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California transplant (me!) wants the tropics

Posted by Heidittttttt 6b Nashville (My Page) on
Wed, May 7, 14 at 14:39

Hi all!
As per the subject, I'm a Californian and I miss my palms, cacti, fruit trees and tropical plants in general! I DO NOT have a green thumb and I miss being able to stick these trees in the ground and water once a week!

Can you all tell me of tropical (or tropical look alikes) that will grow in the Nashville area? We are hardiness zone 6b.

Please, please help me find some that I won't have to bring indoors for the winter. I'm already babying a clementine and meyers lemon and, like I said, I don't have a green thumb. I need some pretty hardy plants and trees (if they exist for this area!)

I've been reading about windmill palms...thoughts?
Also Musa Basjoo (banana plants)


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RE: California transplant (me!) wants the tropics

Maurelii ensete bananas will grow TONS faster and get much bigger than any musa. That's my choice.


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RE: California transplant (me!) wants the tropics

Good luck, from NorCal and San Diego, moved to Houston in 2007 - it's a WHOLE NEW WORLD of plants and gardening. My best advice would be to be very happy with your citrus, and gain an appreciation of the natives. Drive around in some of the fancy neighborhoods to see what they do with their yards, it will give you some inspiration. I don't know that cactus will grow that far north, but I'm sure fan palms would. Maybe even a queen palm? I am working on powering up my hydrangeas, they seem to work well in southern climates, and were beautiful in San Diego. Bougainvillas won't work, they're very freeze-sensitive. Try Dahlias, they would work, if you don't mind digging up the bulbs.

Good luck, from one misplaced Goldie to another...


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