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bad-tempered spiny plants for peachfront conures
If you saw yesterday's post about the plants around the bird porch, you may be wondering about the spiny, unpleasant looking citrus plants that screen part of the bird room. There's actually a bit of a story behind that.
In a previous century, when we were saving up for our house down payment, we lived in a terrible neighborhood. How terrible? We found out that it used to be a crackhouse when people started knocking on our door trying to buy crack. Yikes!
Anyway, it was pre-internet days, but we learned from some tightwadding source, perhaps even a book, that you could grow citrus trees from seed and they would be covered up with spines. It works fine, and they grow fast too. However, you have to place the spiny plants under ALL the windows. We missed one, and that's where the thieves came in one fine day. Double yikes.
We don't have to concern ourselves with repelling crackheads in this neighborhood, knock on wood, but the citrus trees do serve other purposes. They make a protective screen, and when we let them grow tall, the Northern Cardinals will nest in them, right up against the bird porch. Cut down, they smell like any other citrus and they attract visits from Giant Swallowtail Butterflies. So, even though I've removed most of them over the years, I've kept a few around. And if I ever need more, the price is right -- any citrus seed I've ever tried it with sprouts, lemon, lime, oranges, doesn't much matter. However, be aware that you can't get fruit from seed. Fruiting branches only come from grafts.
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