Welcome to the forum...you'll find a great bunch of folks here. I'll bet in a year's time your brug collection will have grown considerably - when the brug bug bites, most of us are helpless to resist adding one brug after another. It's a wonderful addiction!
USDA Zone 8b
Heat Zone 3
Sunset Zone 5
SeaTac, WA...one cool place
Hi Theresa, so glad you joined us and I know you'll enjoy it because we have a wonderful, helpful group of brug enthusiasts here. Don't hesitate to call on the group to help you with growing brugmansia for the first time. I'm happy to have sent you some cuttings to get started.
or just www.citrus.forumup.org
Whoever mentioned the citrus forum, I suggest you go here...the most informative people are there & always willing to help out. There is also other than citrus to talk about...tropicals, figs, palms etc.
Theresa, we will have to keep in touch. I live on the East side & am having a backyard plant sale in 2 & 3 weeks. I have a big assortment! Maybe we could meet then!
Hey, thanks Jarie for bringing all these nice people here! What a gal.
The pleasure is mine. I enjoy sharing great things that I find and brugs and this forum are two of them. Finding great people like yourselves to be a part of this wonderful group only enhances the situation.
I'm thrilled that you gals can possibly get together and share your experiences and plants. Pretty soon you'll be trading brugs to enlarge your collections. What's especially good/helpful is that you can share what works best in your region.
That's neato-----we have group connections in Washington, Florida, northern Texas and now a Wisconsin connection.
Hi, Theresa, sorry I am late with my welcome, but it no less sincere. I love getting new members, this also means new ideas. I have been posting less due to the "time" of year when my presence is needed outside , but soon I may get everything organized (she says hopefully), and can post more. Stay tuned, and I know you will get a blessing from the people on this forum.
I'm curious about you gals in Wisconsin growing citrus. You must keep them in pots and take them in in the winter months. Do you get pretty good crops of fruit from your trees? I believe someone mentioned banana trees growing up north somewhere. Down here once the temps get into the 30's banana trees look terrible. They're very sensitive to the weather.
I know here in the Valley we dread any long periods of freezing because our entire citrus crop can be wiped out. If a hard freeze hits our orange trees, they are never edible again...they're sour like a grapefruit and might as well be cut down. Of course, here we have everything in the ground.
Welcome Theresa glad you decided to join us. I also grow citrus and other fuits as well as tropicals and of course many brugmansia I keep most of my citrus and tropicals in pots and overwinter them in winter in the garage.
It could be that the reason your sweet oranges turn sour after freezing temp. may be due to the top part of the grafted trees dying back from frost and the tree returns from below the graft (usually a sour orange rootstock that is very cold hardy) takes over.
Probably the reason, Lenette, and makes sense. We don't grow citrus since our place is too small for big fruit trees, we can buy it so reasonably and don't think they'd do well in pots because of the extreme heat.
Theresa, I will email you my ph # & directions to my house. Am planning on having plants sale on June 2&3 and Sat. June 9. Don't think I'll have any brugs with flowers by then...it's been such a cold spring, but I do have a couple Frosty pinks that just Y'd with good roots...maybe have to pot up - you'll get flowers this year!
I only have 1 calamondin, & it is suffering a little shock going outside & then the cold spring. I have procimequat seedlings (still very small) similar to a cal. They are bitter but a good ornamental & make good marmalades. I have some P trifoliate seedlings & flying dragon too. If you have a yard, I also have lilys & peonys.
Got a pond? I have pink water lilys!
Yes Jarie, All my citrus are in pots & I bring them into my sunroom for winter & most times give xtra lighting. I ate 3 ponderosa lemons (squirrels got 4th one) & about 7 meyer lemons last year & some kumquats. I ate some cal's but traded the seeds. All were the best! I also have figs in pots...they go to sleep in basement for winter like the brugs.
I hope all this rain we are having doesn't give my brugs "wet feet"! I just cannot wait for them to bloom!!!
Yes the citrus would definatly die outdoors in winter. Mine live in a small north facing sunroom for most of the year. Right now the only plants that produce fruit are my meyer lemon, key lime, and limequat, the orange will soon (hopefully).
Patty, I will come one of those weekends but not sure which yet. I will call to confirm when I figure it out. I saw some pictures of your yard and it is quit nice. Can't wait to see it and all the stuff that you have growing in it. How old are your brugs? How many do you have? How long did yours take to flower? I'm sure it takes longer up north to get to the flowering stage than it does in the nice warm south.
I haven't planted my cutting yet cause I got some raw open blisters on my hands from yard work and need to get some gloves before I play in the dirt.
The white nubs are multiplying.
Is any type of porous soil mix good or should I buy something special?
Gary, I didn't realize you lived around here. Where?
I put my rooted brugs from water into 16 oz plastic cups in half peet & half perlite. If you plan on comming, I'll FWRD a email of all things I'm selling, along with my addy (& directions).
Oh yeah, I got my first cuttings last year end of March -April & rooted them in water & then potted up. I got flowers last yr on all 6 of the varieties starting last June.
This message has been edited by Ladyaqua on May 20, 2007 5:24 PM
Sorry, Gary is my husband. I forgot to change his name out before I posted.
He's not really a plant person, but does like looking at them. Patty, he will probably be coming with me and a girlfriend to your plant sale in 2 weeks.
I planted all my brug cuttings yesterday. My mix consisted of potting soil, peat moss, perlite, and some rotting wood chips. I hope the wood chips will be all right for the brugs. Will have to give extra nitrogen.
They all started to get roots on them that were about 1/2" long. This AM they are already getting green nubs. It is so cool how fast they grow.