Growing starfruit in north Florida is close to impossible… but I love starfruit so much I don’t let that stop me.
I FORCE THEM TO GROW!
How? I put a tree in a big pot then put it in my greenhouse, GANGSTA!
(drop the beat)
I gots starfruit in my greenhouse and key limes by da wall
You think the frosts are killa – well I kill ’em all!
I’m da microclimate gangsta with my forced zone-shiftin’
Once you go tropical you can’t go back, kitten!
(insert record scratching here)
Growing starfruit in north Florida isn’t easy, but if you have a greenhouse, big pots you can haul in and out, or a south wall you can espalier them to, you can pull off this delicious and productive tree outside its natural climatic range.
Anyhow, for a good quick look at starfruit, check out Grower Jim’s article here.
When my fruit mature in a month or so, I’m probably going to save the seeds and start mass planting them out to see if I can breed a little cold-hardiness into them. We’re close to their zone… but not close enough, unless there are some cold-tolerant genes hiding in there we can coax out. I’d love to know who has the furthest north unprotected starfruit. You may not lie awake at night thinking of things like that… but I do.
If you want to learn how to grow plants where they aren’t supposed to grow, check out my book Push The Zone.