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Enjoy fresh java brewed from your own coffee beans or juice from the orange tree growing in a sunny corner of your living room. Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin show you how to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — in any climate! This straightforward, easy-to-use guide brings papaya, passionfruit, pepper, pineapples, and m Enjoy fresh java brewed from your own coffee beans or juice from the orange tree growing in a sunny corner of your living room. Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin show you how to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — in any climate! This straightforward, easy-to-use guide brings papaya, passionfruit, pepper, pineapples, and more out of the tropics and into your home. With plenty of gorgeous foliage, entrancing fragrances, and luscious fruits, local food has never been more exotic.


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Enjoy fresh java brewed from your own coffee beans or juice from the orange tree growing in a sunny corner of your living room. Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin show you how to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — in any climate! This straightforward, easy-to-use guide brings papaya, passionfruit, pepper, pineapples, and m Enjoy fresh java brewed from your own coffee beans or juice from the orange tree growing in a sunny corner of your living room. Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin show you how to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — in any climate! This straightforward, easy-to-use guide brings papaya, passionfruit, pepper, pineapples, and more out of the tropics and into your home. With plenty of gorgeous foliage, entrancing fragrances, and luscious fruits, local food has never been more exotic.

30 review for Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados cherries, figs, guavas, dragon fruit, miracle berries, olives, passion fruit, coffee, chocolate, tea, black pe...

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Great tips on caring for tropical plants. It gave me visions of my own greenhouse of deliciousness! It was fun to read about the varieties of plants. I have a lemon tree and it's struggling. I checked this book out of the library, and the advice has helped. Neem oil seems to be killing all the pests! Thank you! Hopefully my plant will thrive again. "The easiest way to get rid of spider mites is to spray cold water on the plant. It's important to spray all surfaces, especially the undersides of lea Great tips on caring for tropical plants. It gave me visions of my own greenhouse of deliciousness! It was fun to read about the varieties of plants. I have a lemon tree and it's struggling. I checked this book out of the library, and the advice has helped. Neem oil seems to be killing all the pests! Thank you! Hopefully my plant will thrive again. "The easiest way to get rid of spider mites is to spray cold water on the plant. It's important to spray all surfaces, especially the undersides of leaves. Take the infested plants outside and use a garden hose. Inside, you can put small plants in your kitchen sink and use the spray faucet; put larger plants in the shower. Re-spray every day or two for a week, the more often the better. This treatment dislodges the adults, nymphs, and eggs while raising the humidity and cooling down the leaf surface, which will eventually cause the population to crash." page 145

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gembolis

    Pretty pictures. Not enough details to actually troubleshoot. Provides general information. It's been so light on information, I've actually thought about starting a blog and writing about my own experience with growing a lemon tree. Pretty pictures. Not enough details to actually troubleshoot. Provides general information. It's been so light on information, I've actually thought about starting a blog and writing about my own experience with growing a lemon tree.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    I got this book to try to educate myself on how to keep my papaya tree healthy. There was actually very little information in the book about papaya trees (and none specifically about my type of papaya tree), but other parts of the book were interesting. The parts on pests and diseases, pruning, fertilizing, and troubleshooting will be applicable to my other fruit trees, so I think it'll prove to be a useful book. I got this book to try to educate myself on how to keep my papaya tree healthy. There was actually very little information in the book about papaya trees (and none specifically about my type of papaya tree), but other parts of the book were interesting. The parts on pests and diseases, pruning, fertilizing, and troubleshooting will be applicable to my other fruit trees, so I think it'll prove to be a useful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Great book for those who want to grow fruit trees outside or inside. Each entry is concise but complete. It's a reference you will go to often. Great book for those who want to grow fruit trees outside or inside. Each entry is concise but complete. It's a reference you will go to often.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Paszkiewicz

    A very good book with useful tips on many exciting edible plants. I would have preferred a bit more detail on each plant though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    This is a great book! It's so informative and packed with amazing planting ideas. I get so inspired reading this book.it contains enough info to get you started! This is a great book! It's so informative and packed with amazing planting ideas. I get so inspired reading this book.it contains enough info to get you started!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bittle

    Very interesting! I learned a lot about different common items we use everyday. We're going to try our hand growing an exotic fruit in our home, from what we learned in this book. Very interesting! I learned a lot about different common items we use everyday. We're going to try our hand growing an exotic fruit in our home, from what we learned in this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hartlaub

    Basic yet informative.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abbas

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  10. 5 out of 5

    P.

    I give it four stars for its contagious enthusiasm, clear format, and extensive back section on fertilizing, repotting, propagating, troubleshooting and buying. I am going to give one of these plants a valiant effort. Each plant is given a description of its history and properties, and when it blooms/fruits, how tall it gets, what type of plant it is (tree, shrub, vine), minimum indoor temperature, sun and fertilizer preferences, and susceptibility to pests and rot, along with color photos and s I give it four stars for its contagious enthusiasm, clear format, and extensive back section on fertilizing, repotting, propagating, troubleshooting and buying. I am going to give one of these plants a valiant effort. Each plant is given a description of its history and properties, and when it blooms/fruits, how tall it gets, what type of plant it is (tree, shrub, vine), minimum indoor temperature, sun and fertilizer preferences, and susceptibility to pests and rot, along with color photos and sometimes recipes. One thing I think is really lacking is a notation for WILL THIS PLANT KILL YOUR PETS? That would be helpful to know. I can do the research myself, but shouldn't the authors have done so?

  11. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    2.5 stars -- Never having grown fruit trees, I can't say if this book really is too good to be true, but it seems a little bit like that might be the case. That said, I think it's untrue that it's truly possible in *any* home because in my zone 5 apartment I'd need grow lamps, and without an outdoors space I'd have to hand pollinate. All of these trees need a lot of fertilizer. And then, even with a halfway decent nursery in the area, how do I buy these particular varieties? If and when I ever hav 2.5 stars -- Never having grown fruit trees, I can't say if this book really is too good to be true, but it seems a little bit like that might be the case. That said, I think it's untrue that it's truly possible in *any* home because in my zone 5 apartment I'd need grow lamps, and without an outdoors space I'd have to hand pollinate. All of these trees need a lot of fertilizer. And then, even with a halfway decent nursery in the area, how do I buy these particular varieties? If and when I ever have more space, including access to outdoor land, I'll probably borrow this book again and see what I can('t) do.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cristov

    Nicely laid out and beautifully photographed; this book offers lots of information from best varieties to fruiting season to potential problems. There's also a section dedicate to plant care covering materials, propagation and pests. About the only fault I can find is that I would have preferred more details about suggested container sizes but the book does cover the overall plant sizes and in some cases discusses root systems. It also would be good to have estimates on how long these plants live Nicely laid out and beautifully photographed; this book offers lots of information from best varieties to fruiting season to potential problems. There's also a section dedicate to plant care covering materials, propagation and pests. About the only fault I can find is that I would have preferred more details about suggested container sizes but the book does cover the overall plant sizes and in some cases discusses root systems. It also would be good to have estimates on how long these plants live though in some cases some details are mentioned.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This slim book provides a good amount of detail about the needs of each plant. It's a useful introduction to some edibles that I've never heard of before. I'll read this book again when I'm ready to choose some container plants for my central Florida patio. Additional research beyond this book should probably be done before committing to any of the plants, but this is a great idea book with enough information to guide a gardener's plant selection. This slim book provides a good amount of detail about the needs of each plant. It's a useful introduction to some edibles that I've never heard of before. I'll read this book again when I'm ready to choose some container plants for my central Florida patio. Additional research beyond this book should probably be done before committing to any of the plants, but this is a great idea book with enough information to guide a gardener's plant selection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    As far as a beginner's course goes, this is a great book to pick up. I learned, quickly and concisely, how to make sure my pomegranate tree doesn't die, and also read the short chapters in the back about feeding/propagation/etc. And the pictures of the myriad of other things you could grow were pretty... I think if I'd been in the process of choosing a plant, I'd have spent a lot more time with this. As it is, though, I don't have room for any more plants. As far as a beginner's course goes, this is a great book to pick up. I learned, quickly and concisely, how to make sure my pomegranate tree doesn't die, and also read the short chapters in the back about feeding/propagation/etc. And the pictures of the myriad of other things you could grow were pretty... I think if I'd been in the process of choosing a plant, I'd have spent a lot more time with this. As it is, though, I don't have room for any more plants.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Martin Witchard

    Just received this. Will be interested how to grow the many things we can already grow outside in Brisbane! 05/12: Finished this long ago. A good book full of useful information and I did pick up some tips on growing even though what was considered 'exotic' in this book is mundane in Brisbane. There were also a few surprise plants that I had not heard of and might experiment with if I can find space in my garden! Just received this. Will be interested how to grow the many things we can already grow outside in Brisbane! 05/12: Finished this long ago. A good book full of useful information and I did pick up some tips on growing even though what was considered 'exotic' in this book is mundane in Brisbane. There were also a few surprise plants that I had not heard of and might experiment with if I can find space in my garden!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Felix

    Good introductory book on how to grow various trees in containers. I was looking more for a book on how to grow trees for outside the house, but the information in the book can be adapted easily for trees grown outside. Good information on how to grow and take care of various tropical trees and also good information on combating various tree dysfunctions and pests.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    This book includes excellent, detailed instructions for growing tropical plants in pots. There are familiar ones (lemons, coffee) and others you have never heard of (peanut butter fruit, anyone?). Definitely recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    The bit of advice this well-planned book starts off with is this: read about all the plants, but then just pick a few to really think about incorporating into your home. Great pictures, and I'm excited to try growing some of these plants in my south-facing kitchen window here in Seattle. The bit of advice this well-planned book starts off with is this: read about all the plants, but then just pick a few to really think about incorporating into your home. Great pictures, and I'm excited to try growing some of these plants in my south-facing kitchen window here in Seattle.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hefner

    A nice overview of some interesting edibles to grow indoors. Have not yet put anything in to practice, but this book makes it feel do-able and has sections for beginners as well as the intermediate and advanced.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Alright. I thought the information per plant was a little light. The plants pick for this book where the top 47 suspects, many that aren't really good for the PNW's cool climate. Alright. I thought the information per plant was a little light. The plants pick for this book where the top 47 suspects, many that aren't really good for the PNW's cool climate.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Loved it. Want to own it. It has many different plants that you can grow (think chocolate, vanilla & so many types of fruit you have never heard of but will want to try after reading this).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    A pretty book that tempts would-be home farmers - it's just too skimpy on details to be of much immediate help though. A pretty book that tempts would-be home farmers - it's just too skimpy on details to be of much immediate help though.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Awesome book and original to boot! Who knew it was so easy to grow peppercorns?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    The title is misleading, as there is no way S.A.D.-tastic Chicago winters could sustain the vast majority of these plants without fairly serious equipment, but the pictures were nice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nature Nurture Grow

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Tipler

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Money

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jodi H

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