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miramon
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Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana? I am trying out some dragon fruits and also have started some papaya seeds in pots that I will transplant (gingerly) in march or so. Wondering what yalls experience has been with these trees that really belong in a zone 9 or 10. I do have a little greenhouse w a heat lamp for the dragon fruit and the papaya seedlings.
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hungryone
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
You see the odd papaya tree here and there, mature and producing fruit, in protected locations around NO. Ditto for avocados.


miramon
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
I am fairly confident that I can get a papaya to grow and produce fruit by October of this upcoming year, but I don’t know what I can do to protect it once it is 6 feet tall or larger, from a frost, come winter of 2020. Does anyone have any tricks for erecting make-shift covers for their trees, or is the best option to juat wrap the trunk?


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RaginCajunz
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
Dragon Fruit nursery in Acadiana
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Popths
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
South of the lake is vastly different than north of the lake.


miramon
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
I live on the lakefront in Mandeville. It is definitely warmer than areas of Mandeville that are farther away from the lake, but we do still get below freezing more than I’d like. I keep waiting for global warming to hit. That would be nice.


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WPBTiger
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
I had them when l lived in South Florida. I wouldn’t hold out much hope here.


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CrawDude
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
Purchased a couple of these dwarf papayas from Wellsprings Gardens LINK this past April and May, 6 inches tall “twigs”, planted them in 15 gallon nursery trade plant containers, and both are now easily 6 feet tall and near 4 inches in diameter at the base. The April planted “tree” has a couple small papayas. In BR, I put the containers on inexpensive rolling dollies (Harbor Freight) and roll them inside a heated storage shed when the temperature is forecast to drop below freezing. I need to build a small greenhouse for winter storage.


Neauxla
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
I really want a Mango tree but hear they are impossible to keep alive


glorymanutdtiger
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
The mangoes that you get here in US and mexico are vastly different to the ones you get in Asia/India.

One of the best part of summer in india as a kid was eating mangoes out of my grand parents orchid.


Neauxla
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
How are they vastly different? I know there are TONS of varieties of mango, but how are they so different?


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akimoto
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
My mom has several papaya trees around her house on the Westbank. Some die when it freezes, but it seems like they grow very fast so she always has some growing in pots that can be put in the ground.

I think she has a dragon fruit tree also, but it doesn't fruit as well as the papaya trees.


miramon
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
I know that the local vietnamese population on the westbank and in nola east have found ways to grow excellent gardens full of these tropical varieties that are of interest to me. Dragonfruits, papaya, etc. Nor sure if anyone has successfully gotten a jackfruit tree to grow here. I currently have a cheapo greenhouse on the south side of my house, w 250 watt heat lamp for cold nights. I am growing dragon fruit in a 30 gallon container in there, and have about 10 small pots waiting for papaya seeds to germinate. I will transplant most of the papaya’s Into large containers that I can dolly inside when needed, but will experiment with some in the ground, protected by a micro climate. I have been waiting on this global warming to get here for years with fingers-crossed. That would be glorious!


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baldona
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re: Has anyone messed around w growing tropical fruits down here in Louisiana?
it’s a pretty easy solution just kinda a pain in the butt. You simply get some halogen bulb lights and run them anytime it gets below freezing. The lights make enough heat to keep the trees warm. If you put them at the bottom of the tree it will warm the stock and interior with ease.


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