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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: Today at 03:21:34 PM »
Several people have asked for cuttings.  What I am going to do is collect orders the rest of the week and ship them all on Saturday so I dont have to make multiple trips down to the post office.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dragonfruit Cuttings
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:54:16 PM »
2 cuttings for 10$ of all types.

Cosmic charlie
Natural mystic
Physical graphitti
Bloody mary
Dark star
American beauty
Simons purple
Nicaragua red
San ignacio
Purple haze
Yellow udantus

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is happening to mango leaves?
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:39:26 PM »
Too much feetilizer maybe?  Its hard to tell from the photo but looks like tree is not happy with water or fertilizer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:12:48 PM »
Screwing with the rootball definitely stresses the plants out then put them in a box and send across the country and it can be deadly.  The one person in FL doing it I asked about and they didnt give any response about it.  Just ignored the question and my offer for more shipping cost to leave it alone.  Im not doing business with them anymore.  Not worth it when half the trees show up already dying.

And by the way I have never ordered plants from flying fox, it is not Adam's plants that came to me this way. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:53:22 PM »
This is slightly off the OPs topic but since we are talking about shipped plants I want to throw this out there and see what other people think.  I buy a lot of plants over the web.  And several sellers will take a 3gal plant and pull the pot off, shake off the dirt, wrap it in plastic wrap and ship it that way.  This really damages the plants.  Theres people doing it in FL and in CA.  Why on earth are they doing that, just to save weight on shipping?  It puts so much stress on the plants, makes no sense.  I even told one seller I would happily pay more if they would not do that.  Anyone doing that, I wont buy plants from again. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:37:24 PM »
Could be the summer heat killing trees also if left in a truck all day. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passionfruit juice?
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:48:33 PM »
Add some water and pulse the blender in bursts. That usually releases the valuable pulp from the seeds before straining.
 For an interesting project you can make an excellent wine from passionfruit pulp without removing the seeds.

That wine looks pretty nice.  Would love to try that sometime.  You use cane sugar or what to get the alcohol?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passionfruit juice?
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:05:36 PM »
How do you guys juice it?  Is there some kind of tool besides a blender and strainer?  I got a ton of these and am sick of the seeds. 

Then I read something that said the seeds can cause appendicitus!  Now I really dont want to consume them..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:42:22 AM »
They have the stainless 4040 housings for 99$ and membranes for 170$ on ebay.  2500gpd is not a joke.  Thats a lot of RO.

Mark, grapes are looking good.  We got some ruby grapes starting to ripen up here.  I have to be honest I know very little about growing grapes.  It seems like the less I do for yhem the better they perform.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:36:04 AM »
Mark and Brian search google for "4040 RO membrane"  or "4040 RO stainless housing". 

For the cost thats probably the best option for RO water.  2500GPD for under 300$

I will be going that route when the time comes to replace the current membranes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I graft a small mango seedling?
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:25:51 PM »
Wait a year

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:58:15 PM »
Yeah I have lots of filters, theres 5 stages of filtering before the water ever hits the RO membranes.  Kind of overkill but even with 5 filters in series the filters turn brown after a week in use.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:33:37 PM »
I got some 25lbs orangeglos that look amazing.  Few more weeks for the babies and it will be watermelon overload here.

What i would like to know is if my seeds will come true to type since I have many different types growing next to each other.  Anyone know?

Ive been dumping the rinds and seeds around my banana trees and now have a bunch of volunteer plants.  Im going to let a few of them go and see if I can get a late crop into October and November.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Watermelon
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:19:07 PM »
I never really cared for watermelons until growing my own.  They are so tastey and refeshing.  Everyone should grow them.  They are easy to grow and fast. 

Picked this beauty today.  23lb "desert king" watermelon.  We already picked a few and they are excellent.

"85 days. This watermelon produces 20-lb fruits that have a light pea-green rind that is resistant to sunburning. It is also one of the most drought-resistant varieties of watermelon known. It has sweet, yellow flesh and is very popular in the watermelon-growing areas of Arkansas. Good for storage."

Had the bottle of vodka leftover from thanksgiving a few years ago out in the garage fridge.  I think its a sign to mix the 2.

You guys from California please , oh please when saying a certain mango cultivar grows well where you are if you do know it  clarify please the following

1>  Which rootstock the cultivar is growing on
2>  The age of the tree
3>  Container grown or In ground
4>  Soil type

This is very important info to all.
I notice a few people will say oh this grows great for me while it's in a pot maybe just got there from florida and was already flushing , maybe just received a dose of fertilizer before shipped and thus giving a growth flush and other factors.

So I take it with a grain of salt when someone say a certain cultivar grows well / great for me for ex: here in California unless they specify some of the factors such as listed above.
Just would like a little more specific info at times. That's all.

And post photos or it didnt happen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:48:30 AM »
Oscar if I had that problem, I would be rigging up some trip wires that go boom.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:18:20 PM »
Ok, pump is pretty much setup.  All the stuff on the output side needs to be rated for 1000psi.  It came with a vibration dampening hose and you have to add all the external pipe fittings.  I put a liquid filled anti vibration pressure gauge on it and it has low pressure quick connects on the input port and bypass and will have a 1000psi push to connect in the outlet. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:21:30 PM »
Stand your ground law?  Wife felt threatened...

OK just kidding  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet sensation lychee
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:31:59 PM »
Is this a different lychee then sweetheart?  Theres a seller in FL selling both types.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Spider Mites
« on: August 07, 2018, 04:57:38 PM »
You might be able to use predator mites.  They worked wonders for me.  Completely eliminated my avocado mite infestation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:03:27 PM »
Would you mind providing a bit more information about your misting setup?  I am looking into doing the same for my 18x32' greenhouse.  I have city water which is pretty clear so I am going to try this as-is and do a RO system if it turns out to be necessary.

Brian, you should get a TDS meter and check how much junk is in the water.

For your size greenhouse you could probably use the small one like this.  Its a CAT .13gpm

To be honest it would take me a LOT of time to tell you everything you need to make it work.  Theres a ton of pipe fittings and stuff you will need to source from multiple places.  I have it on a humidistat and have a relay setup, its own breaker etc.  I ordered the pump from kleen rite in PA which sources it from CAT. 

The mist line and misters and mist fittings are from and the pipe fittings are from mcmaster.  Relay was off amazon.

Basically you are going to need to know how to do plumbing and electrical to set it up.

I will take photos of it when I put it together later today.  Then if you want you can call me to discuss later in the week. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:56:49 AM »
Mark I just wanted to post a photo of this new pump and give an update on the HH.  First of all, RO is a must in the misters.  I started using well water and the plants got the mineral fallout on them and became unhappy.  Im planning to go get some battery acid and make some fake RO rainwater to give them an acid bath and reverse the damage.  Also the 1/3 gpm pump is way bigger than necessary for my setup.  So now Ive got a better feel for things Im switching to a smaller .13gpm pump.  Its the smallest pump CAT makes.  Going to only be running 6 .006" misters.  If you ever need a pump, let me know I can help you put one together a lot cheaper than aeromist or others sell them for. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:45:53 AM »
Hey Mark I have no idea about those crops you mentioned.  Not sure we can grow that kind of stuff here since theres no rain. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:42:35 AM »
Nice looking trees Mark.  Things are looking promising here.  I already got a few of the grafts to start pushing leaves and moved them outside in partial shade.  Im pushing my luck a bit moving them outside, its been 100F and low humidity.  Just don't want them to get too comfy indoors.  If all goes well these will be ready to plant by October. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon zest on CA rootstocks
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:55:30 AM »
Very helpful, Simon.  Thank you.

Do you guys have any recommendations on which brand(s) to use for an organic tropical fruit tree fertilizer, mycorrgizal fungi, kelp emulsion, and compost?  Or I can just look for some on Amazon and leverage their reviews.

Phil they have Dr Earth and Happy frog and some other organic stuff at the good nurseries.  You should have some kind of decent nursery nearby.  I think DR earth has a fruit tree mix in a blue bag that is 5-5-2.  That should be a good one to start with. 

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