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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Mar 7, 2019 5:26 AM CST
Growing house plants from grocery store foods. After I got started in house plants, I found a book that really peaked my interest. I suggest you get a copy. Great reference. The After Dinner Gardening Book, Richard W. Langer. My copy is the 5th printing 1974. Covers so many different plants. I have almost tried them all. You should too. Probably the easiest is citrus. Take fresh seeds out of your fruit, the more exotic the better, IMO, put them into a jar of water for 2 days and plant them. Now realize that in general most trees will not produce flowers until they are say 5 years old. But, you will have a nice green plant with aromatic leaves. I used to have a photography student visit me who was from Thailand. First thing she always did was pick some of my citrus leaves and eat them. Great addition to a salad. Yes, if you are really interested in growing citrus fruit in your living room get grafted miniature varieties. But I think there is a sense of pride that comes from being able to say I grew that from seed. Right now I am growing all kinds of stuff. Great time of the year to be planting seeds. Dates. Date palms. First thing to know is that all imported dates are treated with sulfur which kills the seed. I just bought 5 lb. of Calif. dates. Very healthy food. Soak the seeds in water for a day or two, scarify them, nick them with your nail file. Plant them. They do take a while to germinate. Again, just a neat plant. Do not expect flowers and fruit for a long time. I also just bought a Dragon fruit. I have never done one before but everyone says they are easy to get started. Problem later might be giving them enough light as they are a large succulent vine/tree. I also just bought a Papaya. The large ones that are full of seeds. Scoop them out, rinse them in a strainer and try to get all the membranes off. IMO, a great house plant is a Papaya tree. I have 3 that I grew from seed that are 10 years old now. I have done sugar cane, pomegranate, all mentioned in that book. Ask me questions. Send me a tree mail in a month or two when it is warm enough to ship plants and I will try to share. Gene
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Mar 7, 2019 6:45 AM CST
I grew Xanthosoma violacia (Blue Tannia) from Malanga tubers from the store. Also Turmeric ginger from turmeric rhizomes and Alpinia galangal (the big one most commonly used in Thai food) from rhizomes I found at the Asian market. You can also plant regular cooking ginger and grow that.

I got some Cardamom seeds to sprout and grew Elettaria cardamom, Cardamom ginger.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Mar 7, 2019 10:37 AM CST
Papaya. I believe some people use it as a meat tenderizer?
Where I live they sell 2 kinds of papaya, one has seeds, one does not.


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 7, 2019 10:53 AM CST
That papaya sure looks too raw to be eaten. Blinking I am not used to that coloring.
I miss our Philippine papaya. The young raw ones, we add to our chicken soup dish. Then our ripe papaya is much more uniform orange color inside when you open the fruit, and eat away. Yummy!

Yes, papaya is such a good tree to have in one's backyard. I wish I have the proper conditions for it, too bad I do not have the humidity and rains it needs. Our rain here is bad timing, too cold for it.

This is how our ripe Philippine papaya looks like:
https://hatchgrove.com/philipp...

Do update this thread Gene, interesting to see how you grow Papayas in your area. I have always regarded them as very tropical plants, like the mangoes, jackfruit and bananas, a bit hard to cultivate nicely to bear fruit here in cold areas even in a greenhouse.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Mar 7, 2019 11:04 AM CST
Yes, too raw to be eaten but I did not buy it to eat it, just for the seeds. I do not have a greenhouse. Lots of lights during the winter and summer vacation outside. One winter I grew citrus fruit. Averaged almost 2 a week.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 7, 2019 1:18 PM CST
Ah yes citrus fruits are much easier to grow. I have calamondin tree here outdoors year round. Tolerates our rainy cold winter. I got the fruits on the third year, then almost killed it when we have to be away in the peak of summer, no one to care for it. Thankfully it bounced back from its dead looking appearance.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Mar 7, 2019 1:33 PM CST
Tarev, hate to burst your bubble but my intent was to talk about house plants. Not all of us live where you do and we yearn for greenery especially during the winter. I am just jealous.
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Hamwild
Mar 7, 2019 1:53 PM CST
Tarev gets cold weather too, she has to take measures to keep them from suffering when it does get cold. But I am jealous of Florida and Cali folks myself. *Blush*
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 7, 2019 2:00 PM CST
Gene, no bubble busted here at all. My area not conducive for those tropicals either. That is why I will watch how you grow them. Smiling It will be interesting and challenging for sure. We all have different goals why we grow a particular plant.
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Mar 7, 2019 2:33 PM CST
@tarev I didn't realize you were Filipino! I had a great friend who was Filipino when I was a nurse. He was a hoot, so fun to be around, and he always cooked and brought Filipino food to work. His adobo was to doe for but I did not care for the blood pudding and baloot
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 7, 2019 2:40 PM CST
Hi Gina, I don't like blood pudding and balot either. Big Grin Big Grin But most Pinoy beer drinkers love them! Oh yes, adobo a favorite staple. Green papaya we use for tinolang manok, that is like boiled chicken soup, and we add chili leaves. I cheat these days, I use instant tinola mix if I do crave for that tinola taste especially if I cannot get hold of papaya.
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Mar 7, 2019 2:46 PM CST
My friend used to make the best lumpia too. I can remember it now.
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sallyg
Mar 8, 2019 11:58 PM CST
I had that book!! What fun.
I grew an eddo and a yautia, interesting slight differences in their leaves , I forget what true ID I concluded by reading about them. Super cheap way to have an elephant ear type. Big plants prone to spider mites tho. Can't wait to try dates! Tried turmeric once it was very slow. Tried a purple sweet potato hoping for purple leaves, but it wouldn't sprout. Mangoes never sprout for me . Avocados volunteer in compost. As do peaches.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Mar 9, 2019 6:20 AM CST
@sallyg I have 3 purple sweet potatoes on the dining room table now sprouted! I am going to pick a place and plant them this weekend. I bought them for my daughter when she came to visit but we never ended up cooking them.
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