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I've it but i'm in the Philippines

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BINGO!!
I found it,, it's RUELLIA TUBEROSA.
THANKS SO MUCH!!  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:41:59 AM »
YES!!! It protects from the VERY HOT weather in this season and it's a huge help especially for the avocado. Thanks  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 19, 2017, 10:01:35 PM »
YES! Kalamansi trees are really though and very adaptable to any kind of soil. if they are watered enough they produce tons of fruits that's why i was so upset when i lost mine  :'(

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:04:15 AM »
Thanks for your ancouragement but you know what?
I lost a 8 years old kalamansi tree because of citrus greening.
It got infected 2 years ago, after a massive attack of citrus psyllid that i guiltily underestimated.
It all started with s single shoot, turning yellow and showing the typical blotchy chlorosis. Then  few leaves then a branch then several of them then it stopped flowering and produced only  small bitter useless  fruits.
The new buds were small and yellow, young leaves brittle and prone to fall down.
I decided to remove it last january. I couldn't stand to watch it dying day after day.
I replaced it with a young ponderosa lemon and now i'm much more careful about citrus psyllid!

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:05:46 PM »
Thaks for your pelies.
Yes the veins are definitely "corky" and the yellowing patten i found on this website concerning a pomelo infected with HLB looks  identical  :(

http://idtools.org/id/citrus/diseases/factsheet.php?name=Huanglongbing+(HLB)

I'm so upset now I can't believe yet you can lose a whole tree just because of a little pest  bite.....

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:09:33 AM »
How i wish you were right!  :)
what worried me is that the VEINS turned yellow first.
Veins are the source of life to the leaves so they should be the last ones turning yellow
I hope Millet will chime in and give his opinion.

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This weed is invading a portion of my land.
It grows very quickly straight on gravel rocks and limestone and it's extremely heat and drought resistant.
It's roots are ENORMOUS and disproportionate compared to the plant size especially when it's still young.
It's difficult to remove, any piece of root left in the soil will eventually sprout back.
Any idea of what is it?















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Citrus General Discussion / Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:09:56 AM »
Among my citrus trees there is one that i love particularly.
It's a nearly 3 years old pomelo SEEDLING.
It's growing steadily with a graceful shape (uncommonly not straight upright) a strong thorny trunk and a dense, thornless canopee.



I've the feeling that it might start to flower in just a couple of years.
Unfortunately the last months I didn't notice any new growth, it's like the plant stopped despite watering and fertilizing.
This is how they look some of the leaves now.
Are these the early symptoms of citrus greening?




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Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:49:22 AM »
Miracle of SPRING, every plant is born to a new vegetative season in europe.
Congratulations for your citrus trees, especially for your Pomelo, still so little and crowded of flowers, i envy you  :)

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Malabar spinach
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:05:09 AM »
Tasty and very nutritious.
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/basella.html
I usually boil them for a vegetable sout (locally called utan) or i eat with some slices of red onion and italian dressing (olive oil + salt + vinegar)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop seedling hardening off?
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:46:38 AM »
Yes it seems that the water has excessive mineral content. I ll think about making a DIY solar distillation unit.

My friend sorry to tell you but your soursop looks really awful  :(
Are you sure it didn''t get hurt by low temperatures?  Soursop is truly tropical and hates cold temperatures and strong winds.
About water: why don't you simply collect rainwater?
It's perfect for all your plants not just for soursop  ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Same soil, two labs, test differences
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:40:02 AM »
My first question is: the two portion of the soil you sent for analyisis were absolutely identical and representative of the whole?
Sampling is the most critical step in the whole process of a soil analysis.
The results obtained for Na, K, Ca, Mg, P  are absolutely uncomparable even considering the analytical errors.
i advice you to ask the 2 laboratories what techniques they used to determine these values. Atomic absorption, Optical ICP, ICP-MS?
This could help to explain the differences




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang: my first Flower!
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:21:26 AM »
Probably you will have to wait for the next year to have female flowers but neve lose hope!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang: the 1st flower!
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:00:03 AM »
Don't worry, you tree is still younf, later, after its juvenile phase it will produce both male and female flowers and hopefully you will get beautiful fruits

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Sapote
« on: April 07, 2017, 09:18:43 PM »
Thanks everybody for the precious advices  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black Sapote
« on: April 07, 2017, 03:38:02 AM »
My black sapote seedling will turn 3 years old this coming july.
It's growing slowly but nicely, it's about   6 feet (2 meters) high.



The only one problem is that some of the leaves are showing a strange-pattern yellowing.
It's affecting mainly the older leaves.



I guess it's some mineral deficiency but i'm not sure. Maybe Magnesium? Or Zinc?
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestion!







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Did I graft correct
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:10:02 PM »
what kind of graft do you use for sugar apple and black sapote?

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i?ve no idea but for sure NO sunburn.
Here at 10 from equator sun is scorching and i never had this kind of damage to my sugar apples leaves

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Did I graft correct
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:32:00 AM »
Hello, I recently grafted some mango trees via cleft. This is the second week since the procedure and the graft wound hasn't healed, but the scion lush and green.is the graft successful? Here are some pics







Just a technical advice, when you take the pics focus on the subject not on the background  ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hass avocado - How hot is to hot?
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:21:21 AM »
All odds are against me.
I will just wait another year to let the tree grow a little bit then i will cut it to a stump and graft the stumps with some scions of a good local tested variety.
I think it's the best solution

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hass avocado - How hot is to hot?
« on: March 29, 2017, 10:43:44 PM »
UPDATE!

Today I was watering my Hass avocado and I was quite amazed to see a LITTLE FLOWER PANICLE!  ::)




The tree is a seedling turning 3 years old this coming june.
Unfortunately only one flower i couldn't spot any other on the whole tree.

I'm asking adbice here: what does it mean?

1-  the tree will definitely flower and bear fruits here in the future
2- It will surely flower but no warranty that will bear fruits
3- A single flower means nothing so it might be that the tree will never flower anymore in this climate conditions

I'm a little bit baffled now and undecided  about beheading the tree and grafting it to change the canopy


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: best citrus for tropical climate
« on: March 29, 2017, 10:24:03 PM »
I understand you so well Mike.
Here we had 2 years ow awful weather, 2015 and 2016 with very very low rainfall and extremely high temperatures.
This year  it seems that we're back to normal with a temperature range more acceptable 25-30C as it should be.
Even now, end of march should be start of summer it's still  around 27c and the north east cool wind still blowing.
Because of the hot-dry weather my citruses were not heavily attacked by fungal diseases until now but i had problems with leaf miners, aphids mites, mealy bugs.
And of course the real nightmare is citrus greening...I lost already a calamondin and I think one of my pomelo is sick, some veins yellowing is making me suspicious....

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: best citrus for tropical climate
« on: March 27, 2017, 06:54:06 PM »
Cairns Max Temperatures (March 26 to 31 2017)
34 C 
35 C
34 C
34 C
34 C
34 C
Min. Temperature
26 C
27 C
26 C
26 C
26 C
My 5 day outlook didn't copy too well but it feels very hot (even if summer is over) and water temps are still not much below 30c and coral on the GBR is dying. Fiji at around 18 latitude with a mild maritime climate might not be the best indicator for 10 latitude and like here the navels could be from up the mountains a bit at say 1000 to 2000ft.Oscar you are right about humidity and I should have talked about discomfort due to humidity as it is just a measure of water in the air compared to maximum possible at that temperature. While the air holds over double the water at 30c as 20c for the same humidity it feels different so it is the combination of temps and humidity that means something.
I would be interested to hear how growing standard lemons, minneola and navels goes at 10 latitude as people in my town including me have problems growing them .In Townsville, just 370km down the road at 20 latitude and a dry climate they go very well.


Mike i can COPY and PASTE here  ;D
During summer time we have exactly the same temperatures range.
Right now we are still in the range 25-32 C but we are getting hotter day by day.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit marcotting air layering
« on: March 27, 2017, 06:50:06 PM »
Thanks everybody for the precious advices I will try my luck with both grafting and air layering, updates to come  :)

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