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1 Acre Home Orchard in South Florida Yields Over a Thousand of Pounds of Tropical Fruit a Year

August 20, 2019

This is John Kohler with
delivering another exciting episode for you! We’re here in Davie, Florida to check out
a 1 acre residential property where he’s growing lots of fruit trees. So instead of
like his neighbor on the other side, he has a nice large lawn, and no food growing. Mike
over here has been growing 1 acre’s worth of fruit trees, densely planted about 10 feet
apart. But not only is he growing food and a lot of fruit trees here, he’s also making
them available to the public. So what we’re going to do today is visit Benders Grove,
so let’s head on over and check it out. When you’re driving down the street and
you see the sign “Tropical Fruit Trees For Sale, Mango, Avocado, Lychee, We Have It All,
Benders Tropical Grove, 954-471-0763”, you know you’ve arrived, but when you’re looking
at the place, you’re like “Hey! That’s just a standard residential house!” Well,
yes, Mike runs his business from his home. Now, how this started was that Mike just got
into growing fruit trees and started growing a few fruit trees here and just like many
of us, the hobby of growing food consumed him. And he started a nursery where you can
now buy these very fruit trees that he loves and so many different varieties. Now these
varieties are meant for growing in South Florida and he does not ship. So if you don’t live
in South Florida, you can just watch this video and learn about what you can do in your
area and grow some fruit trees in your yard. In any case, let’s go and head inside and
check out what’s growing on today. So now I’m just about to enter Benders Tropical
Paradise which is A Proud Florida Agri-Business. Now there’s not much Agri-Business going
on in Florida anymore, especially these smaller type businesses like this, that I wanna encourage
you to support. But because he runs this from his home, this is basically his hobby that
turned into a business on a part-time, so he’s only open 2 days a week which is currently
Wednesday and Sunday between 10 and 5, so check his website and contact him through
his website if you need to come at another time. Now on his website, you’ll also find
a list of all kinds of fruit trees and he has a really wide variety of fruit trees.
I haven’t seen this kind of variety in like barely any places. He has ones that I don’t
even know of and I know a lot of tropical fruit, so trust me. He has a lot. So, I have
a list here but you can also download this list on his website and before I go in, I
wanna mention that his prices are really great, because he has low overhead, he an pass the
savings onto you. So, I’m excited to be here, to show you some of the fruit trees
he’s offering. Plus, his home orchard offers 1 acre. So, let’s go inside and check it
out. So, now we’re in Benders Grove and besides
just growing a lot of fruit trees in his 1 acre, he’s literally maximized his acre
he has to grow, like a lot of fruit trees. He also has a nursery and the nursery is literally
in his driveway here and he has all these potted plants that you can buy. Now, he has
one of the most extensive collections of fruit trees that I’ve seen anywhere, nonetheless
in his driveway. So, we’re gonna take a look at some of the fruit trees here that
he’s offering, plus we’re also gonna walk around his little home orchard, where he’s
growing a copius amount of fruit. So, let’s take a look at some of the varieties he’s
offering here in the nursery pot He has things like mangoes and papayas here
and a strawberry tree. He even has pineapples, jabuticaba fruits. I mean, all kinds of different
things. There’s a fig tree, oh and behind up there is a pomegranate tree, I don’t
know if you can see the pomegranates up there. You can even grow pomegranates here in South
Florida. I think I see an avocado tree. Oh, here’s one: chicozapote tree, I love this
one a lot, known as the brown sugar fruit or a Sapodilla. Let’s see, more mangoes,
I mean, this thing… This place is just packed with all kinds of fruit. Now, he also has
avocadoes, but when you think avocado, you may think “harsh avocadoes” but there
are many more varieties than just the harsh variety of avocado. Actually, some of these
are flowering right now. And some will fruit in the winter, some will fruit in the summer
and they all have different tastes and textures. Some are more buttery, some are more creamy
and some are more watery actually. But here, at Benders Grove, he has all different kinds
of fruit trees to meet all your needs and you can even grow fruit trees in containers,
like that one right there. Here’s one of my favorite foods and favorite
palms to grow. This is a coconut and you can be successful in even growing a coconut in
a container in northern climates. Now, that being said, everything I’m gonna pretty
much show you today should probably only be grown in South Florida because it’s grown
here! And some of these tropicals will not grow well in northern climates because they
don’t like the frost, so if you live where there’s a frost, they’re probably not
gonna grow well, unless you build a heated greenhouse, because I have some people from
Maine telling me “Hey John, can I grow that?” Well, yeah, if you build a heated greenhouse
and have a heater and air conditioner in there to keep the temperature just right where the
plants want to. That being said, I’ll highly discourage you from doing that unless you’re
a millionaire. You wanna probably just buy the fruit trees that are gonan grow well in
your area. So, if you’re in the South Florida area, you definitely wanna visit Benders Grove
to visit Mike here, because he’s the expert but if you live in another area, you wanna
visit a good nursery. And hopefully a locally owned and small business nursery that can
help you out with all your fruit tree needs. Next we’re gonna go ahead and tour Mike’s
orchard and show you some of the things he’s got packed in to his 1 acre to grow lots of
fruit here. Here we are in Benders Grove and once again,
Mike runs his business out of his home and all around his yard is literally filled up
with fruit trees like mine is filled up mostly with vegetables. Now, fruit trees can make
an excellent addition to your yard and they’re definitely easier to grow fruit trees than
growing vegetables because they require much less care. Basically you need to plant them
right, feed them right and make sure they’re watered regularly, and you will get bountiful
harvests year after year. So, I’d highly encourage you to plant some fruit trees in
your yard along with your vegetables so you can have both fruits and your vegetables.
But you can see here in his yard, I mean, this is densely planted out. This is a backyard
orchard here and everybody could do this, especially if they don’t wanna grow vegetables
‘cause there’s too much tending. The fruit trees are very easy to manage and take care
of. Once you have it set up right, I’d highly encourage you to contact somebody like Mike,
to er, help get it set up right. Plant them every ten feet and you can have literally
fruits every month of the year. So here’s just one of the trees Mike is
growing. This is actually a macadamian tree and macadamians are probably my number one
favorite nut. They won’t actually mess up your omega 3 to 6 balance, and nonetheless,
I’ve come at the right time of year because they are currently flowering. Actually, they’d
be coming at a better time of year if they were actually fruiting to produce the nuts
and the only problem Mike has with these guys is that you gotta fight the squirrels for
‘em. Here’s yet another example of making all
of available use of space. You can see we have a nice, maybe, mango tree next to me
and another mango tree where the camera’s sitting. And just in this space, it’s actually
nice and shady, but some trees can actually do better in the shade at maybe some part
of the day. This area also gets some sun, so even if you’re pretty shaded out with
a nice canpoy above, you can still grow something like a papaya tree right here. These things
in Florida literally grow as weeds. And papaya trees are literally one of the fruits, that
you can grow, that actually use froma seed to harvest, actually very quickly.
Sometimes, fruit trees require extra protection, just like your vegetables may require extra
protection. Er, so,a round this abiu tree… Have you ever had an abbiu fruit? I have,
and the way I like them most is when they’re chilled, they’re chilled a little bit cold.
Man, they’re just, I can’t even describe the flavour, it’s like a cross between a
banana and pudding and a star fruit. They’re just insane. They only grow in the tropics
though, but it looks like thid guy needs some extra protection, which you can easily do
with some T-Posts and some galvanizing fencing wire. The fencing keeps unwanted animals out
so that this abbiu can grow and bloom into a nice big fruit tree that gives delicious
fruit. In this area, Mike’s growing another really
cool fruit that will not only grow in Florida but also in California where it stays warm.
Now, I don’t think these plants like frost too much but I’ve seen these grow really
well in southern California, also here in South Florida. These guys are one of my favorite
fruits, they’re called the Dragon Fruit or Pitaya. And, er, you can see he’s just
growing these in containers here, so container culture for trees and other plants highly
possible. As you can see all the nursery plants, that we just looked at are all in small pots.
Of course, if you want them to breed any significant amount of yield, you wana put them in the
largest pot you possibly can. Generally, the more room the roots have to grow out, the
more productive it’s gonna be. In this area, like I said, he’s growing some pitaya or
dragon fruit and he has 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 different varieties, a yellow one, a mera yahan B, markasome.
But you know, there’s all different varieties of all these different kinds of fruit, so
we commonly know, that if we go to the grocery store, you’d find Granny Smith apples, Red
Delicious apples, Fuji apples, Rome apples, Pippin apples. But when you go to a store
to buy other fruits like naval oranges, you usually just get naval oranges. You don’t
generally get Kare-Kare oranges or red navals or other kinds, although you know, this generic
diversity in nature and these pitayas or dragon fruits, they come in all shapes and sizes.
And some may grow better in this area than others and also some may have a better taste
than others. Some may better yield more than others, so I’d encourage you to come to
a place like Benders here and talk to Mike because he truly knows the fruits and what’s
gonna do best in the area you live. Another things that grows really well here
in the tropics is the pineapple and the pineapple is a bromeliad plant and you can see he has
several pineapples in this area. It’s really very easy to propagate or start a pineapple
from the crown or a pineapple you actualy bought in a store. In most cases, they will
sprout into a new pineapple plant. So, just in this area 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 pineapple plants
and these are basically the understory of these fruit trees. You can see here, there’s
a fruit tree there, fruit tree there and these are just kind of underneath there. So, definitely,
pineapples are a good way to fill in this base below and it looks you’ve molded this
area, so it looks really nice too. So, you might wana think twice before you
cut down that old tree that looks like, this probably old fruit tree here, that didn’t
make it. He planted a new one to replace it next door, this is a Catalina avocado next
door, but this tree, he bascially just left the stump in the ground up to about 6 feet.
And that’s because he’s using it for a very important reason: to grow the dragon
fruit, so you can see here, he has some T-Posts. These are continuing to grow the Dragon fruit
and the Dragon fruit is just growing up the tree. He’s using the tree as the trellis
to stabilize the dragon fruit, because this can get quite heavy and this thing looks very
nice, so, what better use for an old tree, than to support a dragon fruit. Mmm, I love
dragon fruit, especially when they’re nice and sweet.
So, I was talking to Mike about diseases and pests down here in South Florida and he gave
a good statement to me. He says “You know what, if you don’t want bugs, don’t plant
any fruit trees”, because you know what, bugs and nature happens. So, if you plant
fruit trees, you know that bugs will eat your leaves, but he got a really good thought on
this, like I would agree, he said “You know what, the bugs are gonna eat the leaves, they’re
probably not gonna damage the fruits”. He only grows naturally here and uses organic
controls in order to control pests whenever possible. So, you can see here, the conversation
came up, because this plant actually has black sooty mold and this is the sooty mold, that
actually sometimes, citrus gets in my, um, my tree college kit. So, you can see on this
here, just this black film and you know, it’s not necessarily bad unless you got it all
over your tree. So, you know what, stuff happens sometimes and you know, unless it’s taken
out of your tree, you’re probably good with just letting it be and letting nature do its
course. Now, there are many biological controls you can also use, that are natural, that may
fight this stuff off, but generally, if you have a sooty mold problem, there’s some
other reason for that, like avid sap or something like that.
And next, we’re gonna look at the Asian guava and you can see this thing is in a 3
gallon, and oh, it already has two large fruits on it. These things grow like weeds here in
Florida. And the one thing you wanna remember is that fruit you grow at home is gonna taste
multitudes better, not even like double as good, like ten times as good, especially guavas.
When guavas are picked and sold and traded, they gotta pick ‘em real hard and firm and
they basically have no flavor. But if you grow them at home and pick them whe they’re
obviously ripe, man, it’s like, it’s like eating perfume. Guavas are so delicious and
so good, so, not only with guavas but every fruit that Mike sells here. If you pick it
at your home, I will guarantee you that it’s gonna taste better than the stuff sold in
the grocery store and in my opinion, we should all become our own farmers and grow as much
of our own food as possible, and especially if you live here in South Florida. All you
gotta do is plant a tree once, give it some care and it will grow and produce fruit and
if you don’t like the fruit, feed it to your neighbors.
Next, we’re gonna look at another tree here that Mike sells and this is actually called
the Pigeon Pea. So, it’s actually got beautiful little flowers, kinda reminds me of, like
the runner beans. Really beautiful. Oh, they actually smell pretty good too. But these
make another food, it makes the pigeon peas and this is from Puerto Rico and the Puerto
Ricans use the beans to cook them up. And in addition, besides the food aspect of this
crop, this is also a nitrogen fixer and I have seen this in Hawaii, where they actually
plant this in their orchard to actually help build the soil up. And Mike offers them for
like 5 bucks in 1 gallon and they’re already fruiting and producing food for you.
Next, let’s talk about one of my favorite fruits, one of my favorite fruits in the world
and many other people would agree because it’s actually one of the best selling fruits,
it is the mango. Now, you can’t grow mangos unless you have a tropical climate like here
in South Florida, but if you decide to grow mangos, you have many options as Mike here
has 40 varieties of mangos that you can choose from and each one has a unique flavor and
growth habit and texture. I mean, some are stringy, some are not, most mangos produce
one crop a year, except this guy right here. This is called a Choc Anon or a Miracle Mango
and it puts on 2 crops a year. So, one in the summer, one in the winter, although one
crop may be a bit lighter than the other, so you can get more fruit off one tree. And
don’t fret if you live in a condo, you can still buy a mango tree and grow it in a container.
Next, let’s go take a look at a mango he’s growing in a container, that’s yielded 150
pounds of fruit or almost 150 pounds of fruit last year.
Now I’m standig next to a Malika mango tree and this is just in a big pot. It’s like
a 25 gallon, but you’d also use something like a wine barrell, like a wine barrell to
grow this thing. This thing, as you can see, it’s super tall and this is known as a Condo
mango because you can even grow it even if you have a condo, in a container, such as
this one right here. This one produced almost 150 pounds of fruit for just a mango tree
in a container. Now, you really need to go to somebody like Mike to learn about all the
different types of varieties. I mean, he like, knows way more about mangos than I do, because
he’s been growing them for so long. He’ll tell you exactly what type of variety you
need for your specific criteria, whether you wanna grow in a condo, whether you wana grow
one two harvests a year, whether you want the stringless, whether you want the strings.
Whether you want a large crop or a small crop that tastes mucho good. He’ll help you out
there. So, next let’s take a look at the few varieties of mango trees that Mike offers
to you here in South Florida. And here are some of the varieties of mango,
I mean this one is a Num Doc Thai mango and, I mean, all different kinds that he has here,
once again, each, you know, a different growth habit and they all taste different. Oh man,
here’s one I really have to try. This one is actually called the Coconut Cream mango,
so can you just imagine that, the name of that mango just elicits creamy deliciousness
and just “oh so sweet”. There are even more mangos in here, here’s a Grand mango
and you can see it’s flowering and you might be wondering “Hey, John, are these gonna
fruit this year or what?” I mean, well hey, when it’s flowering, that means the fruit
are not far behind. All the mangos that Mike sells are basically, basically, gonna be fruit
in this year. So, you but it now, you could have fruit within the year, so that’s definitely
amazing. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode here
at Benders Grove and once again, Mike is growing an incredible amount of fruit on just 1 acre
and he makes these plants available to you, if you live in the South Florida area. So,
you wanna visit Mike’s website Give him a call and get down here in Davie,
Florida. If you’re in the area, you can come by, he’s currently open 2 days a week,
but check his website for more information and to contact him. Once again, he’s definitely
an expert in the area of growing fruit trees in South Florida and I’d recommend him highly
for all his expertise and to buy your fruit trees from. Because he runs a small business
and runs his business from his home, he definitely has low prices, so you can afford more fruit
trees to plant in your yard. Once again, my name is John Kohler with,
encouraging you to grow fruit trees and vegetables too. We’ll see you next time.


  • Reply Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens February 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Once again, I provide my videos FREE of charge to anyone that wants to watch, and they are my creative outlet..My expression; my art, per se… Would you ever discourage an artist from being fully expressive??

  • Reply Dr M February 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    @VojvodinaNet I meant it the best possible way. I think that you have great energy, large amounts of good will. This is rare, that is why I watch your videos. I will continue watching them even if you don't change anything in your style. I just think that you could have even more success with subtle changes in your style of presentation.I think that you are an excellent presenter, but it feels as if you focus on attracting newbies, which is also good effort.

  • Reply Jim Anderson February 1, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Great videos! … I love the upbeat enthusiasm! They are very motivational! I wouldn't change a thing. If you were anything less than you John I would have to wonder if you lost that amazing passionate gift which you are so willing to share with everyone and anyone who's willing to listen.

  • Reply Ryan Pharr February 1, 2012 at 2:06 am

    This video makes me want to move to Costa Rica and live off mangos avacados I grow myself.

  • Reply DarkUmbreon February 1, 2012 at 2:10 am

    You forgot that you can grow them in Hawaii

  • Reply Lost in Aakaash February 1, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Im not sure that this is an FDA and Dept of Agriculture approved video. This guy Mike sounds like a terr0rist.

  • Reply GrdnovGreens February 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

    @HappyMeal255 If your talking about his facebook products, you can go to his facebook page and click on products on the left side (under wall, info, friend activity etc). You can then view your account and your order.

  • Reply MilkCap February 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hey John, I just wanted to chime in and say that I appreciate and enjoy your enthusiastic videos. Your personal approach to these videos is why I keep watching them 🙂

  • Reply agriperma February 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    For those of you thinking about growing a container mango tree in up north, you can do it, just put your tree in the greenhouse in the winter and away from freezing temps. Good container mango varieties ( aka Condo Mango ) are the "Pickering", "Ice cream" and "Nam Doc Mai #4" there are other too. but those three are really good. John, you should have purchased that "Coconut Cream", and the "Lemon Zest" two new varieties that are the rave for Fla mango aficionados .

  • Reply StatenIslandSlim February 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    John some people just dont have a CLUE!

  • Reply appleali February 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hey!! I am in NY tooo! I wanna make an apple farm on our property sooo bad!!!! But they say apple orchards are super hard up~keep, and a lot of 'spraying' invloved 🙁 Not like the southern fruits… I wish you could do a video on apple farms…hint~hint 😉

  • Reply michelle dodd February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Love your videos and your upbeat attitude! Its addictive!

  • Reply liverocks62 February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    hey John I looovvve your videos, I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have a small city garden in the front and the back of my house. I don't grow vegetables, I used to grow zucchinis in pots, also beans.

  • Reply liverocks62 February 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    part 2:
    A this moment I have blueberries in pots and I have 2 apple trees and a pear tree. 2 minutes from my house I have a small plot 4 by 6 mtrs where I grow vegetables, its not a lot of space. So I keep watching your videos for new ideas. So dear John keep making those upbeat videos because I love them a lot, thank you for all your work

  • Reply faith ahmed February 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    @MrsNewAmericaNow Dutchess county …. Poughkeepsie area. We would love to grow apples and pears and peaches and cherries on our little patch of land.

  • Reply Lost in Aakaash February 3, 2012 at 12:24 am

    @Thaneii LOL. I was being ironic/sarcastic!

  • Reply MrsNewAmericaNow February 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

    @faithslanding I hate to say this but I would check your local zoning and HOA if you have one. You should be fine growing those trees. We have apples, pear and cherries here in NY and we're a zone 3. Hopefully, they will fruit this year. It takes a few years for them to fruit depending on the type and age of the tree you buy. Superthrive is a great product to use, it made my lemon tree grow at least 18" in one season.
    Good Luck!

  • Reply TheNewUpsetters February 3, 2012 at 4:00 am

    John,keep the upbeat attitude up up up!.. I love it..

  • Reply ScopedOUT2 February 4, 2012 at 1:08 am

    the shia engage in anal sex.

  • Reply Edith Spencer February 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    This is the effect of a vegan diet- enthusiasm and delight in life!

  • Reply RandyMarshjs February 4, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Two Thumbs Up!

  • Reply GloudinaL February 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Awesome video John – wish I lived there to buy those fruit trees!

  • Reply Michael Ten February 6, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Have you ever tasted perfume? (:

  • Reply unmich February 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    THANKS for all the great information – AND the ENTHUSIASM! I love it!

  • Reply SirTimEaston February 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Easy on the RED BULL and expresso

  • Reply Curiosidades Extrano March 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Nice to be able to grow such a wide variety of fruit trees.

  • Reply japislav March 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    You dont have to be a milionare to support a greenhouse. Just make a big compost pile and a rocket mass heater + lil imagination and you're on your way 🙂

  • Reply PrimeShare Analyst April 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I just came here along with my boss and he bought me a Florida Prince Peach tree! I just planted it 30mins ago!! Im excited to see that thing take off in a couple years! Never grown a "tree" before.

  • Reply shadowhog777 May 25, 2012 at 3:01 am

    John, I want some of what you're on…

  • Reply mikertones May 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    when you eat as healthy as John does you would be full of energy also ,he eats organic fruits and veggies drinks green juices and fruit juices ,dude this guy is full of life man,he basically eats free fresh food everyday right from his own garden hes smart,if you did what he did you would be saying the same thing happy as can be,its nice to see someone doing something good with their life like John has,thanks john for all the vids,i have learned alot from u

  • Reply floridafishing123 August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you John for sharing, please keep up the great vid.

  • Reply Ryan Manns August 16, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Just moved to Florida from Maui. I really like that your videos show what can be grown in Florida. My yard will be ready for one of your videos in a couple years. I'm planting fruits and veggies daily.

  • Reply Eric Hampton October 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

    John, thanks for all of your videos. I actually keep stumbling on them by accident. Again, thanks for all the info you're providing. Much appreciated.

  • Reply Brock Samson October 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I love Florida

  • Reply corporatejungles January 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Durham county in North Carolina shut my home based business down. They do not allow anything in a pot even in my back yard. They looked down from a sattelite onto my property and sent their minions to shut me down. We planted trees to hide and we grow in the ground now and only sell online. Screw the government.

  • Reply Kevin Yang February 10, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I've just got started on the green thing but as they say "It's better late then never!" I've got like 10 fruit trees going and just started on the garden. Go John!

  • Reply VerifyVeracity February 23, 2013 at 4:35 am

    My name is John (Rockport TX) (zone 9). I'm hooked, on growing food, this year alone I planted around 12 trees, for food & that's not counting the other things I've got going like guavas, papaya, strawberries, Okinawa Spinach, etc. I have 10 acres to expanded on that I have not built rentals on, & I need my trees & such to help offset the stress from dealing with rentals. Maybe some day I be a Laughing Buddha, but until then (maybe even after) I have nature. Thanks for the videos, You've helped.

  • Reply Nicholas Brown April 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    LYCHEE is my fav – theres a japaness drink made from lychee and tastes soo good and unique!

  • Reply wheeliegrl April 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    @4:30 dont grow PALMS IN POTS, hes right, its like raising a dog or cat in a cage. they belong down south NOT up north. Grow what grows in ur climate.

  • Reply mr anderson April 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    what a stupid thing to say. Another zombie here John. I started my food growing business because of John.He made it exciting.

  • Reply Dfender67 May 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    When you're complaining about the farmer…don't talk with your mouth full!

  • Reply Dfender67 May 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Wow, you remind me of the crocodile man Steve Irwin because of his outgoing passion for what he loved…and for you that is fruit trees and plants.

  • Reply Cad Red May 16, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I'm too excited to sleep now, haha..thanks for letting me know about my area!

  • Reply bbiscool2 June 23, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I would love to have this kind of acre of my own one day

  • Reply Lisa Viger September 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Just a thousand? That seems really, really low. We garden about a half acre in Michigan and get about 4,000 to 6,000 lbs, depending on what we grow.

  • Reply dkoslosk November 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    John I live in Austin Texas area. I just bought mangoes, caimito, guabana, santol and guava tree. I wanna grow them indoors in a pot do you think they would bear fruit? I am also thinking to have a Greenhouse but not heated since, I only wanna protect them from extreme heat and freezing which doesn't happen often here in Texas. Do you think that would be possible?

  • Reply Lysden Park Larder February 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Love watching your videos John and ignore all the people who give you bad feedback, they are jealous your enjoying your life and the things you do, happy gardening from Australia

  • Reply smith45acp April 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I was kind of expecting a smart assed robot to be the orchard's proprietor 😉

  • Reply VerifyVeracity April 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Great job, I do like your videos.  I've been into, building  up my land with fruit trees & etc for about 5 years, really more but have in truth really got into it when my tangerine tree started giving around 400 of fruit, (now it's spring again & it must have 10,000 flowers on it), & it looks like it will be giving me the biggest crop yet, it's the 4th year of fruit production.  I've planted about 30 trees & other things, in the last few years.  Just ran about 500' of water pipes in the last 2 weeks, to help me be faithful in watering the Pawpaw, & Pecans, Feojas, Pomegranate, Strawberry guavas, Avocato, Olive, citrus trees …               thanks   again.

  • Reply Gloria Berrisch May 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    John, you inspire me.  By watching you, I can visibly see how I can easily fulfill my dream of having my very own fruit and vegetable garden. Please don't get tired sharing your knowledge.

  • Reply Ira Ford September 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

    13:25 "If you don't like the fruit, feed it you your neighbors!" John Kohler life philosopher, giving life advice from the heart.

  • Reply Action Nguyen September 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

    O Miami Florida co nhieu trai cay tuoi re lam va ngon nua  C 714-408-0007  gia re bat ngo 

  • Reply fruitfuelTV November 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

    John, you seriously have the best youtube channel!! I can't believe I hadn't found this sooner.  Amazing work, please keep it up! 😀

  • Reply Ron DeVita November 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    question : im in NY but eventually moving down to Palm Coast Florida , can I grow most types of tropical fruits and Palm trees there , or is it "too north  , ?  thanks !

  • Reply Big Duke January 17, 2015 at 6:02 am

    bro'in your greens!!

  • Reply Bella Patel March 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Thank you John, realy great info:. Love to do same as Mike. Love fruit trees & Home based business. One day…

  • Reply Svein Arne Grønnevik May 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Great info, but why scream all the time?

  • Reply Coco Wawa May 2, 2015 at 5:21 am

    No durian?  Or did I miss it….?

  • Reply sfbluestar July 4, 2015 at 1:52 am

    If you get a microphone, you won't have to shout.

  • Reply Gina Villegas July 23, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    John your videos are wonderful. I bought a home in Naples and didn't think an acre was enough to grow so many trees. I am super excited to start my " Incredible Edible Forest".

  • Reply Dylan A. Kent August 19, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Fantastic!  I love your videos!  Keep up the passion! I'm always so inspired to go out into my garden after watching your channel!

  • Reply AYSKOFI September 2, 2015 at 2:50 am

    You should have been a used car salesman an auctionair a sideshow barker or even a pimp. You should try talking is a normal tone of voice rather than shouting and waving your hands all the time.

  • Reply An R September 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I love your videos brother. One suggestion is to get a microphone that attach to your shirt. The cam video recorder mic sound very screechy because you have to yell to be able to record your voice. I have to fast forward a lot because of it. Just a suggestion from a fan.

  • Reply oscargt23 September 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    this guys told me to use miracle soil for mango tree i bought =/
    is that not bad for an organic plant? I felt i got fooled by the guy =(
    will my mango tree be ok? I also found lots of ants in it and the tree leaves seem to be shriveling up. =(
    any tips?

  • Reply Jayden Notavail November 9, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I don't kno why his voice just made me turn if off

  • Reply The Power Of Truth November 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This guy John is the master of fruits. His energy and enthusiasm draws me like a magnet to his videos. Reminds me of the late Steve Irwin! I love to learn all i can about growing tropical fruits sense i live in Central Fl. Great videos and will always be a devoted student of this guy!!

  • Reply Trump's Dingleberries December 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    The audio is too loud or too low, interesting video, shitty audio. Yelling all the time.

  • Reply seizoiz March 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

    he just shout to show off his exciting

  • Reply love Worldwide March 10, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for the informative video, i live in homestead , the soil is rich and everything grows super fast here. Ants and mango trees go hand in hand, but they don't eat the fruit unless the fruit falls to the ground and burst open.

  • Reply ISLAM I March 25, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    He looks too old for his age

  • Reply A Manzella April 23, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Pomegranates and avocadoes are not just for the tropics.

  • Reply Nicholas Stroganoff July 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Try to taste fruit before planting. Google IFAS and fruit name. Trees need sun to fruit. Ten feet spacing much too tight for most trees if not pruned regularly. Research tree needs before buying.

  • Reply Nicholas Stroganoff July 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Don't plant too close to your septic tank and drainage field if you have one.

  • Reply Steve Fabian September 13, 2016 at 1:41 am

    How can you control the insects in south florida when planting fruit trees and will fruit trees attract the zika carrying insects?

  • Reply Mima Beverley September 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Mangos grow at subtropics toooooo!!!!:)

  • Reply What The Heck TV February 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    you can grow apple trees in Florida

  • Reply Alisa Raven Jamieson March 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Why are you always yelling? Lol. I know it's one thing to be excited but it's like you are shouting. All. The. Time. Great info though!

  • Reply Sam Lyons March 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Condo – Mango…….Yes !!

  • Reply proud thai March 17, 2017 at 12:35 am

    so he marry to thai lady . his wife grown this .

  • Reply Human First April 3, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Is this farm house on sale ? lol I will be interested to buy it if it is

  • Reply Justanotherhuman2 July 25, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I purchased a St Julian from him over a decade ago..aka Julie mango.

  • Reply HaibTshajHaib July 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    where's this place located?

  • Reply S D August 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I think he is the easiest to understand and speaks very well. I can't get enough of this guy. Fast became a part of my daily routine. I appreciate your works dear. I've learned so much. God bless.😘😘😘

  • Reply johng jerry November 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I got one acre but I everything species in Naples Florida durian velvet apple mangosteen matisia cordata in my garden

  • Reply PrincessAloeVera November 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    John, can you tell me about Surinam Cherry tree growing in Hawaii? I have hot sun daily, I'm not in the rainforest. Does it want shade, partial shade or full sun?THANKS! Michelle on Maui

  • Reply Denise D Rivers December 1, 2017 at 4:26 am

    I really enjoyed this video!

  • Reply Lord Trump December 12, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I think its time for John to move his ass to S Florida. Otherwise he will suffer and die slow.

  • Reply David Stack December 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I just bought a Choquette avocado tree from Mike at Bender's Grove, and can't wait to plant it! I would much rather support a small local nursery than the big box stores.

  • Reply Einer Torres January 25, 2018 at 3:44 am

    What is the name of the company I would love to see his places great video

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  • Reply Canimaslan USA July 5, 2018 at 6:26 am

    That's an awesome setup but why did you yell throughout the video?

  • Reply Eric Outram August 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    First two minutes of his front gate ,(you for coffee too)

  • Reply Eric Outram August 13, 2018 at 10:44 am

    We’re the fruit ,lots of labels and label and labels no fruit fruit loops ,shut the front gate bro

  • Reply Eric Outram August 13, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Can I dump ,a
    thousand plastic bags,on the lawn next door
    Then we’ll have ….Another ……fruit loop

  • Reply rilesh basel October 3, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Can you please tell me winter varieties and summer varieties avocado names.

  • Reply FortMyers FruitForest December 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Im blessed to have land to plant on. Currently planting our fruit forest in Fort Myers Florida.

  • Reply Kyle Siegfried January 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I could live of off yellow dragonfruit.

  • Reply Nani S March 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    This guy is knowledgeable on fruits etc. But he talks too loud and too much. Just show the plants and fruits.

  • Reply Cicero Araujo April 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Delicious and nutricious

  • Reply dickson0007 May 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    He deftly changed form "thousands of pounds of tropical fruits" to just "fruit trees." Slick.

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