While visiting a friend of mine, who is also an educator and a gardener, he showed me some tropical plants he had been growing. Though the bananas are in the greenhouse, he has managed to plant some papaya and pineapple outside.
A banana tree growing in a greenhouse
A papaya tree in Tucson
Growing Pineapples in Tucson can be a bit risky.
I may take my chances in my gardening aspirations, but I don’t think I am ready to try growing tropical plants in a Zone 9 climate. I really think what my friend is doing is cool – though I personally have neither the time nor the desire to experiment with exotic tropical plants.