Exotic, island-inspired flavors, unique textures, and second-to-none growth, right from home. Our Tropical Fruit Trees can be planted in your garden, backyard, or in a container for your patio or indoor spaces without effort.
What are Tropical Fruits?
Tropical Fruits are a diverse group indigenous to tropical locales and include Mangoes, Pineapples and even some types of Apples. We have a large variety of Tropical Fruit Trees that are well-suited to your location; so, despite their origins, they’ll still thrive in a number of environments.
How to Grow Tropical Fruits
Though specific planting directions depend on the variety you choose, all Tropical Fruit Trees must be grown in the proper growing zones (and if your outdoor growing zone doesn’t suffice for these unique fruits, plant them in a container and grow them indoors). Above all, keep sunlight and watering needs in mind.
From there, planting your one-of-a-kind trees is simple. Find an area with well-drained soil or select a container large enough to accommodate the tree’s root ball, place your tree and backfill soil. Finally, water the soil to settle your tree’s roots and mulch to conserve moisture.
When to Plant Tropical Fruit Trees
Generally, you should plant your Tropical Fruit Trees in early spring. However, you can plant your Tropical Fruit Trees in pots to stay on the porch or move indoors nearly any time of year.
How to Pollinate Tropical Fruits
Many of our Tropical Fruit Trees are self-fertile, but you’ll almost always have bigger harvests by planting more than one tree nearby. And for those that need a cross-pollinator, we’ve recommended the best pollination partners on each product page.
Here’s how pollination usually works: Bees help spread the pollen of one tree from bloom to bloom, helping fruit emerge, or bees carry the pollen from one tree to another tree, ensuring both varieties fruit.
With indoor trees, hand pollination is sometimes necessary. However, the process is easy: Simply transfer pollen from one bloom to the next on your tree by using a clean, dry paintbrush and swirling pollen on each bloom’s center.
When to Prune and Harvest Tropical Fruit Trees
Wait until the dormant fall and winter seasons to prune your Tropical Trees. At this point, remove diseased, dead or broken branches, suckers and any competing branches on your Tropical Fruits. You should also ensure you’re making your cuts with a clean, sterilized pair of shears.
As far as harvesting goes, different varieties will ripen in different seasons: Some as early as the first year in the summer, and some after a few years and as late as the fall season.