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    Suggestions on Unusual Plants to Grow?

    So I bought a Burpee organic seed starting kit (the one with the expanding pellets, tray and seedling fertilizer in it) in an attempt to start some ficus religiosa seeds I bought. No luck with them yet, but I have 15 more of those little cup sitting around and ready to go.

    I like weird plants. Obviously, since I'm on this forum . And I figured what better place to ask!

    Could anyone give me some suggestions on what to plant in the remainder of the cups? Indoor growing plants would be a plus- but fire away. So far the only species I've considered is the mimosa purdica. Easy to sprout/grow would be a plus. These bodhi tree seeds are kind of bumming me out.

    Thanks.

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    wouldnt use CPs with fert.. it'll kill them fort the most part
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    Some of the Eucalyptus and relatives are interesting and they grow fast from seed. Corymbia citriodora is a good one. Mimosa are fun too - just be sure to prune them aggressively if they get leggy. I had great success when I tried them but I didn't give them enough light and let them sprawl all over the place, then bugs got to them once they weakened.
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    If you have a place safe from cats and kids who may try to eat it you could get some Datura seed (Devil's Trumpet / Jimson weed). These are awesome fast growing and heavily blooming herbaceous annual plants which grow into shrubs that are covered in flowers that are 6-8" upward pointing trumpets of white, purple or yellow who open at dusk and smell like fruitloops cereal and close up about 10 am. They need lots of sun and lots of water, infact I grew an emergent aquatic species of Datura a few years ago.

    Joe, I'd love some eucalyptus are they an easy year round indoor grower as a houseplant?

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    Bah, you wasted your money swords. Eucalyptus are about the easiest things to grow from seed ever. In three years you can get a 20-foot tree from seed, no problem. Corymbia citriodora is what you want; trust me. They're spectacular. They have bright green fuzzy leaves that change shape as the tree ages, from spade- to strap-shaped. The leaves and bark smell strongly of citronella, as this species is used to produce citronella and other citrus oils for commercial use. They supposedly have some pest-repellent effects but mine had a little aphid problem last year before I accidentally left it out too long and killed it bringing it in for winter. You can use the leaves as incense, or a mulch additive for garden paths, or for tea. They also make a good exfoliant if you have dry skin. Because they put on lots of growth each year, you can prune them hard, almost all the way to the ground, and use the limbs for firewood - not just C. citriodora but most of the other species too. At houseplant-size that's not much, but remember that these guys will easily get taller than a house if you let them get comfy in a larger pot.
    The big perk, though, is that Eucalyptus seed is a few bucks for hundreds - they're smaller than sandgrains often so they're sold by the milligram rather than count. Browse around until you find a seed vendor that you like and you'll have more than you know what to do with.
    Also, consider finding species that can tolerate being outside part- or full-time - if you put them in the ground or a big container, they mature in a matter of years/months. It's pretty amazing. I have one nursery-raised tree that lives on my porch now, and I got it when it was about two feet tall and two years old. The lady told me that those were runts from their landscaping batch that they hadn't bothered to repot in time for the second season. Behind the bench of saplings was a large 3' x 3' x 3' planter with a tree of about thirty feet and multiple main stems growing more or less vertical; according to the folks at the nursery, it was a sibling to the two-foot plants, from the same germination batch. The only difference was that that one had been put into the big planter at the first transplant out of seedling pots. Before I had a chance to finish boggling over that, the proprietor got a cross look on her face and told me, "It really should be a lot bigger, but they just don't like being rootbound. It makes them grow straight and shrimpy like they're in the forest." LOL - some plants are just so disappointing!
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    I'm pretty bad with seeds, that's the main reason I like Datura they sprout for me! I may try some blue gum tree seeds and see how I do but I wanted an already live plant as I may need gum foliage on hand by the end of summer so this way I've already got a head start.

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    cool thing about eucalyptus, or maybe not so cool depending on context...is when they catch on fire. while on fire, those lovely scented oils that we love about them so much begin to boil inside the tree trunk, till the tree "pops" open and the oil catches fire= instant napalm action...
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    ant plants like Dischidia are pretty unusual and cool
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