Food forest plants in South Florida
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Food forest plants in South Florida - 7 layers
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NameDescription/notesSeasonWhere to findReferences:Other links
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Canopy layer, tall trees
Nurseries: Pine Island (PIN), Flamingo Rd Nursery, FL Nursery Mart
CUB H GR V = CUBs GRow Vertical = 7
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MangoMany grafted varieties. Large - Val PridesummerFruit: Foodtown, Robert is Here, Miami FruitCanopy trees
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18bmU6l3uZPIvyoQe0EJTgnoxZH5Yd9-XpGNYKXutOPY
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LoquatChampaigne - larger, ligher flesh, more acidic, Bradenton - yellowspring
Understory, dwarf trees
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Black sapoteGrows easliy from seedwinterFoodtown - fruitBushes
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CanistelGrows easliy from seedspringHerbs
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Ross sapotesummerGround cover
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Mamey sapoteMangana - small tee, Pantin/KW, Pablo Lara's varieties - Pace, Larayear roundFoodtown, Sedanos, Robert is Here - fruitRoots
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Mulberry
Pakistani - large leaves/fruit. Evervbearing dward. Propagated via cuttings
spring
Vines/Vertical climbers
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Muntingia (strawberry tree)Very fast growingyear round
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Carambola (star fruit)winter/summerFoodtown - fruit
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/apr/05/guardianobituaries1
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JackfruitGrows easliy from seedsummerFoodtown - fruit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture
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Soursop (guanabana)Grows easliy from seed. Cold sensitive in SFlasummer
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AvocadoDoes not like waterlogged soilsummer
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Ice cream beanN-fixing
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BambooEdible shoots of some speciesyear round
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Lychee, longanDifficilties with chill hours in SFlaspring
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TamarindVery large tree
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CoconutPlant dwarf varietiesyear round
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Star apple (caimito)Grows easliy from seedspringFoodtown - fruit
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Understory, lower tree layer, dwarf trees
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SapodillaAlano. Silas Wood is very productive dwarfyear roundBroward County Rare Fruit Growers sales, Foodtown - fruit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RSzzGay9ossKB30coqKFLAwAtag1roq8tX4BWrQaLI0/edit#gid=0
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Dwarf mulberryEverbearing. Propagated via cuttingsspring
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Mango Dwarf varieties: Pickering, Cogshalsummer
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Carambola (star fruit)winter/summerFoodtown - fruit
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Noni
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White sapotesummer
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Green sapoteSlow growing
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MombinDeciduous. Propagated via cuttingsspring
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PersimonDeciduous
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MoringaGrows easliy from seed. Living stake for other trees. N-fixing.year roundPaisley Farms - seed source
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JujubeSome varieties have thornsspring
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PapayaShort lived in SFla (2-3 years). Grows easliy from seed. HI varietiesyear roundSeeds from U Hawaii - best tasting varieties but short lived in FL
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Malabar chestnutSlow growing
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PomegranateSpiny
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Sugar apple, atemoyaDecidious. Sugar apples grows easilty from seedspringFoodtown - fruit
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Wax jambuBland tastespring
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Bush/shrub layer, currants, berries
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Surinam cherryGrows easliy from seedspring
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JaboticabaSlow growing. Needs a lot of water. Can fruit in 8-10 years
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Grumichama cherrysummer
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Rio Grande cherry
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GuavaThin canopy, can plant underneathyear round
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Chaya (Mexican spinach)Easy to propagate via cuttings. Boil due do cyanide contentyear roundEbay
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FigDeciduous. Nematodes affect productivity in SFlaspring
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Pigeon peayear roundFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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Banana/PlantainMany varietiesyear round
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SScLWvg2oArll3pN4WXxcslDysgtN-QtHpD7hsCohLI/
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Miracle fruit
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Ambarella (June plum)Unconvential taste of fruityear round
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KatukEdible, sweet leavesyear round
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Herbaceous layer, herbs
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Parsleyyear roundEbay
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Pepper
Nematodes affect productivity in SFla. One BG variety is very productive
winter/spring/fall
Seeds from U Hawaii
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Tomato
Everglades tomato is easiest to grow. Other difficult to grow due to diseases
Seeds from U Hawaii, Ebay
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EggplantEbay
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Green onions/scallionsCan be grown from store bought plantyear roundRareSeeds.com, Ebay
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Multiplier onionsCan be grown from store bought plantyear roundEbay
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HibiscusCranberry hibiscus. Other varietiesyear round
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Cactus (nopales)Can be grown from store bought plant. Edible plantyear round
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OkraEbay
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CucumberDifficult to grow due to picklewormSeeds from U Hawaii
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PineappleVery prickly leavesyear round
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Aloe vera
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Lemon grassEasy to grow from store cuttings, seeds from Ebayyear round
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Ground cover of edible plants, living mulch
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KaleDinosaur kaleyear roundEbay
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Daikon radishAgressive seed, smothers weeds. Green/root edibleyear roundSeeds from farm supply stores, Hancock Seed Company.
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Sun hempNot edible. N-fixing. Suppresses nematodesyear roundSeeds from farm supply stores, Hancock Seed Company.
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Okinawa spinachPropagated via cuttingsyear round
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New Zealand spinachyear round
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Egyptian spinachsummerEbay
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SunflowerPeredovik sunflower from supply storesyear roundSeeds from farm supply stores, Hancock Seed Company.
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Collardsyear round
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Mustard greensSpicyyear round
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Rhizosphere layer, root crops
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CassavaEasy to propagate via cuttings. Boil due do cyanide contentyear round
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Sweet potatoCan be grown from store bought rootsyear roundFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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YamCan be grown from store bought roots. Best grown in large potsummerFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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TurmericCan be grown from store bought roots. Dies off in wintersummerFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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GingerCan be grown from store bought roots. Dies off in wintersummerFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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GalangalCan be grown from store bought rootsyear roundFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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Water chestnutRoot must be submerged (in a bucket)year round
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Cana lilyyear round
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Vertical layer of vines, climbers
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Passion fruitPurple possum is common in SFla. Propagated via cuttingssummer
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GrapesEasy to propagate via cuttingsfall
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Malabar spinachSlimy texture of leaves
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Sugar cane
Easy to propagate via cuttings. Can be grown from store bought plant
year roundFoodtown, Sedano's, Presidente
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Seminole pumpkinCan be grown from store bought plantsummer
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BeansLima, snake beans, wing beansyear roundSeeds from U Hawaii
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Dragon fruit (pitaya)3 main varieties: White/Viatnamese, Red, Yellowsummer
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