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Old 01-10-2010, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Party list of other "hardy" Tropical plants growing fast from seed

Hello everybody,
i love growing bananas from seed and i will always do but i'd love to start with some other species then banana, growing very fast from seed and giving the tropical (cold resistant) bedding in my garden.
For example i was thinking at gunnera, colocasia, Cyathea australis Rough Tree Fern, strelitzia, etc ( i excluded palms 'cause they usualy grow very slow)
I'd love bambý too but i think it's to slow the germination from seed, isn'it?
Could someone post a list of the fast growing tropical plants to start from seed?

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Well here is a start for a list.


Colocasia



Brugmansia



Canna



Some others are papaya and castor bean.

My Strelitzia Nicolai is a really pretty plant but not that fast of a grower.

Oops just saw the "hardy" in the topic. I overwinter all the above inside.

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WOW,and how do you manage to overwinter so huge plants indoor?
here another tropical hardy plant that i wanna grow: Gunnera manicata

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Well the EE's and canna's don't take much room to overwinter. I just dig them up dry a little and put them in a box or tub and place in the basement. This is my first year for the brugmansia but the big one I have I dug, trimmed all the branches back, removed all the leaves, put in a 5 gallon bucket and placed in the basement. The smaller ones I think were too small to do that too are upstairs and kept semi dormant. We'll see how they fare. The bananas were either trimmed way back and put in the basement or kept semi dormant upstairs in containers.

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WOW,and how do you manage to overwinter so huge plants indoor?
here another tropical hardy plant that i wanna grow: Gunnera manicata

url=http://www.bananas.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=28824&ppuser=6586][/url]
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whre to buy Gunnera manicata? do you sell it? i inteested
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I was browsing seeds the other day and noticed the Seed Rack has Gunnera manicata-Giant Rhubarb



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I think Papayas grow relatively fast. The leaves can get huge too. THey germinate readily from the fruit too.
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here we are, after one year and following your advices i got some "huge" plants starting from seed. i'd love to share some pics of them. End i'm obviously thinking back at some new plant with big tropical leaves to start from seed this winter, any ideas?? came on!! don't be lazy!!











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