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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Black Haw
« on: March 26, 2024, 07:20:40 AM »
I'm looking for black haw (sideroxylon lanuginosum) seeds or seedlings. Anyone have a specimen with good tasting fruit? I'd like to get some trees started even if I never get fruit.
Thanks, D

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Thai dwarf mulberry cold hardiness
« on: September 20, 2023, 06:46:12 AM »
I have a few of these and am thinking they need to go in the ground, but I'm concerned they may not be hardy enough. How much cold can they tolerate? Thanks! D

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / dioscorea Light Requirements
« on: June 01, 2023, 07:50:07 AM »
I've been growing true yams in my yard for a few years to get a bunch for propagation at our land South of here. Our yard is mostly bright shade or a few hours of sun. They grow really well in part sun conditions, but I see them struggling in more sun down South. Is this normal? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Azolla as Fertilizer
« on: May 09, 2023, 08:31:21 AM »
Are any of you using this as fertilizer? It makes a lot of biomass.

Anyone growing Gymnema sylvestre? I like to get seeds. Thanks! Dan

Fukien tea plant. Anyone have starts? Thanks D

Hi All, Looking for this bush. Saltbush, Sea Orach etc. I can't find it for sale on line. Anyone?  Regards, Dan

Hi All,
Looking to buy or trade for Florida Betony. Thanks! D

Temperate Fruit Discussion / More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: December 30, 2022, 07:45:55 AM »
These bad cold fronts that seem to be coming more regularly now have me thinking I need to plant fruit and nut trees that actually are for my zone, or a bit colder. My wife and I spent the better part of 2 days protecting our sub and tropicals before each of those events. If we hadn't had sufficient notice we would have lost most of them. Our land is technically zone 9a, but we got down to 10F 2 years ago and just had 12F last week. Of course we are on a ridge, so the wind tends to howl as well. Our humidity is about like central Florida and our Summer sun is brutal.
 I already have the usual plums, peaches, poms, jujubes, persimmons etc. I'm wondering about less common trees/plants that can take some cold. Some stone fruit crosses maybe? I think we get too hot for hazelnuts? What have y'all had success with under similar conditions? Thanks! D

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Canna edulis stalk color
« on: October 29, 2022, 07:56:19 AM »
I have been growing these for a few years. I also have ornamental cannas in the yard. The original edulis have red stalks. I've collected their seed and propagated them. I now have cannas that have green stalks like the ornamental ones growing in some of the pots. Could these be edulis, just with green stalks or maybe a hybrid? Should they still be edible? Thanks! D

looking for Tahitian taro. I have a variety for corms, but hear that the greens from Brasiliensis are better. Anyone have corms or plants for sale or trade? Thanks! D

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Artichoke vs cardoon
« on: October 17, 2021, 07:01:01 AM »
Artichoke are commonly grown for their flowers and I've read that cardoons are grown for their stalks. Are cardoons just artichokes that don't bloom or make inferior flowers? Are artichoke stalks edible like cardoons? Thanks, D

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Storing yam bulbils
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:25:30 AM »
Thanks to several kind forum members, I have some very happy dioscorias growing and making bulbils that I need to think about over Wintering. How do you folks store them? Thanks, Dan

Hi Folks, looking for seeds or starts of this plant. Thanks, D

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Sumac
« on: August 20, 2021, 07:38:23 AM »
Hi All, I want to start some sumac. Smooth, staghorn  any variety I can use for spice, drink flavoring etc. Anybody have seed or small plants I can buy or trade for? Thanks, Dan

Anyone have this to trade or sell?
Thanks, Dan

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Houston, TX growers meet up?
« on: March 30, 2021, 07:37:18 AM »
Hi Folks, Before the whole covid thing started some of us were talking about getting together to swap plants, stories and maybe lies about plants... I think it's time we move on. I suggest we set a time early this Summer and proceed. I'm as done with masks as Brad, but if a mask makes someone more comfortable wear away! Anyway, it might be best to take this to p.m.s so we don't waste everyone else's bandwidth. Let me know! D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Casimiroa pringlei
« on: March 28, 2021, 07:21:11 AM »
  There was discussion of pringle's sapote being cold hardy a while back. The best known tree was in Houston, at a nursery. It was said to have endured 13F. That was a mature tree.
  I have a small one planted in S. Texas. It is on a ridge, exposed to whatever comes. In our last taste of "real" Winter, the 3 foot seedling was exposed to close to single digits with just a small frame over it. I had rigged heat lamps, but as was widely reported, we had no power for about 5 days due to blackouts and a power pole down close by.
  I thought it was toast, just like our citrus, but it is putting out new growth! More evidence that they are quite cold hardy.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Propagating Malanga
« on: July 27, 2020, 09:19:27 AM »
I picked up a good sized chunk of malanga at the market and would like to grow it. I searched it and the procedures seem to conflict from site to site. Some say to cold stratify, others say just plant it. Plant it deep, plant it shallow. Is it like taro...just stick it in some soil and it will grow? It's got a bunch of eyes and is large enough that I think I can start 2 or 3 plants with it. How do y'all do it? Thanks, Dan

Hi All, I'd like to get some Chinese toon trees going. Has anyone propagated these? I've read that they root sucker. Might cuttings root? I can buy or trade. Thanks, D

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Sumac propagation questions
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:32:32 AM »
Hi All, I think I want to get some staghorn or smooth sumac started. What is the preferred method? I know they make a ton of seeds, but will cuttings root? Thanks, Dan

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Changsha Tangerine Seed
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:22:19 PM »
Hi All, I'd like to get some of this seed. Texas A&M says it is cold hardy to below 20F. Obviously many factors are involved, so mileage may vary...I guess it's legal to ship seed to Texas? If so, I can buy or trade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hardy Autocarpus?
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:35:44 AM »
Does anyone have experience with either of these Autocarpus?Gongshanensis was listed as being grown in NW Yunnan and Nanchuanensis in Chongquing provinces in China. From a quick search it looks like both areas are similar to a zone 8/9 with some annual light freezes.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Mucuna Pruriens
« on: October 29, 2019, 07:47:02 AM »
Hi Folks, I have a velvet bean that is loaded with beans and a cold snap coming. Will the vine tolerate a few degrees of frost? Will the seed be damaged? Thanks, Dan

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Almond heat tolerance
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:47:13 AM »
I have hall's hardy, mission and non pariel almonds in my orchard that have been growing nicely for me. They are about 4 years old now and a few put on blooms last spring. When it got really hot this summer (+/-100F) they dropped most of their leaves and just survived. I increased their water and that seemed to help some, but not all. The leaves were green, no chlorosis. The weather is cooling now, so I'm hoping they will recover.
I know some of you are in Cali and probably close to the surviving orchards there. Do they hold up to high heat for months there if they get enough water?
Thanks, D

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