[NAFEX] Winter Hardy Tropicals
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Mon Feb 26 17:18:53 EST 2007
First of all, you're missing PawPaw, which is a tropical plant in every
respect. Except it is rock hardy and matures its mango-like fruits in all sorts of
zone 5 climates. Why not grow it, that really does grow tropical fruits in
The NAFEX person to ask about bamboo is Rick Valley of Oregon.
I've seen a banana growing in Arlington, MA, contact me if you want the
grower's phone # or email.
I believe the owner of Oregon Exotics told me Ponicirus trifoliata is the
ONLY citrus of any description that is truly deciduous -meaning its smart enough
to drop its leaves when fall comes - can anyone contradict that? Grapefruit
are 69 cents this week at my grocery store. The best houseplant I ever had was
a calamondin orange, I bartered for it when it was 10 yrs old, and then I
owned it for another approx. 15 years before it died. It required 2 qts of water
every day or a gallon every day. It had a windowsill of its own with best
sun exposure but bloomed and bore its heart out, and I sometimes feel like
getting another. It was far better than any lemon for flavoring, like as a
topping on broccoli.
Let us know what you find out about bamboo and fruits from banana and palm
In a message dated 2/26/07 4:53:06 PM, Gtolle0709 at wowway.com writes:
I've been researching zone 5 hardy tropicals with an eye towards
trying to grow some within the next couple of years. I still have a lot
to research but I have a few questions that some of you pioneers may be
able to answer.
1) Bamboo - Does anyone know if the physical characteristics of the
Canebrake Bamboo (Arundinaria gigantiea) compare with those of, say
Phyllostachys nuda? In particular, I am thinking about both use as
structural rods and the edibility of the shoots.
2) Banana - The winter-hardy banana from Japan (Musa basjoo) is listed
everywhere as producing inedible fruit. Is this inedible inedible or is
this banana inedible but maybe plantain edible. Also, does the fruit
(even if inedible) mature in zone 5-6? I wonder in terms of possible
cross-pollination with a more edible species and selecting from
seedlings (not that I know anything about breeding bananas).
3) Oranges - Ponicirus trifoliata is listed as having fruit that is
inedible (bitter, I assume) or lemon-like. What are people's experiences
out there? Is it worth growing as a lemon substitute? Does the fruit
mature in sone 5? Does anyone have experience with any of the other
winter-hardy hybrids out there?
4) Palms - A number of palm species appear to be moderately
winter-hardy. Does anyone have any experience with the fruit? The
descriptions that I've read suggest that the flesh is thin but
I'm sure that many other questions will occur to me over the next
year or two but these are important for deciding where I want to direct
my attention. Thanks.
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