A Mineola Tree Grows in Johannesburg

Ian saw my post about mineola oranges (my favorite fruit) and said that he had a mineola tree that he grew from the seed of an orange he bought in a vegetable shop.

I asked him to send me pictures and here they are!

Check it out. Pretty amazing. I never would have thought to do that. Granted, I have no earth about to plant things, but still. Pretty cool that you did that Ian, and I am jealous of your garden.

There’s a picture of one of the flowers from the tree below. No fruit yet he said, but we expect pictures should an orange ever appear!

Speaking of gardens, I finally went on the Highline yesterday, both before and after a party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Interactive Telecommunications Program and NYU. (That’s where I went to grad school.) The Highline is a run of old elevated railroad tracks along the west side of Manhattan. After that line shut down, over decades the tracks become overgrown with local vegetation, weeds mostly I guess, but it was beautiful. It’s now an elevated park.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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One thought on “A Mineola Tree Grows in Johannesburg

  1. Oh, you’re so sweet, Stacy. First time two of my pictures are on a blog! What a privilege. The seed came from a Mineola fruit. In the batch of Mineolas, only one fruit had one seed. I planted that seed and the pictures above are of that tree. Not grafted. I have no experience of grafting although I recently found out about the root stock to use for this purpose. Find a Rough Skinned Lemon – wait for the fruit to be over-ripe, then find the biggest, most plump seed and plant immediately otherwise it will not germinate. Once the tree is a year old, take whatever “cutting” from another fruit tree you’re trying to grow and graft this into the stem of the Rough Skinned Lemon tree. The reason horticulturists use this lemon is because of its massive root structure and ease of taking up moisture. It has no effect on the resulting fruit’s taste. So there’s a possibility – growing Mineolas on a NYC balcony. Let’s GREEN the world and start growing!!
    Love to all readers, and thanks Stacy for putting my pix on your blog. I will send more pix as the fruit (if any) develop. It’s so exciting!

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