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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vegetative propagation from fruit tissue?
« Last post by LEOOEL on Today at 06:17:45 PM »
I need to find out how to do Vegetative propagation from the fruit tissue of Dragon Fruit.

If anyone can provide the details, it will be greatly appreciated.
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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated pink lemon tree tips?
« Last post by DoctorCitrus on Today at 06:06:58 PM »
Thank you Sylvain! I am a beginner. Doctoring is my day job  ;)
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by LEOOEL on Today at 05:58:09 PM »
Here the pictures of the perfect Dragon Fruit that I had the good fortune of eating. BTW, Iím not exaggerating when I say that the sugar content was perfect. While I was eating it I was blown away by how delicious it was. I didnít have at all the experience that I have with all the other Dragon Fruit varieties, of wishing that it was sweeter.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by LEOOEL on Today at 05:46:39 PM »
Just out curiosity, I purchased just one, yellow colored Dragon Fruit fruit at Whole Foods Market about two months ago. To my surprise, the taste was delicious. And, the fruit size and quality was perfect, IMO. I was back a few days later and purchased 3 more.

The journey of searching for the perfect Dragon Fruit has been quite rewarding. And, this year, it has culminated with the unexpected early success of finding the perfect Dragon Fruit variety. The fruit itself was imported from the tropical fruit paradise of South America.

Up next in this Dragon Fruit Search Adventure and Journey: (1) Obtain a cutting of the Dragon Fruit described above, and (2) Continue the Search for a Red Colored Dragon Fruit with the same quality specifications.
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I did not strip leaves, i only pruned it down.  Tree was grown great, leaves is bigger than my hand..  water regular from aquarium water and 8-4-2 fertz.

Before pruned




After pruned


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I know these are varieties that are protected but Iíve seen a few people growing them from seed since they are poly embryonic. I want to try and see if I can get my hands on some seeds maybe just couple.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GMO Papaya/Solo Papayas in Florida
« Last post by lebmung on Today at 05:11:08 PM »
Does anyone know of a lab that does gene testing? Would it be way out of a decent price range? It might be worth it to develop my own verified non gmo papaya seedlings. There aren't any other papaya plants around my area.

Josh, there is a way to test your papayas if they are GMO.
When they created GMO papayas they did it with one purpose to create a plant resistant to ringspot virus. In short, this was done by manipulating DNA, with a coat protein, which acts like a antibody against the virus.
To look for a GMO papaya, you need to look if it has that protein.
Here is the test:
https://orders.agdia.com/agdia-coating-antibody-prsv-papaya-ringspot-virus-cab-53500
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Looks like your very dry soil is shedding the water. I would mix in the screened compost with the soil and water slowly over a few days to get it wet. It may take some time. Some people use hair shampoo as an additive to water as a surfactant which may help, don't use too much, maybe a spoonful per 5 gallon bucket. The shampoo ingredient list should include sodium or ammonium laurel sulphate, an anionic surfactant.

I was going to use a 5 gallon bucket of sand to loosen up the dirt, do you think it will work?
Doesn't sand + Clay (and organic material such as straw) make Adobe? I haven't tried it without compacting it but I would think that would make the soil worse.
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10/20/2018 1:50pm
Not looking promising to use gypsum.

Gypsum is a good additive for breaking up heavy clay soil. Pretty sure you can get a bag of it at HD pretty cheaply.
My passion fruit vine really took off and did much better in the ground than in a pot. Though it was hammered by that heat wave that we experienced this year, but I was away when it hit and couldnít water when it needed it most.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Cane Juicer
« Last post by LEOOEL on Today at 04:51:33 PM »
After careful consideration, Motorized Sugar Cane Juicer is the best way to go, IMO.

The best location for a Sugar Cane Juicer at Home is in an Outdoors Kitchen in a residential House. Iíve personally never cared much about an Outdoors Kitchen because it would occupy valuable fruit tree space. But, an Outdoors Kitchen that includes a Sugar Cane Juicer, I must concede, is a great reason to have one.

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