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alokin wrote:pineapples do not require lots of water or attention, but I think the relation to the space they occupy to the amount of fruit you get in a set time is not that good. However you can plant them close together.
Actually, if you do not live in the right climate and your survival depends upon what you plant, then you will not plant any exotic stuff.
smallpoxgirl wrote:What's your plan for keeping the humming birds away?
PeakOiler wrote:Thanks for the heads up smallpoxgirl!
PeakOiler wrote:smallpoxgirl wrote:What's your plan for keeping the humming birds away?
Good question. I didn't know hummingbirds would decrease the quality of the fruit if they pollinated pineapple. I guess when the plants put out the fruiting stalk I'll use bird netting. The plants will be moved indoors when the lows get below 60F.
Thanks for the heads up smallpoxgirl! I'll keep ya posted!
frankthetank wrote:I'm down to one pineapple after getting rid of the three bigger ones that were injured either by spring cold or too much sunlight.
Pineapples do have seeds and you can get them to sprout. It takes a while (like a month) to get them going. I've noticed some pineapples tend to have more seeds then others. They are tiny brown seeds.
I tried papayas once. I actually got it to flower! But then it kind of went downhill and i composted it.
frankthetank wrote:This particular banana (Musa Basjoo) will flower/fruit but i believe the fruit tastes not so good. The best bet for fruit would be to go with a dwarfing banana like an Orinoco or a Super Dwarf Cavendish and keep it in a large pot and move it in an out with the seasons. If you could get it to flower in early May? you could probably have some fruit by fall (it probably wouldn't ripen (you could let them turn after cutting, but you would have still grown bananas!). A guy from Chicago on another board got fruit off a monster banana plant so i know its very possible.
The easiest way to start pineapples is to twist of the tops off a fruit and peel away a few of the bottom layers of brown/green leaves and put it in a small pot and keep the soil moist and warm. Its a lot easier doing it now in the summer...i've never got one to grow in the winter in the house...too cold.
This has been one of the coldest summers ever up here, so a normal s8mmer and my bananas would be a heck of a lot bigger.
How i store a banana is to cut off all the leaves in mid fall (Oct?) and dig up the corm and some roots, wraps the rootball in plastic or a blanket or something and drag the whole works down to the basement. The weight of these things can be a 100 pounds so its not an easy task.. Not all bananas can be stored like this, or so its been said...
Tropicals do fine up here from May through Sept...its the cold months that you have to worry about. During the cold months the KEY is to not water or water VERY little. Water will kill them. Its better to try to get them to go dormant and wait for warmer times. .
The cool thing about bananas is they "pup" and then you've just multiplied your plants. I have a ton of pups coming up right now.
Pineapples have seeds. Here is a good link... Its not easy to grow them..
http://citrus.forumup.org/viewtopic.php ... rum=citrus
frankthetank wrote:Aren't they poisonous? They are part of the Oleander? family i think..
Another tropical that grows huge and is kind of fun is Castor bean. The plant has many uses and is deadly (i think its the Ricin in the seeds)... So don't let your kids play with them. I still have a stump in my yard from the last one i grew (didn't grow any this year). The leaves on them are just HUGE. Like giant solar panels.
Do Plumeria go dormant? Can they be overwintered in a cool basement?
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