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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:58:04 PM »
Nice Mark.  Thanks for the galvanized post idea, theres some of those laying around here in my recycled materials junk pile. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:44:52 PM »
Those are mine. They have been flowering but all turned yellow and dropped. I'm hoping they are too young but next week will try doing some hand pollination. The mother plant of this same variety set fruit up a tree when it flowered in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bAZqhqw2U

Details of the project:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=228.msg295012;topicseen#msg295012


Thanks, looks super legit.  Im going to do something similar.  Do you have details already of the post build?  8ft?  Rebars?  Thickness of posts?  What type of bolt or whatever did you use out of the top?

EDIT: I see your project link now and will study it.  Thank you!

PS, yes cross pollinate them they will set fruit and stick.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:34:37 PM »
Someone in FL had some concrete DF posts and photos of rows of crops with pineapples and DF.  Does anyone know whao that was?  Im looking for the concrete post photos for ideas.  Im looking to make 20 or 30 concrete posts. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:41:44 AM »
VAM contains stuff that doesn't dissolve like humic acids.  I'll post Carlos' photo of what he uses.  Great info with contacts too.



https://www.amazon.com/BioAg-grams-Endomycorrhizal-Plant-Inoculant/dp/B00J2FHVDI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534520081&sr=8-3&keywords=vam

Done, got the kilo size bag.

Got a few tons of pine mulch that is going out then this is getting put on it and watered in and then EM1 injection. 

Then Im going on vacation.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:17:37 AM »
does diatomaceous earth works instead of using  surround wp for insect control?

Someone here did post saying they mix doamacios earth in water and spray onto plants for insect control.  Seems like a safe enough thing to try.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:10:13 AM »
I went to look up surround wp, and apparently you need a pesticide ID# to order kaolin clay in CA? You can grow and purchase weed with just an ID, but you need a pesticide license to buy clay. That makes so much sense.

https://www.groworganic.com/surround-25-lb.html

So what are they supposed to look like when ripe or when it is best to pick?

This is a picture of mine last week. The whitish residue is from spraying surround wp a month ago.




Negative, they send surround wp here no problem. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:36:44 AM »
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.

Keep us posted as this is pretty exciting.  Early spring is the best time to graft IMO, when budswell is just beginning to show, meaning sap is about to flow.

You know I'm not an organic purist, far from it but I recommend innoculating the rootball upon planting with an ecto mychorrizal fungi.  I innoculated my Xmas trees with both endo and ecto (conifers sync with the endo form), grapevines, landscape trees....everything.  Learned a lot about some which are nothing more than rocket fuels contaminated with trichoderma bacteria and some which are the real deal, viable.  My grapevines are a jungle and figure some of that vigor is due to the innoculation at planting.  I went almost 2 years without supplemental water and no fertilizer.  Still went nuts and we are in a central, more western area of Texas so we don't get more than the average of about 27" a year.



Mark, I will try and find some VAM.  For some of my nicer trees I throw some organic ferts w innoculant in when planting.  Avocado trees are kind of like weeds here, never do anything special for them and thry grow really easy.  Ive got a gallon of EM1 Im planning on activating in 5gal buckets then running through the fert injector onto everything.  It would be great if I could put something like VAM in a bucket and squirt all the trees at once with it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 16, 2018, 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 orangeglo grow well even in colder areas. So fall and winter in miami shouldnt be a problem. 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.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: August 16, 2018, 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.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 16, 2018, 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.

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

What have you been feeding the avocado tree?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 16, 2018, 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.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 16, 2018, 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. 

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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.


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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.




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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.


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

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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.

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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.  Www.rareseeds.com

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

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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.

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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.

Enjoy

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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. 

https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/watermelon/

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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.

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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.




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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.

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