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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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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

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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 Powell Gammill on February 27, 2012 at 10:42am

Doug Jones in Mesa has several avocados and mangoes.  And they are not easy to grow but do well once established.  Avocado trees benefit GREATLY from cross-pollination and can easily sunburn too.

Comment by Catherine, The Herb Lady on February 27, 2012 at 8:43am

I am going to try mango and avocado again - hopefully this spring/summer. Keeping my fingers crossed :-)  FYI based on my experiences from the ones that did not work out I'm going to try then between citrus and see how it works out.  If I have luck I will post about it.

Comment by Andrew Brewer on February 27, 2012 at 8:26am
They're very difficult to grow because they are salt and sun sensitive. Of the handful of trees that grow in Phoenix, most are chance seedlings that took seven plus years to produce fruit.
Comment by Grace Marie Newton on February 26, 2012 at 6:46pm

Thanks Andrew.  Has anyone had any luck growing your basic avocado here.

Comment by Andrew Brewer on February 26, 2012 at 9:05am

Naved Khan has a large ranch in the Southeast Valley, where he grows a lot of tropicals as well as regular deciduous fruits.  His website, with lots and lots of pictures, can be found here:

Comment by Grace Marie Newton on February 23, 2012 at 5:08pm

Debbie, Where did you get the allspice?

Comment by Powell Gammill on February 4, 2012 at 2:43pm

I am using two mulberries out front as primary canopies (a white and a Persian) but I will warn you their canopies are dense and may let zero light through.  Not a problem if you plant nearby where six hours of light will occur before the mulberry's shadow catches up but something to consider.

You really should attendthis Thursday's AZ Rare Fruit Growers monthly meeting.  Al And Jane Falkenstein havea moringa in their yard.

Comment by Evan Lawrence on February 4, 2012 at 2:16pm

My wife is from the Philippines and she is a fan of moringa which they call malunggay.  I would like to grow some.  We planted a mango last year and it died during the summer.  I wonder if it died from salinity build up in our soil.  Now we are growing citrus, peach, brown turkey fig and pomegranate.  We have many volunteer mulberry seedlings so I am letting them grow big enough to become poles and then I will cut them down.  I believe the mulberry trees will help moderate the micro climate until the other trees are established. 

Comment by Powell Gammill on January 13, 2012 at 6:15pm

I have definitely been exposed to some interesting stuff.  I hate to say I never heard of a loquot until I had several at a AZRFG meeting and was like what is this apricot like fruit?  Now I have four loquots in my yard and I can't wait until April of next year.  Still waiting to try a black or white sapote and chimoya.

Comment by Debbie Fishell on January 13, 2012 at 8:21am

This is great! You have exposed my passion for exotic fruits in the valley :) Can't wait for spring to plant some of my sunroom seedlings: Jackfruit, Java Plum, Pear Guava, Allspice, Papaya, and a Thai Mango tree!


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