I recently encountered a fruit I’d never seen or heard of before: the finger-sop (Meiogyne cylindrica), native to Australia. The thing about the fruit that instantly impressed me was how much it resembled our native North American pawpaws (Asimina species), with one striking difference – instead of a greenish-yellow skin, the skin of finger-sop is … More I got to taste a kind of fruit that dinosaurs ate
Time for a long-overdue update on my project to explore potentially nematode-resistant fig rootstocks. The project hasn’t progressed as fast as I would have liked, but I do have some potentially promising results with the Ficus species I rated as a “wildcard” in my first post on this topic: creeping fig, Ficus pumila. To recap, … More Fig-Grafting Update: Progress with Ficus pumila
Figs are a great fruit that’s mostly well-adapted to the south-eastern US, but they’ve got a major problem limiting them in our area: root-knot nematodes. Many of our soils are full of these microscopic parasitic worms that burrow into the roots of fig trees, sucking sap and impairing the roots’ ability to pull water and … More In Search Of Nematode-Resistant Fig Rootstocks – Progress Report 1
It’s been a very warm fall in Florida this year. As I write this it’s December 8, and there have been no freezes in the Gainesville area, and temperatures held steady with daily highs in the 80s though October and November, only slipping a bit into the 70s now that it’s December. All that heat, … More A Warm Fall Has Meant a Great Papaya Crop
This past spring, I planted a Eugenia reinwardtiana, Cedar Bay Cherry, in the ground in my greenhouse (I keep the greenhouse open to the sky most of the year, so it’s nearly outdoors). The species, also known as Eugenia carissoides, is native to Australia. I got the plant from Oliver Moore, who grows this species … More First Fruiting of Eugenia reinwardtiana!
Gainesville people: the ‘Turkey Lake’ persimmon tree at Dreamers Garden is LOADED right now. Free to all. Please indulge in some sweet autumnal bounty. Corner of NW 10th Ave and 4th St, across from Earth Pets. #Diospyrosvirginiana #Autumn #Ebenaceae #Persimmon
Just a few notes on site progress. I’ve been spending time working on the site, but not much of it is visible yet. So here’s a little status update, which I’m posting here mainly just so I can see something new on the front page when I check on the site (I’ve only told a … More Working on Building a Good Foundation
I’m excited to start this new website, devoted to exploring the fruit we can grow here in the Sunshine State. Here are my plans for the site. There will be some useful information guides: general fruit-growing information (to help you grow fruit trees), how to get up to speed using botanical names (so you can … More Bring On The Fruit, And Get Your Geek On!