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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: October 17, 2018, 11:12:10 AM »
roblack, your plants do look like they're not getting enough sun. WJ leaves should have the reddish color like the ones in Brad's photos.

Brad, are the bigger pots short 5 gal or 3 gal?

Is it a good time to fertilize pineapples now? I did the osmocote in the center like Jim Neitzel suggested before but it burned the core. Now I apply it off center and mostly just forget to fertilize.

The leaves are wrong for saffron. It should be needle shaped.

I remember the researchers at UCR presented this at the citrus day 2 years ago. It takes very steady hands and good eyes to do this and they canít do it too fast. Even though they used young people at the lab, they were still really tired after a while. I forgot if theyíre limited to doing a certain number a day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plantnet app
« on: October 08, 2018, 01:28:15 AM »
There's a popular free ID app that's mainly for forest trees of the north or something. The name doesn't give an indication of that restriction but it couldn't ID anything I have in Southern California. The database of that one is really limited.

Being able to ID tamarind is pretty impressive! Sounds like a good app.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Passiflora arida - Desert Passionfruit
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:23:12 AM »
I got it from a SD grower too, maybe the same one. I donít know about hardiness either since Iíve only grown it here.
Triloba tracker, itís sweeter than incarnata for me. Fruits are kind of tiny, like grape size. Or it could be because I grew it in containers.

I want to get the Sak Ip from you but is it a little late for grafting?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Big Jump Forward In Greening Cure?
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:42:28 PM »
Oh you read the related articles in the links at the bottom. I usually ignore those but that one sounds useful.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Best cure for Powdery mildew?
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:36:21 PM »
People usually just remove all the affected leaves to save the healthy leaves. I think fungus needs to be treated BEFORE they get into the leaves, so you canít really save the infected parts.

Yes, slow at first. Once they grow a few real leaves they will grow faster.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Big Jump Forward In Greening Cure?
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:29:15 AM »
Luak, how are you doing the same thing to your trees like the article?
The article is about making more of the HLB bacteria for study.

Am I reading the wrong article?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Passiflora arida - Desert Passionfruit
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:19:05 AM »
Sweet. I like it. I grew it for a couple years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:18:21 PM »
Maybe say that cuttings are at least 8Ē or 12Ē.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:15:29 PM »
Yup. I have a camelx3 alert set up for the 8lb osmocote at $18. I always get the alert at $15

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:43:30 PM »
That's all leafminer damage. You could have applied pesticides early on during the new flush. The bugs are long gone from there once you see the damage. They're looking for new flush to lay their eggs. They can't penetrate mature leaves.

Try not to prune away the damaged leaves if your plants are not very big yet. It will slow down their growth if you prune off all the new growth.

Another way is to paint the lower part of trunk with lime, cheap and effective.
I thought that's for a different problem than what IV Organics' product claims to solve.

Or are you replying to me about my rodent chewing mulberry bark problem? They actually will climb up the tree to find young branches and chew them up.

It's similar to kaolin clay (Surround) or white paint for sunburn. Kaolin clay also offers some protection from insects although not via the natural oils route.
I'm curious how well the other ingredients work for their purpose too. I have rodents that like to eat just my mulberry young bark and shoots and no other trees. I wonder if it will repel whatever it is. According to the description, it does.

What's a mountain yam? scientific name?
I think it's a common name that could represent 1 or more species. Japanese call their long white yam yamaimo (yama=mountain, imo=yam). I'm not sure if other cultures use the same common name for their native yam as well.

fei zi siu is supposed to be good, sweet. I think it's the green spiky ones in Chinese supermarkets. The quality of these market fruits has declined in recent years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why wonít my miracle berry produce fruit?
« on: September 12, 2018, 01:53:23 AM »
You can try hand pollinating if the plant is not too big. I did that before my plant made over 100 flowers.
One year I had over 100 fruits. Now, I don't pollinate and I get a few dozen fruits for each flush of flowers.

Did you have a friend make the app? Is it React Native? It looks really simple to do in React Native and just have it build both ios and android packages.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:11:09 PM »
It's really hard to crack the shell without breaking the seed inside. The shell is like 2mm thick and the seed is right up against it with no wiggle room.

I tried GA3 and the seeds started growing a taproot and then melted away. I might just plant some without any treatment and wait.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: June 21, 2018, 01:49:38 PM »
I think the young shoots in spring is what people eat. I got one plant from a friend but it's not done very well last year and died back to the ground during a freeze that also took out all the sweet potato leaves. It did survive and came back this year. Hopefully it will become established in the ground so I can try it later. It doesn't seem invasive to me yet.

I think they do mean cubic yard.

Thank you everyone for your help. I'm appreciative for the info and will have to consider my budget and possibly take city soil or start small organic planter box. The Whittier Fertilizer guy said to mix (organic mix 50/50 original soil) and 16/16/16 fertilizer has a starter.

I went to Whittier Fertilizer to check out cost:
"Organic Flower and Veg Mix" is $48 per cubic yard.
"Planter Mix" is $33 per cubic yard
"Planter Box Mix" also $33 per cubic yard.

16-16-16 Fertilizer $31.40

Costco "had" Miracle Grow organic potting mix back in March for $9.99 for 55 quart = 1.8 Cubic yard. hella of a deal, but they sold out. Don't think they will have anymore.
55 quart = 1.8 cubic feet
1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet
You need 15 of those Costco bags to get a cubic yard, so $150.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 14, 2018, 04:21:35 PM »
You mean inarch with yangmei or native rootstock? I once approach grafted a native rootstock and the rootstock gave up its roots, thinking it can just take nutrients from the mother tree. It grew pretty well until I cut below the yangmei side of the graft.

I did cleft, whip and tongue, approach, side. I guess side graft is more successful for me. It's still not a good percentage though.

I keep saying it's hard to propagate, but that could be just me, or my rootstocks, or my one mother plant.

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