Pacific Coast Gardening forum: Central Valley fruit growing

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Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
May 25, 2018 9:31 AM CST
Hi guys,

I've become increasingly interested in growing fruits, particularly tropical/rare fruits but have found a limited amount of information on growing them in the Central Valley. It's discouraging, because I know there is a huge population of backyard gardeners that grow rare fruits here in Fresno but almost nothing that I can find on the Internet. Phoenix, az has a very similar climate and they have an extremely active Facebook page with tried and tested knowledge. Here in the valley we have a huge demographic of Asian/Mexican/Middle Eastern population that have amazing plants growing that are typically said to not be possible to grow here.

Last week I ran into a customer who had 3 25 ft avocados growing in his front/backyard here in Fresno. He gave me huge, delicious fruits, which have been conventionally said not possible to grow here (or under very strict conditions).

If possible, and with enough support, I'd like to try and start a more published discussion on the possibilities here.

Regarding the avocados:

I was told that the first 2 years the avocados need to be protected by shade, heavily mulched, and well watered.

If anyone has experience with mangoes, lychee, Black sapote, dragon fruit, passion fruit, bananas, papaya, etc I'd love to hear.

I currently have 3 avocados (mexicola, fuerte), some papaya (Mexican and Hawaiian), passionvine, grasa banana, guava, pineapple guava, loquat, orange, bearss lime, mandarin, and lemon.

If something like this has already been posted I would love to be directed there. Thanks guys!

Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
May 31, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Hi, Tim......if you haven't already found them, you may find answers to your questions regarding specific fruits at CRFG...California Rare Fruit Growers...try them...
I could be wrong...
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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