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Old 02-07-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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I've been recording shows that have to do with Florida, especially if it's about Tampa - i.e. House Hunters, "10 best beaches", cooking shows, etc.. I'm not sure but I believe it was one of Emeril's Florida shows that had a number of tropical fruits that I had never heard of before. I love trying new fruits but living in the cold weather, anything of a tropical nature gets shipped (often times frozen...ugh). If I've read correctly, I think Tampa is considered sub-tropical but still, I would think that alot more fruit would be able to grow in year 'round warm weather or, at the very least, you guys get alot more fruit from other areas close by.

Just curious what's good down there.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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What are you asking? Are you asking what tropical fruits grow in Tampa Bay?

It's near the frost line, so if you get much north of the Pasco line, things can be killed. For example, you can grow a coconut palm or sea grape tree in St Pete, but it would die in Lutz.

So, with that said, you can grow pretty much any tropical fruit here if it's planted in the right place.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:00 AM
 
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They don't do that good in the Tampa area. As every few years we have some cold temps below 30 that can damage or kill tropical fruits. Back in the 70's and 80's we had a few super freezes that killed about everything.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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I have never seen a coconut palm tree here, wish I could......

On other fruits that the OP is asking about , 2 that come up are: Honeybell oranges and kumquats.

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:45 AM
 
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I have never seen a coconut palm tree here, wish I could......

On other fruits that the OP is asking about , 2 that come up are: Honeybell oranges and kumquats.
They are around. Had one at my home in Danashores for years, anytime the temps were below 32 i would wrap a electro blanket around the base and truck.

There are many in the south ST Pete area. Just when the temps get below 27 for more than 3 or 4 hours that kills them.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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What are you asking? Are you asking what tropical fruits grow in Tampa Bay?

It's near the frost line, so if you get much north of the Pasco line, things can be killed. For example, you can grow a coconut palm or sea grape tree in St Pete, but it would die in Lutz.

So, with that said, you can grow pretty much any tropical fruit here if it's planted in the right place.
Yes, we had a banana tree in Cheval that died when it got to 28 back in 2010...you have to go a bit south of Tampa like South St Pete, Sarasota and passed going south to be able to grow things.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:00 AM
 
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Forgot to mention, I do have an Acerola plant in my yard and it does produces fruit every year! This is a very tropical plant! I just love them! They are also called Bahama cherries.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I have never seen a coconut palm tree here, wish I could......

On other fruits that the OP is asking about , 2 that come up are: Honeybell oranges and kumquats.
There are two coconut palms in my new yard (we're in the process of moving)
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! I haven't heard of some of the fruits listed so it should be interesting to get to try them, assuming they are also found in the grocery stores or farmers' markets/stands.

Mangoes and papayas are the only ones that are common for us but again, anything like that comes from somewhere else and we just don't see much more variety for the more tropical fruits.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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Forgot to mention, I do have an Acerola plant in my yard and it does produces fruit every year! This is a very tropical plant! I just love them! They are also called Bahama cherries.


I love acerolas! I'd love to have one in my yard.
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