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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 10:26 AM CST
I guess we should get away frrom posting new material in the welcome thread and move to separate topics under Tropical

To start here are some plants that grow in places other then tropical. The right side of my entry way is crammed with various such stuff including lots of caladiums and Ipomoea batatas or sweet potato vines in white and red
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 10:36 AM CST
The Florida forums seem to be pretty much dead on this site. Not like the old DG where one had a hard time keeping up with all the chit-chat. I guess there just aren't that many people on this site yet.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Anybody ever figure out a way to keep chewing animals (grasshoppers I guess) away from crinums? Mine are being chewed to bits but I don't see anything that's doing the damage.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 11:21 AM CST
The only solution I have for lubbers is the old two brick method. Big Grin

Jim
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 12:07 PM CST
That would work fine of they can be found. I see nothing just eaten up leaves. They must come out at night to chow down.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 1:54 PM CST
Ti plants are coming back nicely after a cold winter
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Here is Hibiscus schizopetalus aka "Japanese Lantern" hibiscus. Why is this coming out so small?

Jim

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 4:33 PM CST
When I type, it's in a tiny font and then when it posts, it looks normal. I haven't even opened the wine yet tonight.

Jim
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 5:04 PM CST
same problem earlier here today Jim. Now the font is back to normal again. I tried using the blog and had no option to increase the font size from tiny to readable. I guess Dave is still working on this system.
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hibiscus Hummingbirder Butterflies
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gardenersdetective
Jul 14, 2011 5:30 PM CST
I just got the tiny font. Fred wanted to thank you too for posting your wonderful pix. I really enjoy them.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
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gardengus
Jul 15, 2011 5:33 PM CST
That is a fantastic flower ...I have never seen anything like it.

I do not suppose it could be grown in a pot like some other Hibiscus?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Jul 15, 2011 6:00 PM CST
Love that Hibiscus, Jim! I gave up on them when we got Giant Whitefly. Too labor intensive to keep them looking good.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 15, 2011 9:06 PM CST
Cinda, I don't know how it would do in a pot. Google it, find a seller and ask them. I can tell you that in the ground in Florida, it gets 10 feet high and 6 feet wide. I'm sure a pot would tame the growth
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hibiscus Hummingbirder Butterflies
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gardenersdetective
Jul 16, 2011 1:08 PM CST
While the Florida gardeners do put me to shame, I must admit my Tropicanna Canna is looking good today. I really like the Florida Beauty caladiums I special ordered from caladiums4less
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 16, 2011 1:12 PM CST
What a delightful picture Susan.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jul 16, 2011 1:35 PM CST
Fred said:The Florida forums seem to be pretty much dead on this site. Not like the old DG where one had a hard time keeping up with all the chit-chat. I guess there just aren't that many people on this site yet.


Fred,
Perhaps if more people like yourself would show an interest on the forum it might bring others out from lurking. If no one is willing to post, there won't be anything to read.

Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 16, 2011 2:54 PM CST
I tried Jan, no response from anybody.
It's like they all took their plants and went home.
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
Leap. The net will appear.
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AlohaHoya
Jul 16, 2011 6:42 PM CST
Strange cuts on your crinum...looks too big a munch for a grasshopper?
It's all about choices.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 16, 2011 8:16 PM CST
Have you seen our grasshoppers here in FL?

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 16, 2011 9:17 PM CST
Good point, Fred. I saw one on a picnic table at church the other day that looked big enough to ride.

Jim

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