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May 11, 2009 09:40 PM

Things you'd love to plant but won't because they're monsters?

Mine is literal... dragonfruit.

Pic of the fruit:

Pic of the plant:

Enough said. I feel similarly about vanilla orchids.

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  1. Not an edible, but as much as I love to look at and smell wisteria, I won't stick it in the ground on my property. Or ivy. Or autumn clematis.

    5 Replies
    1. re: weezycom

      Not sure If I count's as "planting". But I've always wanted to keep certain kinds of exotic citrus (key lime, Kaffir lime, Yuzu) in large pots as housplants (which can be done and still get fruit) what has always stopped me was the fact that most of these trees come with 3-4 inch thorns and we share out house with an overactive kitty cat who likes to careen into houseplants at fifty five miles an hour. Ditto a salak (snakefruit) plam (s) (need two for fruit)

      1. re: jumpingmonk

        I'd love to plant kaffir and yuzu... it's on a rather long to-do list...

        1. re: jumpingmonk

          the kaffir limie and key lime I haveare not thorny. Whats more, cats learn fast to stay away from thorny stuff, which is a good thing. I have put sharpened skewers pointing out of the nepeta in my garden to discourage the cats from rolling on it. Believe me, they dont get impaled and the nepeta doesnt get flattened.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Okay maybe there are non thorny strains for me to look out for. Guess I start looking for a Yuzu tree supplier again (I buy enough key limes in the normal course of a week to make trying one from seed at least woth a shot (I've grown orages and grapefruits from seed, how much harder could a key lime be?) The Kaffir desire dated back to way back when I had never actually encountered one, once I did my desire really faded (I dont do any thai cooking that needs the leaves, and I really don't like the taste of the fruit's juice.)

            1. re: jumpingmonk

              In another thread regarding meyer lemons (a great dwarf citrus good for beginners--mine has no threatening thorns), Four Winds came up as a purveyor of quality specimens. You might check out their site for information and to see the list of interesting dwarf citrus varieties they offer.


      2. every year jfood pulls out oregano that has spread from previous years. mint as well is a killer