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Old 02-04-2006, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is what's happening in my back yard as of this morning. Enjoy!

Some Pineapples
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A new tri color varigated red Pineapple fresh out the box!
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Unkown Lady finger
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Some green house stuff
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Pisang Klotek really doing well
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Red Jamaicans having a tough time with the cold and wind but still growing.
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Hawaiian Apples also having some trouble with the winds but still growing.
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Hawaiian Ice Cream with SDC next to it
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Unknown Cambodians
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Some more green house goodies including a very rare, actually extinct in the wild Deppea Splendens, a Macadamia nut tree,and a pear apple plant.
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Not pictured but doing extremely well is my Haden Mango tree.

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Old 02-05-2006, 02:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mitchel-Love the images. I especially like the variegated pineapple. If you don't mind me asking, where did you find that one?

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Thanks Richard. I bought that Tri color from the guy on ebay that Mediahound posted a link to in the Pineapple thread. I just went to his other auctions and asked if he had any. He sent this sucker that must be over three feet tall for 9 bucks plus shipping! Word of warning though, it has some serious thorns and the leaves are not as sturdy as regular pineapples. I had been looking everywhere and this was the only source for the 3 color I could find. Lot's of 2 color variegated out there but it's just not the same. I believe there is also some Pineapples that grow red fruit and have green leaves. That's next on my list.
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Hi Mitchel,

That is a beautiful pineapple! The link to the item on eBay seems to have expired so I can no longer get to the seller's name. Do you happen to remember it?

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Here you go.

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Glad you got the pineapple!

My only dwarf pineapple fruit was stolen the other day.
That's what I get for having ornamentals by the front door...
I don't even think I have any photos of it to remember.


Flamingo Gardens here in South Florida should have some of the tri-color pineapples for sale. Unless they sold them all...
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Thanks for the pictorial tour of your garden and GH. Really is like eye-candy to this sun starved Wisconsinite.

Got room in your GH for a Hammock? Will work for food ...... lol

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Thanks guys, I'm lucky to live where it's possible to grow all year round. I heard the were having La Nina this year and that we may not see any more rain for the next 6-8 months here in So Cal. I'm not a big lover of rain but the pollution just seems to collect in the form of black soot everywhere until we get some rain. I'm talking about the trees, roofs, streets, sidewalks, and everything else gets dirty after a long dry spell.
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Hi Mitchel-Just wanted to let you know I just got an e-mail from Charles and he is sending me a couple of the variegated pineapples. I really appreciate the contact info. I'll update you on them after they arrive.

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Mitchel,

When talking about the pollution, don't forget that crud that gets on the INSIDE of our car windows. At least where I live.

It looks like we may be in for a change in the weather? I know we need rain, but 80's in February works for me! And my recent bloom is doing very good! I really was wondering if it would have fruit because of the earlier frost here; but today I see some nice bananas!
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Anna, you better get them ready cause they said it's going to get cold at night later this week. This is really like desert weather, hot during the day and cold at night! I have been taking all the leaves that turn yellow or brown and cutting them into small pieces along with all my other yard trimmings except the grass and pilling it up around the bases of the Bananas to keep the warmth in the soil at night. I only water in the morning so it can dry out and warm up by the evening. My thought is that enough of the ground will stay warm and radiate heat upwards to the leaves. For my Pineapples and my Mango I used about 3 inches of crushed black Lava rock. Same thing here, I water in the morning and it collects heat all day then stays warm at night. I have checked the soil with my fingers in the morning and it seems to be working well!

I hear ya on that stuff on the inside of window, especially if you drive on the freeway a lot and use the polluted outside air. My truck doesn't have a heppa filter system so I get whatever air is around me!
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Those are great ideas! I can already feel the chill in the air. :-(

I am so upset. I have a critter - probably a gopher - around my banana plants. I try to use "natural" controls whenever I can. I took some large garlic cloves and put them in the critter holes today, hoping to make them go somewhere else. I went outside and about 20 minutes later, the thing had put the cloves outside the holes, and closed them!
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Hi Mitchel- The pineapple suckers came to day and they look great. I cannot believe how big they are. Do you have any suggestions about how to handle them until get established and growing on their own. They do not have any roots at present but look ready to grow!

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Well I just stuck mine in some cactus mix in a pot against a south facing wall and am hoping it will grow.! So far it looks great. He did send instructions which said to just plant it in the ground but I wasn't quite ready for that so it went into a pot. How about those thorns!! Those things are wicked!
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Mitchel-Thanks for the info. You are certainly correct about the spines. I was still picking them out of my hands late this afternoon. The colors on the plants look really good. I am anxious to see what they look like after they get some roots under them. I have a really tasty golden pineapple that is just starting to bloom again (this is the second fruit from that plant). I can't wait to eat that thing. I also can't wait for it to warm up a little more so they all can leave the greenhouse and move back outside.

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Here's the report from my winter garden last night. Air temperature -19F.

I hope my stuff makes it through this. I might be replacing some plant material come spring.

Fortunately, I brought all my bananas inside.
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BRRRRR! We finally got some rain and cool weather.
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BRRRRR! We finally got some rain and cool weather.
You haven't experienced cold until you've felt what a -60F windchill feels like.

It's fightening really. I can't wait 'til spring.

My bamboo's might take a hit as well as my agaves.

I'm hoping for the best.

We'll talk about that Sikki in about 6 weeks Mitchel
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