Any luck growing a Breadfruit tree?

mangogrowerFebruary 24, 2006

I'm thinking about tackling this challenge with a portable greenhouse and a light, I live in Jax, FL, I wonder if any of you have tried to grow one with any success ?

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ARAD(10USDA/25SUNSET)

Yes, I did, it grew kinda big in 2 years and left it out in the ground without any protection at all. This is its 2nd winter like that and seems to be dead, although I'm sure that it would have been much better if didn't get hit again by the hurricane late last fall. I other words, yes, you can do it for a while but eventually gets too big.Grows really fast too.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2006 at 5:13PM
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wanna_run_faster

All I know about them is from my Jamacian neighbor who said that you have to cook the fruit for hours just to make it edible and that they are alway dropping on people's heads!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2006 at 6:49PM
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Heathen1(10a)

oooh! After reading Pippi Longstockings as a kid, I always wanted to eat breadfruit! You have to actually COOK it? :o( There goes my childhood fantasies...

    Bookmark   February 24, 2006 at 10:15PM
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siegel2

wanna and heathen,

You really should try a breadfruit. They are delicious. You do have to cook them, but only for an hour or less in an oven. They taste like creamy sweet potatoes only a little sweeter. They are very filling like a potatoe, not at all like a fruit.

I knocked some out of a tree in Hawaii and cooked them by setting them next to the rocks that surrounded my camp fire in Waimanu Valley on the Big Island. Even using this method, they didn't take long to cook.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 9:06PM
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unautre(8B San Antonio TX)

I'm in Jamaica now, we ate breadfruit for dinner, cooked by setting it directly on a low wood fire.

Totally tasteless. I had to put some garlic-y vinaigrette for the salad on it. :) The taste of the dinner was provided by boiled pumpkin and a great sauce on barracuda steaks. :)

Breadfruit tree has magnificent foliage, which is the only reason I'd try to grow one. They are huge trees here.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 11:33PM
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patusho25(z11 Mexico)

I´ve got some breadnut trees, I was bummed by the fact of not having a breadfruit, but then I read that breadnut fruits are more nutritius than those from the breadfruit because of the seeds (although there is also a seeded breadfruit)!!!. Besides, both trees are identical. Great foliage.

Breadnut starts shedding leaves at about 10°C.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 11:55PM
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maltesebev(9)

I would love to start one. Anyone have any seeds or starts to share?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 3:33PM
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barefootgardentender

I like breadfruit chips (like potato chips).

I grow a breadfruit tree in a pot. He comes into my greenhouse for the winter. Gorgeous, but challenging, tree!!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 12:25PM
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aroideana(Tropical Australia)

Breadfruit grows easily from a root cutting , or should I say it will sprout readily when roots are damaged by digging under the tree.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 4:33AM
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kpuanani3_gmail_com

Would really like to grow a few trees. I tried before but it died.
was wondering what's the secret if any

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 8:32PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

The secret is warm weather ALL the time. I left mine outside in a 40F degree night that only got to 60F the next day and it was dead! It should have day temperatures no less than 75F and night temperatures no less than 60F. The best conditions would be a good amount of humidity with day temperatures from 80F-95F and night temperatures from 65F-85F. They seem to be hard to kill in the tropics, but anything out of the tropics will be a challenge for them. They even have a hard time surviving in Miami, FL (which isn't considered part of the true tropics, but Miami does have frost-free weather all year long).

They really dont make good potted plants in cold zones because they will spend a lot of the year inside a dry house and they dont have a chance outside a greenhouse in areas with cooler summers or drier summers.

Good luck!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 12:19AM
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