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Seems like Serviceberry or Juneberry (Amelanchier species) should have its own thread here.

There are a few random mentions of it on the forum but nothing consolidated.

I just harvested some from a parking lot flowerbed for the second time In a three year span.


I was and am so surprised at how good these berries are. This treeís fruit is really sweet and refreshing, with flavors similar to peach or muscat grape.

For now my burning question is how to propagate this particular plant. I welcome all advice.

But otherwise I hope folks will post useful info of any kind pertaining to this fruit.

Thanks!
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New guanabana disease?
« Last post by SeaWalnut on May 20, 2019, 02:20:30 PM »
Ive used it for damping off disease initially but over time i tested on any type of mold i got and thats how i got the conclusion thats better than strongest dose of copper (bordeaux ).Little spray with chamomille killed mold better than soaking the seeds in copper until they got blue.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / recalcitrant seeds
« Last post by guaycuyacu on May 20, 2019, 02:15:50 PM »
most people who send tropical seeds routinely send them packed in some kind of damp medium.  they often germinate in transit and if all is well they arrive alive and well.  certainly this is usually the best way to do it.   but i have found that many tropical seeds which people consider recalcitrant can in fact be dried and stored.  here is a list of some of the seeds i have dried and stored for at least 2 months, in each case more than once, with good germination afterwards-
jakfruit, champedak, marang, pedalai
salacca affinis, wallichiana
baccaurea spp.
inga edulis
annona spp.
eugenia spp.
american garcinia spp.
some asian garcinia spp.
langsat/duku
litsea garciae

being able to send and receive dried instead of germinating seeds is a big advantage to me.  because of the mail service here, my outgoing packages typically take 1-2 months to arrive, incoming 1-3 months.  germinated seeds usually die after that long in transit.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« Last post by SeaWalnut on May 20, 2019, 02:14:14 PM »
You will have a lot of condensation with all the heating you will have. It will drop cold water on plants and fungus will develop. It seems like you never had a greenhouse before.
If you put double panels on both sides it will be expensive, and the air between the panels will have an inverse effect, because of the large gap in between. Not to mention the light loss.
You need a phisics lesson  ;D. Condensation occurs on cold surfaces ,like on a beer bottle you have just take out from the fridge.The moisture from surrounding air sticks to the cold surface of the bottle.My greenhouse will not have condensation issues because it will be double walled with a thick air gap inside the walls.Air its the best thermal sealant so the inside walls of the greenhouse will not get cold and thats why no condensation will ocur.The only weak spots that might get cold are the structure of the dome but thats made.of wood wich has a low thermal transfer and will not get too cold like metal would and will also be sealed by a thin policarbonate layer.And the policarbonate its quite cheap,to cover the exterior it costs me ( only the policarbonate) just 350 dollars and the interior probably 250.To that cost i add the special tapes il use,one from plastic and one from aluminum,screws ,etc.For a 50 square meters greenhouse its not that expensive.
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Also, I want to point out that Surround is damn near impossible to remove.  It's withstood direct hosing, several inches of sustained rain, wind, squirrels...  I think my biggest issue with it is that aesthetically, it's really a bummer.  I'm surprised I'm as affected by the looks of it as I am.  It's also irritating the way Anakin describes sand and dust at the end of some prequel or another.  Other than that, the only thing to note is the Holiday is the most insipid of the bunch, while the Lamb Hass the most robust and strengthy, that despite probably getting the least light.
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And here's a pictorial update from earlier this morning.  We've been having unseasonably cool weather with a lot of Spring rains this past week.  The trees seem to be happy enough.  In order, I have Lamb Hass, Stewart, Holiday, Sir Prize, and Pinkerton.











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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Micropropagation
« Last post by deRoode on May 20, 2019, 02:00:28 PM »
This is a very interesting question, I have thought about this myself. During micropropagation, the cells undergo dedifferentation. It could be that therefore the plant could have a juvenile stage again.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« Last post by Seanny on May 20, 2019, 01:56:24 PM »
One strategy is to reduce height by 1 node per year.
If you cut 4' off today, next year you cut 1 node down from today's cut.

I'm going a different route.
I'll put shade cloth on an umbrella. Tie umbrella to leader.
I'll remove new leaves on any branches that grow straight up. Then cut it off in Winter.
Hope to maintain my Reed at 7.5'
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Here's an update with some pics from the first of the month (5/1/2019).  In order, I have Lamb Hass (2x), Stewart, Holiday, Sir Prize (2x), and Pinkerton (2x).













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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry guava first flower
« Last post by Solko on May 20, 2019, 01:53:22 PM »
You can dust it lightly with a brush with itís own pollen. They are usually self fertile. The pistil is quite fragile though, so some caution and a delicate touch is adviced.
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