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Which soil pH meter did you get KarenRei? Been looking to get one myself.

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PM'd

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Sounds like you need some miracle berries (fresh or in tablet form) to enjoy them.

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So how would one go about acquiring seeds for this tree? This definitely sounds like something I'd like to try and establish for my growing area, and share with some elite growers here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:12:10 PM »
You'll need a soil mix that's fast draining and resists compaction. Considering the amount of rain you get, it'll be important in preventing the roots from getting drowned again.

You can amend standard top soil with perlite, sand, etc. to make it drain and breathe better, and help mitigate future soil compaction.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:52:21 PM »
I'd say you have nothing to lose at this point.

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Looks neat! Never heard of these before, oddly enough.

Is this a variety you created yourself? What does the fruit taste like? Based on the color it makes me think of cherries.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Banana Corms
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:49:38 PM »
Do the prices include shipping?

Also, which variety is the SH-3460? Googling doesn't yield much info.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 11, 2018, 04:51:07 PM »
They're getting mostly shade with some brief late afternoon sun. The sun here is way too intense for avocado trees this young, so mostly shade is the only option until they get a couple years in to grow some protective bark, root out to take in more moisture, and leaf out to provide adequate trunk/branch protection. Stunted growth is expected and an acceptable sacrifice to keep them alive and the trunk unburnt. This is the method Don Olson from Shamus/Greenlife recommends, and others in Arizona have had success with it.

I'm going to carefully move them into large Rootbuilder sacks/pots once the current leaf nodes grow out, but they won't be going in the ground for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately I have a small yard and have to make do with the space I have, which means a lot of container growing. That and if they manage to survive a couple years (they're about nine months old since they were purchased), I want to make sure I can take them with me when I eventually move into a place with a bigger yard.

I also have some seed grown ones that I'm experimenting with by exposing them more to our sun, heat, and crap native soil. If they do well, then I'm going to attempt to graft scions and and see how they do.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:25:01 PM »
My Mexicola Grande, Fuerte, and Aravaipa are all doing well, especially considering that the temps have hit triple digits here in Vegas as of last week. Solid leaf growth with a decent amount of swelling buds on the nodes. They still look spindly from dropping a lot of foliage once winter ended, but I'm hoping they'll fill out nicely.

All are in large containers, and the Mexicola and Fuerte are under a shade tree with lots of wood mulch in the containers, and leaf mulch on the ground to help add some humidity to their little microclimate.

Keeping an eagle eye on their watering since they seem to be retaining water well, despite the high temps. All previous avos I had died from root rot due to overwatering during the hottest parts of the summer.

Also planted some beans in the containers to help put some more nitrogen in the soil and soak up some of the extra soil moisture.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fig trees
« on: June 07, 2018, 02:57:37 PM »
Here in Vegas, they grow like crazy with just some occasional watering. They basically thrive on neglect beyond that. It is, however, really hot and dry here, so if you're somewhere where it's cooler and more humid, you'll want to water it less and make sure it gets full sun.

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Found this vendor that's selling it cheaper than eBay. Free shipping too. $37.

https://www.lawnandpestcontrolsupply.com/products/cupro-5000-fungicide


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Apologies for the necro bump, but does anyone have any recommendations on where to purchase copper hydroxide to make the homemade version of Microkote? Unfortunately the links from are long dead and I'm having some difficulty sourcing it.

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I purchased some Roottrapper pots from Rootmaker to migrate my avocados into. Eager to see how they do. Considering moving some other plants into them and purchasing more if they do what they advertise.

They work as advertised and the white fabric helps in hot weather/sun.  I'd move them as little as possible to prevent root damage.  I'm so paranoid about avocado roots I've cut off the pot to prevent any damage when transplanting.  Not so with other trees.

Awesome. They should work really well here then. How good are they on drainage?

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I purchased some Roottrapper pots from Rootmaker to migrate my avocados into. Eager to see how they do. Considering moving some other plants into them and purchasing more if they do what they advertise.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suggestions on how to use comfrey
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:17:48 PM »
I was gifted a couple and I had no idea what the heck to do with them. Good to know!

What do their roots do to the soil to make it better? Are they nitrogen fixers like legumes, or something else?

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I noticed Lowe's sells some small fruit trees that come in those containers. I'm using a couple for ice cream bean seedlings, which apparently really love to get a vertical taproot established.

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No rush, so whenever they're ready. :)

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I have a Fuerte that seems to be doing well. It's actually one of the only two varieties Lowe's sells here, the other being Mexicola (and grande). Both handled this past winter like a champ, although it was definitely warmer than normal here. Both trees are in a shaded area with a slightly more humid microclimate, so they're spared the majority of our blistering sun.

I tried Hass and it wasn't as cold tolerant, and also seemed more sensitive to root rot and soil salt. Wouldn't mind giving it another go having learned some things since then.

Appreciate the tips on Rootmaker and copper hydroxide paints, I'll check them out!

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Would love some!

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I, for one, applaud the efforts of Fygee and any other grower willing to expand our knowledge about how various avocados perform in challenging climates by actually giving them a try.

Appreciate the support! Challenging is definitely the operative word here, but myself and some others within my Facebook group are up for it and trying similar and different methods to achieve success.

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I have one here in Vegas that's about a year in from when I got in a rooted out 5-gallon. Currently it's in a big 25ish gallon pot and is putting off good growth. Judging by other posts here, I assume that I'll be waiting a while before I get any level of fruit set on it.

Also have a Fuerte and Mexicola Grande that are trucking along after a year. All have been kept mostly shaded to protect them from our brutal sun until they start getting some mature bark going.

Trying to acquire a Wilma, Reed, Day, Wurtz, and Stewart to see how they do here. Also doing some Hass seed grown direct in the ground to use as potential root stock.

I hope you have a large greenhouse because all those mentioned except for Mexicola, Aravaipa and Stewart are not cold hardy.  What's your zone?  7 or 8?

Hate to be a Debby Downer but Tex-Mex varieties like Wilma are only good for rootstocks IMO.   Haven't heard one good comment about their taste.   My Joey sucked for instance.   Opal "tastes like grass", etc.

Day and Wurtz will be in pots and brought indoors for the winter. Day are also cold hardy enough for the winters we get here.

The others will be experimental, but can be overwintered with proper mulching and burlap. We rarely get temps below freezing here, and when we do they don't last long. Lows typically hover around the higher end of 30-37F in the coldest part of winter.

We're zone 9.

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I have one here in Vegas that's about a year in from when I got in a rooted out 5-gallon. Currently it's in a big 25ish gallon pot and is putting off good growth. Judging by other posts here, I assume that I'll be waiting a while before I get any level of fruit set on it.

Also have a Fuerte and Mexicola Grande that are trucking along after a year. All have been kept mostly shaded to protect them from our brutal sun until they start getting some mature bark going.

Trying to acquire a Wilma, Reed, Day, Wurtz, and Stewart to see how they do here. Also doing some Hass seed grown direct in the ground to use as potential root stock.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Kent Mango
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:25:53 PM »
Yes I have some.

I'm keen to get some ice cream beans.

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