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« on: January 25, 2010, 04:39:50 PM »

I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with teh exotic fruti trees, such as banana, lime, orange, or lime?
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 09:27:28 PM »

Yea I just plant them in the backyard and they do fine! evil
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 11:10:54 AM »

For some reason that I dont understand it is illegal to ship the dwarf fruit trees to Texas. I really want some to. Have thought about shipping to Louisianna.  afro
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 03:05:10 PM »

I can get them but I really dont want to spend the money if I cant keep them growing or they dont produce like the pictures show.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 04:19:43 PM »

they probably cannot handle your winters in Lamar. you would have to bring them inside if they are citrus, apples and peaches should survive...
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010, 12:26:36 PM »

I just bought a dwarf Clementine Tree. It's a small little thing right now, only about 12-18" tall. It's in a 10" pot and chilling inside under a HID light. Once it gets warmer the little guy is going outside.

I'm testing the water with this one, if it does well I'm going to look into other dwarf exotic trees.

Any advice on growing citrus inside? Or on growing citrus in general?
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010, 09:56:43 PM »

For some reason that I dont understand it is illegal to ship the dwarf fruit trees to Texas. I really want some to. Have thought about shipping to Louisianna.  afro

Some states restrict specific nurseries from shipping certain types of plants, seeds, trees, etc, due to past incidences with disease importation across state lines.  In such cases it takes a long time before the quarentine is lifted.
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 10:32:31 PM »

As far as lighting, I would recommend a Metal Halide light like in the salt water reef aquariums.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010, 10:45:42 PM »

As far as lighting, I would recommend a Metal Halide light like in the salt water reef aquariums.

Thanks for the suggestion. I have an HPS ballast, and I had a MH conversion bulb for it, but it burned out. So right now I have it under a 400w HPS.

If I could afford an MH conversion bulb, or a MH ballast I would switch it, but for now HPS will have to do.
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2010, 01:30:19 PM »

I've tried to do the Dwarf Banana plant a few times. Each time it dies off in Winter, even though I have it inside.  Not attempting it again.   Cry
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2010, 04:08:30 PM »

Citrus as a whole can only grow full sized in semi-tropical or tropical areas. This is why California and Florida are known for growing them in farms. Everywhere else it's a home container that has to be indoors. That said I'd like to point out Citrus is not native to the US and I mention this because Florida Orange Juice likes to point out how "other" Orange Juice Companies may import some of their juice. So it really doesn't matter in America where your Orange Juice comes from.

This applies for Banana trees too. Supposedly there are varieties that were discovered to be cold hardy. And sure enough I see people growing banana trees around here in their yard but I've never seen them produce fruit. They're mostly an ornamental. They will produce fruit if grown inside though but they're the tiny 4 inch long ones. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2010, 06:48:59 PM »

I was only looking at growing them indoors but its loking to be more work than its worth.
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