Tropical or exotic fruit is fruit that is grown in warm climates. Exotic fruits include mango, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple and pomegranate. These fruits are intolerant to frost. A hard freeze can destroy an exotic fruit crop. They prefer temperatures that do not get below 50 degrees during the blooming and growing season. Exotic fruit trees can get very large; some can grow to over 100 feet tall, so you must have the room to accommodate them. They generally require a good deal of attention to produce the best yield.
Choose a southern location that is close to your home or barn or other structure for planting. This will provide your exotic fruit tree with some protection from the wind and other elements.
Plant your trees from March to October. The warm temperatures will give the tree time to establish itself before cold weather sets in.
Loosen the soil in a 3- to 4-foot diameter circle where you plan to plant your fruit tree. Dig the hole as deep as the root ball, and twice as wide. Fill the hole halfway with water and allow it to drain out.
Mix the native soil from the hole with equal parts of organic compost. Backfill the hole with the mixture to cover the root ball completely. Pat the soil down with your foot to secure the tree into place. Build a small hill or berm about 4 inches high around the perimeter of the tree. Fill this with water and allow it to drain once again. Place a 4-inch layer of compost at an angle toward the base of the tree.
Water your exotic fruit tree two to three times per day with 2 to 3 inches of water to keep the root ball moist. Water your established fruit twice a week with 2 to 3 inches of water during the summer, and once a month during the winter.
Apply a 4-inch layer of compost in the second year of growth, approximately a foot from the base of the tree, to fertilize it.