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I read your post and it sounded like my greenhouse! I have been branching out lately from tropical fruits to a few tropical greens - bitter leaf (vernonia amydalina), water leaf (talcum triangular), longevity spinach (gynura procumbens) and spineless chaya (cnidocolus aconitifolius).
Also, if you have room, cassabanana (sicana odorifera) is really fun.
Don't forget the solanum genus, too! It think there is a good post somewhere about the wide variety.

Cheers!
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia mangostana - Mangosteen seedlings
« on: November 24, 2018, 01:29:14 PM »
Here is my Njangsa. Botanical name is Ricinodendron heudelotii.
It is my favorite right now because this was a pic I took in June, and they are five feet tall now, with huge maple-like leaves!
Plus, I just love to say Rye-sin-uh-DEN-dron hew-da-LOT-ee-eye...

Carolyn



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nursery Pot Sources
« on: October 30, 2018, 01:14:17 PM »
I get tons of used pots from Craigs List, thrift stores and local nurseries who have "free, please take some" bins out back.
Up to 25 gallon sizes, which is what I am always short of. Dang trees just keep growing...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID some seeds, please.
« on: October 30, 2018, 01:12:37 PM »
Well, why ID them? Plant them and see what comes up.
I have done that on several seeds given to me from a friend in Indonesia.
Only bummer that the ones he thought were ginkgo were really sea grapes.
But waiting to see what it turns into is half the fun!

Carolyn

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My son used to work at a fertilizer processing plant on the coast, and he said that it is way more complicated to get all the nutrients extracted out of seaweed than just making a tea from it. You CAN make a tea from it, and from fish heads and guts, but don't expect it to resemble the commercial stuff at all. It's not just that it is weaker, but fermenting it won't pull out all the nutrients that you want to use kelp for to begin with. Plus, it really smells...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / using neem oil for cercospora leaf spot?
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:46:54 PM »
I have a couple of plants in my greenhouse that appear to have cercospora leaf spot.
I was going to try neem oil on them, but I worry because they are tropical solanums, and have very large, soft, hairy leaves.
Has anyone has luck with using neem oil on these?
Or any other ideas?

Thanks!

Carolyn

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Do you have a picture of the flower that the plant makes?

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tanglefoot Residue?
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:25:44 PM »
I've never been able to get Tanglefoot off of anything. Always just had to rub dirt on it to make it less sticky...

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Just take the blade of a pocket knife and scrape away the surface until you can see the eyes. The pericarp is really thick, so by scraping, you can't penetrate the outside of the shell.
By the way, when I pried the lids off the eyes before I planted them, they germinated in about 5 days. Super fast.
These were seeds I have had for four years.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marula seeds?
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:04:28 AM »
I got my seeds four years ago. I don't know how old they were when I got them. My germination rate has always been 100% for the ones I opened correctly. I ruined a few trying to get the caps off correctly. If you puncture the membrane under the cap, that one won't sprout. I use a thin bladed pocket knife to pry the cap off.
I also did not know that the ones with an even number of eyes were female trees and an odd number of eyes were male trees, so I don't know the sex of the trees I have in my greenhouse right now. They are 10 feet tall, and I keep them pruned.
I just started some new seeds three days ago, and have them marked as to male and female. I will replace my current trees with trees of a known sex, if they germinate.  I just don't have enough room in my greenhouse to keep spares...

Good luck!

Carolyn 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marula seeds?
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:15:22 PM »
Yep, those look just like my marula seeds, and yes, the size varies greatly. 


Carolyn

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Thanks Caesar!
I have recently become enamored of solanums, and found your info very interesting!
Currently, I have Solanum betaceum, Solanum quitoense, Solanum betaceum, Solanum sibundoyense and Solanum sessiliflorum.


Cheers,
Carolyn

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Container soil mix.
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:09:40 AM »
Wow, sounds great! I just checked, and there are a couple of distributors in our area. Guess I will head out there after payday!

Carolyn

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Indoor citrus/fruit tree grow lights?
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:03:57 AM »
... I really don't care what it is, as I'm after the best growth, not cost.  People probably spend 100 times more money than any additional cost of lighting on soda drinks, or alcohol.  In my estimation it is of no concern.

When people ask me how much my setup costs to run, I always say "Way less than when my kids were doing horses or beauty pageants!" It's all relative.

Carolyn

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I just use the botanical name, especially for my plants that have really long names, and hope it makes me sound smart!
My favorite plant to say right now is my Ricinodendron heudelotii...
Right or wrong, I pronounce it Rye-sin-oh-DEN-dron hew-dah-LOT-ee-eye.
My daughter-in-law calls it Njangsa, and I just can't get the correct Nj sound.
Hmmm.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheap banana brace ideas?
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:27:28 PM »
Are they close to a building? I have my banana stake up in my greenhouse by tying a t-shirt around the trunk, then tying the t-shirt to a rope which is tied to the wall of the greenhouse.

Good luck!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this cocoplum?
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:57:43 PM »
Yeah, I want that now...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is it?
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:44:42 AM »
Maybe Euphorbia lophogona or a close relative?

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why won’t my miracle berry produce fruit?
« on: September 08, 2018, 12:39:54 AM »
I potted mine in straight peat moss, perlite and pine bark.  Then it gets some fast-acting sulfur for potted plants and regular old Miracle Gro. It is in part shade in my greenhouse, and makes more berries than I can give away.  I keep it wet, but not sopping.

But, the last plant I had only made two berries.  So I'm not sure what I am doing differently now, other than being heavy on the acid.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: why do my jackfruit seedlings always fail?
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:23:10 PM »
Here are some photos.
Do you think they need bigger pots? You can't see the pots very well in the picture, but they are about 6 inches deep.
And, I can add more perlite tot he mix if they need a lighter soil.

Thanks!




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / why do my jackfruit seedlings always fail?
« on: September 07, 2018, 01:42:39 PM »
So, I buy jackfruit from the local Asian market. If it tastes good (I like them sweet and crunchy), I plant the seeds.
They always sprout and do really well until they are about a foot tall.
Then all the leaves fall off and they die.
Sometimes the leaves turn yellow, but this problem has been fixed by keeping my water acidified down to about 6.0.
But sometimes, the leaves are still green, and they just fall off.
I keep them wet but not in standing water, and in full sun.
I have moved the three remaining seedlings into shade and they seem to be doing better.
Any thoughts or ideas?
I'd take a picture, but all I have right now are healthy plants...

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Forgotten Crops the Future of Food?
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:35:15 PM »
I have a great book called "Living With the Trees of Life", by Roger Leakey, and it talks about agroforestry as a way to increase food security world-wide.  The number of things that we CAN eat, that are good for us, compared to what we DO eat, is enormous! Really interesting!

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I believe it is about 3 years old.
Here is the only picture I took of the fruit. That was probably two months ago.  Still green and hard when we left.  It didn't occur to my sis that I would want pictures of the ripe fruit, or that she might want to try it, so she just watched my little parrots eat at it once it fell.  It was totally rotten, with bird eaten parts on it, when we got back.  Just need to wait for it to bloom again!  it is about 3 ft tall.



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Aargh!
Been away for a month, and missed the ripening/falling of my very first Psidium striatulum fruit!
It was worth it, because we were in Alabama visiting our brand new granddaughter  :), but still a bummer since I did't get to taste it.
I thought it smelled heavenly, even rotten.  Hubby thought it smelled like gym shoes  :(
I found it in the pot and salvaged the seeds.  I'll plant them tomorrow and with any luck I'll have a bunch of seedlings!

Carolyn

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Yeah, I just took a look at that list for the first time (not living in California, it never really interested me). Over 1,000 items on it, ranging from aspirin, betel nut and goldenseal, to marijuana smoke and Chinese-style salted fish!

Luckily, pizza was NOT on the list, so I'm off to Take-and-Bake place!

Carolyn

 

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