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Roots pretty much act as anchors.



I keep reading this, but then I de-potted one of mine after harvest, and it looked like this:





That looks like a pretty extensive root system. I'm going to de-pot another one, soon, out of a 19" pot (about 11 gal) and see if it's filled that up with roots, too.

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Im using shrubblers and spot spitters just because I have the materials but would prefer something that will promote a healthy root trajectory.  Also big big benefits of precise drip is weed mitigation and if you want to fertigate


Yup! I use drippers for my vegetables for these two reasons.


I've also started experimenting with spot spitters. One nice feature of the Primerus spot spitters is that you can reverse them and plug your 1/8" hose if you move/remove/lose a plant, and then reverse it again to turn it back on when you need it again.

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3) Either this was some crazy timing, or maybe I'm having a very strong psychosomatic effect..... OR, this stuff does exactly what it says on the tin.   I was only a quarter of the way into the mug when I noticed that I felt sleepy.  And not "normal sleepy"; but like something was actively dragging my awakeness level down.


That sounds almost scary! If anyone here reads Robin Hobb, "A leaf to sleep, two to dull pain, three for a merciful grave," although that was written for the mythical "carryme" herb/poison.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:47:49 AM »
That is just begging for a time lapse camera!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:34:32 PM »
How did the tea taste?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:42:38 PM »
Are the skins/rinds from regular red Dragonfruit edible? What do they taste like, if they are edible?


They have such a great color that I'm wondering if I could extract it into a liquer or something.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Idiot-proof grafting tool?
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:27:56 PM »
I've never grafting anything before in my life, but this looks interesting:


https://coziza.com/products/coziza-grafting-tool


$29. Is it worth a try? I still need to try grafting my passionfruit vine this coming spring . . . .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:02:17 PM »
Here's the vine that's closest to the street. I'm calling this the "A" vine.



This was 9:00 PM in the evening; it's a 15 second exposure to get that much light. Full resolution, here.

There were at least 2 dozen blooms tonight, of which 5-6 were easily reachable on foot, and one more with a stepladder. I have about a teaspoon of pollen in my fridge, because some of my own vines will bloom within a week.

I didn't have any of my own pollen with me, so I couldn't pollinate this vine, but I will bring some next time I visit. I did hand-pollinate these flowers with their own pollen, though I suspect they're self-infertile (but I don't actually know for sure).

The B vine (also outside the gate) had only one bloom, but there are more buds ready to pop over the next several nights.

The C vine (inside the gate) also had lots of blooms tonight, but I couldn't get inside.



None of the flowers I hand-self-pollinated set fruit, so apparently the A vine is self-infertile, and I never did get around to bringing some foreign pollen to it. Maybe next bloom cycle, if we have one, or perhaps next year.

A cutting of S-8 or other pollinator will take years to get to flowering stage.


But I had another idea--What if I were to graft some S-8 on these vines?

Can one graft DF onto descending branches? Is it hard to ensure contact on an upside-down graft? When causes a grafted piece to flower? Its own maturity, or the maturity of the host plant? Or a combination of both? When is the right time to graft?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 06, 2017, 01:39:16 PM »
My first fruit!


This was my LaVerne Pink on Saturday:





and my Physical Graffiti on Saturday:





I was going to ask all y'alls' advice on when to pick them, but this morning they'd colored up quite a bit, and seemed more than the "2/3 color" mark, so I picked them!





I don't have a Brix-meter, nor much experience eating DF, so this evening's review will be more along the lines of "Yum!" or "Yuck!"


I've waited 3 years for the LaVerne Pink and 2 years for the PG. Wish me luck!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to open a mango seed. . . .
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:46:18 PM »
I remember Chapman field, USDA experimental station, in Homestead also used a special prying tool to ease opening. It was kind of like a needle nose pliers in reverse. Instead of tightening the ends would pry open when squeezed. They opened a lot of seeds so this tool really came in handy. When planting a lot of mango seeds for rootstock opening the husks also makes them all germinate more uniformly, rather than spread out germination.


Opening pliers. Yes, these would work very well, especially if you had to do this a lot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to open a mango seed. . . .
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:48:20 PM »
I usually clean the flesh off the seed with a butter knife and let them dry on the counter for a day or two (or a week). One quick snip on the corner with a pair of shears, and they just crack open with your bare hands.


Do the seeds need/want/like to be dried before planting? Or are they better if they're "fresher?" I know some seeds need a period of cold, or dry, or passing through an animal's gut to induce germination, but I don't know about mango seeds. Since I often find mango seeds already germinated inside their husks I assumed that humidity was a good thing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to open a mango seed. . . .
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:46:00 PM »
Then most of the time I open it with bear hands , I prefer this way to protect any roots developments inside the seed


Sorry, but I couldn't resist the visuals.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to open a mango seed. . . .
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:58:44 PM »
I've watched some videos and read some sites recommending that people use scissors, or a knife, or even a screwdriver. <shudder>


I use a spoon. Easy and safe:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP9CPO5o5ww

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Many of us Dragon Fruit growers collect pollen from different varieties' flowers and mix the pollen together before we hand pollinate the flowers.


I'm starting to do this as well, but if I only have 2 varieties flowering right now, I'm wondering whether half of my pollen mix is incompatible, and whether that "crowds out" the other half.


My understanding of pollination is that the spermatozoa from the pollen grains have to grow long, narrow pollen tubes through the stigma to reach the ovules, where fertilization takes place. There are several mechanisms whereby this can be interrupted, and the specific mechanism for dragonfruit might determine what happens when there are multiple strains of pollen "competing" for a spot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does self-pollen compete with cross-pollen?
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:47:15 PM »
I'm asking because I have dragonfruit varieties that need cross-pollination, but I suppose the question is valid for other plant species as well:

If a plant cannot be pollinated by its own pollen, but its own pollen gets brushed onto its stamen stigma, will the incompatible pollen then prevent successful pollination if compatible pollen is also brushed on?

e.g. will the bad pollen be "ignored" by the flower, or will it compete with the good pollen?


edit: fixed error

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 King Of Mango
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:26:59 PM »
One of the Sweet starts that AZ sent home with me after the Mango tasting was one of the best mangos Iíve ever had but I still give the edge to Lemon Zest. I think itís just personal preference and Iím really partial to the citrusy taste of Lemon Zest.

Lemon Zest and Sweet Tart are two of the top favorite mangos in my book but I really like to mix things up to cleanse the palate because these two heavyweights have a knock out punch of sweetness and intense flavor that can overwhelm taste buds. Kesar would be a great palate cleanser in between these two heavyweights and it would hold its own in a top ten list, especially if there are Indian resin flavored Mango lovers on the tasting panel.

The three varieties listed above would make up the Trinity and you can get the four horseman of the apocalypse if you throw in a Coconut flavored Mango such as E4 or Coconut Cream.
I read stuff like this, and I get depressed. Where can a mere mortal go to taste such mangos in Los Angeles?


How can one acquire budwood?


I feel like I've been left out of the club!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:08:36 PM »
Nice! What cultivar is that? What are you doing about pollination?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:56:12 PM »
Hmmm. Notice anything unusual in this photo?



Probably not, right? It's just two buds, ready to pop that night.

NOPE! That one on the left flowered the night before. I hand-pollinated it and collected its pollen, expecting it to be dried up and withered the next morning, like every other DF flower I've ever seen in my (admittedly short) experience.

But the next morning it was closed up as if it had never bloomed at all. That next night (last night) the flower to the right bloomed, and the one on the left was still closed up like this.

Has anyone observed this before? Does that flower on the left want a re-do?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:21:05 AM »
Here's the vine that's closest to the street. I'm calling this the "A" vine.



This was 9:00 PM in the evening; it's a 15 second exposure to get that much light. Full resolution, here.

There were at least 2 dozen blooms tonight, of which 5-6 were easily reachable on foot, and one more with a stepladder. I have about a teaspoon of pollen in my fridge, because some of my own vines will bloom within a week.

I didn't have any of my own pollen with me, so I couldn't pollinate this vine, but I will bring some next time I visit. I did hand-pollinate these flowers with their own pollen, though I suspect they're self-infertile (but I don't actually know for sure).


The B vine (also outside the gate) had only one bloom, but there are more buds ready to pop over the next several nights.


The C vine (inside the gate) also had lots of blooms tonight, but I couldn't get inside.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:01:20 PM »
A couple of thoughts:
  • This park is going to be _full_ of flowers in 4-6 weeks, when the next flush of flowers blooms.


They're blooming! There were 3 open this morning, and I didn't have my pollen collecting kit  >:( .


I'm going back tonight, around 9:30 - 10:00 PM to collect some pollen. Anyone want to join me?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 SoCal mango tasting
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:22:01 AM »

We are a few years away from a Mega mango festival in SoCal for CRFG members with an admission charge


 :D 👍


I will buy my ticket the day they go on sale!


Maybe someone can host a budwood sale/exchange in the spring! (or whenever prime grafting season is)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 01, 2017, 09:48:50 PM »
What about Physical Graffiti?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 01, 2017, 07:07:42 PM »
In more pedestrian news, last night I had two varieties flower simultaneously, for the first time ever! La Verne Pink and Physical Graffiti.

I'm 0/10 on crossing these two so far, but I've always used stored pollen, so maybe my storage/freezing technique is poor.

Last night I transferred the fresh pollen directly from flower to flower, so if they're compatible, this should work. Fingers crossed!

And I have fruit set! La Verne Pink:





and Physical Graffiti:





It's only 2 fruits, but that's ∞ better than no fruit.


When I should I pick them? Does this guy have it right? He sure sounds authoritative :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Mango trees in Southern California
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
I'd say nearly half of the total foliage is brand new.

This tree has done almost nothing for 3 years, but it's finally starting to grow. I wonder what prompted it to get going.
Looks nice.  I guess it was the heat wave we had 3 weeks ago.  How hot did it get there for the heat wave?
80s and 90s. Not terribly hot. And not terribly different from what happened last August. Maybe it just hit adolescence, finally.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Mango trees in Southern California
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:08:46 AM »

I heard from a guy who grew florida mangoes in California to pluck off the fruits after they get to the size of a large lima bean, then it thinks it's done fruiting for the year. I tried it myself and even in cold weather, the mangoes don't seem to be putting out new flowers, rather, a heck more leaf growth has pushed out!

My 3-yr-old Keitt tree (from Plant-o-gram) sprouted some panicles this summer, and I snipped them all off when the fruits got to about that size. It just pushed out the nicest vegetative flush it's ever grown.

So maybe there's hope, yet!

And here is it:





I'd say nearly half of the total foliage is brand new.


This tree has done almost nothing for 3 years, but it's finally starting to grow. I wonder what prompted it to get going.

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