Need some new plants or trees? Trip to far­away nurs­ery may be in or­der

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I’m still plan­ing my trip to Pine Is­land Nurs­ery, west of Mi­ami (http: //www.trop­i­cal­fruit­nurs­ery.com). I am go­ing to buy some coca plants that pro­duce chocolate pods.

They are sen­si­tive to weather, so I will keep them in the house or pool area. (I use dec­o­ra­tive cages around them to keep the cats from eat­ing the plant.) The co­cas don’t need much care; the cats are the big prob­lem.

I keep some of my small bam­boo in­side. I have a Bud­dha-belly plant that likes it in­side. For you folks who have those high cathe­dral ceil­ings, per­haps some var­ie­gated bam­boo would be a great fo­cal point.

Back to reg­u­lar gar­den­ing stuff: If you haven’t or­dered your seeds, do so as soon a pos­si­ble. I like Seed Savers Ex­change (www.seed­savers.org) for its fresh seeds. There are many seed com­pa­nies around, but I find that some have old seeds or seeds that have been com­pro­mised from their air trav­els.

My Hun­gar­ian-heart tomato seeds from Seed Savers pro­duces gi­ant fruit. Seeds from an­other com­pany pro­duce smaller fruit.

I was at Jupiter Jun­gle, a fam­ily nurs­ery out here in wild, scenic Jupiter Farms (www.jupiter­jun­gle.com) at the cor­ner of In­diantown Road and Haney Lane.

Jupiter Jun­gle has some mango trees in pots that make my mouth wa­ter. It prob­a­bly has more than 100 va­ri­eties.

Best of all, though, is its stock of bam­boo. There is a cove of var­i­ous types of bam­boo and has them sit­u­ated so that you can see them with­out walk­ing a “coun­try mile” through a jun­gle to buy one.

I had an e-mailer ask about the Saigon pur­ple man­gos that she had seen ad­ver­tised on the In­ter­net. I know that there is a pur­ple Sen­sa­tion mango that is one of the lat­est crazes and is said to be very tasty. I have one that is to die for and­match­esmy Philip­pine baby in sweet­ness.

An­other e-mailer asked about the drought and the ef­fects of it on trees and plants. I use a drip method in my gar­den, where I have plants in pots. Fill a 1-gal­lon plas­tic bot­tle with wa­ter. The bot­tle needs a small hole about 1 inch up from the bot­tom— make it large enough so that the wa­ter drips out over a 24-hour pe­riod.

When the wa­ter re­stric­tions are re­laxed and it is time to start your gar­dens, buy a drip/soaker hose for ei­ther raised beds or those on the level. The soaker is 50 feet long and, with a Y con­nec­tor, you can join sev­eral hoses to drip-wa­ter your gar­den yet use very lit­tle of the pre­cious liq­uid.

The hoses cost about $8 for a 50footer, and the Y con­nec­tion is about $3 (good for the en­vi­ron­ment, good for ad­her­ing to wa­ter re­stric­tions, and good for the plants and trees).

I had some mid­night ma­raud­ers come and eat all my wife’s em­pire ly­chee fruit off the tree. She said the poor things must be hun­gry, so she for­gives them. I won­der where the barn owls were dur­ing their noc­tur­nal vigil.

Call Cash at (561) 744-4750 or e-mail him at cleren5@aol.com.

Noth­ing’s sweeter than a ripe mango

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