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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: Today at 08:15:14 AM »
So, I'll tell you the reason you're getting all of these weeds: it's the "horse business" that you refer to. 
I'm not so sure. I do know the Wedelia is spread by cuttings. Looking closeup I see the dollar weed and several others mixed in under the trees.

I am starting fresh planting 3 acres. I spent considerable time eradicating perennial weeds and grass before mulching solidly. My next move is to establish selected ground covers. The easiest so far for me to propagate here in Florida are perennial peanut and sunshine mimosa, both are adapted to full sun. In full shade I'm working with Thai pepper leaf and monstera deliciosa.

Believe it or not, some folks let Wedelia dominate as a ground cover. It will become a climber if it gets something to lean against. I've seen this happen within a large Bougainvillea and it is quite a mess.

Weeds have been defined as "Plants out of place". I suppose that is right.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:31:42 PM »

I guessed right. It is Commelina, AKA Dayflower/Asiatic Dayflower, has small blue flowers that last one day.
There is a smaller type which is easier to deal with. The one you have looks like the Indian variety with longer runners.
This one can also have underground flowers as described in this link.

The second one with yellow flowers is an escaped groundcover called Wedelia.
Like CM and I said, it can spread by mowing, I didn't know about the seeds. At this point you can carefully remove any Commellina close to the trunks, use herbicide, and lay cardboard over the existing mulch and mulch again Use edging or herbicide outside the mulch line and keep after it. I've been able to remove and mulch after to get control, but it is hard to get it all.
You are lucky you don't have torpedo grass..... :'(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:39:08 AM »
My first guess is Commelina, but it could be anything. If it has flowers get that in the pic. If it is elsewhere in the yard you may find it flowering.

Just a guess, and I don't know all the worst weeds yet here in Florida.
Give us a pic when you get a chance.

Most likely you can use Roundup or another generic with active ingredient Glyphosate. Spray a ring around the outer edge of the mulch to avoid re-entry of plants into the root zone.
Avoid using in wind and understand it kills by contact with leaf surface of any plant. It may affect exposed roots of your tree. You can put a garbage bag over a small tree with bottom taped onto the trunk, larger trees just wrap the trunk/root flare and be careful.
If you have certain weeds in the grass a mower can spray chopped weeds onto the mulch and re-plant it. Best to mow by circling the mulched tree counterclockwise or whatever direction doesn't throw weeds onto the mulch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:37:28 AM »
Sounds like you have applied mulch over the roots of perennial weeds or grass. This is a common problem. The plants are able to regrow through the mulch because they have enough energy or are adapted to passing through.

I've seen folks plant trees directly into well established bermuda grass  or possibly worse torpedo grass sod and when they mulch the grass quickly recolonizes the mulch growing even faster since it now has cool roots, irrigation water, and fertilizer. Few resources on planting trees explain that before planting the tree you MUST provide a weed-free area well outside the hole. 

This video from Lowes, for example, shows a neatly cored hole cut right out of the sod with absolutely no removal of anything.
Doing this in the presence of deeply rooted perennial grasses will guarantee failure.

So, back to Orkine's problem. Take a good closeup picture of the weeds you are seeing and let's try to identify what you have to deal with. Is it a grass or a broadleaved plant? It might help to also show a picture of the roots.

Cherimoya will not fruit here. You can grow any of the tropicals just keep them i pots . All of my atemoyas are in pots. When it get cold just tip over and cover.

I'm not so sure about the Inverness area. I was there last summer and went into the Inverness Highlands South to visit a friend, almost felt like my ears popped from the altitude change. It is nearly 60 feet above sea level!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: All About Fertilizing Mango Trees
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:40:08 PM »
This season I have a large amount of wood ash burning stumps and seedy brush. I've been dusting soil around all trees with it for potassium. Not enough for pH to get affected but I had it on hand for free and needed to make use of it.

I use a Daisy Red Ryder.
Careful, you can put your eye out with that!

Squirrels have a habit of using a sloping ramp to ascend/descend, preferring it to jumping. You can use that against them to draw them in to a trap. A strong smelling oil like toasted sesame is said to be a powerful attractant.

This could be called an Armadillo-nator, and is an amzing invention which uses the animal's natural scent as bait . I am under heavy pressure from these pests and catch several/month even one or two a week using this trap. Before getting one my farm was torn up nightly and I lost sleep hunting in the dark. It requires no bait just put in a shady location and check daily. Worth the money.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these banana pups ready to pull?
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:40:16 AM »
Dwarf Namwa is probably stable, and you didn't show the parent, but if the parent is close to fruiting you might consider not taking the suckers off yet, it tends to weaken the mother tree. Best tool to use is a sharp trenching shovel or wide edged digging bar, use like Karen said, you may have to dig deep.

Thanks for that. It actually has fruit on it now. I suppose it’s best to wait?
Ah, generally yes. Once the fruit is off the mother corm may put out a few more suckers and that would be the time to thin them all out except for one follower. Many people allow too many suckers but removing them after harvest is a very good idea to reduce competition. Best practice is to choose the follower in a mat to be erect (not leaning) and upwind of the mother corm for best support.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vetiver grass
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:32:43 PM »
PM sent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these banana pups ready to pull?
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:23:53 PM »
Dwarf Namwa is probably stable, and you didn't show the parent, but if the parent is close to fruiting you might consider not taking the suckers off yet, it tends to weaken the mother tree. Best tool to use is a sharp trenching shovel or wide edged digging bar, use like Karen said, you may have to dig deep.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying this mango
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:00:12 AM »
Interesting, the website is down and archived versions never had detail . Venezuela is in a political food crisis with endemic hunger. Average weight loss nearly 10 kilos. They probably sent whatever nobody would eat locally.

The situation is entirely artificial in a country with plenty of capability to grow food. Neighboring countries are net food exporters.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Gamthi Curry Leaf Tree
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:53:21 PM »
Not sure about that variety, but if you pass by one of the smaller older hotels most of them are owned by Indian families who have been very friendly with me about sharing plants. Drive around back and if you see a garden most likely they have a curry leaf tree.
If you source a good variety I'd be interested in trading.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Ensete ventricosum
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:46:39 PM »
Try the videos here about ensete propagation.
The USDA folks at Mayaguez may possibly have some or know a source on-island. They would be good people to know anyways.

With any of the Musa, good to know that none of the stems need go to waste if you are willing to use it for pig food.
I've seen this in action at a demonstration farm here at ECHO:

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Ways To Use Orange Peels
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:59:54 PM »
Citrus peels are high in potassium calcium and probably other minerals and shouldn't be wasted.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Florida Citrus Got Bad News Today
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:54:38 PM »
I was able to access the document here:

If that doesn't work, try this one:

These may not always be available, it is listed as "Prepublication".

Last year I bought several soursop in 3 gal pots which had been grown for years to supply leaves as herbs. The grower shut down and lopped off the roots which had grown into the ground. They were very stout trunked trees from being regularly pruned. The trees transplanted very well into ground after I further trimmed roots, so I found this a very easy tough tree to work with.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:03:01 AM »
My DF flowers have up to 10 bees inside in the morning so I don't ever hand pollinate them.

I thought pitaya was pollinated with some kind of night moth.  Forgot the name - it's big though.  If bees pollinate DF then I've got it made, IF, they do so early morning before the flowers close up???????

I expect the Sphynx moths are a good pollinator. It hovers like a hummingbird and has glowing eyes when lit at night.
video on moonflower/Datura:

One night I noticed these moths visiting a Four-O-Clock bush(Mirabilis jalapa) I had which flowers late afternoon and through the night. I've planted one of these plants between each DF post to encourage visitation. They are a mixed blessing, one has a larval stage which is the tomato hornworm. Mirabilis jalapa is easy to grow from seed or once established, tubers. It is frost tender but returns from tubers even in lower zones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Special Pineapple
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:21:15 AM »
Hi, ran across this recent video showing a Florida Special pine apple in Hawaii along with a large collection of others, the grower finds it may be a shorter season fast producer for him.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu in South FL / SWFL?
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:13:16 PM »
Make sure the soil around the plant has a low pH. I found mine (not in Florida) was looking poorly so started watering it with naturally high pH water and the tree picked up really well. My soil is on the high side of neutral but my (ground) water (what my plants are irrigated with) has high pH and alkalinity over 240ppm.

Some of what you said doesn't make sense. Low pH is acidic high pH is alkaline.

This document says:
Abiu trees are best adapted to fertile, acid- to slightly-alkaline-pH (5.5–7.5), well-drained soils. Trees growing in high-pH, alkaline soils may develop iron deficiency.

That is an interesting product. For some reason Carlos didn't return for a look later, but in this previous video he shows the results 9 months later.

This is the product. I see the makers show several examples of how it worked, but it would have been nice to see a "control" untreated tree to compare with.

Ya'll enjoy yourselves down there! Take it from ben-there-done-that, you are only young once and responsibilities tend to increase later in life which can impose limitations. Make the most of all years but especially the next ten years. Salud.

The JPF films channel has a few more mango videos. Johannes Friedemann Preuß works with local teams in Africa to produce 'Edutainment' videos and does a good job.

Hopefully this link shows them all.

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