Past TCRFC president Mike Luciano owner of Trees N More tropical fruit nursery (in Palm City just west of Stuart) will be grafting a hundred Carambola (Starfruit) trees this week. He will bring some to our meeting and demonstrate how to graft, first to the whole group then for smaller groups. Mike specializes in tropical fruit trees; you won’t find a better place to get your trees in the treasure coast.
Our meetings include an educational program, a plant auction, plant raffle, and a tasting table of fruit in season. Please bring any extra fruit from your garden to share and give people a chance to experience new tastes and know what fruit they might want to grow.
UPDATE: Dr. Rezazadeh had a change of schedule and must now attend a required training session for work on the 19th. See the latest post for our new speaker.
Our speaker in September is Dr. Amir Rezazadeh, PhD. His presentation will be on Passion Fruit and other berries.
Dr. Rezazadeh is the Multi-County Fruit and Field Crops Agent II. Before his appointment with the UF/IFAS Extension, he worked as a post-doctoral associate with Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center. There, Rezazadeh worked alongside fruit growers to improve yield and post-harvest sustainability for blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and grapes. He holds a Ph.D. in horticulture from Mississippi State University; his doctorate work focused on the influence of environmental factors and cultural practices in the development of greenhouse crops. After he completed a master’s degree in horticulture, he oversaw more than 100 acres of grapefruit and mandarin trees and managed 10 employees for more than five years.
Bobbi Spencer, TCRFC Founder, Past President, and Master Gardener will give a presentation on the best tropical and subtropical fruit to grow here in the Treasure Coast.
Bring any of your extra fruit or edible treats for our tasting table, and plants or garden items for the raffle.
Members can bring up to 3 plants for the auction.
Our speaker in July is Louise King, horticulturist at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. The topic is Mangos and other Stars of the Park. This is Louise’s second visit. She also helped us get fruit for our Taste of the Tropics events this year and last.
The Fruit & Spice park, a 37 acre county park is a Florida treasure with an extensive collection of mature fruit trees, along with herb and vegetable gardens. Our club has visited the F&S Park as a group several times; it is worth a trip anytime, and especially during one of their many events.
Ms. King is a Redland resident and tropical fruit grower for more than 20 years. Louise has had a career dedicated to the enjoyment of the natural world. Prior to coming to the Fruit & Spice Park, Louise worked with the National Park Service, serving in Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, and most recently at Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Maryland.
BTW, this year’s Taste of the Tropics at the PSL Botanical garden had the best attendance ever! People got to try many unusual fruits including several varieties of mango, white sapote, jaboticaba, lychee, an excellent jackfruit from the F&S Park, plus Passion fruit-BBQ jackfruit and jackfruit curry. In addition, visitors were able to buy the fruit tree of their favorite tasting from club member Mike Luciano of Trees n’More nursery / Palm City right outside the pavilion. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the day a great success.
Check the events page for 3 mango festivals coming up–at Fruit & Spice Park this Saturday 6/29, at Fairchild Gardens on July 13 & 14th, and closer to home at Erickson Farms on July 21.
Update: Schedules change: Mike Meier of Ground Floor Farm had a Stuart city council meeting he had to attend in June; Jeff was unable to attend in May, so Larry Zimmerman took questions that month: Why did mangos do so poorly for many people this year? Partly due to the extended rainy weather during flowering which allowed anthracnose fungus to destroy the flowers. Usually a copper spray will stop the fungus, but when it rains every day, that washes the copper off. If it happened to your mangos you are not alone. Some varieties are more susceptible than others.
Our speaker in
May June was Jeff Schorner from Al’s Family Farms in Fort Pierce at the corner of N. King’s Hwy and Angle Road. Jeff spoke about growing oranges. We were all glad he was able to speak. He really knows oranges, and yes, there is hope that citrus will grow in Florida again: his farm is proof of that. Jeff also brought his son Matthew, just returned from South Africa where he studied their citrus agricultural practices.
Have you dreamed of owning a tropical fruit farm?
Open House Saturday 4/27 12:00-3:00.
A few years ago, several of our club members toured this lychee grove in Indiantown with Rosemary Caspary’s Treasure Coast Homesteading group.
Note that even if you don’t want a whole farm, you can get fresh lychees from them soon.
Our 14 acre lychee grove with 3/2 house is for sale in Indiantown, FL. We really need help marketing our farm to the right people…. tropical fruit lovers, like you! This is a great property to live on and manage an established grove whose trees are starting to produce beautifully. Feel free to spread the word and know that our fruit will be available for purchase at $4.00 per pound starting at the end of May!
I wanted to let you know that we are having an Open House this Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 – 3:00. Please spread the word if anyone you know may be interested. Here is our website with pictures and video:
Our speaker in April is Christian Miller, Vegetable and Tropical Fruit Extension Agent, Palm Beach County–Common Fruit Tree Issues and How to Avoid Them
UPDATE: PDF of the presentation.