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Post them in the tropical fruit buy/sell/ trade section.
Those are valuable seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 19, 2019, 11:29:05 PM »
"For instance a honey bee lifespan is @50-80 days normally ,on a normal diet of honey from nectar.
On a diet from sugars from fruits ,bees lifespan shortens to just 12 days."


@SeaWalnut: Does this mean when a bee kepper Feeds his bees in winter with sugar water which is normally be done - the life time of those bees in winter is shortened so extreme?
Sugar is a lot better for bees than fruit fructose.
Sugar,sucrose,the bees turn it into glucose and fructose.
Only fructose is verry bad for them and even for humans ,if the diet has only fructose ,we wouldnt live too long because we need glucose and also the fructose its metabolised by the liver.
Fructose in normal ammounts like from consuming fruits its healthy for us just a diet based on only fructose and no otther carbohydrates its bad.

Fructose is as bad for our liver exactly like alcohool is .
We can eat 50 grains fructose daily or 40 grains alcohool daily ,but in excess it will cause cirrhosis.

So the fruitarians from youtube will get liver problems?
Most likely not because the fruitarians do not eat only sweet or the sweetest fruits.
Those are people that are trying to follow a healthy life and they do not eat calories in exageration.
The problem with fructose appear when you eat too manny sweets ,too offten,that are sweetened with fructose like from corn syrup instead of sugar.
Fruits are healthy and fruits are not only fructose or a carbohidrate source.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Frost Protection
« on: October 19, 2019, 08:32:20 PM »
Keep in mind that air is the insulator( best insulator in the world) so a double layer give you insulation while a single layer has no insulation propertyes but will get warm if the sun shines because of the greengouse effect.
That heat from the greenhouse effect can radiate a few hours after the sun is off.
Bubble wrap or any type of transparent plastic wrap with an air gap sealed in between is a good insulation and you also get the greenhouse heating  effect during the day.
Think of stirofoam insulation.Its the air trapped in the stirofoam that insulates ,not the plastic itself.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 19, 2019, 07:44:36 PM »
"For instance a honey bee lifespan is @50-80 days normally ,on a normal diet of honey from nectar.
On a diet from sugars from fruits ,bees lifespan shortens to just 12 days."


@SeaWalnut: Does this mean when a bee kepper Feeds his bees in winter with sugar water which is normally be done - the life time of those bees in winter is shortened so extreme?
Sugar is a lot better for bees than fruit fructose.
Sugar,sucrose,the bees turn it into glucose and fructose.
Only fructose is verry bad for them and even for humans ,if the diet has only fructose ,we wouldnt live too long because we need glucose and also the fructose its metabolised by the liver.
Fructose in normal ammounts like from consuming fruits its healthy for us just a diet based on only fructose and no otther carbohydrates its bad.

Fructose is as bad for our liver exactly like alcohool is .
We can eat 50 grains fructose daily or 40 grains alcohool daily ,but in excess it will cause cirrhosis.

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You could also go in a forest and find a dead fallen tree or branch and take it.
Shouldnt be illegal to do so if the log is dead.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 19, 2019, 04:08:48 AM »
This is the only picture I could find on short notice. This is actually the consequence of the bees biting through the fig. It starts to spoil, and then the fig beetles burrow in. The fig beetles seem to only want the ripe or overripe figs. The bees start the process, the fig beetles finish it while the bees start on another fig or honey around and get in around the beetles.

I have attached a better photo of the bees doing the same to some grapes


Figs... Damn bees bite through unripe figs tunneling into the barely sweet interior, followed by ants. The figs sour before they even ripen. Then the fig beetles follow. The local beeshop doesn't believe me that the bees eat the figs but I've got pictures.

let's see these fig eating bees



Bees collect sugars from fruits only as a last resort in case they dont have another source of nectar.
Sugars from fruits are verry bad for bees health and they know it.
For instance a honey bee lifespan is @50-80 days normally ,on a normal diet of honey from nectar.
On a diet from sugars from fruits ,bees lifespan shortens to just 12 days.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Successfull zone pushing examples
« on: October 18, 2019, 07:38:14 PM »
Lets hear of somme of the most unusual,successfull and also non successfull ,zone pushing examples.
I figgure out this might be an interesting read.

Ņot only about fruit trees but also otther edibles,perenials and even non fruiting plants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 18, 2019, 06:54:27 PM »
Black locus #1 and Phacelia Tanacetifolia #2.They are not fruit trees thogh but both ield @ 1 ton of nectar per hectare when in season.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:43:29 PM »
http://www.aayisrecipes.com/from-our-garden/mistress-of-spices-teppal-or-tirphal/

Yes, it appears to be the same.

From the recopies I found, the fish appears to be what we call 'Scad'. I imagine the taste is quite good.

Scad is horse mackerel.Japanese like it and me also here.
Taste not as fishy as the mackerel and its a smaller fish .Biggest i ate were half the size of a mackerel but normally what i catch its 6-8 inch long.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:31:48 PM »
Awesome, Luis!

I am really excited today because i discovered one of my seedling trees (Sunflower mother) has its first flower buds!
I planted the seed in February of 2017. So, after 3 growing seasons it has formed its first flower buds.

The tree is over 6 feet tall and about 4 feet wide with multiple branches and dense leaves (I will post a picture soon).
I think it is big enough to hold fruit if it chooses to :)  so, next year perhaps I will have fruit from this tree.
My Prima ,when i bought it ,2 years old and 1 meter tall , had a flower allready.
Prima is known for fruiting in pots .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:35:11 PM »
It rained a lot and the dome is covered in morning dew every day on the exterior only.
And because the tape covers the screws well i didnt got any water in any single channel of the triangles except triangles on the back side wich i let uncovered for a few weeks because i didnt had tape and 2 triangles on the front wich i think they had that water in them allready.
The water got inside just in the screw pierced channel and only a few  chanels .
On the front triangles that have a little water its not in the screws lines thats why i think it was there before and has nothing to do with the screws.
I used a lot of tape but compared to any polycarbonate even mounted profesionally like in bus stations and shops,mein still  looks better and is better sealed.
How long will it stay that well sealed? Well see  ;D.
As for the few lines that got water inside,im thinking to drain them using a seringe and then il cover the seringe needle hole with a little tape.
What looks weird is the foil left on the inside of the polycarbonate.Il take it out when il install the second layer of polycarbonate indoor.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: October 16, 2019, 07:36:44 AM »
The dome today.Almost finished the exterior polycarbonate covering ( except 5 windows on the top).
Next il have to build the stove ,add the 5 temporary windows on top and then add another layer of polycarbonate,3 mm thick indoor.
The door is also temporary covered just for this winter.
The colored stirofoam on the foundation has to be covered in somme cement adhesive and fiberglass.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 15, 2019, 06:48:38 PM »
Its verry cold hardy.Temperate tree ,zone 6.
I tryed to grow a south african relative as decorative tree for the spikes on the trunk.

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Wasabi?
« on: October 15, 2019, 06:41:40 PM »
I have been told that the "wasabi" that we get in the restaurants is not actually wasabi. It is some other horseradish. I was told that the real stuff is milder and fruity in taste. Can someone confirm or dispel this?
Your right its made with horseraddish but somme ( the powder ones) i found to have 2% real wasabi.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my potted Cherimoyas?
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:44:36 AM »
Trees  dont want to be moved frequently.
Here we have a legend about walnuts that if you move them every year until they fruit,the fruit will get giant when it finally fruits.
Have a dumb neighbour that does this and his giant walnut seedling is 6 years old and less than a meter tall.
My giant walnuts that i dont move like he does have between 1 meter and 1,3 meter height and theire just a year old.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:37:59 AM »
Ingas also have extrafloral glands with nectar on the leaves stem.They have them to atract ants that would protect the tree in exchange for the nectar.
I have a cherry tree with such glands too wich is unusual and its the only cherry tree that has them.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Charcoal for citrus
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:46:56 PM »
Has anyone ever used the charcoal to grow your plants. It sounds very interesting.

Bio char is a little different than charcoal the oxygen is removed from biochar when making it and I have used ashes and added ammonium sulfate to bring ph down look up utube video green dreams Pete Kanaris he shows how to put it in a container that is sealed so you get pure https://youtu.be/3rDk2SPEhZU
He makes charcoal free from ash wich is alkaline.
I prefer to make a fire and when the flames are off and only the red coals remain ,i estinguish it with water= charcoal that has soome ash soaked in it wich is beneficial except it can raise the soil ph a little .
Biochar is just charcoal that has been colonised by bacteria and fungi.
Any charcoal that is put in the soil becomes ,,biochar,, and if its soaked in nutrients becomes colonised by bacteria and fungi faster.

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Wasabi?
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:41:38 PM »
Il be following this .
Im also interested on how do the japanese make that brewed    soy sauce.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse heating invention
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:41:57 PM »
The core of the rocket stove will be made from AAC or aerated autoclaved concrete (Ytong).
AAC its  soo fire resistant at such higher temps and also insulates well,that i use it to build my metal foundry furnace at home.
Inside i melt copper and outside i can keep my hands on the bricks.
Its a hard to get material in USA and i toght its funny when fellow american had to order Ytong bricks from ebay to build his foundry.
Altough these brics cant be find in USA ,somme politicians advise the use of asbestos because is fireproof but its also verry toxic.
Wouldnt it be nicer if you could get these bricks for cheap in USA instead of advocating the use of asbestos?
To me it seems that corporations have banned this AAC bricks so that they can sell their conventional brics.
AAC means cheap ,easy to build houses that are the most fireproof homes and also verry well insulated.Its also an eco friendly material that polutes a lot less in the making than traditional concrete or traditional brics.

Here is what americans think about AAC .https://www.buildinggreen.com/news-article/autoclaved-aerated-concrete-aac-will-us-ever-lighten

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Compost for warmth
« on: October 13, 2019, 04:02:15 PM »
Ive used compost to keep the water flow meter and valve from freezing.
For heating the greenhouse il use wood fire,rocket stove.
At first sight i can tell you that compost heat has little power to heat .Think of it in Kwh power of heat.
If you burn the compost then youl get lets say 4 kwh for one one kilo of compost.
Compost on its own will have to make a lot less heat than 4 Kwh per kilogram.
You can get an idea about how much heat by weighting the compost before and after.The difference would be heat.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« on: October 12, 2019, 07:16:31 PM »
Verry nice Brian.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Charcoal for citrus
« on: October 12, 2019, 03:07:39 PM »
I saw a series of tests on the web, can`t find it now.
see in my original message a link where it says to use 2-5% charcoal for citrus.You said you used a lot wich is thats why your plants didnt grow- your fault.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Charcoal for citrus
« on: October 12, 2019, 03:05:12 PM »
Before charcoal can be used it must soak in nutrients for a longer time. If not it will be a detriment to any plant.
No ,its not detrimental to any plant.Charcoal its inert,doeant decompose too easy and doesnt decompose by bacteria.
I use fresh charcoal on hundreds of trees in my orchard and i do add only nitrogen right before i use it.
The reason why your citrus struggled with charcoal its not because of the charcoal itself but because of the ash.
Charcoal is not ash.
Ash its alkaline and your citrus want acidic soil not alkaline so in order to use charcoal for citrus or otther acid loving plants you have to wash it  and make sure has as little ash as possible.
Also use max 8 percent charcoal for citrus.For my orchard trees i use 25 percent but because charcoal contains somme ash  ,for citrus you have to use less.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse heating invention
« on: October 12, 2019, 02:56:38 PM »
Francis,now looking in retrospective i think that my sistem will also use solar-the solar heat from the greenhouse during the day will rise up to the ceiling and i will recicle that heat from air ( as well as.the heat from the stove wich will also travel up) and store it in the floor.
Thats why i chose to use air:
1 .because air doesnt freeze and crack the pipes in case of no use ,like water does.( Antifreeze doesnt freeze but its toxic and i have a water well near by and an antifreeze leak could be catastrophical)
2.because in an air system i can recicle the heat that rises on top while a water sistem cant do that.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Charcoal for citrus
« on: October 12, 2019, 01:35:18 PM »
Has anyone ever used the charcoal to grow your plants. It sounds very interesting.

Lots of people are using it.See this thread and at the first post there is a link with a documenfary about Terra Preta ( means black soil) .
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=31671.msg363512#msg363512

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