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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:15:00AM

Manatee Rare Fruit Council plant sale is Sunday

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Banana trees usually go fast. Bananas will grow in our area, although they are affected by frost, it’s possible to produce fruit in two years if not severely injured by frost.

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This year's MRFC plant sale is Sunday, May 19. Folks come from all over to attend the plant sale. The sale is held indoors in air-conditioned comfort.

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Talk with the many knowledgeable vendors and MRFC volunteers. They’ve been growing fruit for many years. Mention that you live in an inland location—coastal Manatee County may be 5 to 15 degrees warmer in winter.

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A wagon or wheelbarrow makes hauling your selections easy. A limited number of loaner carts are available, and MRFC volunteers will help you load your purchases.

By Karen Smoke

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The Manatee Rare Fruit Council will be hosting its Annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. (For more information call 941-776-0222 or see www.mrfc.org.) The sale is held inside the air conditioned building.

More than 3,000 fruit plants of all varieties and sizes will be offered at reasonable prices. There is also usually a good selection of herb and spice plants. Many additional plant items will be sold, including the MRFC’s specially formulated Fruitilizer plant food. Nurserymen from all parts of Florida will offer the best varieties for Florida of many fruits at this once-a-year event. Free admission, free parking, and free expert advice and assistance are available.

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