Do you want to add a fruit tree to your yard, but think you don’t have room? Try a container! This month our speaker, Will Wright, a Master Gardener and our Society Chairman, will show us how it’s done!
On a trip to Venezuela in 1992, Will sampled many fruits he had never heard of, but it was one taste of a Sapodilla fruit that launched his passion for raising tropical fruit trees. However, Will was living in Houston, and even though it’s hot and muggy during the summer, the winters are too cold for tropical fruit trees.
Will met this climate challenge head on by growing citrus and a few other tropical fruit trees in containers. That way he could grow more trees and they could be moved indoors during the winter and the rest is history. Will officially opened his own tropical fruit tree nursery, Tropical & Rare Fruit Trees, LLC in Florida a year ago.
This summer he will complete a graduate course in tropical fruit horticulture at the University of FL in Homestead. This is quite a tasty change from a career as a Geological Engineer who specialized in hazardous site remediation!