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I have heard myths of fruit trees not needing water, I just never seen it.  As someone living on a hillside about 15 miles from the ocean, the only trees I've witnessed surviving without water is Eucalyptus, pepper trees, and live oak.    Cactus like agave and prickly pear will grow too, but still look yellow and dry...  and growth is very slow, about 10% as fast as when watered.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cal bunnies
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:41:28 AM »
Males ages 13 to 30 with pellet guns seem to do th trick.

I'm curious if anyone has actually done it.  As it's often said, "don't over water, or you'll get root rot!"  or  "Watering every day is way too much, it should be once per week, or per month" 

And now I'm thinking I've been so afraid to over water, that I've been under watering for years.    During this last heat wave, I started watering every day, and now all my tree are popping with growth. 

With that said, I think it would interesting to hear first-hand experience in tree murder by over watering.  Or possibly the opposite, Tree abundance by overwatering!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Rare Fruit Youtube Channels?
« on: September 03, 2017, 11:37:38 PM »
here's another good one about growing tropical in Florida  - What's Ripening

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Rare Fruit Youtube Channels?
« on: September 03, 2017, 01:39:47 PM »
Lets get a list of the best Youtube channels for rare fruit.   As the quality of Youtube has increased like 10x in the last few years, and now there a huge change going on in society because the quality of content is often better and more accurate than TV.   

My top so far is

Vegan Athlete - All kinds of great stuff on growing tropical in Desert Climates,  I wish I found this 3 years ago, It would have saved me many of mistakes.

Shamus O'Leary is great too, A nursery owner in Pheonix, very knowledgeable.

But that's only 2, I'm sure there's more!

Just sent you $15,  the address should be on the paypal note.  Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pocket knife tough enough for durian
« on: September 02, 2017, 11:46:48 PM »
goosteen, I'm glad to have found the knife connoisseur of the group! Thanks for these excellent recommendations.

Peter's boot method might be adapted for weaker footware with a small piece of sheet metal or wood.

In the videos of durian vendors in SE Asia I've seen on youtube, a variety of knives are used, from long, skinny kitchen knives to beefy short cleaver/machete sorts. I think there's a wide selection of beefy fixed handle knives on the market that would be fine for abusing a little. Two of the more unusual ones I've stumbled across:

Glad to be a service! 

Those are both interesting, Off brands from Ali express are a little bit of a risk....  There's a chance the steel is not tempered correctly and it bends, or breaks, is too blunt, or can't hold an edge.  But it does say 58RC hardness, but it does not mention the steel type.  The shape could be good, it looks the flat top is for prying, and you could hammer the spine to get the thing into the durian.   it's risky, but there's also a chance it works really well.

For me around the property, I find a folding knife with pocket clip is best, just because it's always on me like my keys. If I have to go get a knife, like a fixed blade, I find I rarely use it.   Anything from Benchmade with the Axis lock is good.   Since it's a gift you need, this could be good   ... Upload a photo of a durian to get engraved into the blade,  Give her the mental edge over that fruit!

....When I do have to walk to the shop and get a knife, it's usually for a bigger task, so I grab the machete,    Which in that case I recommend this one.   Great edge, not too blunt, cuts fast and deep.   ...If she's only opening the thing to get the seeds out, whacking it with this will be the fastest way!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pocket knife tough enough for durian
« on: September 01, 2017, 12:07:52 AM »
Kershaw is good,  however for folding knives Benchmade is best,  The locking mechanism will not close when prying, and the blade can open and closed with one hand - with some practice.   Her best bet is this one, it has a large blade and handle.  She will still need some strong hands!

But I agree with others saying a pocket knife is not a great choice for opening durian, it's best to have a pocket knife, and a larger knife for coconuts, jackfruit, durian, hostiles...  When traveling I alway have a Hatoria kitchen knife on me it's 5MM thick 10 inches long made by Hattori in Japan.   

I'm looking to buy 10 to 50 varietys, If you have a large collection and wouldn't mind clipping a few cutting off and sending them to me, I could PayPal you $5/cutting.


These guys are awesome!  My top 3..

When he's explaining how to tell if the local is bullshitting, right in front of the local. 

When he's berating Percy for not getting them to fruit fast enough, then just starts doing pushups

When the other guy is explaining ice cream bean, and he just pops in face, hands and arms, covered in some random black rain forest product.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing fruit trees in fabric pots
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:50:08 PM »
I've used some 45 gallon ones, I opt for plastic.  It's easier to water, the fabric folds over the dirt as time goes on.  Also the roots go through the bottom into my pavers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing avocados in gopher land
« on: November 07, 2016, 11:30:52 PM »
Galvanized chicken wire last 2 - 3 years, then the gophers can get through it.  ....After killing an owl as a by product of poisoning .. I stopped with the poison and then lost a big fig tree, and a pomegranate.  It would have been a better strategy to pay more for the higher quality gopher wire, and let the gophers live.

I usually do, unless it's rats... I think they carry some diseases we can catch.   

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting a whole fig Tree?
« on: July 20, 2016, 01:36:32 AM »
Thanks, I'll try adding some root hormon, so far the bucket of water has delayed the drying, the bark is still green underneath... but no roots yet. 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Rooting a whole fig Tree?
« on: July 18, 2016, 01:25:27 AM »
I had gopher take out a 3" trunk fig tree.   Since the roots are gone, I figured I would put it in a bucket of water and see what happens.  Has anyone tried this before, or have any tips for rooting a whole tree?  ...I know you can root small branches by putting them in water and changing the water daily.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big Eyes Sugar apple strain B
« on: June 10, 2016, 01:28:53 PM »
The smog has gotten slightly more tolerable since 86.  I"m still learning how to grow stuff here, it's gets windy every day, things seem to do well with irrigation every other day, but that goes against what everyone on the forum says, so then I back it off, and things stop growing.    Soon I'll get a well, then stop caring about water conservation.   

Do you have any lucuma scions?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drip irrigation/fertigation
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:43:07 PM »
You want this stuff.. it's the best, and will block insects.. the hardware stuff store stuff is junk.

You'll also need an inline filter and a pressure regulator.

Then don't forget, with drip you run the water for hours, not minutes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Patience
« on: March 31, 2016, 12:22:16 AM »
Some seeds which in the wild normally pass through the digestive system of an animal can be very slow to germinate without this passage, or a simulation of it. I saw a report on how Enterolobium seeds extracted from horse manure germinate within days, while the same seeds planted straight from the seed pod took over a year to germinate, I think. For especially slow seeds, might be worth trying to figure if some animal normally eats those seeds in the wild, and if there is a way to simulate passage through that kind of animal.

How would one simulate this?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Lucuma Scions
« on: March 22, 2016, 11:20:14 PM »
I'm looking to purchase some lucuma scions of a good soft flesh variety.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eating Jaboticaba seeds
« on: March 18, 2016, 12:21:10 AM »
Seeds have a lot of chemistry going on inside them and plants definitely do not want you to eat their babies.   However with that said, some have a hard indigestible coating, those can be eating if swallowed whole and will just come out the other end.   I'm not sure how hard a jabo seed is, if it's like a tomato seed, avoid it.   And don't ever chew up seeds and swallow them, that's bad.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: UNKNOWN FRUIT SPECIE
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:09:37 PM »
You sure it's a fruit?   I've seen some pretty tasty looking seed pods before. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Benefits of mulch around trees?
« on: March 06, 2016, 02:12:38 AM »
For me mulch has worked better on larger trees, and not so good on new smaller trees.   The biggest problem has been that is makes the irrigation soak in on one spot, and not saturate the dripline.   Also it builds up against the trunk.  So pulling it back 2 or 3ft from the trunk, has worked the best for me.

Awesome!   What's a retaining wall like that cost in Hawaii?

Got mine, they were in great shape!  Thanks!

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