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Ice Cream Bean Tree (Inga vera) 3G

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Inga vera (Ice Cream Bean Tree): A Taste of Tropical Delight ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒณ

Dive into the world of Inga vera, commonly known as the Ice Cream Bean Tree or Monkey Tamarind, whose luscious seed pods reveal a fluffy white pulp tasting remarkably like vanilla ice cream. Historically, this was the first species of its vast genus to be named, with its roots deeply intertwined with the Tupi Indians of South America. The term 'Inga' originates from their name for the tree, while 'vera' means 'true' or 'genuine' in Latin. Today, this tree stands as a symbol of tropical splendor and sustainable ecological practices.

Key Features ๐ŸŒŸ

  • Size & Packaging: Ships in a resilient 3-gallon pot, ensuring a secure journey to your home.
  • Growth Habits: An impressive tree, reaching mature heights between 30'-50', well-suited to the climate of the humid tropics with high rainfall. Can & should be maintained at more manageable height with regular pruning for easier picking.
  • Zoning: Perfect for hardiness zones 9-11. While it can perform in zone 9, this Inga thrives in tropical regions similar to its native territories like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.
  • Flavor Profile: Dive into the elongated tamarind-like seed pods which can span beyond 10" in length. They might grow straight or spiral, encasing a fluffy, white edible pulp. The taste? A heavenly vanilla ice cream flavor.

Cultural & Historical Significance ๐Ÿ“œ

The Inga vera holds a special place in tropical forestry. It's not just a fruit tree, but a pioneer plant that can rejuvenate humid soils, making it an excellent choice for reforestation in reclaimed and protected areas. Historically based on collections from Jamaica, this species set the precedent for the classification of the entire Inga genus.

Moreover, in the Atlantic forest of northeastern Brazil, plantations of Inga vera have been vital for habitat restoration. The tree's high outcrossing tendency and the resultant genetic diversity show promise for restoring hyper-fragmented habitats.

Ornamental & Ecological Uses ๐Ÿƒ

  • Leaf Pattern & Trunk: Its striking foliage and robust trunk add a touch of the tropics to any landscape.
  • Nitrogen Fixation: This tree is a nature's gem! Often planted as a nitrogen fixer, it rejuvenates the soil it's planted in.
  • Ecological Role: Especially significant in places like Brazil's Atlantic rainforest, which has lost much of its original extent, Inga vera acts as a stepping stone for pollinators, improving connectivity of natural habitats.

Best Practices for Growth ๐ŸŒฑ

  • Where to Plant: Choose a location with rich, well-drained soil under mostly sunny conditions.
  • Planting Instructions:
    • Transplant Carefully: Ensure the tree isn't planted too deep.
    • Soil: Firmly pack the soil around the transplant.
  • Maintenance: Adopt organic practices, emphasizing heavy mulching using hardwood species. This not only retains moisture but enriches the soil.
  • Indoor Care: While primarily an outdoor tree, it can be cared for indoors in spacious areas with ample sunlight.

Is the Inga vera Right for You? ๐Ÿค”

  • Ideal For:
    • Tropical Fruit Enthusiasts: Those craving a unique and delightful treat.
    • Eco-conscious Gardeners: Individuals looking for eco-friendly trees that contribute to soil health and habitat restoration.
  • Not Ideal For:
    • Cold Climate Dwellers: This tree thrives in warmer zones 9-11.
    • Limited Space Owners: Requires ample space for its majestic growth.

Your GreenDreams Promise ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š

At GreenDreams, our commitment is to offer fruit trees and plants from the world's subtropical regions that not only taste fantastic but contribute to the environment. When you choose the Inga vera, you're not just buying a tree but embracing a legacy. We ship across the continental US, ensuring every plant arrives at your doorstep with the promise of growth, flavor, and ecological well-being.

Embrace the tropical dream with Inga vera. Your garden. Our planet. One tree at a time.

Source: USDA Plant Profile

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1. Shipping Stress: Transportation can be stressful for plants, particularly when they spend several days in a confined, dark environment. It’s common for plants to experience leaf drop during this period. Rest assured, most plants typically recover quickly and thrive with minimal aftercare. However, some may need extra attention, love, and care, requiring appropriate watering and exposure to gentle light post-unboxing.

2. Potential Physical Damage: Despite our dedicated efforts to ensure that your plants are securely packaged, they may incur damage during shipping and handling by UPS. Rest assured, our shipping team is committed to packing your selections with utmost care and precision to minimize any potential harm.

  • For significant box damage, please reach out to UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

  • For minor damages, such as a broken branch or stem, we advise allowing the plant time to recover and regenerate with proper care and attention.

3. Long-Distance Shipping Considerations: Orders shipped over long distances, particularly to the western US, may take 3 - 5 business days to arrive due to various factors, including agricultural inspections in Arizona, California, and Texas. Such extended transit times can be particularly challenging for tender, young plants, affecting their quality due to prolonged confinement.

  • We take additional measures during packaging to facilitate a swift recovery of the plants upon unboxing.

  • Initial extra care and attention might be required over the first few weeks post-transport.

For further guidance, kindly review our detailed policies on returns and refunds, as well as our comprehensive plant care guide. We appreciate your understanding and patience in nurturing your new plants.


๐ŸŒฟ Important Shipping Information

Please take a moment to review our shipping protocols designed to ensure your plants arrive in optimal condition.

  • Countdown Clock: At the top of our online store, you'll notice a countdown clock. This tool helps communicate our weekly shipping schedule, providing clarity on when you can expect your orders to be dispatched.

  • Shipping Schedule: Our nursery, located in the heart of Central Florida, ships orders once weekly, every Monday. This is a strategic decision to prevent packages from being stationary over the weekends, ensuring that our plants travel as swiftly as possible across the country, even reaching as far as California.

  • Shipping Method: At present, we offer ground shipping rates to meet various needs while maintaining the well-being of our plants during transit.

  • Our Dedicated Team: We are a boutique nursery with a passionate team. Our members wear many hats, contributing to shipping, nursery operations, and engaging in valuable local projects. As we blossom and expand, rest assured that enhancing and streamlining our processes remains a priority to serve you better




Terms and Conditions for Purchasing Live Plants


1. Understanding of Shipping Stress

By purchasing live plants from our store, the customer acknowledges that transportation can be stressful for plants. It is common for plants to undergo leaf drop or experience other temporary issues during shipping. However, it is understood that most plants recover quickly with adequate care and attention post-shipping.

2. Awareness of Potential Physical Damage

Customers acknowledge that despite our best efforts in packaging, there may be occurrences of damage during shipping and handling. For substantial damages to the package, customers agree to contact UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

3. Acknowledgement of Long-Distance Shipping Considerations

Customers recognize that shipments, especially those directed to the western US, may be subjected to longer shipping durations of 3-5 business days. Customers agree to provide necessary care to the plants, recognizing that the quality of the plants may be affected due to prolonged shipping times.

4. Agreement with Shipping Information and Schedule

Customers, by making a purchase, have reviewed and agreed upon our shipping protocols and schedules. They acknowledge the presence of a countdown clock on the website and our once-weekly shipping policy every Monday, recognizing the rationale behind avoiding weekend layovers for the plants.

5.Extreme Weather Conditions

Customers acknowledge that our store is not responsible for damage or loss of live plants due to extreme weather conditions during transit and delivery. This includes exposure to cold or freezing temperatures during the winter months and extreme heat during the summer. We provide tracking information when orders are processed every Monday to ensure customers are aware of the delivery schedule. It is the customer's responsibility to prevent packages from being left outside in conditions that may cause damage. Our store does not accept responsibility for any adverse effects caused by weather conditions beyond our control.

6. No Refund Policy

Customers agree that refunds are only processed under exceptional circumstances. Our store will not be held responsible for poor plant choices relative to location suitability, extreme conditions during and/or post-shipment, and improper post-purchase plant care.

7. Responsibility of Care

Upon purchase, customers agree to assume full responsibility for the ongoing care of the plants. This includes, but is not limited to, appropriate watering, exposure to suitable light, and adherence to specific care instructions pertinent to each plant type.

8. Consent

By proceeding with this purchase, customers consent to all the terms and conditions stated above, confirming understanding and agreement to all stipulations mentioned.

These terms and conditions aim to ensure clarity, mutual understanding, and agreement between the seller and the customer to facilitate a smooth transaction and foster a positive customer experience.

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