Fantasia of Fruits in This Garden & Grove Tour (North Florida)

Fantasia of Fruits in This Garden & Grove Tour (North Florida)

We are back again with another incredible food forest to share with you from our visit to the panhandle a couple weekends ago. This time, we are visiting with Charles at his home to personally witness the legacy of a personal fruit tree collection he has acquired. We’ll be showing off more bananas, blueberries, citrus, figs, persimmons, muscadine grapes & even avocados that are well adapted to occasional overnight freezing temps.

Since so many of you asked in the comments, we knew it was time to venture out of our growing zone (just north of Tampa, FL). Here is the full North Florida series playlist:

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Charles offers us so much valuable information to selecting the best varieties for a climate that is just a bit different than ours & even if we are not in his specific growing zone (9a) – we can all learn from his experiences.


  1. Ken Roll on July 25, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I used Potassium, Phosphorus and minor elements to my tropical fruit and it seemed to work.

    My Tropical Obsession posted on: southerspirit4life
    I think that’s you may be on to something. I researched it and found this information
    3.3. Potassium and Low-Temperature Stress

    Cold stress inhibits plant growth and development, which results in limited crop productivity. It affects plants by directly inhibiting metabolic reactions and indirectly influencing cold-induced osmotic, oxidative and other stresses. The effect of increasing K+ applications on yield and cold tolerance studied by Devi et al.[92] in Panax ginseng showed that a high K+ concentration activated the plant’s antioxidant system and increased levels of ginsenoside-related secondary metabolite transcripts, which are associated with cold tolerance. Cold stress may destroy photosynthetic processes and reduce the effectiveness of antioxidant enzymes, resulting in ROS accumulation [66,93,94]. K improved plant survival under cold stress by increasing antioxidant levels and reducing ROS production [7,92].

    Greater frost damage in K-deficient plants is related to water deficiency from the chilling-induced inhibition of water uptake and freezing-induced cellular dehydration [95]. A significant negative correlation was found between frost damage and leaf K concentration, and an adequate K supply can effectively increase frost resistance [6,8]. Bogdevitch [96] found that oats that were supplied with sufficient K could survive late frost without obvious damage, whereas much of the crop that was grown on K-deficient soil did not survive. This finding could be attributed to a regulation of osmotic and water potential and a reduction of electrolyte leakage caused by cold stress [8,97]. High concentrations of K+ protected against freezing by lowering the freezing point of the plant’s cell solution. Furthermore, an adapted cytosol K+concentration is also essential for enzyme activities that are involved in regulating frost resistance [8].

  2. valencia x on July 25, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    wow i wish i could grow my citrus like this man! thanks for sharing

  3. Lauren Cline on July 25, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    What a beautiful property!!

  4. kelly51757 on July 25, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Wow banana grow in 8b? I have property in 8b now im excited im going to plant banana

  5. Luci Belarmino on July 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I’m from Pensacola and would like to plant a SABA banana from Mr. Charles. I don’t know his last name nor his home address.

  6. bud row on July 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    great video. thanks.

  7. G. Nash on July 25, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Those citrus 🍊 + lemons🍋 on the back looks yummy 🤤. These past few videos are my favourite…amazing yard of people who are willing to show their beautiful gardens to the people.

  8. Cosmic Carrie on July 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    yes good advice what doesn’t work is very valuable

  9. Orlando Gardener on July 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Pete what’s growing on, bro that’s a great video👊👊👊

  10. Joan Smith on July 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Very nice. Thank you.

  11. Renee Brown on July 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I so want to plant my food forrest. Slowly I’ve been sprouting all my trees and bushes. Hopefully soon I will have what I have planted. I live about 35 miles from Pensacola so wish me luck. I got my greenhouse put up in the fall. So now I’m planting. Some in my greenhouse some outside in my yard.

  12. Cathy Runnels on July 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I’m from Mobile! Amazing to see someone SO knowledgeable from my area! Thank You!

  13. julinda borbon on July 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You should cut off the sabha blossom to make the fruite mature and nice size,

  14. TALENA AN on July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Pomegranites love it in the desert of Arizona.

  15. MomOf2 PlusOtaku on July 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Oh neat! Here i live in pensacola wondering what fruit trees I should try growing and I find a video about from my town! ❤❤❤❤we uses to grow blue berries too

  16. Our Florida Garden on July 25, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    So nice to see all the citrus up there in north Florida.

  17. The PinCushionMan on July 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I love you man! Thank you for these wonderful movies. Better than anything Hollywood ever made.

  18. Jeff on July 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    wow…great video again…I took 2 of my pomegranate varieties out this yr…they don’t need many chill hrs at all..they are low chill…the culprit out west here can be the leaf footed bug…I didn’t have that issue this yr, but they are only a marginal fruit for me in enjoyment and they were taking up too much space.

  19. GIBBIE GIBSON on July 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    This is great

  20. Etta J on July 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Charles place was great, he seemed very knowledgeable on what he was growing, . Love all the bananas i want to try to grow some bananas need to find a reliable place to purchase them from, do you think they would grow well in southern California? i need a banana tree in my life LOL 😉 Be well!

  21. Creatrix on July 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Borrow a goat to get rid of those invasive and persistent weed plants. Magic!!

  22. George Washington on July 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Give a portobello and some liquor to yard
    Lee fou the Maryland A Tr

  23. Eli Nasi on July 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks Pete.

  24. Criosphynx on July 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Yep. Wonderful grows like a weed here even with just natural rainfall. Can’t grow bananas to save our lives though. Ha!

  25. Steve Knight on July 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    wow Im Jealous of that guy. What an awesome property

  26. Jose Benitez on July 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    This gentleman is a serious worth of knowledge.
    I’m afraid his knowledge may be lost.
    It’s incredible the variety and varieties he has!
    Absolutely remarkable!

  27. mawmawvee on July 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Charles!  Your property is a tropical paradise and I hope to be able to visit with y’all and see things in person.  That waterfall is beautiful.  Great video, Pete.  Thanks for bringing the gardens of a friend to our home.

  28. romeo serban on July 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm


  29. BeTheChange on July 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Wow that is a awesome food forest! 40-60 varieties of figs is incredible!

  30. JNTHN WLLMN on July 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Pete, Do you know if there is anyone in Charlotte, NC area or southwestern NC/ Northwestern SC that you can direct me to their videos?

  31. Will Janke on July 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    This guy looks and sounds like Wilford Brimley

  32. Badá Rock on July 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I live in Brazil and I’m starting my edible garden. I can only grow tropical and subtropical plants. In my city we never get temperatures under 10°C. In full Summer we can get to 42°C (hellish hot).

  33. Sandra on July 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm
    Village Food – Fried Banana Blossom Sambal

  34. Smokeydabee Charles Coleman on July 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    What kind of temperature lows are we talking about here ? Great Video btw. Liked and shared :). Is this 9b ?

  35. zfallon84 on July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I’m glad that he is having success with bananas that far north. I just moved to Jacksonville from Palm Bay and I was worried that they wouldn’t handle winter. Does anyone have any tips on frost covering bananas? I’m currently starting seeds of red bananas.

  36. M. Karbaschi on July 25, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Seems he has a weak soil.

  37. Ragu Z on July 25, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I am in the Gainesville area and I have a neighbor that seems to have figured out pomegranates.

  38. jaxxmelton on July 25, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Used to live in Pensacola. These videos really entice me to want to go back. Great property and great job on the video Pete. Glad I found your channel.

  39. Troy Champion on July 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This is the first of your videos that I’ve seen.  I live about 45 minutes west of Tallahassee.  I relish in the information provided here and would love to meet this guy and a few others you may have met in my area.  It would be awesome to get a list of the growers you know in my area (anywhere within 3 hours drive) that have similar climates and see what they have going so that I may learn more about the possibilities and gain potential ideas for my own food forest. .. again.  great video.. Subscribed.

  40. Joseph on July 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Watched this about 10 times.. can’t wait to garden in the Florida Panhandle!

  41. Renee Brown on July 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I have a fig tree that throws pups like crazy. And it produces the most figs for the longest time that I have seen. It has been a really easy rooster and I have given a lot of them away. If Mr Charles wants one I also live in 8b/9a in Silverhill Alabama. One tree has given me a gallon and a half everyother day for several months if you keep it picked off. It starts producing about the beginning of July till you get tired of picking it or it cools off. But I have picked it from June to Sept one year.

  42. Enlightenment Garden on July 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome share–thanks for taking the time to make such informative great videos. You’re channel is my favorite on youtube right now-inspiring stuff. I really liked this video; amazing yard and loved all of the fig trees he is growing!

  43. Roger Hart on July 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    What a great video series Pete!!! Keep on Keepin’ on!!!

  44. Tbak2000 on July 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    thanks for this series on north FL Pete, I was looking for ideas along the panhandle and as far west as Mobile

  45. Renee Brown on July 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    You absolutely have to have a pomegranate in full sun. Any shading will make them not produce. And they require Sandy soil here. Well drained. They get rootrot easy. And will kill them.

  46. Lalo Alvarez on July 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve enjoyed all of your videos Pete, but this one is in my opinion the best one. Keep them coming! Thanks!

  47. hcwbw3 on July 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks so much very nice vid. I am from Miami were bananas thrive and am looking foward to finding the types that can grow in Panama City. In regards to a very knowledgeable and large reservoir of variety of bananas in Homestead Fl. south of Miami just North of the Fl. keys is a nursery that specializes in bananas named "Going Banana" the have (back about 10 year ago) around 70 or 80 varieties of bananas. I have contacted them and they don’t have the need, so they really don’t know about too much as to which variety does well in NW florida. but they might be a resource in regards to getting bananas tress that are geneticaly speaking "such and such" variety.
    Good luch with that mango 🙂 your a better man than I in trying to grow it up this far north. but a mango rippend on the tree is insanely good.’
    there is a Miami Dade county park called "fruit and spice park" 60 or 80 acres which has a gift shop full of books I have gotten good info from both. Trying to learn about what grows in this area since hurican gave my 1 acre a buzz cut and have nice open lot for fruit trees…
    thanks again. Hector.
    P.S. Fairchild tropical Garden (south Miami fl.) large resource too. Mango festival in mid to late July!!!! Oh also Pine Island nursery in homestead fl.

  48. Chris Oneil S on July 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    where in North Florida is this

  49. Permaculture Homestead on July 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    thanks Pete, this guy seemed super nice and well knowledgeable

  50. Simon Bennett on July 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Really enjoying the information you provide, the quality of your videos I really appreciate that

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