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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Citrus Pollen
« on: May 01, 2019, 02:25:06 AM »
Does anyone know of a source of disease-free citrus pollen?
I would like to experiment and create my own citrus hybrids with my calamondin tree. Ultimately, I want to get a hardy orange, Poncirus trifoliata, and hybridize it with either Yuzu or the harder to find Citrus ichangensis to make a hardy but better tasting orange that can exist in USDA zone 6 here in Connecticut.

P.S. I learned pollen transmits certain citrus diseases so I do not want to damage my little tree.
- Kelly F.

Hi everyone,
I received this fig as a cutting from a friend who works in a greenhouse. Hoping this leaf pattern is not a sign of mosaic fig virus. I have moved my fig away from my other plants by over 10 ft. for now, farther away places are too sunny. From what I have read, if it is mosaic virus, I will need to destroy this plant and not compost it or its soil. Thank you in advance!

Recipes / Malabar Spinach - Basella rubra recipe ideas?
« on: July 04, 2018, 04:54:10 PM »
Does anyone have favorite ways to use Malabar Spinach? I am growing it for the first time this year. I heard someone describe it as slimy? If so, best ways to minimize that textural component?

Hello Everyone,
         I have been reading about warning labels on rooting hormone containers that say use only for ornamentals, not edible plants. Also mentions not getting the powder or liquid on your skin, in your eyes, or lungs. My question is, is it safe to use rooting hormone with IBA as an active ingredient for plants that you will eventually harvest leaves, fruits, seeds from in months or years after using a bit of hormone on a cutting? I purchased a small bottle of TakeRoot 1% IBA active ingredient rooting powder.
         Does this harmful stuff accumulate in the plant's leaves/fruit or will it dissipate? One article I read stated one reason it is labeled for non food use is because the EPA tests are expensive and time consuming. Lastly, another article mentioned the IBA is neurotoxic. Finally, another stated the harm index for skin contact was very low, and only slightly higher for inhalation, meaning overall this is a decently safe product to handle.
          I am most curious about the safety of eating a plant grown from a cutting that I used rooting hormone on.
Kelly F.

Hi everyone,
I have a few questions:
1. Are Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) fruits juicy or hard?
2. Are prunus virginiana (chokecherry) fruits juicy or hard?
I am trying to identify what the "chokecherries" were from my childhood that my grandpa showed to me in Vermont. (not elderberries).

3. What do red goji berries taste like fresh? are they sweet and fruity or savory? Has anyone grown them in zone 6a winters outside?
4. Sweet goumi berries - Elaeagnus multiflora - has anyone tasted them, good or gross?
5. Maypop vines, passiflora incarnata, do they become weedy invasive type vines that are hard to control? Do they spread by suckers?
6. Lastly, hardy kiwis, has anyone tasted them from their garden, do they have any acidity? I had them from the store, no acidity at all:( I also have not planted any yet because I heard they can become very large, invasive vines. Thank you in advance!

Hi everyone,
I live in Connecticut and am looking for some optimistic stories of people growing fruiting trees/plants from seed/young age and have had them set fruit in about three years or less. I am referring to container plants grown indoors for almost half of the year due to the cold temperatures outdoors. I am looking longingly at Garcinia intermedia (lemon drop mangosteen) and certain Eugenia species like the pitangatuba, and Ugni mollinae (Chilean guava), or the hybrid red jaboticaba. Can anyone point me towards a plant that can give me the unique joy of tasting a fruit that I could not otherwise purchase in a store?


I am always looking for exciting new fruits, vegetables, herbs that I cannot get at a supermarket that can fruit in a container before the frost comes in Connecticut, our season is pretty short so I am open to suggestions for new fruit endeavors. This year, I have Poha (variety of cape gooseberries), pepino melon (solanum muricatum), naranjilla (solanum quitoense), and camellia sinensis (tea plants) and laurus nobilis (bay leaf). The last two I mentioned will be kept indoors for years to come over the winter.

Does anyone have favorite container annuals to add to this list?


Hi everyone,
Sadly my 18" tall Brown Turkey fig tree I bought online, did not survive the winter here in New England. It was healthy all season. I provided moderate mulch and kept it in a fully sunny spot. I live in Connecticut, USA. I know we had nights below -10 degree F, which is the average lowest temperature for zone 6a. If anyone can help me with advice from variety (should I try Chicago Hardy fig cultivar instead?), to overwintering outdoors, etc. I would be grateful! Or should I give up on figs altogether?
Thank you,

I am new to this forum and am passionate about plants. I will trade cuttings (will happily root cuttings first upon request, just need a head's up) of red raspberry, blackberry, red currant, and black raspberry should I locate the bush in my yard again, as well as peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, lemon balm, red or purple beebalm (Monarda sp.) cuttings and potentially a strawberry plant (spring-bearing) for something on my wishlist:

*Gooseberry (Ribes sp.) bush cuttings (it would be really cool if one was rooted).
*Blackcurrant or Josta berry cuttings (extra cool if rooted)
Chicago Hardy fig seedling/sapling if someone has success growing them in USDA zone 6 winters outdoors.
Blueberry bush cuttings / plants
A cold hardy species to zone 6a (-10 to -5 degrees F) of cherry, plum, peach, apricot, Granny smith apple, seedlings/saplings.
Or seeds of something tropical and edible like Chilean Guava Ugni mollinae that could fruit indoors in a container.
I am always excited to just meet a new plant enthusiast and talk.
I have more to offer as far as flower seeds, also can take concord grape vine cuttings.
I have a wide array of interests and knowledge, so message me anytime!


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