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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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with plant ID, please!
« on: November 28, 2015, 07:13:25 PM »
Hi folks!
My friend went to Indonesia last winter and I sent him with a copy of my USDA permit so he could mail me some seeds.  He managed to misidentify most of them (which is weird, since they mostly came from fruits he was eating or nuts he gathered with a friend…).
Anyway, this one was supposed to be ginkgo, but it sure doesn't match any pictures I have seen of ginkgo!
At this point, he has no idea what it could have been, since it has been almost a year.
The leaves are stiff, and snap cleanly if accidentally broken.  The stems are sturdy, and the veins on the backs of the leaves are red.
Any help would be great!!

Thanks!







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Minimum temps for marula seedlings?
« on: September 05, 2015, 04:14:42 PM »
Does anybody know the minimum temps for marula? I need to figure out whether they can stay in my citrus house over the winter, which gets down to the low 40's, and sometimes just above freezing, or whether they should go into the tropical house (50 degrees plus).  They are only about 2 ft tall.

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Forest House Cameroon
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:20:20 AM »
Just wanted to put in a good word for Forest House Cameroon.
I just received my second batch of seeds from them.  Both packages arrived in good shape and in a timely manner. The entire process is very fast and easy.
I pay via Paypal and e-mail them a copy of my USDA permit, a seed list (the one the USDA wants, where you list the genus and species, who collected it and where…) AND a scanned copy of the shipping label.  They do charge $1 to print the label in color, but it is well worth the price.  They slap the label on the front of the package, fill out the seed list and drop it in the mail.
The seeds are usually gathered from the wild, so I love the challenge of trying to grow things that are not really known in cultivation.  The first batch of seeds are seedlings now, and the second batch is sprouting. 
Once "the nursery" is cleared out, I will be ordering more!

Carolyn

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Hello!
I have a large variety of tropicals in my greenhouse, and now that the greenhouse is larger, I find that I can set up zones for plants with different needs - water, temperature etc.
I am having a LOT of trouble finding information concerning photoperiodism for specific plants.
I am guessing that a lot of tropical plants, being from places where days and nights are fairly equal year-round, are either day neutral, or want 12/12. 
But it would be REALLY nice if I knew which plants preferred what (not just long short, but the critical # of hours), in order to get as many blooming plants as possible.
Is there a reliable resource for this info? Wikipedia just isn't panning out…

Here are some of the ones that I am trying to sort out -
Papaya
Cacao
Dragonfruit
Assorted annonas
Passionfruit
Kukui
Miracle Fruit
Jakfruit
Ice cream bean
Marula
Moringa
Noni
Pitangatuba

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Citrus General Discussion / Oro blanco very shy to bloom
« on: May 08, 2015, 09:38:12 AM »
I have 9 different types of citrus trees in my greenhouse.
They all bloom and put on fruit like crazy, except my oro blanco grapefruit.
I have had it for a year, and it just sits there, acting all green and leafy.
They are all in the same location and get fed and watered the same.
Does the oro blanco need something different?

Thanks,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / I.D. this S. African seedling please!
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:21:50 PM »
Hi,
So, a while back I bought some seeds from Stuart Daly in South Africa.
Some of them never sprouted (I thought...), so I threw the potting mix back into the "hopper".  Then lo and behold, I got a seedling!!!
But... I don't know what it is!
It SHOULD be strychnos pungent, strychnos spinosa, or dialium schlechteri.

Help!

Thanks!

Carolyn







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Does anyone have any kava seedlings for sale?

Thanks!
Carolyn

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