[nafex] growing tropicals in not so tropical places

hector black hblack at TWLakes.Net
Sun Jul 22 10:10:21 EDT 2001

Hello Scott,
I've been messing with citrus and guava for some time now.  All in pots -
outdoors in summer and into an unheated sunroom in winter.  Calamondin,
Meyer lemon, ponderosa lemon, Hirado Buntan grapefruit, and several others
all bear fruit.  Florida need not worry about us putting them out of
business, but the fruit is delicious.  They're all budded to either Flying
Dragon or regular Trifoliate orange to keep them small.  The temp in winter
gets about 32 or so, perhaps a little lower.  Had a good crop of regular
Guava from a seedling.  (Not pineapple guava).  Citrange is another that
stays small and bears well.  Maybe it's a Citrangequat because the fruit is
small.  Hector Black  zone 6 middle TN
----- Original Message -----
From: Doreen Howard <doreenh at ticon.net>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 5:18 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] growing tropicals in not so tropical places

> Scott,
> Try http://www.crfg.org
> That is the site for Calif. Rare Fruit Growers.  They have a huge database
> on all tropicals--how to grow, fruit, etc.
> I, too, have some tropicals here in Zone 4b Wisconsin.  I moved to the
> Arctic three years ago from Gulf Coast Texas and brought some of the
> with me.  I have a Raja Puri banana, about ready to fruit, a dwarf
> banana (given to me by Nafex member), brugmansia, bird of paradise,
> Breadfruit (Monstera deliciosa), which is fruiting now and an avocado.
> a challenge to provide enough heat for them indoors during the long
> plus plenty of sunlight.  I have them all in south-facing windows and in
> from of floor heat vents.  This seems to work, because they all grow
> the winter months.
> Doreen Howard
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