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Plants and trees
  • okironokiron
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    Sadly Ron (Greensage) hasn't been on for a while but I do know there are many other gardeners on this site so I come to you for help.

    It's a family tradition for everyone to have their own plant or tree and we're thinking of growing a mandarin orange tree for Spaz. Of course we wont have somewhere to plant the tree for a long while so it'll have to live in a really big pot, which I know is doable.

    Errik and I know nothing when it comes to gardening and shiznits and we were wondering, how do we go about picking out a healthy tree, if there's any other trees or plants you would suggest that would work better for apartment living and anything else we'd need to know so the tree doesn't die?

    I'd also love to get an aloe plant and I know he'd love to grow his own herbs.

    Our current experiences are:
    Me: I can't even grow a Chia pet
    Him: None
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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    If you decide to do a tree in a container, make sure you get rollers on the bottom of the pot or sit it on something with rollers - it seems simple, but I can tell you a lot of people make that mistake. I'm not good at gardening, but I look up some of my mom's notes that she left for me.
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  • okironokiron
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    Ooooh yeah. We will NOT be forgetting rollers lol.
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Rollers! Crap I knew I forgot to do something when I repotted my lemon tree! *smacks own forehead*.

    Jesse
  • okironokiron
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    LOL poor Jesse *pats head*

    I'd love a lemon tree too...and an avocado tree.

    Hell our patio is going to turn into a forest.
  • NekopanNekopan
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    I have nothing to contribute but I know my dad had an orange tree in a pot in his house for the longest time, it seemed to do fine other than never bearing fruit (for obvious reasons I guess).
  • okironokiron
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    What kind of oranges were they Kyla? My brothers have a mandarin orange and lemon tree in pots and both bear fruits just fine.
  • NekopanNekopan
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    I can't remember to be honest, it was quite a few years ago.
  • I've finally got around to starting my own herb garden this spring. I found you really don't need to be much of a 'greenthumb' to get one growing. There were a couple bug/fungus attacks on my cucumbers that were hard to deal with, but that was just cause I was trying to stick to my organic plan.

    Most of the herbs do fine indoors, just keep an eye on making sure the air doesn't get too dry, and that they're getting enough sunlight. I've got basil, sage, lemon balm, and oregano growing indoors, with everything else outdoors. My avocados didn't do too well indoors, so I switched them outside where they're doing great.

    Basil has been the easiest for me to grow. Have had no probs with it whatsoever, and it grows like crazy. It's been great to have around for cooking :) Nothing like just pinching a few leaves of your own herbs to add to a meal!
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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    Some trees need multiple to bear fruit because of cross-pollination, so if there weren't mulitples, that could have been it. I know several people that have grown fruit trees on their deck/in their house with no problems.
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  • How about a kumquat tree. They bear fruit that can be diced into salads and the flowers smell somewhat like jasmine. They can easily be grown on the patio in a pot. Like oranges the tree requires lots of sun or south window if you live up north.

    Happy nesting...
    Snf
    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2008-11-18 12:26:14
  • Hi, (my first post since getting back online)

    The idea of growing a citrus indoors is a very doable prospect. It wouldn't even require too big of a pot either. The citrus would grow slower in a smaller container which is helpful for roomsake until the future presents itself.

    The ideals for the citrus would encompass a breeze and a bit of humidity. The breeze helps keep pests from forming and reduces any risk of mold or mildew with humidity.

    So indoors I would make it a habit to spritz the young tree with water and put a fan on it. I would recommend when watering to place it in the shower and give it a good rainstorm to reduce dust and pests.

    White fly and spider mites may pose your biggest threat so keeping an eye out for those would be useful at all times. Look on the undersides of the leaves often.

    Then the only other component is sunlight. The citrus can take a diffused light but it requires a full days worth. No curtains during the day and on good days direct outdoor light keeps the leaves thick and strong. Leaves that are allowed to develop as "tender" should be slowly introduced into direct sun as those times permit. Once the tree arrives to the time when it can be planted more permanently I would recommend that it be done in early spring to allow a full year of growth and root development.

    I hope this helped. Ideally though, unless there is a rarity to the plant or tree, I would say that the chances of finding young healthy trees when the time comes to plant permenantly is very good. Mandarin oranges would be an easy low-cost tree that should be readily available from most nurseries or growers. Why not wait until that time comes. Instead try some "at home" citrus. Take the seeds from oranges, lemons, and grapefruit that come from the local grocery and plant them. The seeds only grow when they come directly from the fruit to the ground, never allowing the seeds to dry at all. Then in two weeks you will have baby citrus plants. They grow like weeds and they will give you all the "trial and error" methods at keeping them strong.

    Take care,

    Ron
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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    Welcome back, Ron!!
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  • Seriously. Welcome back Ron!
  • hi Ron!
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Whoa...thanks for the tips Ron!

    Jesse
  • sujewelsujewel
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    WOW, Ron. Hope you're well. Welcome back!
  • brandon_wbrandon_w
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    Welcome back Ron. Great to see you here!
  • okironokiron
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    Thanks for all the tips Ron! And I'm so glad to see you back.

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