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Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados ... black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and more...) Paperback – November 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (November 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425773
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps it starts with an avocado pit precariously suspended on toothpicks in a water glass, or maybe an island vacation instilled a fondness for fresh-picked papaya. Whatever the source of inspiration, the reality of successfully propagating and growing tropical plants is something most gardeners never get to experience, yet a wide variety of both familiar and exotic plants can be grown inside the home with very little effort. Whether intrigued by the culinary possibilities of using one’s own lemons or olives, or attracted to the ornamental attributes of a fragrant or vibrant blossom, tropical plants offer a wealth of edible and decorative possibilities. From the Australian Finger Lime to the Tahitian Orange, Kumquat to the Sunquat, each plant’s cultural requirements are provided in pithy descriptions that include recipes. Fun facts, handy tips, and eye-popping color illustrations and photographs round out a comprehensive yet accessible guide that will fascinate and inspire both beginning and established gardeners. --Carol Haggas

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"A must-have resource for anyone interested in growing edible tropical plants. This is straightforward, easy-to-use book provides all the information needed for the home gardener to be successful growing a tantalizing array of tasty exotics."

(Sean Conway, author of Cultivating Life and host of WGN-TV's Cultivating Life)

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It is very enjoyable and interesting to read and the pictures are nice.
Angela R
Inside the book are dozens of exotic plants, flowers, fruits, and other delectable, beautiful and wonderfully exotic plants that normally grow in exotic climes.
CuteEverything
I highly recommend this book for all experienced and beginning gardeners.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Contessa on June 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
To complement the Kumquat tree that I bought my husband for his birthday, I also bought the book Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin. True to form, however, I ended up reading the book and just giving him the highlights. The book itself is by Storey Publishing - a name I tend to trust - and is 160 pgs. It is a quick read that I finished cover-to-cover in just a few hours and is broken down into five parts plus an introduction, glossary and resource guide.

Introduction: Enjoying an Indoor Edible Oasis

Part 1: Citrus Fruits

Australian Finger Lime
Calamondin Orange
Citron
Citrumelo
Grapefruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Myrtle-Leaf Orange
Orange
Sunquat
Sweet Lemon
Tahitian Orange
Tangerine
Temple Orange

Part 2: The Rest of the Tropical Fruit Basket

Acerola
Australian Beach Cherry
Avocado
Banana
Dragon Fruit
Dwarf Pomegranate
Fig
Guava
June Plum
Miracle Berry
Naranjilla
Noni
Olive
Orangeberry
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peanut Butter Fruit
Pineapple
Pineapple GuavaRose Apple
Sapodilla
Star Fruit
Tree Tomato

Part 3: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Chocolate
Coffee
Tea
Yerba Mate

Part 4: Sugar and Spices

Black Pepper
Cinnamon
Sugarcane
Vanilla

Part 5: Plant Care

Getting Started from the Bottom Up
Maintaining Your Plants
Propagation
Pests and Diseases
Troubleshooting Guide

Each entry contains multiple color drawings and photographs on glossy 9 1/2 X 9 1/2 paper.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Allsup on April 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I expected to get a book full of great tips to help you grow tasty tropical plants in any home any where. Instead I got a book that is more of a history lesson than a practical guide to... well anything.

I am disappointed with this book. There is little valuable information for the person who actually wants to grow tasty and tropical plants.

Spend your money on seeds.

***If you have a first generation Kindle then skip this book completely(do that anyway) the pages are chock full of pictures(with color?) and the formatting is deplorable.***
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
How would you like to have a house filled with mini tropical trees and plants? I love that idea, it offers so many benefits, from home grown produce to beautiful plants to accent your decor and freshen your air. Understanding what the book offers is not so difficult, since in large, colorful text, the cover of the book gives it's full title: Growing Tasty Tropical Plants* (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados ... tea, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and more...) *in any home, anywhere. Inside the book are dozens of exotic plants, flowers, fruits, and other delectable, beautiful and wonderfully exotic plants that normally grow in exotic climes. As it turns out, any sunny window in your home probably qualifies as an "exotic clime," and the idea of coming home to discover the lovely aroma of some exotic tropical flowering fruit seems a little like heaven on earth.

Growing Tasty Tropical Plants includes lovely drawings of each kind of plant, along with many photos and a dynamic layout that clearly lays out pros, cons, intriguing facts, growing conditions, care and potential problems of each plant.

And that is what excited my children (and me) so much about Storey Publishing's new book. It appears soon that our sunroom will soon be the new home of a Miracle Berry, which apparently "tricks your taste buds so that everything eaten after the berry tasts sweet, even sour lemons or limes. Be forewarned though" the book thoughtfully continues, "eating too much sour fruit, even if it tastes sweet at the time, may leave your belly feeling somewhat sour afterward.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cissa on October 1, 2012
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I don't have a green thumb. At all. I need all the help I can get to grow stuff.

This book is somewhat helpful in letting me grow food-bearing tropical plants. At this point I have a roughly 50% survival rate- which for me is pretty good. *shame*

The book has helped some, but not as much as I'd hoped it would; still, it's raised my survival rate to 50% from maybe 25%, so that's a huge improvement.

It's definitely inspirational- I want to get more tropical plants-= and try to help them survive!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jbrueske on April 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first stumbled across this at the library. I read through it the day we brought it home, and knew I wanted my own copy. A week later, we found it at the used book store. I figured I was meant to buy it. This book provides a fun overview of several warm-weather-loving plants, the basics of successfully growing them indoors (which is good for a Minnesota gardener), and provides recipes for using some of the fruits. When I was a kid, my mother grew lemons, limes, and oranges inside in containers, and one of the doctors I worked for a few years ago grew bananas on a small tree in his office. I've grown pineapples, avocados, and orchids (but not the variety that produces vanilla beans). Some of the other plants listed in this book are ones I would not have thought of growing in a container, but will certainly be seeking out now (like sugarcane). I also now know how best to grow my own vanilla beans, and know where in my house will provide the best conditions (which was all that was stopping me before).
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