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Old 05-17-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Naples, FL
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Can anyone recommend the best places here in the Naples area to buy fruit trees and/or tropical plants? We went to Driftwood and while they have a nice selection....we are wondering if we drove further out of town if we would find a place that is a bit cheaper with a bigger selection? Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Olde Naples
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Hi

There's lots of nurseries around here but not the selection. Driftwood is pretty good, they've been around a long time.

We've found though, that if you drive over to Krome Avenue on Hwy 41 and go South toward Homestead, you'll find an incredible selection of all kinds of citrus, orchids and other exotic plants at the many many nurseries on that road. The prices are great too. You can spend all day just going from one to the other.

Have Fun

Beth
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Agree with Beth Mone that there are many; couple others worth trying, imo:
The Wizzard on Pine Ridge
Garden Center, Wizzard Lake Nursery, Naples, Florida, FL
Good stuff, knowledgeable, but sometimes pricey due to location.

Ray's Garden Center:
215 Nursery Lane
Naples FL 34119

It is on the North side of Immokalee Rd near Heritage Bay CC...great selection, and very good prices. It looks 'temporary', but it's been there for years. Worth the drive, imo.

And, a third worth checking out: it is a 'no name' kind of place, (or I can't remember the name), on corner of Orange Blossom Dr and Airport Pulling Rd. It's access is from Orange Blossom, after turning right from AP rd north, onto Orange Blossom. They have acres of stuff...
My 50cts...
GL, mD
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Naples, FL
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Thanks for the tips.....will check them out for sure!
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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Thanks, also!

What are the most popular home-grown fruit trees there?

Any recommendations for clubs, courses, etc. to meet others and learn how to grow fruits and vegetables in the Naples area?

Is the growing season year-round or there particular months when activity is the best?

Many TIA !
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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I'm building a Food Forest out here in Golden Gate Estates. I'm always happy to give free tours and talk your ear off about growing things here I'm no expert but I'm learning a lot just by doing and have found that a lot of the expert conventional wisdom is just plain wrong.

Food Forest Development | The chronicled development of the Chapman Food Forest of Naples, Florida

Just PM me.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Naples
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Good Job TheYogi, very impressed with your work, I would love to walk outside to my own yard and pick all the fruits and veg needed for my family. You should be very proud.
This is definitively one of the downsides to living in a gated community, no way I could do this, even on a much smaller scale.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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Thank you for your kind words.

It's sad that we've gotten to the point where laws and covenants actually disallow us from being more ecologically friendly and sustainable.

To add more to the thread, I recently purchased a bunch of low chill stone fruit varieties from Bay Laurel Nursery (they're in California but their shipping prices are good) and have been happy with the quality of the trees. I was able to get low chill cherries, nectarine, almond, and quince. I also have a bunch of apple banana trees available I can trade. They're one of the more cold hardy and delicious banana varieties in my opinion.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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I just ordered my first citrus tree online last month. It's a Myer Lemon Tree. Its already flowering and I've cross-pollenated it so keeping my fingers crossed for lots of lemons.
Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Hudson Vally/Suncoast
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I purchased a Meyer lemon at a local nursery in Sarasota last week that is blooming and putting out new growth already.. They are self pollinators, so no need to cross pollinate. The gentleman at the nursery said they are very prolific and will have young fruit, mature fruit and blossoms at the same time on the tree eventually. The smell of the blossoms is so sweet!

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