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Old 02-28-2009, 06:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for Pot-able variety

Well, this year I think I'm gonna branch-out and do more than just my generic garden and banana tree.....BUT....I am gonna keep all new stuff in pots due to weather. So my question is....what tropicals such as lychees, cherimoya, and the likes can I (hopefully) successfully grow to fruit in pots given I can maintain roughly 65-70 degrees and 70-90% humidity and full/partial sun all year round? Up to 6' would be perfect, as anything over that would be hard to drag in and out of the house. I am not real big on the lemons and limes, but every other fruit is fine.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Looking for Pot-able variety

Good luck to you. I tried all of them in zone 9 but I did not succeed. Hopefully you can. For a while they are very nice to look at with lush leaves and all but I never succeed on fruiting them. Finally cold weather got them. I have now a cherimoya struggling to live . But I am not the type babying my plants.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:02 PM   #3 (permalink)

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I bet you could grow a papaya in a container, especially some of the low bearing types (Waimanalo/X-77 is a good one). Low bearing means they start fruiting early, but will still get very tall. They are so quick and easy to grow that once they start to fruit and get too big, you could just replant with its own seeds.

My college sells very cheap seeds, $1 for home garden packs (with free postage), and they will send them anywhere. Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center - Seed Program

If you decide to grow papaya, I should add this very important detail unless you don't run across it elsewhere. Cultivated papayas generally segregate for female and hermaphrodite plants, both produce fruit, but the females require pollination whereas a hermaphrodite plant can grow and bear fruit by itself. The seeds are generally 2/3 hermaphrodite, so to ensure that the plants you grow will be hermaphrodite, 3-4 seeds are planted, and 3 plants are allowed to grow until the first flowers are shown, at this stage you look at the flowers and determine which ones are hermaphrodite and keep those ones unless, unless you want to try hand pollination (the hermaphrodites still produce pollen, just not a ton), but in that you would still need to be growing at least 1 hermaphrodite plant as a pollen source for your female plant.
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