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Old 07-17-2008, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello all... I found this forum by accident on the net and I've enjoyed reading the posts for a couple weeks now. I grow a few bananas, mostly the common stuff (Orinoco, Grand Nain, Ensete glaucum) as well as a few palms and lots of subtropical dicots (fruits, FL and MX natives, etc.) Thanks for a great forum!!!

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Old 07-17-2008, 01:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome Seagrapes!

We're all glad that you've been enjoying the site. Word of caution, though. You will find that many on this board are addicts! Banana addicts!

Do you also grow seagrapes?

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Oh yes, I do grow seagrapes. They are all in pots b/c of freezes, but I have had one plant survive 24F with defoliation but NO stem dieback! It's the hardiest one I've seen so far...

I've noticed there are lots of banana addicts. That's OK, it's just like the palm addicts on the Palmtalk forum. I really like both bananas and palms, I just wish I had more room to grow them. Right now, I'm limited to a standard sized residential lot. I guess I could eliminate all the grass to plant more...

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Awesome, Chuck!
How big do they(Seagrapes) get in pots? Do you get any fruits yet?

There a member here, his name is JoeReal, and he also has a standard size lot home in Davis, CA, and he literally has hundreds of varieties of fruits in his yard, in spite of the fact that he has a large patio, Nipa Hut (play house made of thatch), and get this - a lawn! Granted one of his citrus trees has over 70 grafts of various citrus cultivars, and several stone fruit trees with at least a dozen, or so, varietal grafts on each of them. Besides that, he has individual fruit trees that are just their unique variety. On the planting strip next to the sidewalk in front of his house he's got a couple of Quince trees that has several grafts of various pear varieties.

Check out his posts. He's also posted primers on various type of grafting techniques.

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Hey Chuck!! Welcome!!!
I love Austin!!! I use to go down a couple of times a yr to play Rugby.. a fun time was had by all...LOL Glad you stumbled across this great site.. I look forward to seeing you around!!!
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glad you joined us here. hope youll hang around a long time.
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Welcome to the forum, Chuck! I live just North of Austin in Cedar Park.
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Hey welcome! I love your avatar.
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All right! Another TX member! Welcome, Chuck!
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Hey Chuck, I bet this was one accident you enjoyed getting into. No insurance card necessary!
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It's been fun so far...
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Any fruit on the seagrapes? I just recently took some seedlings and cuttings from some in Florida...hope they live!
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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No fruits yet. I had a couple plants bloom a couple years ago, but they didn't set any seed. I suspect they might have been both male or female. Those particular plants froze in 2007 and didn't return, BUT the one in my gallery DID survive the freeze and is growing well now. It has yet to flower, though. I can air layer it if I want to propagate it, but I'm thinking about getting more seedlings to try and find another hardy one for cross pollination.
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Welcome to the Org Seagrapes!!
Glad you could join us!!
Great forum and wonderful people with alot of knowledge and experience.
I have this plant below and was wondering if someone could tell me........
Is this a seagrape? My neighbor calls it a cabbage plant.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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Thanks magicgreen... btw, your plant is a fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata). Not a seagrape, but still a nice plant. They eventually become a good sized tree.

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