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Welcome mdasilva from Cantanhede in Portugal

Postby mdasilva » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:01 am

mdasilva
 
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Joined: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:29 am
Location: Cantanhede, Portugal - zone 9b
Climate Zone: z9b
Hello!
My name is Márcio and I live near Cantanhede in Portugal, the westernmost country in Europe.
Here we have a mediterranean climate (Csa), that can be compared with California's 9b zone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coimbra#Climate).
In 2009, having already a passion for eating mangoes, I wondered if I could grow a mango tree. So I bought a ripe Palmer mango and grew my first mango seedling.
Since then I have grown a few tens of mango seedlings, mostly Palmer, but also Keitt, Kent, Haden, Osteen, Tommy Atkins and Maya. The survivors are still in containers, inside my mini-greenhouse. A grafted Osteen mango (bought from nursery) is planted on ground next to a south facing wall.
In the green house also have some other tropicals (all seedlings): tropical guava (white) , cherimoya (Fino de Jete), avocado (Nabal), and pineapple. The papayas and larger pineapples are in the back porch. In the backyard I have a red strawberry guava, pineapple guava, a Hass avocado and a banana tree.
Concerning the "usual" trees grown in Portugal I have lemon, orange, mandarin, persimmon, pomegranate, apple, mulberry, peach, nectarine, cherry, apricot, plum, loquat, fig, grapevine, hazel, chestnut and walnut.
The non-fruiting trees are a lebanon cedar, cork oak, common oak, stone pine and maritime pine.
Soon I'll get a carob tree and strawberry tree (arbutus unedo), these species are common in (warmer) south Portugal.

Cheers
Márcio

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