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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: la fruta exotica complicada de conseguir
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:22:01 PM »

Lodoicea maldivica?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire in the Hole!!!!!
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:19:10 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire in the Hole!!!!!
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:15:54 PM »
No thoughts, pointing and laughing, or even nasty heckling in response?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: ArrayŠn, Luma apiculata
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:16:41 PM »
Very interesting- thanks for sharing. Iíd never heard of this before.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Persimmon tree to buy
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:29:59 AM »
Prok is a cold hardy variety that is well regarded but itís astringent.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Persimmon tree to buy
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:19:08 PM »
yeah i have not tasted a LOT of non-astringent types, so I'm no expert.

What I said above is just my current position :)   Everyone has their own tastes for sure!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Persimmon tree to buy
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:32:26 AM »
My issue with non-astringent persimmons is they are NOT flavorful, just sweet.
By contrast, even wild American Persimmons have an amazing, complex flavor when past the astringent stage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fire in the Hole!!!!!
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:09:16 PM »
I've worked myself into a little paranoia around overwintering fungal spores carried by dead leaves.

A few of my trees were hit hard with Diplocarpon fungus and naturally their leaves fell to the mulched area around the tree base.

Of course i have removed the dead leaves (pretty religiously), but my paranoid mind is thinking they have shed trillions of nasty spores onto the wood mulch, and these will infect the plant next season.

So i had the crazy idea of torching the area with my Weed Dragon flamethrower. It's one of the "homeowner" ones, not super high-powered.

So here are my questions:
1) is my paranoia unfounded? i.e. Is removing the dead leaves good enough?
2) would the quick heat even kill spores anyway?
3) would it damage shallow feeder roots of the tree?

I guess I could remove all the mulch under the tree and replace with clean mulch, but clearly that's a lot of work and more expense (though not totally out of the question).

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail-grafting Muscadines
« on: December 02, 2018, 11:54:44 AM »
 Yes, I believe it came across that article in my searching. However it does not address my specific question.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Walmart mango sighting
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:54:28 AM »
I've seen mangoes labeled as NDM at international markets in Nashville. Never bought them. Also i don't have the experience to know if it's legit or not.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Cocktail-grafting Muscadines
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:06:05 PM »
I have a couple of 2-year-old muscadine vines ordered from Ison's. One is Ison, one is Darlene.

I wondered about grafting other varieties onto these vines in cocktail-style, where maybe I aim to change half of each vine to another variety, thereby having 4 varieties instead of 2.

But I know nothing about grafting grapes. I tried googling grafting muscadines but everything i found was talking about propagation of entire plants, not "cocktail" grafting.

Anyone know anything about this or have any cuttings to share?

Having  a compost pile on top of the dirt might cause compaction and create anerobic conditions below ground.

Basically i agree - I would not do a "pile" much deeper than a foot.....nothing like a full-on compost pile like you would do if you were just trying to make compost.

Build compost piles on each site & the soil underneath will benefit. Organic matter will bring ph closer to neutral. The disturbance of turning the piles will eliminate weeds. In two years you should have several batches to work with.
18 day compost:
You might try using rings of fence wire to hold each pile together like this:

This is exactly what I was going to suggest. I did this for tree sites.
Just be sure you do not till-in the organic matter itself into the backfill when you plant the trees. Pull the compost away to the bare soil, plant the tree, and you could then return a top-dressing layer of an inch or 2 of the compost.

I do not believe in amending native soil.
 The only similar thing i have done is to dig-in elemental sulfur to the future planting site to lower pH. Some would probably not even suggest this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eggs deposited in bark...
« on: November 16, 2018, 08:50:09 AM »
I would trim that part off, place the cut end in a cup with moist paper towel, and then place in something like a small butterfly enclosure, and seal it up well. Then, see what hatches out of those eggs. You likely have more of them around, could be beneficial to figure out what they are.
Interesting idea!
Itís always hard for me to sacrifice growth but I know it would be made up for quickly. Iíll give it some thought.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eggs deposited in bark...
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:27:16 AM »
Hmm no difference. You can use the Zoom function to see closer I guess.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eggs deposited in bark...
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:26:28 AM »
Trying the picture again. PostImage was acting weird last night:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eggs deposited in bark...
« on: November 15, 2018, 08:32:37 PM »

I suspect these are a series of insect eggs, something like a cicada or similar critter (orthopteran).

Anyone have experience with this?

Wondering if these should be carefully removed (or treated some other way) or just left alone - not sure if the larva/nymphs would do any further damage?
Or maybe they will not survive the winter?

Any ideas appreciated

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya/Pawpaw hybrid
« on: November 15, 2018, 08:12:30 AM »
Thatís really interesting, TJ. Goes against everything Iíve read about near-impossibility of transplanting or especially starting from a sucker.
Of course, that means precisely nothing! There are few absolutes in this business . Obviously itís working for you!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My small fruit tree orchard
« on: November 14, 2018, 12:11:40 PM »
Cool! Looks like a foot!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: passiflora caerulea blue passion
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:30:51 PM »
In my experience P incarnata is also very easy to germinate if cold stratified for a couple months or more. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: passiflora caerulea blue passion
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:47:41 PM »
Caerulea fruit is edible. I have not personally tasted but I donít think theyíre as good as P. incarnata which is another cold hardy species.
Frederick is a selected variety of P edulis, if Iím not mistaken. Frederick is a popular variety I think, but I donít know much about tropical species.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) Thread
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:14:43 PM »
I selected this one for outstanding blooms.


Very nice. That looks similar to my Iridescence hybrid. Do you have any hybrid Passiflora nearby?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pawpaw inquiry
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:10:19 PM »
You can plant directly in ground for sure but you will need to shade them until they reach about 18 inches (KSU recommendation) it longer.
They can get 20ft or more depending on conditions but that would take a while I think. Of course you can top them and keep em small like orchard growers do.

They will grow in deep shade but will be less productive of course and more leggy.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pawpaw inquiry
« on: November 08, 2018, 01:56:59 PM »
Can I get in line for possible Paw Paw seeds? I keep my eyes open when I walk with my wife (they are suppose to grow wild in TX) but never came across one. Perhaps it's because I don't know what I'm looking for. PM me your pay pal.


Yo! Yeah, when I read this i was thinking Pawpaw doesn't grow in TX, but i took to the interwebs to confirm/deny.
The USDA map shows Texas as in range, but it seems to only show whole-states, not a precise map. So like, if one county in Texas has pawpaws, the whole state is colored-in on their map.
Most other more precise maps only show a very small portion of eastern TX as in-range.
My guess is you do not have them in your area, sadly.  :'(

It may be hard to grow them in Zone 9....they need winter chill. However, it would be silly not to TRY it.

I don't know that I will have any seeds to spare - check back with me in the spring and we'll see. but it's not looking promising this year :(

If you can't wait, sells them, or at least they used to.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting trees grown in Gritty Mix
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:21:32 PM »
Zephian - Iíd be cautious with overdoing the mulch.
I went gonzo with wood chip mulch in an area for several months, then planted trees and Iím convinced the too-thick mulch suffocated and drowned the trees.

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