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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Frost of the year
« Last post by gozp on Today at 01:18:00 PM »
Peak temp today in in my area was 31.9 for 1.5 hour.

Was colder yesterday with the arctic winds.
Great find!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« Last post by waxy on Today at 12:33:51 PM »
any advice for improving fruit yield and preventing loss?

how to prevent fruit drop, fungus/aphids, and other common causes of early loss?

I rest a container of lady bugs on the center of the canopy.
I let them go ape $#!+ over any aphids or bugs they see as food.

In the evening I spray it down with neem/orange oil/horticulture mix.
Once it dries, it looks like nothing was there at all.
At this time, the lady bugs have already left the area or found their hiding spots.

I check the following day and discover that the lady bugs are perfectly fine.
They're actually quite hardy, my praying mantis's though are very skittish.
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Want Brazillian Rosewood seeds
« Last post by Roy-Ind on Today at 12:30:26 PM »
Please contact dreamfrutus
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Frost of the year
« Last post by NateTheGreat on Today at 12:25:07 PM »
Went to bed in the East Bay expecting the forecasted 32F, woke up to 26F. Amazingly little seems to have died (even some dragonfruits I left out on the patio). Eugenia candolleana didn't even drop its leaves. Hopefully the coming weeks don't reveal more casualties.
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Growers Forum
« Last post by A.T. Hagan on Today at 12:21:58 PM »
A big round of applause for doing this!


BonsaiBeast, the answer to your question is simply, YES INDEED. Citrus trees just.just begin to produce quality fruit at around 5 year of age.
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Growers Forum
« Last post by Millet on Today at 12:14:37 PM »
Sylvain, it took you much much much work.  Thanks for all you did.
BonsiBeast,  there is no way of knowing what type of Satsuma you have by looking at that tag.  A tag like that would be the same as a tag on a new care that said "CAR".  With the large variety of satsumas available the chance of it being Xie Shan is very small.   You can get almost year around fruit from just two trees = Washington Navel and Valencia.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 12:05:42 PM »
If you run it non stop it will be so foggy you will not be able to see in there.  And you will have water on everything. Trust me on this you will need to get a humidistat to throttle it back. 

This is the one I use and it keeps the humidity at 40%

Thanks for the link.  Yes, I'd put it on a stat.  BTW, Axeon recommends a poly-phosphate pre-filter especially if your water is high in Ca and Mg bicarbs.  It would extend the life of your R/O membranes.
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