- Apr 18, 2014
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- Lower Hudson Valley, New York
Well, @flowerbug, it was already almost half way there when it went out. And since I define "put it on the ground to get it in" as simply being too tall for me to carry in in my hands, and I'm over six feet tall, that really isn't that high of a bar to pass. It's not like the Bird of Paradise, which really IS too tall to get out the door (which we discovered when we had to take it out because we were having the living room and dining room re-plastered and re-painted AT THE SAME TIME (we normally do one or the other, and move the stuff back and forth.)Actually, while in the car during out nightmare of an afternoon (rather not go into that). Dad clarified that they had just said it was going to go down into the 30's (not below freezing, just into the thirties. for the areas NORTH of us! and even THAT was a maybe! Of course, this was AFTER I did the harvest. But the critters were beginning to attack the tomatoes anyway, so it's probably alright. And at least the plants themselves didn't have to come in (by now, the bean plant is so big that I'll need Dad's help when it actually comes in.) Ditto the citruses; the sudachi is now so tall I'll have to put it on the ground and push it to get it in the door!
The real star players are the mandarins (the ones whose name I can't remember, but are basically like a seeded version of the Dekapon), Over this summer outside, they've gone from tiny spouts barely big enough to count as seedlings to semi respectable heights (guess all that sun did them good.) Pity they're the only ones I KNOW can't hack it outside over the winter (the Yuzus and Sudachi both have Papeda genes, so they're good down to fifteen below Celsius, and I think the Shiwukasas have some as well.)
And I may want to go slow with the tomatoes as they ripen. It occurs to me that, amongst the seeds I threw out in those pots over the years was probably my package of Lycopersicon glandulosum , which ALSO would have striped green fruit, and ISN'T edible. So I should probably go cautiously not knowing where those seeds came from.
Okay, check that, I just looked up L. glandulosum (syn. Solanum corneliomuelleri) and it looks NOTHING like what I have (it's a LOT fuzzier, and a lot duller skinned). So I guess I'm good.