Tropical greenhouse trees

beetreeJuly 27, 2014

I live in nebraska and me and my dad are building a 80ft long 30ft wide 25ft tall fully heated tropical greenhouse heated with wood as we get as much fire wood as we want from a forest of alder I planted for just this verry thing as they grow back verry well and I just wanted to know what some yummy and weird fruits I could grow in it that don't get to tall or could be pruned to fit are thanks.

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

guava and mango? Also semi-dwarf citrus. Figs can be pruned.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:22AM
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As desertdance suggests, Guava is nice and easy (there are tropical and subtropical species...I only have grown the tropical ones). Mangos too are good, even small one WILL produce fruit. Try to get a dwarf Cogshall/Condo mango. Lots of the tropicals are really quite easy...
Sugar cane, ginger, bananas are easy enough for beginners (try the dwarf cavindish.). Subtropical kiwi is a vine that is super aggressive and lush (so much so that I had to remove it from my outdoor garden here in NJ, so sure it will do fine in a greenhouse in Nebraska...but it is deciduous). Passion fruit for fruit and flowers is nice. Citrus, if you go that route, is ADDICTING, so try...kumquats, Meyer Lemons, ponderosa Lemons (enormous), Washington Navels, Blood Oranges, grapefruit, Persian Limes, Key Limes, pomelos, Valencia, got the point?! Loquats are just about cold hardy here outside of greenhouses (except for last year), so if heating is an issue...LOQUATS! Figs are also very cold-hardy. Best of luck!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 5:16PM
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Very very cool, bee tree - I can just see this is going to be a VERY FUN project for you. I like the varieties other folks have mentioned.How about adding Papaya to the mix, if you like them. There are vines too - passion fruit, dragon fruit, oh lordy there are sooooo many things you could plant.

Go online and see what's out there....or maybe go to a site that sells tropical and sub-tropical plants and you will get tons of ideas....

Gosh, I want to see a picture of this Monstrous greenhouse when it is completed...


    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 5:38PM
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Dragon fruit, climbing cactus supported by a trellis.

Cool flowers.

Cool looking fruit.


    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 6:22PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Mine isn't tropical, more temperate fruits that need winter chilling. If you decide to build another it would only need to be 12-14ft for my crops: citrus, figs, grapes, kiwi, blueberry, blackberry, and all kinds of stone fruits.

Why 25ft tall? You could grow anything in one 5-10ft shorter. It will need to be super ultra strong at that height in NE.

Here is a link that might be useful: greenhouse fruit production in west Texas

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 6:36PM
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Thank you all so much for your posts.and I am building it 25ft tall for some of the fruit I have eaten and REAlY loved such as rambutan avocado jackfruit dwarf coconut and large papaya trees heating is not a problem it will stay 75 in there all year and it will be done in 8 months. The goal is to have a small tropical fruit forest here in zone 5 Nebraska I did not think of putting citrus mango and guava in there as well great ideas thank you all.

This post was edited by beetree on Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 20:22

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Even the 'tropical' guava is easy (Psidium guajava), and mine has to survive some degree of Winter cold as well...will even come back if leaves are shed! Regarding the papaya...there is a dwarf variety readily available and I love it! Seems more robust than the others. Some others to consider...

Cafea arabica (coffee)
Bay Laurel (more mediterranean/subtropical), but easy
Lemon Grass (an herb popular in Thai cuisine)
Chili peppers

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:43PM
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I'm interested in how you are heating the greenhouse with wood?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 9:36PM
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