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The food of the Gods:
A legend of the Guanabana

Guanabana fruit

Grow Your Own Food

Guanabana, also known as Soursop, is a tropical fruit native to Central and South America. It is known for its sweet, juicy flesh and has a variety of medicinal properties.

According to legend, Guanabana was once a rare and coveted fruit that only grew in the highest reaches of the Andes Mountains. It was said to have mystical powers and was believed to be the food of the Gods. Those who ate the fruit were said to be blessed with good health and long life.

One day, a young shepherd boy came across a guanabana tree growing in a remote valley. He plucked a fruit from the tree and tasted it, finding it to be the most delicious thing he had ever eaten. The boy returned to his village and told everyone about the magical fruit he had discovered. Soon, word of the Guanabana spread far and wide, and people came from all over to try the fruit for themselves.

Painting of a shepherd in a valley holding guanabana fruit

As the demand for Guanabana grew, the fruit began to be cultivated and grown in other parts of the world. Today, it is enjoyed by people all over the world and is known for its unique flavor and health benefits.

Download Article from Tropical Treasures Magazine: How to grow Guanabana indoors. Hand-pollinating and fruiting.

Guanabana fruit on a tree by a hand


Surinam Cherry Lolita and Bermuda Christmas Pie

By Alex Butova, the Witch of Herbs and Cats

Black Surinam Cherry Lolita, fruit

Eugenia uniflora Lolita also known as Black Surinam Cherry, is a tropical fruit tree native to South America. Black fruited Surinam Cherry starts as red and turns black as it ripens and has exceptional flavor. The plant is vigorous and ready to fruit the same year. The fruit is very sweet, without aftertaste, large 1-1.2 inch, very juicy. The fruits are being eaten fresh, and also used in jams, jellies, and pies.

One popular use of Surinam Cherry is in Christmas cherry pie - Bermuda Pie, a traditional dessert served during the holiday season. The fruit is cooked down with sugar and spices to create a thick, flavorful filling for the pie. The dark red to really black color of the fruit adds a festive touch to the dessert.

Bermuda cherry pie from Surinam cherry

In addition to being used in culinary applications, Surinam Cherry has a number of other uses. The tree is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its attractive foliage and bright ribbed fruit. The fruit is also used in traditional medicine in some parts of South America, where it is believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The pulp is a good source of calcium, and a fair source of phosphorus and iron. Its juice is fermented into wine or vinegar.

Black Surinam Cherry on plate

Despite its many uses, Surinam Cherry is not widely grown outside of its native range in South America. However, it is becoming increasingly popular in tropical and subtropical regions around the world, where it is prized for its attractive appearance and flavorful fruit. This tropical plant can successfully be grown in a pot indoors in the cooler zones.

See Video: Black Surinam Cherry Lolita

Black Surinam Cherry Lolita, tree


Heat [Cat] Pack for Winter shipping

James Coconuts and Riki staying warm and cozy

In the photo: James Coconuts and Riki are purrfectly hot People!

Not too warm on the way to your home? No problem! Heat Pack will help your plants to have a safe and warm trip from Top Tropicals to your house.

Heat pack

Heat Pack maintains warm temperature while shipping, and is good for 20+ hours. It is a must if temperature drops below 40F in your area. Large orders require 2-3 packs. When ordering large 3-7 gal size plants (especially sensitive ultra-tropical plants), you may need 1 pack per plant. Contact us for more information on particular species.

Alternatively, we can include a warm cat!
(subject to limited supply)


Noni, the Superfruit

Nature's Food and Pharmacy

Noni fruit painting

At our Christmas Plant Market a few days ago, many guests purchased a Noni tree. Everybody loved its large, beautiful leathery leaves, and were buying Noni as a present. It was appreciated as ornamental, for example as a showy specimen tree with a tropical look for a pool area. But very few people actually knew that this tree was a source of a famous Noni Juice - a unique remedy from Mother Nature... Some were surprised the plant had so many health benefits! So we promised to tell more about Noni in our newsletter.

Noni fruit on a branch

The Noni tree - Morinda citrifolia - is a beautiful ornamental tree because of its glossy green leaves and curious fruit. The tree is prized for its medicinal fruit.
The Noni is considered to be a "superfruit" because of its high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The fruit, leaves, and roots of the Noni tree are used in traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, including pain, inflammation, and infections. Some people also use Noni fruit and juice as a natural health supplement because of its potential health benefits.
Additionally, the Noni tree is easy to grow and care for, making it a popular choice for both gardens and houseplant collections.

Noni fruit

For more information on health benefits of Noni, download pdf of Noni article (from our Magazine Tropical Treasures) and watch the video: Doctor Noni.

Noni tree houseplant indoors

In the photo: Noni as a houseplant. So much better than a boring ficus!

Noni tree producing in a pot

In the photo: Noni is happily fruiting in 7 gal pot. It's a beautiful ornamental and a conversation piece.


Eight best fruit trees that produce right away

Grow Your Own Food

Malpighia glabra - Barbados Cherry, Acerola

In the photo: Malpighia glabra - Barbados Cherry, Acerola

What fruit trees start fruiting right away?

Q: What fruit trees do you recommend that will start fruiting right away? I am 84 and I would really love to see the fruit sooner than later!

A: Most of grafted fruit trees will start producing the same year - such as Mango, Avocado, Peaches and other grafted trees. Besides, these are several garden favorites that start fruiting right in 1-3 gal container.

1. Eriobotrya japonica - Loquat
2. Spondias cytherea - June Plum
3. Psidium guajava - Tropical Guava
4. Musa sp. - Banana
5. Annona squamosa - Sugar Apple
6. Morus sp. - Mulberry tree
7. Eugenia uniflora - Surinam Cherry
8. Malpighia glabra - Barbados Cherry, Acerola

June Plum -Ambarella, Spondias cytherea


Plant Horoscope - Sagittarius
Zodiac Lucky Plants 11/22-12/21

Colocasia - Sagittarius Zodiac Lucky Plant

By Alex Butova, the Witch of Herbs and Cats

...Of all three fire signs, Sagittarius is the least likely to care with growing plants.... In the short hours of rest, he will gladly look and smell, and taste, and even will delighted with them (if time remains), thinking: "Beautiful! I hadn't noticed before?" And, instructing someone to start growing the plants he likes, this tireless Archer will hurry further... Plants that can attract the attention of Sagittarius most often have large spectacular flowers with a pronounced scent, often they have large, elongated leathery leaves. And he also really likes fruits and nuts - he loves a deliciousness....
...Colocasia's and Alocasia's heart-shaped leaves, arrow-like (named also sagittate!) shoots, and overall rarity makes these plants stand out next to more traditional house plants. These plants are known as needing little more love and care, but also for being able to return these benefits to their gardener. Alocasias are so perfect for Sagittarius, he feels their vibrations, which are so necessary for him in achieving his goals. They are the real talisman for this sign...


Heliconia rostrata (Lobster Claw) - Sagittarius Zodiac Lucky Plant

Philodendron Birkin
Striped Delight - Sagittarius Zodiac Lucky Plant


Quick Peak - coming soon:
The Robuster Smart Injector System

At B-Farm, we also demonstrated our first prototype of The Robuster - an automatic care-free plant feeder for liquid fertilizers. This smart electronic device has been developed in the past few months by our engineers in Ukraine. Yes, these heroic people continue their creative work amid the terrible war, during power blackouts, often with no light and no heat. In just the past few months they managed to design this unique and affordable smart injector that will be available soon for every gardener, for every backyard!
Check back with us for more information, pictures, video, prices - The Rubuster will be available for sale and installation soon!

The Robuster injector system


B-Farm in Sebring is now open!
Every Friday and Saturday

B-Farm office entrance

Thank you everyone for visiting us this weekend at new Top Tropicals location in Sebring (B-Farm)! We met many new friends as well as old friends that now are closer.
Local gardeners in Central Florida are now excited to have a special place for their needs in rare tropical plants.

B-Farm banners on corner of FL 66 and McRoy Rd

Top Tropicals B-Farm conveniently located at the corner of FL-66 highway and McRoy Rd.

Parking at B-Farm

Sunshine Boosters at B-Farm

Many guests also purchased Sunshine Boosters liquid fertilizers. Sunshine Boosters are safe for daily use year around and ensure that you will have happy and healthy plants. Stash up for feeding your plants during the winter to make them strong, hardy and healthy!

At B-Farm, we offer free consultations on Sunshine Boosters. We can help you select proper combinations of fertilizers, micro-elements and special plant supplements, including those that improve cold hardiness of tropical plants.

Sunshine Boosters display at B-Farm

B-Farm Team

B-Farm Team


This Friday: Green Friday...
and every Friday and Saturday!

Green Friday with orange cat

Welcome to TopTropicals B-Farm in Sebring FL

Starting this coming Friday, November 25, our farm in Sebring (B-Farm) will be open to the public every Friday and Saturday.
B-Farm is a 10-acre growing facility with hundreds of varieties of rare and much wanted tropical plants. Fruit trees, flowering trees, shrubs, vines, fragrant plants and rare collectibles - we grow the biggest selection of tropical plants known in cultivation.
Come over to select the best Mango, Avocado, any other fruit tree or rare spice for your edible landscape. Shop our biggest in the world variety of flowering and fragrant tropical plants - directly from our growing farm!

Conveniently located right in the heart of Florida, Highlands County, Top Tropicals B-Farm is within about an hour from most Florida destinations.

Welcome to Top Tropicals B-Farm

Welcome to Top Tropicals B-Farm

9100 McRoy Rd, Sebring, FL 33875


Get your plants ready for winter:
Just spray this to improve cold hardiness...

Sunshine Plant Supplement Kit

How to improve plant cold hardiness?

Pland cold hardiness depends on several factors, including:

  1. genetics of specific species
  2. maturity of the plant, size of root system, stems and branches
  3. plant health and vigor which is supported by proper nutrition program and adding special plant hormones.

    While 1) and 2) may be out of our control, the 3rd factor is something that can be easily improved! It is important to feed plants during the season of active growth on regular basis by applying macro- and micro- elements. Liquid fertilizers and especially natural plant food like Sunshine Boosters can be applied year around to keep plants healthy and strong.

Besides the routine fertilizing program, just a few applications of special plant hormones can increase tropical plant hardiness big time! Before the cold is coming, spray your plants with these 3 magic potions and they will gain a few degrees in low temperature tolerance! It is recommended to make 2-3 applications.

- Sunshine Superfood
- Sunshine Epi
- Sunshine Power-Si

Cat staying warm on a stove