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Gainesville Zip Codes:
32601, 32603, 32605, 32606, 32607, 32608, 32609, 32641, 32653, 32667
Edible Plant selection and placement -
Have one of our plant specialists come out to your property and advise you on fruit trees, perennial and annual vegetables, and their placement. We'll give you an estimate on an installation cost. Or you can save by doing it yourself with some guidance from one of our specialists. We'll deliver the plants and amendments necessary to give your fruit trees and perennial vegetables the best chance grow healthy, robust and produce well. Then we'll guide you through the best possible planting process, step by step.
- $50/hour for the first hour. The first hours consultation fee is reimbursed with any installation of $300 or more.
Cold Hardy (Mexican) Avocado's:
These avocados are extremely hardy in our climate. They have paper thin skins so shipping is impossible which is why these avocado trees are not usually available. They make a perfect backyard tree. In our climate they are self pollinating. They have high oil content which makes them taste like Hass more than “Florida” avocados.
This is the hardiest tree I have reportedly surviving 9 deg. and 12 consecutive nights below freezing and only freezing halfway back. This fruit is small but has one of the best flavors and seems most resistant to fungal problems. Think of it as the cherry tomato of avocados.
This tree has endured 16 degrees with minor leaf damage and still went on to make some fruit that same year. It has a very small seed which gives you a lot of flesh. I think this is the best all around variety for our area.
This tree has the biggest fruit of all Mexican avocados but may need to be sprayed with copper and/or Serenade to prevent anthracnose from damaging the fruit. It seems to be a degree or two less hardy than Opal.
Half logs - 2 ft. inoculated logs, 4-6" in diameter, standing vertically in a clay pot with microtubing and an imbedded drip emitter for easy irrigation hook-up. A care guide will be delivered with the log.
Full logs - 4 ft. inoculated logs, 4-6" in diameter. A care guide will be delivered with the log.
Our log cultured mushrooms are the best in the area, because they have the best of care. We only have them seasonally, from October - April and possibly further into the summer.
Brown Turkey Figs:
This variety (Lee's Perpetual, Eastern Brown Turkey, Brunswick, Ramsey, Harrison, Texas Everbearing, Everbearing) has the longest ripening season of the recommended varieties. The fruit is medium to large, with a reddish-brown skin tinged with purple. The pulp is reddish-pink and of good quality. The fruit is excellent for making home preserves, eating raw or dehydrated.
This hardy, cold tolerant banana plant reaches up to 15 feet in height. In spite of its height, it stands up to the wind well having a strong stem and root system. The leaves are a silver-green color. And the fruit is blue-green. The fruit is medium sized and the flesh is snow white. The quality of the fruit is excellent, many rate this is the best tasting banana. Mature height 10 - 15 ft. zones 8- 11
Exceptionally frost hardy compared to other bananas, produces good fruit, year after year, without any frost protection. These angulated cooking bananas are also a tasty treat out of hand when fully ripe. Their versatility makes them popular in many regions of the world. Fried green they are similar to potatoes. When fried ripe they are an excellent desert. Mature height 5-6 ft. zones 7b- 11
This group of lady finger bananas produce large sized bunches of sweet, truly delicious, fruit that is prized in Indonesia and all over the world. It is drought resistant and vigorous. This banana tree produces fruit that is one of the sweetest.
Mature height 9-10 ft. zones 8-11
Sumatrana X Grand Nain
This ornamental banana plant has beautiful large leaves with maroon under side and splotched maroon and green on the top side of the leaves. It has 3” seedless edible bananas unlike other ornamental types. Mature height 6-7 ft
A tropical looking plant, related to ginger, with roots that are used as a culinary spice. Turmeric grows to one and a half feet, with broad attractive foliage. It does well in shade, but will produce larger yields in full sun. Can tolerate drought and sandy soils, but does better in fertile soil. Helps promote re-growth of liver cells damaged by environmental toxins and drug and alcohol abuse. Turmeric is also used to aid healthy joint function.
This striking perennial plant is edible and also adds an ornamental quality to gardens beds. The Cranberry Hibiscus has several alias: False Roselle, Maroon mallow, and Red-Shield hibiscus. But its official botanical name is Hibiscus Acetosella. Well suited for our sandy soils, this plant is also nematode and pest resistant and grows rapidly. When left unpruned, it can reach heights of 6-8', but can be pruned to encourage bushier plants. In Alachua County this plant will die to the ground in cold weather, so mulching the base will insulate the roots to ensure regrowth in spring. Plant in full sun or partial shade. The leaves can be eaten raw, adding color and zest to salads, and mildly cooked in stir fries. Also the fleshy calyx, has a tangy flavor and has been used as a cranberry substitute to make jelly and juice. The flowers can be dried and steeped in hot water to make tea. It is known to be a mild laxative and mild diuretic.
The Cranberry Hibiscus has been grown around here for a few years and the calyces can be used for Jams and Jellies, the plant's common name 'False Roselle' hints that there is a true Roselle. James Steele at The Herb Garden, http://www.steelesherbgarden.com/
The true Roselle is Hibiscus Sabdariffa http://www.floridata.com/ref/H/hibi_sab.cfm
Okinawan Spinach is a perennial vegetable that forms a gorgeous dense shrub in full sun and sprawls slightly in the shade. They have edible dark green leaves, with reddish purple undersides. Though they do freeze back in the winter here in Gainesville, they will come back in the spring if they are provided with enough time to establish a healthy root system. They are best when cooked with other vegetables and greens. Their flavor cooked alone can be too strong for some.
Yuca or Cassava:
Cassava is a starchy root crop that can be cooked in various ways. The soft-boiled root has a delicate flavor and can replace boiled potatoes in many uses: as an accompaniment for meat dishes, or made into purees, dumplings, soups, stews, gravies, etc.. Deep fried (after boiling or steaming), it can replace fried potatoes, with a distinctive flavor. Tapioca is made from the starchy cassava root flour. Cassava is best planted in the fall, here in Gainesville, To give it a jump start for the spring. It will freeze to the ground in the winter but more often than not comes back in the spring.
Nopales Spineless Cactus:
This cactus requires little to no care and can grow to be an 8 ft. tall cactus hedge. The nopales cactus pad is a vegetable that can be eaten grilled or boiled. Over cooking may give them a slightly "slimy" texture you may want to avoid. Frequently the nopales are added to eggs, or as a vegetable in soups, chilies or a filling in a tortilla. Thankfully someone developed a spineless variety for easier preparation.
Lemon Grass is a tropical bunching grass good for creating attractive barriers around gardens to keep out intruding weeds. It also helps as a deterrent to pests due to its strong citrus smell. It is fast growing, suited for full sun and well drained soil and is a perennial that dies to the ground during cold weather, but is quick to regenerate in spring. Cut and use fresh during warm months and take a large harvest prior to the first freeze and dry for winter use in teas, curries and soups, poultry and seafood dishes. AEL sells a Thai variety and a flowering variety.
Moringa has a variety of uses. Its leaves, flowers, and pods are a food source for humans and animals. The flowers are a good nectar source for honey, and the seeds are a rich oil source for cooking and lubricant uses. The roots are a source of a spice resembling horseradish, and many parts of the plant have been used in medicinal preparations. Whole plants have been used as living hedges, fences, and windbreaks. Attracting attention in recent decades is the use of the dried, crushed seeds as a coagulant similar to the chemical alum. Even very muddy water can be cleared when crushed seeds are added.
Moringa leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion
|Vitamin A||6780 mcg||Carrots: 1890 mcg|
|Vitamin C||220 mg||Oranges: 30 mg|
|Calcium||440 mg||Cow's milk: 120 mg|
|Potassium||259 mg||Bananas: 88 mg|
|Protein||6.7 gm||Cow's milk: 3.2 gm|
For more info on Moringa check out Echo's website, http://www.echotech.org/content/home and Trees for life's website, http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa/nutritional-information/nutritional-information.
The feijoa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can reach 15 ft. high and 15 ft. wide. In addition to the fruit it provides, the shrub also doubles handsomely as a landscape specimen. When planted close together, the shrubs make a nice hedge, screen, or windbreak. Feijoas can also be espaliered or trained as a small tree (20 to 25 ft. tall) with one or more trunks. The flowers contain four to six fleshy flower petals that are white tinged with purple on the inside. These petals are mildly sweet and edible and can make a refreshing addition to spring salads. They also produce an oval shaped green fruit (the flesh on the inside being edible).
Amaranth comes in a variety of colors and also has edible seeds and leaves that are very good sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The vegetable amaranth actually has three times as much iron as spinach. Amaranth is an annual that is native central Mexico and has its origins in the traditional cultures of Mesoamerica. Amaranth is a sun loving plant that does well in the heat. Well draining soil is critical for proper growth. Regular watering is necessary but don’t over do it. It is a good idea to trim back your plant to encourage growth.
This plant is a low growing perennial from tropical America. It thrives in partial shade and high soil moisture. The leaves are often eaten raw, though can be cooked at low temperature. It is a close relative of purslane, and has a similar tangy flavor. In north central Florida Surinam spinach dies back to the ground after a freeze, but comes back in spring and becomes a welcomed refreshing lettuce substitute during extreme summer heat.
Cherry of the Rio Grande:
An extremely cold tolerant fruit tree of South American origin. Cherry of the Rio Grande is said to have the closest comparable fruit to the northern cherry that can be grown in our subtropical climate. This tree prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8. It bears a 1" oblong, dark-red fruit with a thin skin, sweet with a single seed. The fruit is eaten fresh.
Like other guavas and the feijoa, the strawberry guava is not fussy about soils, but naturally will grow better and faster in fertile soil. When it comes to cold hardiness, the Red Catley Guava grows well wherever the sweet orange does and the Yellow Catley Guava grows well where the lemon does. These trees fruit prolifically at an early age and also in the shade. Free of the muskiness of the common guava, the flavor is somewhat strawberry-like, spicy, sub-acid. The fruit also contains six times the Vitamin C as oranges.
Nursery Licences - FDACS Nursery # - 48004810, FDACS Nursery # - 48001911