Seven Amazing Berries for the Subtropics


| 7/30/2013 11:50:00 AM


naranjillaMost of us are familiar with temperate berries. (Note: I’m using the word “berry” in the broad sense, as in “small fruit,” and not in the taxonomic sense). Strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries … these are friendly and recognizable species.

If you’re a little more of a plant nerd, you might also be growing gooseberries, elderberries, currants and lingonberries.

But … what about further south? Like … really further south?

I talked to a very nice gal a couple months ago who lives in South Florida.

“Can I grow blueberries?” she said, “I really want to grow blueberries … but we’re too far south, right?”



I told her not to worry about blueberries. She’s basically in the tropics – and that means there are far more exciting small fruit you can grow with very little work.





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