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Rare & Exotic Fruiting Plants


Rare & Exotic Fruiting Plants

For members interested in learning more about what fruit will grow here in the Valley. 

We'll explore what is possible, probable and not likely for this region and what resources are really necessary to be successful.

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Arizona Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers

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Yes! On this forum.And I wanted to respond to the info about dragon fruit, but I found that although I could type in the box...the "reply" button doesn't work. I sent a message to admin and nada.Continue

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Started by Jenny Ablan Feb 14, 2019.

Dragon fruit

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been trying to grow dragon fruit from seed. I get them to sprout easily and they appear like "Y"s. However, they get stuck there and won't put out spiny growth. I've…Continue

Started by Jenny Ablan Feb 9, 2019.

Raspberries in Phoenix area 13 Replies

In past years I've tried Raspberries from local nursery's, grew OK the first year but died the second. Dorman raspberry is supposed to grow in zone 11 but from what I read it has very little taste.…Continue

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Comment by Jenny Ablan on February 9, 2019 at 11:42am
Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been trying to grow dragon fruit from seed. I get them to sprout easily and they appear like "Y"s. However, they get stuck there and won't put out spiny growth. I've fertilized them and cared for them, but I lose interest after several months of no growth. I have used grocery store dragon fruit without the irradiation symbol, but wonder if they might have been irradiated anyway. Any suggestions?
Comment by Jeff Adams on June 2, 2014 at 6:39pm

one of the gals who's home was featured on the Arcadia Farm tour had some success with the Bacon Avocado variety....she had small fruits on it this year during the tour...I think she said wind damage destroyed one of her previous yr was an understory tree in a corner somewhat shaded micro-climate..

Comment by Jennifer Bonnett on June 2, 2014 at 4:17pm

Ooh, dragon fruit. My son's favorite.

Comment by Jeff Adams on April 24, 2014 at 2:51am

You might consider the more dwarf,somewhat native mulberry, Morus Microphylla...beautiful tree that does well in metro Phoenix with small, maple-lik shaped leaves...unfortunately, the one I currently have is not a fruiting female, but I had I a female previously...and the edible fruit is quiet tasty...purchase mine from Desert Survivors in Tucson; they have One you can view on site..

Comment by Powell Gammill on March 9, 2014 at 2:35pm

Mulberry trees my lessen the amount of sunlight the nearby fruit trees gets to prevent them from fruiting.  That is the only incompatibility.  That said, I'd do it.  There is a lot of reflected light in Phoenix and fruit trees as long as they are not completely shaded out seem to do well with six hours of direct light---so plant accordingly.

Comment by Dolores Testerman on March 9, 2014 at 12:16pm

There is a dwarf black fruited overbearing mulberry that would not shade the other trees.  Saw one on ebay for sale at

Comment by Dawn Denzin on March 9, 2014 at 12:10pm

Hi all, 

I have a big established mulberry tree (don't know the variety, but has cream colored berries) on the southeast side of my house.  I want to plant a peach and or plum to the east of it.  Advisable? Someone told me that mulberries are incompatible with certain other fruit trees. This person also said that an apple would be fine next to the mulberry, but didn't know about the stone fruits.  Comments? Thanks.

Comment by Liz & Dan on April 1, 2012 at 10:10am

Hi Catherine, I'm going to create a discussion topic around cherries so people can respond to the topic instead of a ramble of comments on this page.

Comment by Catherine, The Herb Lady on April 1, 2012 at 8:59am

Royal Lee and Mini Lee cherry trees:

Got a question for anyone growing them.  We purchased ours through the tree sale.  Planted and they are pushing out a lot of leaves - very happy plants at this point.  The question:

The Minnie is putting out new branches and leaves and the Royal is only putting out new leaves but no branches.  Anyone having similar growth patterns?

Comment by Powell Gammill on March 7, 2012 at 12:27pm

Please join the Arizona Rare Fruit Growers on March 8th, 7:30pm, for an evening of education, grafting demos, and discussion as Rick Gibson (County Extension Agent in Pinal County for the UofA) discusses Citrus and the Arizona Sweet Orange! Citrus grafting demonstrations will be performed after the main presentation & discussion. 

March 8th, -- 7:30pm  [open to the public]

Maricopa County Agricultural Extension office in the Palo Verde Room, 4341 East Broadway Road (map link)


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