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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Birula vs Lisa
« Last post by johnb51 on Today at 08:34:34 AM »
Frank, it looks like Tropic Sun has moved up in your ranking of atemoyas.  A new possible #1?
Got my seeds today, 100 of them.  I'm going to throw a few of them into the greenhouse now. Give some to my sister so she can plant them in HI.  And then plant the rest in Feb.
Hi Kina, I'm glad you got them, take good care of them! 😄
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lights in winter temps and humidity??
« Last post by Citradia on Today at 07:31:29 AM »
I think having humidity in room will help manage mite problems. I used to bring my potted citrus into my house over winter and with heat pump running and low humidity, even with humidifier near trees, mites get bad and have to take trees outside and hose them down on warm days or put them in shower and rain on them. Since I started putting potted citrus in outdoor greenhouses/plastic cold frames with in ground trees, they don't have mites as bad I think due to a more natural environment with higher humidity, although they go dormant outside same as in ground trees. My potted trees don't put on much growth in house during winter anyway. Lovely collection there, Susanne!
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: About the Inga genus
« Last post by pineislander on Today at 07:19:07 AM »
Thanks for the replies!

Btw, what's a good substrate recipe for the nursery stage?? Would straight red soil do??
I doubt that would work well in containers. You need a soil analysis for in ground planting to expect good results. If you are talking about native soil of intact rain forest that is one thing, if degraded logged & previously slash/burned soil that is far worse. You need to research further and take maximum advantage of what is already known in your area and elsewhere, find an analog to Inga like some other tree legume already successfully grown there as an example would be my suggestion. Start small, experiment, analyse results, try again.

One analog you'll find interesting will be the work of Ernst Gotsch in Brazil.

An overview:
In my experience, spider mites do not create such a major web. It looks more like tent caterpillars from your photo. If so, you should find little caterpillars inside, in the process of growing bigger. A brief google search shows that tent caterpillars do grow on sweet potatoes.
Collecting wild edible mushrooms is a whole different topic from cultivating mushrooms, just like foraging for wild herbs is different from a garden.

So while collecting edible wild mushrooms is interesting and tasty for some, and quite risky for others, what I am really interested in is if anyone is actually cultivating known edible mushrooms. It looks quite doable and I plan to go ahead. I am just wondering if anyone here has first hand knowledge. Googling will show that internationally, there are people cultivating mushrooms on a commercial level.

So I'll keep this thread going for a bit and see if anyone responds.

Caesar, it's good that you had a chance to gain experience before you took a loss and know the risks. There really is no better teacher than experience. This is a forum about growing tropical fruit crops. Most of the tropics are subject to extreme weather threats including wind, water, and even heat, drought, and fire. All of these hazards need to be considered. The folks in California which were recently wiped out by fire are a good example.

So, what to do?
Design into your system resistance to those elements.
It really is folly to have 40 ft. Haden trees surrounding your flimsy trailer house as a hurricane approaches or to have dry mulched beds, cedar shingle roofs, vinyl siding, and gutters full of pine needles in a on a house in the fire prone areas of California. Looking back, what the hell were we thinking would happen?

This forum has plenty of folks with experience with hurricanes, accumulated decades and likely even centuries of lessons learned from across the world if you add us all up. There should be ways to mitigate and protect orchards against wind and water, at least to some extent. We probably need a dedicated thread on the subject, and I know it has been discussed some already.

You spoke about becoming a leader in your community and proving concepts. Well, there you go, this is a challenge to face in which you could help find solutions to this perennial problem. All of us can and should be doing these things.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit of Thailand
« Last post by posci35 on Today at 04:25:43 AM »
Hi Giampaolo, I don't get your mail, pls pm to me again
I asked the same question awhile back. The consensus is no. I am thinking to plant the Javan plum instead, but that is a nasty plant. What I meant is it is too bushy.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mosquito fruits??
« Last post by fruitlovers on Today at 03:56:20 AM »
This is a problem with all bromeliads. Pineapples are a type of bromeliad. The types of bromeliads that hold a lot of water are much bigger problem than pineapples for breeding mosquitoes.
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