Pushing the limits of your growing area
How many of you grow tropicals successfully, in a less than tropical climate?
Here in 8B, many people are too afraid to plant tropicals. Our weather dips into the 20s about 15 days out of the year. But every once in a while I have seen a successful tropical plant grown by locals in their back yards. I'm not talking about potted plants that can be moved indoors. I'm talking plants in the ground that have grown to full size. Most of the time, these gardenrs were able to find a suitable micro-climate by luck. They throw a seed in the ground and it just happens to live year after year.
what are some of your success stories? what kind of protection was used? Here are my stories:
My mom's friend has a 4-5 year old sugar apple grown from seed and has picked about 10 delicious fruit last year.
My sister has a grove (15 trees) of Vietnamese guava, from seed, planted next to the house facing south, last year she harvested 8 fruit, about 4 in across, excellent flavor. Last winter created very little damage to the leaves. So far this year there are a ton of flowers and lots of tiny fruit.
She also had several hawaiian papaya grown from seed. they suffered considerable leaf damage this winter, but not enough to kill them. They are now flowering and some are fruiting.
The only protection was a tarp covering the plants on top. That was it. Whereas my parents house, most tropical trees died to the ground. They have a larger yard, I think that may cause too much open space for wind damage. This happens every year and they will never get fruit at that rate.