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Melissa Swartley

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2019, 12:25:51 PM »
My seeds just arrived.  Here we go!

Hey, I just stumbled onto all of this in search of growing this way out of its zone.. I’m in Bucks County, PA and was wondering how you are doing with your seeds? Did they germinate? Where did you purchase them from and what variety did you get? I currently only grow a Ponderosa lemon as far as fruiting trees go.. but I have over 250 other tropical plants.

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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2019, 12:50:28 PM »
I bought mine from a guy in Hawaii off of eBay.

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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2019, 12:59:51 PM »
My seeds just arrived.  Here we go!

Hey, I just stumbled onto all of this in search of growing this way out of its zone.. I’m in Bucks County, PA and was wondering how you are doing with your seeds? Did they germinate? Where did you purchase them from and what variety did you get? I currently only grow a Ponderosa lemon as far as fruiting trees go.. but I have over 250 other tropical plants.
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I have ice cream bean seedlings and seeds for trade or sell. if anyone’s interested email or PM me. Thanks, Nate.
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2019, 04:11:17 PM »
My seeds haven’t germinated yet. I normally put new seed trays on a heating mat but my heating mat is occupied by guava cuttings right now.  I have the ice cream bean seeds in cups in my greenhouse.

I bought them from “some guy in hawaii” also, I forget if from etsy, ebay, or amazon but I believe it is all the same person.

Good to hear another northern grower is nearby, Melissa.  Do you use a greenhouse?  Or bring plants inside in winter?

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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2019, 04:36:48 PM »
My seeds haven’t germinated yet. I normally put new seed trays on a heating mat but my heating mat is occupied by guava cuttings right now.  I have the ice cream bean seeds in cups in my greenhouse.

I bought them from “some guy in hawaii” also, I forget if from etsy, ebay, or amazon but I believe it is all the same person.

Good to hear another northern grower is nearby, Melissa.  Do you use a greenhouse?  Or bring plants inside in winter?

Yikes, time for more coffee.. just re-read your post.. you have them in a greenhouse. What all do you grow? If I had a greenhouse, I can imagine the possibilities!

Thanks for the info! Hopefully they’ll germinate soon for you. I’m actually planning a trip down to south Florida in March and figured I’d try to find a plant.. and many more plants of course. I don’t have a greenhouse yet, though I’m sure I’ll eventually have to invest in one. I currently grow around 200 plants inside my home in windows and under lights in the basement. I mostly collect epipytes but I do enjoy some non-tree dwellers. It’s a jungle in here. 
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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2019, 07:08:07 PM »
I have almost entirely fruiting plants, mostly citrus, and a few tropical flowers.   Fifteen are in-ground in the greenhouse, and maybe a hundred more in containers of various size that I keep outside in the warmer months.   I just moved everything into the greenhouse so it is cluttered.



Having a greenhouse is awesome, I highly recommend it!   
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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2019, 07:16:31 PM »
Verry nice Brian.

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #32 on: October 15, 2019, 09:48:53 AM »
my ice cream bean seeds have started to sprout


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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2019, 02:24:21 PM »
I flirted with vanilla bean orchids, they proved to be exceedingly fickle and my own ineptitude + environmental influences caused their early demise.

The orchid variety is only pollinated by a type of bee not found in most of the US, and if this is remotely similar you would have to hand pollinate each one in order for beans to set.

I am impressed that you've got them to a size like that, i've only spent brief amounts of time in AL passing through it, I figured some parts of the year it was likely too cold to sustain them (even in a green house).

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« Reply #34 on: October 15, 2019, 02:35:00 PM »
I thought the biggest issue with vanilla is that even once you get a seed, you have to go through a process of drying/oxidizing to get the vanilla essence.  Anything that can't be used fresh isn't worth it to me.

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« Reply #35 on: October 15, 2019, 07:44:27 PM »
I thought the biggest issue with vanilla is that even once you get a seed, you have to go through a process of drying/oxidizing to get the vanilla essence.  Anything that can't be used fresh isn't worth it to me.
Actually what you are describing is the preservation of it. Drying it, distilling it into alcohol etc, this is done because the bean is perishable (soft and squishy) and will rot if efforts to preserve it when freshly harvested do not occur. This preserves the vanilla essence.

This is according to my own reading, perhaps someone else has better info.
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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2019, 08:47:55 PM »
So even when young these are not to have any nitrogen containing fertilizer? I put some Osmocote plus on ours. Maybe I should remove it...

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2019, 08:59:40 PM »
I have osmocote in mine because I had already added it to the soil mix.  I expect it is fine initially, but I won't be adding more.

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #38 on: November 09, 2019, 08:38:29 PM »
Nearly all of my ice cream beams sprouted and are growing well

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2020, 12:36:05 AM »
I've had one in a 45 gallon container that I grew from seed. I FINALLY got flowers this year, and I"m hoping (fingers crossed) that I get a few pods.  I'm considering planting it in the ground once I determine that it is self fruitful, but I'm really concerned that it will turn into a giant.   Does Pacay get as large as edulis?  I'm thinking they are about the same, but all the pictures of pacay that I see on the internet are of smaller trees. ????

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Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« Reply #40 on: August 11, 2020, 07:51:00 PM »
Had mine in a 15g pot for over 3 years, no flowers, kind of stayed the same size, as soon as I stepped it up to a 25g pot it took off and is now fruiting.

(Sorry about the sideways pic, anyone know how to rotate the pictures? Please send me PM)
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