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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: Today at 10:50:33 PM »
Thanks Brad, ordered orangelos and other seeds yesterday. Might be a bit late in the year, but going to give it a try. Next year will start on-time.

You can probably get them to fruit all year in miami.  I read something saying they grow well in colder areas.  Maybe thin the fruit to 1 or 2 per vine to make them larger. 

These things grow like weeds, Ive been dumping the scraps around the yard and theres volunteers everywhere already from fruit we had a couple weeks ago.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: Today at 04:35:43 PM »
Thanks to everyone who ordered.  I have so many mails in the mailbox I may not have responded to thank everyone after ordering.  I will try and take the cuttings tomorrw and get those shipped tomorrow or Saturday.

Paypal will send a tracking email to you.

Thanks again if you guys need anything just send a message or call me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: Today at 03:27:29 PM »
I wont let them burn.  One of those was drooping a bit and it got moved back under the burlap.  The others are looking good and sit next to the passionfruit vines and get afternoon shade.  These puppies are going to be ready to plant really quick.  They dont do much them bam they are going good all of a sudden.  Pushing them quickly into as much sun as they can take speeds things along.  Someone mentioned doing grafting in winter, these things would be doing nada in winter.

The reed tree looks amazing Mark.  Citrus tree is looking pretty happy as well. 

What have you been feeding the avocado tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: Today at 11:08:19 AM »
Heres some of the areas for breaking plants in.  Plants coming out of the greenhouse are even more tender than these little indoor plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: Today at 10:17:22 AM »
Mark Im on it!  Breaking plants into full sun is like a full time job over here.  Ive got way too much practice doing this. 

The COB leds have full spectrum that mimics the sun including the UV component.   Plants transition really well to outside with this lamp.  You can't do this as quick with other types of grow light. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:51:57 PM »
Thanks Scott, so far this indoor thing works really well.
 I think these will be ready to go in the ground in a month.  Heres the ones I have outside in full sun already.  It was around 87F today and that is mild enough to put them out for the first time in full sun.  Looks like the weather will stay under 90 for at least a week and I can capitalize on that with these.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:50:27 PM »
These ones are just put right in the hillside.  Dig holes, mix in about half yard of compost for 8 holes.  Throw some slow fertilizers and innoculants in the mix.  Maybe cover in mulch.  Keep feeding (lots of potassium and minors once fruiting) and heavy water and 10 to 12 weeks later you have lots of melons.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:38:03 PM »
Trung, the beds are 4ft x 8ft x 1ft tall.  If you buy three 2"x12"x8ft lumbers you can cut one in half to make the 4ft end pieces.  Its just a rectangular box a foot tall filled with compost, dirt, food scraps, fertilizer, what you can throw at it.

You dont really need raised beds even, watermelons like just a big mounds of compost and rich soil.  They are heavy feeders.  I used a lot of compost and some avocado fertilizer to start then a potasium nitrate with minors fertilizer once and a potassium heavy slow release for the fruiting stage.  You can throw a lot of fertilizer at them if you have good sun and good dirt they will take it. And lots of water. 

It takes a month to get seeds going in April and then transplant them in May or June and melons are ready in August.  The fruiting times are listed on all the types in the link I posted.  It looks like my vines are setting more fruit now so assuming they dont get any disease they will probably produce for 2 or 3 more months.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dispute with neighbor about fertilizer
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:20:57 PM »
I would tell him to pound sand.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:51:06 AM »
Great watermelon photos. Wish I had the space to grow them. I had a seed come up (volunteer) out of the mango tree mulch and it spread watermelon vines all over my lawn. I eventually got a non ripe 12" long watermelon. I juiced it

I always juice watermelon rind with my green power juicer.  Chill the juice and I am sure it would be good for mixed alcohol drinks.  These inferior effin seedless watermelons have so much rind that you are throwing away 33% of your purchase price if you don't put the rind to work. Some pickle it.

I thought about growing seedless but yeah thry probably cant tough an heirloom for taste.

To get seedless they cross 2 types of melon and the seeds of the resulting fruit make seedless melons.  BUT you also need to grow a pollinator next to the seedless plant.  Seems like kind of a pain. 

My wife cubes the melon and removes the seeds so its kind of like seedless.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:37:04 AM »
Those are some amazing melons! Going to give orangelo a try, but not sure where to place. About how many hours of direct sun do the plants need to produce well?

Rob theres a link to the seed bank in reply #9

Its called baker creek seeds.

You want to get those plants out into full sun preferably.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:31:36 AM »
Hi I'd like to know how i could order some of your dragon fruit cuttings. Thanks

Yes of course just send me a PM with your list please.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:54:31 AM »

Not sure of the variety but this here is a picture of the one I tried.  Not as dark yellow as yours.  More like a pineapple color

You might get an ID on it if you have a photo of the skin.  Ive grown a lot of types of melons and so far orangeglo is the winner.  Sugar baby, icebox from rene is good, crimson sweets I have growing but havent tried. Simon had a list of good ones in a thread.  Some Japanese types were there.  Im going to try the georgia rattlesnake and a few other types next year.  Maybe experiment growing some small types over fall and winter.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:24:57 AM »
Definitely go for the orangeglo, they are better than the desert kings although Im still experimenting with desert king and letting them grow longer.  They are harder to know when to pick.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:01:51 PM »
Look great.  I'm curious what you mean by "box grown" -- are you using the technique where you grow the melon in a box to make it take a certain shape, like they do in Japan to make cube-shaped melons?  Or do you mean something else?

Sorry I should have said raised bed.  The ones directly in soft earth with compost are getting larger.  The 2 I posted so far are out of raised beds.  I have limited flat space here and its all either on solid granite or been compacted with a bulldozer so for that area I have raised boxes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:14:08 PM »
Behl just send a message and let me know when.

Picked this orangeglo today 21lbs.  Easily the best melon Ive ever had.  Got a bunch more of these out on the hillside that are much larger.  Not sure if they will be as sweet as this box grown melon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:52:36 PM »
Well the avocado grafts were a success.  Of 12, only 1 died and the rest look like they are going good.  I already put 5 of the 11 outside and they are growing nicely.  Getting ready to put a few more outside soon. And theres 2 or 3 slow pokes that are just now going.

I will take some photos on the weekend.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: August 14, 2018, 03:21:34 PM »
Several people have asked for cuttings.  What I am going to do is collect orders the rest of the week and ship them all on Saturday so I dont have to make multiple trips down to the post office.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:54:16 PM »
2 cuttings for 10$ of all types.   2 piece minimum per type for 10$

Cosmic charlie
Natural mystic
Physical graphitti
Bloody mary
Dark star
American beauty
Simons purple
Nicaragua red
San ignacio
Purple haze
Yellow udantus

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is happening to mango leaves?
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:39:26 PM »
Too much feetilizer maybe?  Its hard to tell from the photo but looks like tree is not happy with water or fertilizer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:12:48 PM »
Screwing with the rootball definitely stresses the plants out then put them in a box and send across the country and it can be deadly.  The one person in FL doing it I asked about and they didnt give any response about it.  Just ignored the question and my offer for more shipping cost to leave it alone.  Im not doing business with them anymore.  Not worth it when half the trees show up already dying.

And by the way I have never ordered plants from flying fox, it is not Adam's plants that came to me this way. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:53:22 PM »
This is slightly off the OPs topic but since we are talking about shipped plants I want to throw this out there and see what other people think.  I buy a lot of plants over the web.  And several sellers will take a 3gal plant and pull the pot off, shake off the dirt, wrap it in plastic wrap and ship it that way.  This really damages the plants.  Theres people doing it in FL and in CA.  Why on earth are they doing that, just to save weight on shipping?  It puts so much stress on the plants, makes no sense.  I even told one seller I would happily pay more if they would not do that.  Anyone doing that, I wont buy plants from again. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:37:24 PM »
Could be the summer heat killing trees also if left in a truck all day. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passionfruit juice?
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:48:33 PM »
Add some water and pulse the blender in bursts. That usually releases the valuable pulp from the seeds before straining.
 For an interesting project you can make an excellent wine from passionfruit pulp without removing the seeds.

That wine looks pretty nice.  Would love to try that sometime.  You use cane sugar or what to get the alcohol?

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