It was a big surprise when this cactus arrived in 2010 via international mail; a single, rootless pad severed from a plant on a Naxos, Greece balcony! Since crossing the Atlantic, it’s grown quite a bit, spawning a new family tradition AND American offspring ➡ when Maggie recently left Vero for her college apartment, I sent a single, rootless pad along for the ride! 🙂
The next foreign plant has never appeared on the blog before…strange really, considering the backstory!
The story goes like this:
In August 2010, he went to metro Boston for his grandchild’s 1st birthday. During the visit, he met a next-door neighbor, a Filipino lady who purchased a jackfruit at the local Asian market.. Upon hearing he was returning to Florida she said, “take these seeds and grow them.” (wierd story?!!) He pocketted the seeds….actually, he packed them in his carry-on: there were 8 seeds in total, and they were HUGE!
Naturally, when he got back to Vero Beach, he gave them to me: “Take these seeds and grow them.” 😉 ha!!! It was more like, “maybe you can do something with these?”
And so, most were dug into the Ranchero and a few into pots: 6 germinated and did well until the historic, 3 week cold snap of December, 2010. In a month when lizards and oranges fell dead from frostbitten trees, I never expected my tiny new seedlings would survive, yet one did! A truly remarkable event since Jackfruit trees are rare (foreign, really) anywhere north of Miami!
For more facts and legends about these interesting trees, click here
Until next time…..
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