable/herbs forum.

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby sanjosefool » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:55 pm

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Wow! Welcome to the forum. A photo/video tour of these plants would be cool sometime.

I'm curious about your herbs, do you make any herbal teas? Any favorites in particular?

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby mommystuff » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:40 pm

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Hi All,

I do make quite a few teas. My favorites for teas are the mints, cinnamon, allspice, stevia, yerba mate (not a tea, but still...), lemon verbena, and some basils. I use my bay tree quite a bit, basils, rosemary, tarragon, moringa and miracle berries. I like to squeeze lemon or lime in my tea and then eat a miracle berry before consuming the tea. It is unbelievably sweet after the berry and I don't have to use any type of sweetener.

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby sanjosefool » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:35 pm

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Stevia...I never considered making a tea with it. I'll give that a go. Thanks for the info..

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby mommystuff » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:44 am

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You're welcome. I also have jiaogulan. It is one of my newest favorites. The health benefits are endless.

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby Carlincool » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:46 am

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Wow!!! What a list! And my wife thinks I'm obsessed? Lol I have about 10% of what you have.
Kevin

Re: Hi from Sarasota, FL

Postby Jparisi » Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:36 pm

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Is your garden completely for personal or commercial use? I have just started to tire of yard work with no pay off and have started the hunt for edibles that grow in Florida and was curious where you found most of your local goods from that very impressive list!

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