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    Lowland tropical landscape plants

    I have an awesome side job, which I'll detail later. I'm so excited I'm posting this thread from my phone.
    I'm looking for landscape/subject plants for a tropical water garden. I'm looking for plants on a scale of a quarter inch to four feet tall. CP species are cool, but I've already got some in mind, so non-CPs are better. Tropical orchids? Wet-loving orchids? Fragrant groundcovers? Bonsai-compatible tropical trees? Fragrant/edible tropical plants?
    You don't need to ask; N. ampullaria, bicalcurata, gracilis and rafflesiana are already on the list.
    The excitement!!!
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    Mangrove perhaps?
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    Wow, seems like a really fun job. I'd go for the Fragrant groundcovers and tropical orchids.
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    not mangrove, but MANGO! Superdwarf, dwarf, and condo vairieties are where its at! THE tropical fruit, with lovely evergreen tropical foliage. Startfruit is also good...passiflora edulis has crazy flowers and delicious fruit, but its a vine...Maybe cattleyas on the walls? What kinda room are you working on? It sounds amazing!
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    Mangoes are already a... less desirable feature of the flora in situ. Good idea, but the smell of fermenting fallen mangoes is already a seasonal feature of the neighborhood. A super dwarf one might be an interesting novelty in contrast to all the wildtypes, though. How big/how much fruit are we talking? Passiflora are perfect; I don't know why I didn't think about it sooner. Are there any characteristically slow-growing species?
    Thanks guys, this is great stuff.
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    where is this place? They have those nasty seed grown weedy mangoe things huh? GROSS!

    Fruit is normal sized, except most are EXTREMELY tasty. 'Ice Cream' and 'Carrie' (Carrie expecially) are my faves. Fruit is all dependant on the size of the tree. My baby cutting made exactly one fruit last year, although it was delicious.

    Passiflora edulis is actualy considered a weed in some parts, so slow growing its not. Not passiflora are rampant growing actually, sorry.

    What about muscadine grapes?
    Umm...ylang-ylang tree smells heavenly.
    DRAGONFRUIT! Ah ha! Its kinda slow growing, and make delicious, attractive, noevlty, and desireable fruit on a cactus-vine. The flowers are dinner plate sized, white, and sm,ell very good too! "Purple Haze" is my favorite...
    Pineapple bromeliads
    Coconuts are a fave but impossible to grow here...
    Bananas, but they can go horribly wrong. Try "super dwarf cavendish", the trunks are never bigger than 24", and the 2" bananas are edible and taste like banana custard!


    Hmm lol! Good luck on this Joe!
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    What do you mean by. "horribly wrong?" Dragonfruit sounds great. I still want to trade you for that cutting, once I get my money situation fixed. (Had a roommate skip out on rent and bills.) I have that S. x. "Hummer's Hammerhead" still - it's going to be too big to send this season if I let it start pitchering. Right now it's got two flowers on it.
    Just to be awful I'm going to let folks guess about this for a little while before I give all the details. Anyone who cares to dig through my old posts can probably piece together what I'm talking about based on my personal history and my inquiry above. I also don't want to jinx it.
    ~Joe
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    If you're growing passiflora, why not throw a few aristolochia in too?
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