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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 09:26:26 AM »
I just cut excess poly on mine, which isn't much.
Both the ends and sides share the same deep SLB, since yours is a hoop then cut to shape.
That way it fits more snug without slack like it's being pulled and rolled up like toilet paper.
In addition to that, it does ruin the visibility of the sides if you're from the outside looking in, vice versa.

My setup is a bit automated, everything is digitally managed with a controller I installed.
I programmed several outlets to do the following:

- Exchange Fan (if x then x fallback off end)
- Ball valve propane feed
- Electric fan forced heater
- Mist system when humidity is below 30%
- Fogger on (if temp1 >55F switch on)
- Dehumidifier on when 90%
- Emergency shut down due to moisture
- CO2 >1800 PPM cycle Exchange fan

Wind and pressure notifications when it reaches 20mph so I can remember double check the logistics of the greenhouse.
Many cool things to do to adjust and control the environment.

Been working well since my rambutan, mangosteens and langsats are doing ok so far...
I'm an analytics kind of guy so looking at the graphs and such does help predict and anticipate adjustments to the microclimate.
I suppose it may be a bit redundant but when is it every enough? :D

Very nice high tech!  What mist system and fogger do you use, high pressure or low?  Am really getting sick of the two swamp coolers.  Maintenance much less efficiency is the pits.

Automation is the only way to go.  I have a iLink 800 controller, 8 cooling set points, 2 heating operating 2 very large vents operated by 1 HP Locke motors.  Reznor propane heater.  The open vents allow hundreds of pollinators to come and go in the spring.

I did a lean to in another city and the aspen pads cinched up in 3' W hardware cloth, fed by a cheap pond/fish pump really did a nice job.  The pads were made by laying out a 12' long piece, clipping wires here and there to act as pins when closed over the pads.  A 6' pad was laid on and the cloth was folded in half to make a 3' X 6' pad.  It was positioned left of a the entry door which was in the center.  Gutter, PVC drilled out over the top, etc.  High speed fan was on the other side of the greenhouse at the peak.  Grew and flowered the hell  outta orchids, ferns 6' across, etc.
Thanks Pouteri lucuma seeds located.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 09:16:42 AM »
Check this video out.

Oh boy, if it aint Chris from Growquest, hah!  That video was shot in 2013.  I wonder if he's out of jail yet, or still living considering how many he's ripped off?

Also, it's Hass aka H-ASS, not Hoz!
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 09:09:03 AM »
Thanks for clearing that up Frank.

Yeah, been following your temps.  LA hitting 95F, you 105F??????   ???

The Hass we get are all from Mexico and yes they are crap.  I love avocados but the only ones I find that are somewhat decent are from Sam's Club.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help! My Nuts Are Driving Me Nuts!
« Last post by johnb51 on Today at 09:07:11 AM »
You poor thing.  Have you seen a doctor?
I’ll include coconut palms and other fruiting plants in this question as not to digress from the typical forum subject matter, but my wife and I are building a new home and I’d like to landscape with some rarer palms and more specialized plants and foliage. Is there a “big book” or two that anyone can recommend that’s all encompassing with Photos and info? It will need to be a Florida book, not just a general info book. Thanks!

Seeds still available.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help! My Nuts Are Driving Me Nuts!
« Last post by Jack, Nipomo on Today at 08:51:19 AM »
Depends on the variety, but to get a good crackout shells need to be very dry.  A short time in the oven (not roasting them, just drying them) will make the shells brittle. 

At 6:30 min you see that durian?
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