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Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

Posted by newgen 9 Central California (My Page) on
Wed, May 9, 12 at 2:22

I started these from seeds several months ago, overwintering the seedlings indoor. Do they like direct or partial sun? In my house, they seem to like very moist soil, now I'm in the process of taking them outside. Thanks,

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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

Years ago, when I went on a vacation, and visited Nassau, these trees were growing all over the grounds of the Hotel where I stayed.

I would imagine they love full sun, and warm, tropical/sub-tropical temps. year round. I doubt Nassau ever gets your cooler temps...If I were growing this plant, I would not let the temps fall below 55 in winter. Not until I found out exactly what culture they need.

Frank


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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

Where did you find the seeds? It is Annatto or Achiote used in Mexican food.

http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Bixa_ore.html

I am interested in growing it too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bixa orelliana


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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

I got my seeds from Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. They were on the ground under the tree.


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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

  • Posted by newgen 9 Central California (My Page) on
    Fri, Oct 19, 12 at 18:27

stefpix: I bought seeds from wwww.tradewindsfruit.com
Here are couple photos of these plants. Apparently, I didn't put them under ideal growing condition, they are larger, but not as much as I expected.
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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

I've seen one in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW growing in the open which is 34 deg S which equates to LA.


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RE: Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

  • Posted by newgen 9 Central California (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 31, 12 at 1:20

john,
How big was the one you saw?


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