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Hi,
I am looking for bitter leaf seed, small plants or cuttings.

Thanks!

Carolyn

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We are traveling to Florida beginning next week, and I wanted to shop at a tropical fruit nursery (allspice, june plum, grumichama, etc).  We won't be getting as far south as the Miami area, and am frantically trying to find a nursery selling tropical fruit trees as far north as possible.  I am trying to avoid having to pay the huge shipping fees to Idaho.

We will also be in south Texas, if there are any there.

Anybody have any suggestions?????????

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Ok folks, sorry this is not fruit-related, but here is a pic of the total solar eclipse! I did eat a home-grown banana while waiting, if that counts...

Nobody knows for sure where he went for the eclipse, but Neil Degrasse Tyson had ice cream at a place two blocks from our house.  Only famous person ever to eat at Delsa's.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / My greenhouse website
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:59:51 PM »
I am putting up a little website for my greenhouse.  I don't have all the pictures up yet, but I do have almost all of my plants listed.

Check it out at daintree-arboretum.com

Thanks!

Carolyn


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So my hubby proudly brought home a little bag of lychees from our little Walmart neighborhood market yesterday!  And you know what, they are pretty darned tasty! There was also a jackfruit (at a hefty $25) at Albertson's last week, but by the time I ran home and got my money and came back, it was gone.

And I remember the days when the fruit selection consisted only of apples, pears and grapes...

Love that global economy!

Carolyn

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Hi All,
I am growing a few plants in my greenhouse that are not generally known in cultivation.  Trying to sort out their nutrient needs has been a challenge.  In particular, a couple of my dacryodes edulis were looking funky, and none of the online pictures pointed me in the right direction.

There is a local lab that does plant tissue analysis for crops and trees, so I took some samples in to them.  I had one tree that was doing well, and one that was looking horrible.  Turned out the bad one had several issues, including an iron overload (comparing the "happy" plant to the "unhappy" plant), although I do not use much iron at all.  Some of these jungle trees seem to prefer poor soil, I guess! I have found that soil analysis doesn't help much, since the soil may be fine, but it doesn't have what THAT plant needs, or has too much of it. For example, in healthy, nitrogen-rich soil, my cinnamon isn't happy.  Less nitrogen, happy cinnamon! Plus, because I use a high-quality potting mix and my plants are in containers, there is far less of an issue with soil problems compared to plants in the ground.

Anyway, I am now in the process of taking other "healthy" samples in to have them tested, and try to establish a baseline for what they need.  It is still sort of a crapshoot, since a plant can be in the process of suffering, but not showing symptoms yet, but over time, I am hoping to establish what "normal" is for some of these plants.

So, my question is - Is there someplace where I can find baseline tissue analysis (not soil) reports for some of these plants, so I don't pay to reinvent the wheel?  Namely, cherimoya, soursop, custard apple, ice cream bean and theobroma cacao. 

The lab I use tests for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and boron.  I realize that different labs may use different testing methods, but they usually state what methods they use, so the results may still be helpful.

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How do you pronounce cassabanana?
« on: April 20, 2017, 07:11:40 PM »
So, I am growing some cassabanana, and am curious how to pronounce it.
Is it casa banana? ("house banana..."?)
Or cassaba nana? ("melon grandma"...?)
When I tell people what it is, they keep trying to make it be some sort of banana variety...


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is Kukui self-fertile?
« on: February 20, 2017, 12:05:34 PM »
So, I have two kukui (Aleurites moluccanus) trees in my greenhouse.  But I am full to the gunwales and am trying to do some thinning. Do I need two kukui to get nuts, or are they self-fertile?

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Hi,
Does anyone know a source closer to the West Coast than Pine Island Nursery for grafted, hermaphrodite Spanish Lime?  I love Pine Island's stuff, but the postage is a killer!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / DNA plant sexing tests?
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:43:15 AM »
So, I see that there is a DNA plant sexing test for cannabis. 

http://www.medicinalgenomics.com/dna-based-plant-sexting-test/

I have contacted a couple of the "partner labs" on the Medical Genomics website, explaining that I want to test some trees (dacryodes edulis and Sclerocarya birrea), but I have not heard back.

Anybody know if the labs can test other plants as well? 

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Boy, it is getting deep out there!

Carolyn

All my plants are bundled into the tropical house, so I don't have to try to heat the citrus house during minus temperatures.


Somewhere here is our pond, and the valiant pink flamingo!


5 ft icicles on the citrus house!

I can still get to the greenhouse down the path I shoveled...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brrrr... the weather outside is frightful!
« on: December 30, 2016, 09:55:25 PM »
Oh man, I hate it when it gets like this.  It hasn't been above freezing in days, and now we have an air inversion.  No sun, so it doesn't get warm in the greenhouse during the day.  By the 4th of Jan, it is supposed to hit -5.

Guess as a New Years present to myself, I will somehow squeeze all my citrus into the tropical house, so I can close the window between the two houses to keep the tropical house temp in the 50's.
Brrr...
Good news is that I switched from a 20,000 BTU gas furnace in the tropical house to a 30,000 BTU furnace, so I think it can do the trick!

Hope Florida and California are looking better than Idaho!!!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can I prune my papaya?
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:52:05 PM »
So, I am not sure what to do now that my papaya plant has hit the ceiling of the greenhouse.  Can I cut it back?  If so, do I do it above the "leaf line", leaving a few leaves on it, or can I cut it below that?  Do I need to seal the top of the stem with anything?

Thanks!
Carolyn

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I have some potted citrus that apparently have varying degrees of magnesium deficiency (according to the pattern of the chlorosis and age of leaves affected).
Can I foliar spray with epsom salt?  Or is there another foliar spray that would work better/faster? I want to green them up fast.
Or should I just treat the soil with epsom salt, or something else??  I have a dozen different types of citrus trees, all in pots.

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Do fig trees require a dormant period?
« on: October 24, 2016, 03:49:10 PM »
So, I have a 5 year old Peter's Honey fig tree in a 25 gallon container.
Every fall, it drops it's leaves, and I bring it into the "citrus" side of my greenhouse for the winter.  Then in the spring, it wakes up and I put it back outside again.  The citrus house never freezes, but the temps drop tot he 40's at night during the winter, and in the 50's to 60's during the day.

However, this fall when I moved it inside (we have had two light freezes already, so the leaves dropped), it has decided to put on a flush of new leaves, and I have baby figs coming on.

Does it HAVE to have a dormant period?  I don't want to kill it, but I also don't want to move it outside again if I don't have to, since it is heavy and I have to tip it through the door.  Looking online, it says it is good for zones 6-10, needs 0-150 hours of chill time (like THAT'S a big help...), and mature trees are hardy to 15 degrees. We go below 15 degrees routinely.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruity birds
« on: September 19, 2016, 01:23:47 PM »
I've heard about owners looking like their pets, but not quite sure what it means when pets start looking like fruit...




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I have been thinking about getting a nursery license (I am in Idaho), because someone suggested that I can buy my supplies cheaper by buying at wholesale prices.  Anyone know how that works?  I usually buy things online, except for my fertilizer and potting soil, which I buy locally.

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / 3-sided vs 4-sided dragon fruit
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:59:45 PM »
So, I have some dragon fruit plants that I have grown from seed. 
I bought the fruits in different areas of the world at farmer's markets.  Both dark red flesh and very tasty, so I brought some seeds home.
All the plants from one fruit are 4-sided, and all the plants from the other are 3-sided.
Any idea why?  I am guessing different varieties?  All my other dragon fruit have always been 3-sided.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What to do with extra trees?
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:15:22 PM »
So, my greenhouse is bursting.  Partly because I keep getting new trees, but mostly because everything I plant seems to grow! I don't have the heart to chop them up, I have advertised them locally but no takers, and they are in 3+ gallon pots so they cost a lot to ship.
Any ideas for what to do with my extra "kids"?  What do you all do with spares?  Noni, cacao, etc. afraid to get rid of any Marula until they bloom so I know what sex they are.
Wish I lived closer to a tropical area where I could drive them to new homes! Enlarged the greenhouse twice, and now no more yard space... ???

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Would shredded cedar bark in my pots help keep insects away? Do any harm to the trees? Mostly annonas, papaya, kukui, cacao, coffee, Marula, ice cream bean and various citrus. 
My main pests are mealy bugs and earwigs.

Thanks!
Carolyn

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I have a 3 yr old Rollina deliciosa in a 25 gallon pot.  It lives in my greenhouse along with all my other tropicals and is in part shade.  It continuously sheds leaves (maybe three leaves a day).  The leaves start turning yellow then drop within a day.  Also, it puts out a lot of branches that live for a few months, then turn brown and die.  It immediately puts out another branch directly below the dead branch.  When the day length gets short, it will shed almost all of its leaves at once, so I try to keep it under lights in the winter.

But overall, it looks quite healthy - dozens of healthy green branches and hundreds of leaves.  It is always putting on new leaves.  Maybe 5% of the leaves drop, but it looks like a lot when see them on the floor.

It gets a balanced fertilizer and weekly water, although it seems to be one of my "thirstier" plants, in that the potting soil does dry out rather quickly.  I have given it iron with now obvious changes.

Any ideas about what could be going on with it?

Thanks!

Carolyn

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So, I have this stuff growing in most of my pots.  Don't know what it is, as it hitch-hiked in with something a while ago.  It does not vine or spread by runners, so I don't think it is a syngonium, even though that is what the leaves look like. It never gets any taller than about 6-8 inches, and grows from a bulb that looks just like a rat turd.  Now it is blooming, with a nice-smelling, velvety purple/black spathe-like thing.
Any ideas?






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Citrus General Discussion / Can I eat my bergamot orange?
« on: March 06, 2016, 04:21:47 PM »
So, I have what was labelled as a bergamot orange tree.  I just harvested the first fruit.  Orange-sized and round with an orange skin. 
I cut it open and the flesh is very pale yellow.  I tasted the fruit, and it is not bitter.  It is somewhere between an orange and a lemon.

I have read that "too much" is "toxic".  How much is too much, and what problems does it cause?
How many can I eat before I get sick, or will I even get sick? It is pretty juicy and really tasty! I really want to eat it, or squeeze some juice into my tonic water!

Thanks!

Carolyn

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My sister and I built this in my greenhouse, "Daintree", over a couple of weekends as a place for my Bourkes to nest. 
We used a cool local product called KirtBag that turns mortar into a putty-like substance that allowed us to shape this hollow "dead snag".  Not perfect, but the birds seem to love it, and have stopped ripping the guts out of my vanilla "moss pole" (you can sort of see it in the background of the first picture - I had to build a cage around it…).  We numbered the nest boxes "2B', "not 2B", and "9 3/4".
Most of the weight is in the bottom third, to keep it steady, but Lord help us if we ever have to move it - it weighs 350 pounds!

Carolyn



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / where did my vinegar go???
« on: December 09, 2015, 08:48:15 AM »
I have a 150 gallon pond in my greenhouse that I heat (aquarium heater) and use as a watering source for my tropicals.  I have a fountain pump in it, but no filter.  No fish or anything in it either.
I am trying out a hydroponics kit I just got, and it says the water pH should be way lower than what I have (my pH 7.6 and it says to use 5.5 to 6.5).
So… I added white vinegar to the water.  Day before yesterday, I kept adding and testing, adding and testing, and it took 3 cups of white vinegar (cooking strength, NOT horticultural vinegar) to get the pH to 6.8.
I thought well, that is good enough.
But I went out just now to get everything going, and my pond pH is back up to 7.6!
What the heck?  Where did my vinegar go???

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