Most places don’t have as good of a climate as west Texas for a greenhouse. But what I can do in mine isn’t matched by any place in the world for growing fruit.
Never a freeze in 15 years, 900 Utah chill hrs (37-48F) in 45 days, 320 day sunny warm growing season, no hail, no varmints, no rain or high humidity thus nearly zero diseases of fruit or tree, nearly full control of water, best fruit I’ve ever eaten. My next project when I have time will be a greenhouse within the greenhouse. Purpose of that is to avoid the chilling and give mango the best chance for high quality. I’d like to compare mango to my best stone fruit.
I harvest stone fruit for 6 months. Last yr I harvested main crop figs for 7 months. If I dropped the chilling I could do that or better every yr with figs. Which brings up what I might do some day: one greenhouse with chilling for stone fruit and one without chilling for mango, citrus, figs, etc.
In the greenhouse if one gets the water right many fruits can be grown at 24-32 brix. The best fruit I’ve ever grown has been in the greenhouse. And production is so much more consistent than outdoors. After surviving 30 yrs of growing outside in Amarillo the greenhouse is fruit heaven.
Only about 30% is currently hobby growing for fruit, the rest a business. When I get tired of doing business I’ll either convert back to hobby growing or sell this place and start over maybe with two greenhouses or one designed for both chill and no chill growing.
In a minute I’ll add some current pictures on another computer.