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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dispute with neighbor about fertilizer
« Last post by strkpr00 on Today at 09:04:29 PM »
Not the news you want to hear but the neighbor is some what right, everybody adds nutrients, with septic tanks it even increases.
Example: My mother lived in a community in Tallahassee where she was one of the first home owners, in the center of the community was a small natural lake which was clear in the Summer when she first moved in and i would fish it, with the ever increasing density of home owners the lake slowly greened over in the Summer and hardly any life.
People are being told via news and social media to become aware of nutrient pollution, so this is becoming better known.
It may well be that professional applicators can't apply on turf during the Prohibited Application Period.
These rules are well-meaning and come after many years of abuse of our waters, and he does have a point.
If I were faced with that I'd apply slow release and as folks suggest when the neighbor won't see. Applying only to mulch would be a good idea no need to feed the grass. You should become aware of whatever rules your county has adopted.
Hereís an E4 seedling that looked like it was Monoembryonic but it ended up popping two sprouts. I gently tugged on the bigger sprout and the little one didnít move. Thereís a good chance itís actually Polyembryonic. You can see the neck of the second sprout just starting to straighten up out of the soil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple....worth growing?
« Last post by CGameProgrammer on Today at 07:18:21 PM »
The fruit is absolutely delicious. Juicy, sweet, great flavor, and you can eat it whole. I'd grow it except I have very cramped space so a thorny plant like that isn't suitable for me. But the San Diego Zoo has a bunch of them spread out so I help myself to a bit of the fruit sometimes when I visit it.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« Last post by fruitlovers on Today at 07:11:53 PM »
One blast of a shotgun over their heads does the job

Birdshot sounds as bad as buckshot but wonít  damage anything where the pellets fall

Plus if they turn you in you can have them trespassed as they have to admit they were on your land
If they steal what is next

Get a game camera which are cheap and film the trespassing

Price the stolen fruit at felony levels when you turn them in.

Might want to call the ag department and turn it in to them as they are more responsive to ag problems
Problem is that the orchard where the thefts occured are one hour drive from where i live. And no house close to the orchard. So guns are out. Ag department will not get involved in thefts or do anything here.
Whoa Oscar, sorry to hear of damage to your plants and interesting to to hear how many of them responded. glad to hear your back in the growing groove because being on volcano watch must have been very stressful. Amazing results about strawberry guava i thought those things were pretty much in destructible. I like to use the wood for B.B.Q myself that's how I control it! hope all your plants recover well and grow even stronger ;) 8)
Thanks. Will be interesting to see what happens. These kind of events don't happen very often here. Last similar events were in 1955 and 1960. So not much experience with handling all of this, or how plants will react. I'm guessing that plants will come out stronger. There were tons of free volcanic tephra (cinder rock) and Pele's hair (silica threads). I think all these volcanic materials are good for the soil. But there was also a lot of acid rain which lowered pH of soil. I added 5000 pouns of calcium carbonate (crushed coral) to try to counteract that and raise pH. I think the plants will appreciate the added calcium. I'm trying also to apply extra fertilizers, mostly nitrogen, to compensate for 3 months of very little photosynthesis, loss of leaves, and general stress on the plants.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« Last post by spaugh on Today at 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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« Last post by mike rule on Today at 06:45:48 PM »
I currently using the following seedless varieties....Carbine & Green Moon with the pollinator Wildcat....... Always get great tasting melons.....Mike
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« Last post by spaugh on Today at 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.


I harvested russian melon.

It really looks like pumpkin.
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