Resources

When I first started growing tropical trees 6 years ago, I was frustrated by the lack of resources out there that actually provided any real, actionable help. As a result, I wanted to create a resource page that I wish I had years ago outlining all the incredible resources that I’ve learned about over the years.

This resource page covers 3 main categories: Community, Education & Reputable Vendors.

Whether you are new to growing tropical trees or have been growing for a while, I hope this list provides you with the same value that it provides me.

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Community

Local Rare Fruit Council Chapter

The Rare Fruit Council is a global organization dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of uncommon and exotic fruits.

With a network of diverse chapters worldwide, enthusiasts can join local groups to share knowledge, exchange seeds, and connect with likeminded individuals passionate about exploring and promoting rare fruit varieties. These chapters offer a unique platform for members to collaborate, learn, and contribute to the rich tapestry of rare fruit cultivation.

Unfortunately, there is not a single directory that contains each and every chapter (maybe I will create one in the future🤷🏼). So right now, to find the closest chapter near you, go to google and type in “Rare Fruit Council + Your City or County Name.”

Tropical Fruit Forum

Created in 2011, Tropical Fruit Forum is an online community for enthusiasts, hobbyists, and experts to discuss and share information about growing tropical fruits. Members exchange knowledge on varieties, cultivation, pest control, and climate considerations.

It’s a valuable resource for tropical fruit tree cultivation and a space for networking with like-minded individuals. As of this writing, there were 488,585 Total Posts and 12,079 Members.

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Tropical Tree Guide Facebook Page

I recently launched a Facebook Page!

My plan for this Facebook Page is to post daily growing tips about different tropical trees as well as sharing photos sent to me from the Tropical Tree Guide Community.

If you have any photos that you want to share, feel free to email me at [email protected]

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Education

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

One of the most common questions that I get asked is “Can I grow X Tree in Y City?

And the answer to that question ultimately depends on your Hardiness Zone. The USDA Hardiness Zone Map breaks down local areas into specific growing zones based on average annual minimum temperatures.

Consulting the map is an important first step for determining and selecting tropical trees that can thrive in your local temperature range.

2023 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

University of Florida – Ask IFAS

Ask IFAS is a “single-source repository of all current UF/IFAS numbered peer-reviewed publications… with over 6,500 publication titles [that have been viewed] more than 17.5 million times.” (University of Florida).

Whenever I have any tree-specific question, the first resource that I always consult is Ask IFAS. That is because I know that I am getting a peer-reviewed answer that I know I can trust.

Screenshot of the University of Florida's Ask IFAS Tool

Tropical Fruit Tree Guides

I started Tropical Tree Guide in 2022 to be a free resource for tree enthusiasts, homeowners and nurseries alike.

I absolutely love growing tropical fruit as well as providing others with realistic, proven & actionable information to successfully grow a variety of tropical fruit trees.

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Master Gardeners

Founded in 1973, the Master Gardener Program trains individuals in our local communities with in-depth horticultural knowledge. Homeowners can contact Master Gardeners (for free) via their local university extension office.

As someone who has completed the Master Gardener Program, I can personally attest that this is often an overlooked yet extremely valuable resource that provides amazing location-specific advice.

Click on your state to find your specific county’s Master Gardener Program contact information.

ISA Certified Arborists

An ISA Certified Arborist is a professional tree care specialist accredited by the International Society of Arboriculture.

ISA Certified Arborists possess advanced knowledge and skills in tree management, distinguishing them from non-certified arborists by demonstrating a commitment to industry standards and best practices in the care and maintenance of trees.

If you ever need any type of tree work done, always verify that the person doing the work is ISA Accredited.

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Personalized Consulting

While I do my best to provide a lot of general information, I also understand that everyone’s growing goals, experiences & situations vary considerably.

As a result, whether you are new to growing tropical trees or have been doing it for a while, I do offer consulting services in order to provide customized recommendations for your specific growing situation.

If you have any questions prior to scheduling a consultation call, don’t hesitate to reach out 😊

Matthew Rowlings holding a Pickering Mango Tree

Reputable Vendors

FastGrowingTrees.com

FastGrowingTrees.com is an online nursery that provides a wide selection of tropical trees, shrubs and plants.

I was honestly very impressed with their massive selection of tropical trees (literally couldn’t find another online nursery that comes close).

So if you are not happy with the selection of trees at your local nursery, FastGrowingTrees.com is a great alternative.

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Tropical Acres Farms

Tropical Acres Farms is mango farm run by Alex and Becky Salazar located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tropical Acres is famous for having one of most diverse mango farms in the world with over 300+ cultivars of mangos.

I have personally purchased fruit, budwood and trees from Tropical Acres Farms.

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Lara Farms

Lara Farms is a nursery run by Julian Lara that specializes in rare tropical fruit trees located in Miami, Florida.

Lara Farms has been providing rare tropical fruit trees for the past 40 years in South Florida.

They have a large variety of mangos and can ship to anywhere in the United States.

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Truly Tropical

Truly Tropical is a mango farm run by Chris Wenzel that is located in Delray Beach, Florida.

Chris grows over 70+ mango cultivars and sells trees, budwood, and of course fruit during mango season.

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