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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Chempadak in Florida
« Last post by fruitlovers on February 24, 2018, 11:58:56 PM »
Most chempadek are really delicate and fussy, even here in Hawaii. But there is so much variation that i think one could be found that is as hardy as jackfruit. Just need to keep trying with different types from different sources.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba Freeze Damage, will it survive?
« Last post by dmwong93 on February 24, 2018, 11:54:31 PM »
I am not 100% sure how long it was in the 30's, an its in the ground. I am not sure why the bark is so dry looking, the ground is fairly moist.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice Please - Wrong Section, Moving to Citrus
« Last post by achetadomestica on February 24, 2018, 11:49:28 PM »
If you pull them now it will waste energy and bloom again. Most people want a few fruit
now and won't sacrifice the fruit for the extra growth. I had a fairly large ortanique bloom last year
and didn't set fruit. It grew so much with out the burden of putting it's energy into producing fruit.
If the tree was in a grove they would leave the fruit on. They don't have the time to pull fruit off
small trees. It will definitely grow more and produce allot more fruit next year if you wait 4-6 weeks
and pull the fruit. If you have other citrus trees it makes it easier to pull fruit, that is suppose to be
one of the best tasting fruits if it gets some cold. Down here allot of citrus ripens when the fruit is
green in September or October before we have had cool weather. I have ponkans, kishu, and owari
satsuma and I have had fruit get ripe in August. The fruit is still green but gets soft. I waited a couple times
until the fruit turned orange and it was dry and worthless. The green fruit is tangy and very good, but
not a sweet California tangerine. The Xie shan is suppose to be earlier then the owari. You probably will
end up eating green fruit when the tree is in production?
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Don't throw away those passionfruit leaves!
« Last post by fruitlovers on February 24, 2018, 11:32:30 PM »
Also tea from Noni leaves apparently has a mild niceflavor and the same benefits than drinking the fruit juice...
Young noni leaves are edible. There is a Thai restaurant here that makes a salad with noni leaves. I found them tasty but a bit tough to chew.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba Freeze Damage, will it survive?
« Last post by achetadomestica on February 24, 2018, 11:27:40 PM »
I live in Florida and my sabara in the ground was 32F 2 nights in a row and 30F about
2 weeks later and it didn't even blink? It has great new growth since our early warm up and
has a few flowers already? Your tree's trunk looks so dry? Its incredible the difference.
How long were your trees in the 30's? Is your tree in ground or in a pot? If its in a pot
I would put the pot in a tub of water. If it's in the ground water daily but avoid getting water
on the damaged trunk.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Slow hoop house build at the homestead
« Last post by ThangBom321 on February 24, 2018, 11:25:49 PM »
I have started putting together and purchasing parts of my hoop house. I'm building this hoop house at my parents' homestead on the outskirts of Houston. They have 2 acres and are always fiddling out in the yard. Winter is their boring season as they basically huddle inside the majority of the time. Our winters are generally not that cold as I am able to run around in shorts and t-shirts through the majority of it. However, snow and cold ice freezes have been more common lately. These oddball events occur a day or two at a time and only once or twice a year. They don't occur every year either. However, I would like to stop bagging, dragging, and carrying lots and lots of pots to a makeshift greenhouse that we raise each year. It's just too much work!! The plants take a beating and it takes a good amount of work putting up the makeshift shelter each winter.

I have decided to take the leap and make a simple hoop house. They can get a jump start on and prolong their growing season with a nice hoop house. The hoop house will about 72' or 73' by 20' wide. I am undecided on the height of the structure but I'm thinking 11' tall. This will allow easier access to the two ends and they will have a short vertical ground post sides. The height will also allow trees to be grown a little taller before they have to be pruned.

So far, I have only purchased the hoop bender and the 1 3/8' x 10.5' top rails. I am currently in the process of bending those hoops. It's a decent amount of work given the fact that I plan to space those hoops at about 3' apart. Why you may ask? Because 1, they occasionally get strong winds; 2, more ribs = less flopping of the covering which in turn will reduce wear and tear; 3, it's only a difference of about $150 to significantly strengthen the structure.

I'll keep this first post up to date with prices (rounded up) on the material spent.

-hoop benders (I bought 3 sizes in case I felt like raising a smaller one (10' or 12' wide) at my house in the subburbs)= $130
-1 3/8' galvanized top rail ($12.48/each or bulk price if bought 30+ $10.24/each)= $700 thus far. I will need more as I need to but stiffening and perlins

I have bent about 45 of them. I still have more to do.

For the people that asked me about a video of eugenia repanda:
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit support structure/safety question
« Last post by Mvule101 on February 24, 2018, 11:17:52 PM »
Hmm so concrete pillars seem to be the way to go. They look about three feet high? How deep into the ground do they need to go?

Thank you for your help!
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted Kokum seeds or seedlings
« Last post by ajeshcool47 on February 24, 2018, 11:16:38 PM »
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achachairu prime "Selecto" Variety
« Last post by Cookie Monster on February 24, 2018, 10:45:56 PM »
How much are scions?
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