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    Funky Tropicals to Grow?

    I love tropical plants. Anything tropical is awesome to me. I'm looking for tropicals all sizes, from rosettes to trees. I ordered two banana trees on eBay, and the variety gets about 5-7ft tall. They'll eventually end up outside my greenhouse. I am wanting any tropical fruits or cool tropical plants.

    They'll be going into highland nepenthes conditions. The bigger plants that get to tree size or smaller plants that are cold hardy may go around the perimeter of the greenhouse.

    What I'm looking for...

    - Easy to keep
    - Cold hardy
    - Forgiving
    - Any size
    - Edible plants or fruits are a bonus

    Any suggestions?

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    Where are you located and how much frost do you normally get each winter? Some tropicals I have growing in my yard are Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana), Queens Tears bromeliads (Billbergia nutans), a Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana), a Pink Hollyhock Tree (Hibiscus splendens), and Porcupine Tomatoes (Solanum pyracanthum). I get light frosts (30-32F) maybe a couple times a year, and these plants have handled it fine.

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    If you live in a cool but completely frost-free location, you might also try Deppea splendens too.

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    Yes it's importantto know where you are to know your conditions. Which state are you in? I have a Loquat tree. It does very well and holds up nicely on those few days (about 4 times a year) when we get frost and temps in the 20's. Lychee is a neat one too. I don't care for the taste of the fruits but they are popular for some reason. The fruits are pretty and I think they can handle temps in the 30's.

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    I live on the west coast, climate zone 9... It gets down to about 25F here at the absolute lowest at night, but this year we haven't had anything that cold. It's usually around 50F-70F during the day in winter, and 30F-50F at night. In the summer, it is around 80F-100F in the day (usually mid eighties) and 50-60F at night. Never snows, but occasionally it frosts a bit at night.

    Any suggestions based on that? I'll look into the guavas and look into pineapples as well.

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    Pineapples should do great in spring. They'll probably grow as an annual. I still recommend a loquat tree. They provide nice shade too and stay green even in winter. I have one and just from my own experience know they are hardy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie View Post
    Where are you located and how much frost do you normally get each winter? Some tropicals I have growing in my yard are Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana), Queens Tears bromeliads (Billbergia nutans), a Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana), a Pink Hollyhock Tree (Hibiscus splendens), and . I get light frosts (30-32F) maybe a couple times a year, and these plants have handled it fine.

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    If you live in a cool but completely frost-free location, you might also try Deppea splendens too.
    I wouldn't go for Porcupine Tomatoes (Solanum pyracanthum,) they turn into a weed and are super poisonous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thagirion View Post
    Pineapples should do great in spring. They'll probably grow as an annual. I still recommend a loquat tree. They provide nice shade too and stay green even in winter. I have one and just from my own experience know they are hardy.
    I'll probably end up buying a few pineapples (I actually rooted my own from a fruit as well), but I don't have enough room for a loquat tree. I need something more compact. I'm more interested in small trees, like my dwarf cavendish banana trees.

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    I wouldn't go for Porcupine Tomatoes (Solanum pyracanthum,) they turn into a weed and are super poisonous
    Good to know, lol... I wouldn't want to poison my dog -- she eats everything!

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    The banana trees aren't going to be shipped until everywhere along the shipping route is above 30F... Good precaution to take, though not sure its necessary. I'll probably get them around the 5th or April.

    I'm doing some ebay shopping and I'm going to order some plumeria, the Hawaiian lei flower.

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