Suggested Resources for More Information
The following are a selection of various resources that may be helpful. Included are references for tropical fruits, citrus, mangos, grafting, growing unusual and exotic vegetables, general gardening and landscaping in Florida, cookbooks, a video series on tropical fruits, locations of other tropical fruit gardens you can visit as well as some helpful web resources. We have also included details on where the materials can be found. Many of these publications are available in ECHO's bookstore.
Florida's Best Fruiting Plants $19.95 ECHO Bookstore
Charles R. Boning, 2006
This beautiful color picture book provides details of 80 species of native and exotic trees, vines and shrubs, as well as covering hundreds of relatives. It contains plant descriptions, salt and cold tolerances, fruiting times, cultural practices, propagation and more. This up to date book is now becoming one of our most commonly used reference books in the nursery.
Florida Fruit $8.00 ECHO bookstore
Lewis & Betty Maxwell, 1991
This picture book (black & white photos) is a guide to the selection of choice fresh fruit that grow well in Florida. It contains plant descriptions, salt and cold tolerances, fruiting times, cultural practices, propagation and more. It is one of our most commonly used reference books in the nursery. 119 pages, paperback
Fruits of Warm Climates $69.95 ECHO bookstore
Dr. Julia Morton 1987
This is the most used reference book at ECHO. The ultimate resource book for tropical fruit, it has photos and information about almost any tropical fruit: common names in other languages, details of cultivation and propagation, diseases, varieties, where it is grown, uses, and more. 504 pages, hard bound.
Fruit of Warm Climates CD-ROM $49.95 ECHO bookstore
Dr. Julia Morton 1987
This classic 504 page reference book on tropical fruits will be out of print as soon as ECHO sells the remaining stock of about 300 books. But now it is available on CD-ROM. The book has entries for 124 fruits, giving extensive information on the more common ones. It also has listings of local and alternate names for many of the fruits.
Rare and Exotic Tropical Fruit Trees and Plants Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange (3406 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33905)
Carl W. Campbell and Seymour Goldweber
This compact little booklet is one of our more useful resources in the nursery. It is comprised of tables detailing the following information: scientific and common name, native area, type and size of the plant, a fruit description, season and uses of the fruit, growth description, wind resistance, salt, cold drought and flood tolerance, means of propagation and a few extra comments. We find this to be one of our most helpful and handy guides. 20 pages, paperback booklet.
Tropical Fruits Amazon.com
H.Y. Nakasone, R.E. Paull
Volume 7 in Crop Production Science in Horticulture. The book provides a broad survey of all aspects of tropical fruit production and usage. It details the climate and soils of the tropics, and outlines the general principles of cultivation and postharvest handling. Each type of fruit (about 25 in total) is examined in terms of botany, origin, distribution, ecology, genetics, cultivars, cultural practices, pests, diseases, harvest and utilization. Please note - that although this book is geared toward a commercial grower, our farm manager found it to be a very helpful resource. 444 page, hardcover.
All About Citrus and Subtropical Fruits Amazon.com
Ortho Books 1985
This book is for the gardener who wants to grow citrus and discover the unusual world of subtropical fruits. Learn how to grow and enjoy over 50 varieties of citrus and 16 exotic fruits, with tips in cultivating these plants indoors in colder climates. 96 pages, softcover.
Citrus growing in Florida $29.95 ECHO bookstore
L. Jackson, F. Davies, 1999 This book tells about citrus growing, including production, climate, soils, propagation, planting, pests and diseases. 314 pages, hardcover.
Your Florida Dooryard Citrus Guide $11.95 ECHO Bookstore
No matter where you live in Florida, you can grow your own citrus more easily than almost any other fruit tree. What it takes is a little tender loving care at the right time. "Your Florida Dooryard Citrus Guide," written for Florida homeowners as well as our winter visitors, tells you how to grow citrus in your dooryard landscape or as a container plant. 62 pages, paperback.
Citrus : Complete Guide to Selecting & Growing More Than 100 Varieties for California, Arizona, Texas, the Gulf Coast and Florida Amazon.com
Lance Walheim 1996
This beautiful book is not only a pleasure to read, but it is also worth buying for the magnificent pictures alone. In addition to the well-done photographs of the different and unusual citrus varieties that are available, it also contains hints about where to plant and how to care for your citrus, both in the dooryard, or in containers.
Guide to Mangos in Florida $29.95 ECHO bookstore
Fairchild Tropical Garden 1992
Page after page of full color photos! In addition to the color photo of the outside and inside of the fruit for each variety, the text discusses origin, tree size, fruit quality, shape, color, size, weight, skin, flesh, seed, and season. 226 pages, quality paperback.
Grafting, Budding, Layering & Other Ways of Propagating Fruit Plants in Florida $5.00 ECHO bookstore Mike J. Young & T. E. Crocker
This booklet explains techniques commonly used to propagate fruit plants, with special emphasis on Florida Fruits. 50 pages, paperback.
Grafting Kits $13.95 ECHO Bookstore
Ideal for the beginner grafter, and for the experienced grafter too! Each kit contains information for grafting avocado, citrus and mangos, 10 replaceable blades, 1 knife handle, a 300 foot role of budding/grafting tape and about 50 grafting rubbers.
Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines $3.95, ECHO Bookstore
Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin 1980
This bulletin tells you how to keep your trees, shrubs, and vines attractive and healthy through careful pruning. 32 pages, paperback.
Tree Pruning: A Worldwide Photo Guide Amazon.com
Alex L. Shigo 1989
This unique book by a longtime researcher who has spent his life discovering the true nature of how trees function and the best ways to take care of them is fascinating and filled with interesting photographs. Based on solid science, this book destroys old myths of tree care that actually hurt trees and introduces the practices that homeowners and arborists must learn if we are to help trees survive. 186 pages, hardcover,
Florida Vegetables $8.00 ECHO Bookstore
Lewis S. Maxwell, 1974 This book contains the information needed to grow vegetables in the Florida home garden. This includes basic information on soil preparation, fertilization and pest control. Many photographs and planting guide are included. 118 pages, paperback.
Vegetable Gardening in Florida $16.95 ECHO Bookstore
James M. Stephens, 1999 With full-cover photographs and detailed expert advice, this book describes how to grow abundant vegetables and edible herbs in gardens anywhere in Florida. The book addresses the challenges of pests and diseases and includes a detailed and illustrated description of all the major and minor crops usually grown in Florida. 135 pages, paperback
Your Florida Landscape $19.95 ECHO bookstore
Dr. Robert Black & Dr. Kathleen Ruppert 1995
Most people moving to Florida are not familiar with its plants and growing conditions. This book, developed by scientists at the University of Florida, provides current and no-nonsense information on how to plant and maintain trees, palms, shrubs, ground covers and vines in the Florida landscape. 234 pages, large paperback.
TROPICAL FRUIT, TROPICAL VEGETABLE AND CITRUS COOKBOOKS
Maurice's Tropical Fruit Cook Book $2.95 ECHO Bookstore
Maurice de Verteuil, 1979 A recipe book devoted to the tropical fruits that can be found in Florida. 79 pages, paperback.
Citrus Lovers Cook Book $6.95 ECHO Bookstore
Bruce & Lee Fischer, 1980 Juices, salads, desserts, pies, preserves, sauces, marinades, salad dressings and more! 126 pages paper back.
For Citrus Only $7.50 ECHO Bookstore
K. Armitage, C. Butterfield, J. Hurlock, C. Shafer, 1994 This is a unique cookbook and complete guide filled with history, tropical island punches, wines, award-winning seafood recipes from local chefs, marinades, meat, poultry, salads, desserts, sorbets, snacks, home remedies, gardening, decorating and craft ideas. 155 pages, paperback
Fruit Cookbook $15.95 ECHO Bookstore
Nicole Routhier, 1996 400 sweet and savory fruit-filled recipes. Soups to desserts. 482 pages, paperback.
Fabulous Fruit Cooking $19.95 ECHO Bookstore
Andreas Miessmer, 1993 A Gourmet Guide to Great Fruit Dishes from Soup to Sorbet. Local and exotic fruits are used to make 80 delectable recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions and full color photographs make cooking with fruit fun and delicious. 140 pages, hardback.
Surprising Citrus $9.95 ECHO Bookstore
Audra & Jack Hendrickson, 1988 Here is a cookbook that explains everything you should know about cooking with citrus. It dispels the notion that you can only eat citrus raw. It includes descriptions of citrus as well as hints on cooking, buying, storing, handling and using. 150 pages, paperback.
Extending the Table...a world community cookbook $18.99 ECHO Bookstore
Joetta Handrich Schlabach, et al., 1991.
A staff favorite at ECHO! Written in the tradition of the More with Less cookbook, but with truly international flair! Missionaries from around the globe sent in their favorite local specialties, which were then tested and edited for North American cooks. Inserted between recipes and sections are thoughtful quotes and essays on food, hunger, and life. 335 pages, paperback
ECHO's Tropical Fruit Crop Video Series Call for prices. ECHO bookstore
Carl Campbell Individual tapes are available for $19.95 each. NTSC version. SECAM and PAL versions are available for $30.00 per tape; $125 for the whole set. Contact ECHO to purchase individual tapes or SECAM or PAL versions. Tape #1 (73.03 min) Introduction to Tropical Fruit Tape #2 (81.58 min) Part I. Grafting Tropical Fruit; Part II. Avocados Tape #3 (85.13 min) Part I. Guava, pineapple & macadamia; Part II. Mamey sapote, sapodilla, eugenia family, jaboticaba, velvet apple, black sapote, white sapote, white mombin, strawberry tree Tape #4 (79.02 min) Part I. Atemoya, passion fruit, inga, loquat, naranjilla; Part II. Akee, tamarind, jujube, carissa; Part III. carambola, canistel, monstera, barbados cherry Tape #5 (69.12 min) Part I. Mangoes; Part II. Papaya, coconut Tape #6 (67.36 min) Part I. Banana & jackfruit; Part II. Conversation with Carl Campbell about tropical fruit.
HELPFUL WEB RESOURCES
IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
IFAS publications (including Fruit Crop Fact Sheets and other publications of interest to home fruit tree growers) are available for free from their website (as well as from County Extension Offices). An excellent resource for anyone interested in tropical and subtropical fruit tree cultivation. As well, there are also links to county extension offices, and other sites of agricultural interest.
ECHO's Edible Landscape Nursery
Information related to ECHO's nursery is here, including a complete copy of our nursery catalog.
http://www.echonet.org/ is our general ECHO website, where you can find out more information about ECHO and what we do.
OTHER TROPICAL FRUIT GARDENS
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables (Miami), FL 33156
One of the world's preeminent botanical gardens with extensive collections of rare tropical plants. The International Mango Festival, a yearly event, is an all-day extravaganza featuring the king of tropical fruit. It always takes place the second Saturday in July.
National Tropical Botanical Garden - The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road,
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 Phone: (305) 442-7169 Fax: (305) 442-2925
David Fairchild's home and private collection of mainly tropical fruit trees.
Miami-Dade's Fruit and Spice Park
24801 S.W. 187 Avenue
Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: (305) 247-5727
Savor tropical and exotic fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts from around the world as you munch your way through the park.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
phone: (941) 366-5731
fax: (941) 366-9807
A beautiful botanical garden on the Gulf in Sarasota - see tropical fruit trees, beautiful bamboo and an exquisite orchid display.
COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICES
Lee County Cooperative Extension Service
Terry Park - 3406 Palm Beach Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Phone: (941) 338-3232
Fax: (941) 338-3243
Collier County Cooperative Extension Service
4700 Immokalee Road
Naples, Florida 34120-1468
Charlotte County Extension Service
25550 Harbor View Road, Suite # 3
Port Charlotte, Florida 33980-2503
Hendry County Cooperative Extension Service
225 Pratt Boulevard
Labelle, FL 33975-0068
Phone: (863) 674-4092
Fax: (863) 674-4098 e-mail: email@example.com
Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service
18710 SW 288 Street
Homestead, FL 33030-2309
Phone: (305) 248-3311
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2686 SR 29 N.
Immokalee, FL 34142
Phone: (941) 657-5221