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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing olives?
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:34:33 AM »
I have a pair of kalamatas in pots from this guy ->
He really taught me a lot and is a good resource for information. I don't know why I didn't buy another variety from him, hopefully he will have another sale on his property this spring.

I still have so many things to try, but so far here are my favorites.

1. Mangosteen
2. Durian
3. Blackberries and Huckleberries
4. Jackfruit
5. Pomegranate

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:11:34 AM »

I live in Portland Oregon in the states, and love growing tropicals indoors and traveling to see local flora. A trip to Europe a few years ago when I was twenty made me fall in love with Mediterranean fruiting plants. After watching Fruit Hunters on Netflix in 2015, I was inspired to go to SE Asia and in 2016 I did my first solo trip to the region. I spent most of my time on the island of Sumatra working on a mango farm and then went to Sarawak to explore. This trip magnified my love of both fruiting trees and tropicals, and so here I am.

I want to learn more and to gab about neat species and how to be a better gardener. Most of my tropicals are in containers due to my temperate climate, but I do my best with indoors COB lighting and T5s during cool months.

I grew up in Montana, and have a bachelors in biotechnology from Montana State University. While earning my degree I was apart of a horticultural organization and worked in a lab growing and researching wheat and rust fungal diseases. I currently work in plant tissue culture lab propagating fruit trees and making media. Volunteer with a local community orchard and teach others gardening techniques in my spare time. I have also worked at a retail grow shop and can give some advice in the area of indoor cultivation.

Can't wait to learn with y'all

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