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Enchanted flower… One of the most desirable flowering trees is Champaca — Joy Perfume Tree, its sweet flowers were used in creating the most expensive perfume of the world, Joy. You can't stop sticking your nose into the flower again and again — it smells absolutely heavenly!


One of the most popular plants in Southern landscapes as well as for greenhouse or sun-room collection. Very fast growing, Banana is both great ornamental plant and producer of the fruit loved by everyone, from kids to adults. Try exotic varieties of:


Great fruit tree for beginners that will tolerate neglect and still produce tasty juicy fruit resembling apricot. Eaten fresh, made into jams, wines and liqueurs, even baked in pies. The tree is pretty cold hardy and drought tolerant. Plant it where nothing else will grow... and it will make it for you! Grafted varieties have superior fruit quality. Most popular varities: Champagne, Eds Delight, Gold Nugget, Italy.


Experience exotic fruit beyond the fruit market! This one is no doubt the biggest of them all, and the biggest in he World! Surprisingly these trees are not too sensitive and can produce successfully in subtropical climate with limited cold protection. Both grafted trees or seedlings (which are usually true to seed) start producing at early age. Most popular varities: Black Gold, Borneo Red, Mai-1, NS-1.


Another perfume tree, this one is responsible for creating Chanel #5 perfume. Besides the classic tree, there are many close related species with similar fragrance, shrubs and vines, some flowers smelling like melon or lemon candy.

Slow growing, compact tree with sweet delicious fruit tasting like brown sugar. Not fussy about soils and simply easy. Great for containers thanks for its slow growth rate. Everybody wants to have one! Most popular varieties: Hasya, Makok, Oxkutzcab, Silas Woods (Dwarf, non-stop producer).


Several valuable South American fruit trees, some of them not even related, are combined under name Sapote, which means "sweet fruit". You can't beat soft sweetness! Most popular varieties: Red/Yellow Sapote, Black Sapote, White Sapote.


Sweet, juicy and fragrant flesh... Some people say this fruit smells like rose water. No doubt you tasted it in Asian restaurants, however those fruit from can have only a hint of a taste of the real one. Try your own fresh fruit, you simply can't stop eating it! Most popular varieties: Empreror (Dwarf), Hak Ip, Sweetheart (large fruit, small seed), Late Season (Heavy producer), Mauritus.

Longans are closely related to Lychees.


These unique delicious fruits can only be tasted from a grower's garden due to their soft nature. They can not be offered commercially from supermarkets due to transportation challenge. Great container fruit trees due to their compact nature: Sugar Apple, Guanabana, Atemoya, Custard Apple.


This one is one of the most popular flowering trees in the South. Fast growing and free-flowering. Spectacular long-lasting flowers, yellow or pink, presented by many types of cassias (sennas), from small shrubs to significant shade trees.


Add both color and fragrance to your Southern garden or indoor collection. They will tolerate lower light, too! They are so easy to grow and simply always happy. Try a rewarding clerodendrum as your first plant, and watch your thumb turning green on it!


A symbol of Hawaiian Paradise, Plumeria perfume and beauty can be brought into every home. It is very easy to grow, both in your garden or in a pot. Fantastic "rainbow" varieties available with multicolored flowers. Dwarf varieties (Plumeria obtusa): White, Yellow, Pink. They can be trimmed to stay only 2-4 ft short!


The biggest collection of jasmines in the world. We have them all. They talk for themselves.


Want an easy plant that will thrive in neglect and yet brightens your day with beautiful flowers? We have amazing selection of desert roses — all colors of flowers you imagine or can't imagine, plus they have a showy caudex. Some varieties even have fragrance! Check out our large collection of new hybrids: Adenium Plants and Seeds


All-time favorite, scented gardenia is a must for every fragrant garden. Great container plant, compact grower, this plant can flower several times throughout warm season. Check out over 50 varieties and forms! Special rare collectibles include:


A powerful seducer! Many people consider Mango to be the best tasting fruit in the world. Try any (or all!) of our 100+ varieties. They all are fiberless, sweet and super juicy. You can't buy these from supermarket — simply because they are so mouth-melting and don't ship well!

Condo (dwarf and for containers): Carrie, Cogshell, Ice Cream, Julie, Mallika, Nam Doc Mai.

Vigorous favorites: Bailey's Marvel, East Indian, Glenn, Haden, Jakarta, Phillipine, Southern Blush, Valencia Pride.

Exotic collectibles:

  • Alampur Baneshan — the finest dessert mango, very large fruit
  • Alphonso — the finest Indian sweet dessert mango with hint of citrus
  • Cat Hoa Loc — sweet and fiberless, oval yellow, with very thin seed
  • Choc Anon Miracle) — Thai mango, producing two crops annually
  • Maha Chinook — in Singapore considered the best tasting
  • Pim Seng Mun — eaten green to enjoy its unique apple-like qualities


Grow your own Guacamole!

If you own an avocado tree, you are for sure a tropical fruit grower! Highly nutritious fruit and ornamental statue, what can be more rewarding.

Most popular: Florida Hass (Haas), Brogdon, Simmonds, Winter Mexican.

Cold hardy can survive short periods mid lower 20°s F without significant damage: Brazos Belle, Fantastic, Joey, Lila, Poncho.

Dwarf varieties are popular exotic house plants, valued for beautiful shape and foliage, besides they easily fruit in container: Fuerte, Wurtz.

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NEWS
8/30/2015
We are up and running, all orders will be shipped at normal schedule. Luckily hurricane Erika disappeared thanks to our emergency preparations :) On the photo: Wrightia dubia, Starfish flower. https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/wrightia_dubia.htm
8/30/2015
Cochliasanthus caracalla (Phaseolus caracalla) http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/store/store.cgi?item=4177
8/30/2015
Perfect time to step up?

Q: I love your newsletters and growing tips, and I have purchased several plants from you. Your planting instructions as well as articles recommend smaller size pots, as small is possible, to avoid root problems. I am a bit confused and not sure when it is the right time to step up a plant into a bigger container?

A: These a a few simple rules that may help.

1. When received a plant from mail-order, always use a pot of exactly the root size. No bigger.

2. When a plant shows a new growth, with at least a few leaves at the end of a branch, it may be ready to step up into the next size pot (2-4 inches more in diameter. From 4 into 1 gal, from 1 gal into 3 gal, from 3 gal into 7 gal, etc.)

3. When it is too hot or too cold, wait on repotting. For a tropical plant, temperatures below 65F and above 90F create stress in root system, especially in combination with excess water (raining). In this case, keep in original container until temperature conditions improve.

4. Root-bounded plants do not develop properly and must be stepped up. To check for root-bound, carefully remove a plant from a pot roots up (see picture) and check if the roots need more space.
Left - roots developing, leave in existing pot
Center - well-developed roots, leave as is but check back soon
Right - root bounded plant, needs to go into next size container. Other signs of root-bounded plants: growth slowing down, losing leaves, undeveloped branches, stem/trunk gets too woody and sometimes moldy.

5. When repotting a root-bounded plant, it is important to loose the root system and even cut compressed knots with a sharp knife. It is necessary for roots to develop sideways instead of following the knot twist in circles around the pot. Don't be shy, the plant will appreciate it! Just keep the plant in a shady spot for a few days after such surgical procedure to let it regain its strength.
8/28/2015
As Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Southwest Florida, we want to assure you that here at TopTropicals we are ready for the storm. While hoping that the storm passes by with no destruction, in our business we always have been planning for the worst. After surviving Wilma in 2005, our nursery gained a big experience and our plants always get through storms with no damage.
We will be open as scheduled on Saturday to attend our customers' needs. We value our employees' and customers' safety, so the decision about Monday hours will be made later depending on forecast. Please check back with us for Monday hours.
We wish your families and plants to be safe and thank you for staying with us!
On the picture: Cordia subcordata - Peach Geiger tree.
8/25/2015
Fruit of the gods

Q: I remember from my childhood a very tasty purple fruit a size of a large date, it was sweet and sour and we called it a Prune... But it was not a prune. I am sending you a picture of it. Any idea of what it might be? Can I grow it in subtropical climate?

A: This interesting fruit is called Jambolan (Jambul), or Java Plum - Syzygium cumini. Jambolan has fragrant white flowers in branched clusters at stem tips and purplish-black oval edible berries, having a sweet or subacid flavor and a minimum of astringency. They are eaten raw and may be made into tarts, sauces and jams. The Jambolan has received recognition in folk medicine and in the pharmaceutical trade. The seeds, leaves and bark are also used in various alternative healing systems like Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. According to Hindu tradition, Rama subsisted on the fruit in the forest for 14 years during his exile from Ayodhya. Because of this, many Hindus regard it as a 'fruit of the gods'. In Hindu mythology Lord Krishna has been described as having skin the color of Jambul. The leaves are used in India as marriage pendals.

The tree is slow growing at the beginning, but once reaches 5-6 ft, grows vigorously providing regular watering and may start fruiting within 3-4 years after planting. It is not picky about soils. Jambolan is free branching, and may require minimal pruning to keep it in compact shape, especially for a small garden.

It is a tropical species, however in our experience it takes light freeze once established. Young branches got only light cold damage during record cold winter 2007 when we had temperatures at upper 20's for a few hours.
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