New Plants 09 05 2020


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 05-09-2020

White Jadel Pineapple
Pineapple with white flesh, low acidity and a totally edible core!

Most pineapple plants need full sun, but White Jade also thrives in semi-shaded environments. Pineapple plants need excellent soil drainage and are foliar feeders like all bromeliads. So, be careful not to overwater and be sure to fertilize through the leaves, not the soil.

Natchez blackberry
Natchez is an excellent thorn-less blackberry which crops early in the season, and has the characteristic semi-upright, spine-free growing habit. The yield of fruit is twice that of its sister variety Arapaho, and it produces a consistent large berry. This delicious berry is one of the first producers of the season.

Okinowan Spinach
Gynura bicolor, hongfeng cai 紅鳳菜, okinawan spinach or edible gynura, is a member of the chrysanthemum family. It is native to China, Thailand, and Myanmar but grown in many other places as a vegetable and as a medicinal herb.

Miracle Leaf

The botanical name for the Miracle Leaf plant is Bryophyllum pinnatum. What did studies reveal about this plant? “Bryophyllum pinnatum leaves showed preventive effect against renal calculi formation and validates its ethnomedicinal use in urinary disorders. It further supports its therapeutic potential for the treatment of urinary calculi. ”You might be saying to yourself right now, “So what?” “Urinary calculi??” Well, urinary calculi are solid particles in the urinary tract – i.e. kidney stones, bladder stones, etc.

This plant has been scientifically proven to alleviate conditions caused by “urinary calculi.” One such study can be reviewed at Results from the use of miracle leaf components were comparable to the drug, Cystone. Miracle Leaf, or Bryophyllum pinnatum, is a succulent plant and actually makes an excellent house plant! It is native to Madagascar, but has been naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions. We can claim that this plant has “miraculous” properties, BUT even more miraculous? How it’s propagated! You can propagate this plant from its leaves alone!!! It is a perennial succulent that grows to be about 3 feet tall. When the plantlets fall to the ground, they root and become larger plants.

Also of note, there is some evidence to indicate that Sleep Quality Improves During Treatment With Bryophyllum pinnatum

Red Shield Hibiscus

This is one the best purple-foliaged plants in the garden. Each year, it looks the most amazing the week before hard frost will kill it. Sigh.
Red Shield is a tropical hibiscus. It’s not purple because it’s a new and sophisticated hybrid. Red Shield is the species itself, Hibiscus acetosella, not a cultivar name. Its sophistication is natural, indigenous, and innate. Cool, eh?
The shiny purple leaves seem to be channeling either a decent Japanese maple or a remarkable new kind of pot. Actually, they’re edible, if not smokable. They look and taste delicious frollicking with lettuce leaves.
Thanks to their heat-proof color, they look just as smashing in the garden. Burgundy goes with every other color you could ever need. I cozy Red Shield up to different colors each year just to put its cosmopolitan ease to the test.

Uh La La/Avacado Super Haas/Ooh la la

This variety, a seedling from Louisiana presumably derived from Hass, was originally sold to us under the name ‘oo La La’, which was evidently later changed to ‘Super Hass’.
The Super Hass Avocado variety stems from the original Hass Avocado, and has the flavor profile to prove it. Rich, nutty flavor with a high oil content makes this avocado a winner. The fruits have a dark black skin and can weigh in at over a pound. Super Hass has been adapted for warmer, humid climates.

The fruit is smallish, oval shaped and turns black as it nears maturity. It has a pale colored flesh and outstanding rich nut flavor, very similar to regular Hass but with perhaps larger fruit

Strawberry Tree

“Strawberry Tree,” or Jamaica Cherry tree, you would be correct!! Of course, if you said, “Muntingia calabura,” then color me impressed!! In Florida, it is known as a “strawberry tree,” although an actual strawberry tree is a European ornamental and fruit tree so don’t get the two confused!
The Jamaica Cherry tree is indigenous to southern Mexico and Central America, tropical South America, the Greater Antilles, St. Vincent and Trinidad – all of which sound like places I’d love to vacation! Vacationing in exotic places might not be in your plans for the foreseeable future, so why not bring a touch of exotica right to your own backyard or food forest?
Interesting fact about these trees, in Brazil, they are planted along river banks so that the flowers and fruits fall into the water serving as bait that attract fish for fishermen!
The Jamaica Cherry Tree is an evergreen, self-fruiting tree that grows rapidly and can easily exceed 12 feet tall in two years. They are known to thrive in poor soil, doing well in both acid and alkaline soil. We recommend planting in well-draining soil prepped with plenty of organic matter. The trees can tolerate full sun to partial shade and prefer a humid environment. Use organic fertilizer once a month during the growing season and deep water once a week when it’s fruiting for best fruiting results. We also recommend mulching around the tree to protect the roots from temperature extremes. These trees can bear fruit all year in the right climate, but generally take a break in Florida when the weather cools off.
Another fun fact – the wood from this tree ignites quickly, burns intensely and gives off very little smoke. In Jamaica, it is the preferred wood to use for cooking!

Blueberry patch is in and growing!


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 17-11-2014

Thinned down to about 48 plants, the blueberries are live and ready to grow and produce.


Finally, and update. Progress at OldPostOrganics this week…


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants, News and Reports | Posted on 07-03-2014

This has been in the works for quite a while, but today I’ll share pics.

Finally getting things in the ground, and added a few trees:

MulberryAvocadoPersimmon,Surinam Cherry

Planted things in the raised beds:


White & red cabbage
Collard greens
Brussels sprouts


2011 Planting updates


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 20-02-2011

So I’ve updated the initial planting this year to 264 new plants from seed.  I’m spending my free time trying to get everything stocked up for the warmer weather.

Currently from seed: (each row is 6 plants)

Row    Type
1    Papya
2    Papya
3    Papya
4    Brussel Sprouts
5    Sweet Banana Peppers
6    Sweet Banana Peppers
7    Spinach
8    Lettuce
9    Kale
10    Kale
11    Spinach
12    Sweet Mix Peppers
13    Pimieno
14    Pimieno
15    CA Wonder Peppers
16    CA Wonder Peppers
17    Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers
18    Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers
19    4689 Peppers
20    4689 Peppers
21    4689 Peppers
22    Yellow Pear Tomatoes
23    Yellow Pear Tomatoes
24    Yellow Pear Tomatoes
25    Basil
26    Cilantro
27    Spaghetti Squash
28    Giant Watermelon
29    Sweet Watermelon
30    Sweet Watermelon
31    Super Heavyweight Hybrid pepper
32    Super Heavyweight Hybrid pepper
33    Giant Marconi Hybrid pepper
34    Giant Marconi Hybrid pepper
35    Chinese Giant pepper
36    Chinese Giant pepper
37    California Wonder PS pepper
38    California Wonder PS pepper
39    Giant Aconcagua pepper
40    Giant Aconcagua pepper
41    Bounty Hybrid pepper
42    Bounty Hybrid pepper
43    Virginia Sweets heirloom tomato
44    Virginia Sweets heirloom tomato

New Supply Order today….


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 09-02-2011

While looking for local (inside Florida) vendors, stumbled upon website.

These guys focus on Tomato, Peppers, and Eggplants.   I loaded up on some nice looking options for peppers for this season’s growing!  I’m excited, both for some tasty peppers, as well as some fantastic pictures to come..

#9329A Chinese    Large Quantity 9329A –         1       $ 9.25       $ 9.25
Giant             Chinese Giant
1/16 Ounce $9.25
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#9146A Giant      Large Quantity 9146A –         1       $ 5.25       $ 5.25
Aconcagua         Giant Aconcagua
1/32 Ounce $5.25
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#9266A Super      Large Quantity 9266A –         1      $ 11.00      $ 11.00
Heavyweight       Super Heavyweight Hybrid
Hybrid            1/32 Ounce $11.00
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#9037A Giant      Large Quantity 9037A –         1       $ 9.95       $ 9.95
Marconi Hybrid    Giant Marconi Hybrid
1/32 Ounce $9.95
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#9254A            Large Quantity 9254A –         1       $ 8.70       $ 8.70
California        California Wonder PS
Wonder PS         1/16 Ounce $8.70
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#9366A Bounty     Large Quantity 9366A –         1      $ 11.00      $ 11.00
Hybrid            Bounty Hybrid
1/32 Ounce $11.00

Looks like the blueberries are blooming!


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in Blooming/Producing, New Plants | Posted on 02-02-2011

Came home today and noticed that the blueberry plants have started blooming.

A little planting done. 162 Plants, late is better than never.


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 24-01-2011

New Plants for 2011

162 New Plants started

Got out there Sunday morning and get a few things started. Been pretty busy with things, and it was nice to get back into the swing of things.  The water was COLD, though.

So far we’re trying for:

Brussel Sprouts
Sweet Banana Peppers
Sweet Mix Peppers
Pimiento Peppers
CA Wonder Peppers
Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers
4689 Bell Peppers
Yellow pear low acide tomatoes
Spaghetti Squash

Banana plants – Generation 2


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in Blooming/Producing, New Plants | Posted on 16-05-2010

Banana plants grow new shoots, often called suckers, pups, or ratoons, from the shallow rootstocks or rhizomes, and continue to produce new plants generation after generation for several decades. In about nine months the plants reach their mature height of about 15 to 30 feet. Some varieties will grow to a height of 40 feet. From the stems, that are about 12 inches thick, flower shoots begin to produce bananas.

Here is my 2nd generation of Banana trees.  Soon to be moved to their own pots, and moved to the tables for more attention.

Grapes are coming!


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in Blooming/Producing, New Plants | Posted on 12-04-2010

Its been about 3 weeks since I thought the grapes were dead.  They love this weather, and the organic fish fertilizer that I’ve been giving them, I guess.  They’ve taken off, and already seem to be starting to produce fruit.  Some of the oranges have started to bloom as well.

180 started from seed


Posted by RobPatton | Posted in New Plants | Posted on 09-03-2010

For the first seed planting done.  10 trays of 18 each.

2 Trays of 3121 Peppers

2 Trays of 4689a Peppers

1 Tray of Basil

1 Tray of Cilantro

1 Tray Tomaillo

1 Tray of Yellow Pear Tomatos

1 Tray of Roma Tomatos

1 Tray of Juliet Tomatos