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Since you already dug it up once, may as well do it again.  It should probably have 15ft+ spacing.

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All the plants went out today except for people who had seed pods or other plants on order. 

Roots are hitting the bottom of the biodegradable pots.  You guys should put those directly in a 1 gal size pot or remove the bottom of the bio pot and plant it that way.  One these get going in 1 gal pots, check the roots after a month or so and if roots are showing, up pot to 5gal.  They will grow really fast, you need to keep them warm and up potted though. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 19, 2018, 01:21:21 PM »

Thanks Brad, I will take a picture of the Yellow Dragon and upload later.  Pine Island nursery call it Yellow Dragon, and the vein is skinny, look like this:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/622078080/yellow-dragon-1-plants-2-feet-tall-ship?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ts1-b-accessories-other&utm_custom1=f1b91e49-ac0e-4b8f-9461-6f0aef598989&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7JGbv5zH3QIVQlYNCh2noAkJEAQYASABEgKa5_D_BwE

Thats a standard megalanthus

Got it, so I assume this standard megalanthus (yellow Hylocereus megalanthus) or "Yellow Dragon" should taste better than the Hawaiian Gold? I'm not into Lemonade so I think I'm not going to look for that ISIS Gold.

The megalanthus is very sweet.  They dont have much in the flavor department compared to a red or purple fruit though. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:39:12 PM »
The one in the video is the undantus like was already mentioned.  There are also yellow skinned megalanthus types.  "Yellow dragon" is a useless name to go off of.  It could be either type.

A photo of the cutting would help clarify what you have.

Thanks Brad, I will take a picture of the Yellow Dragon and upload later.  Pine Island nursery call it Yellow Dragon, and the vein is skinny, look like this:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/622078080/yellow-dragon-1-plants-2-feet-tall-ship?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ts1-b-accessories-other&utm_custom1=f1b91e49-ac0e-4b8f-9461-6f0aef598989&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7JGbv5zH3QIVQlYNCh2noAkJEAQYASABEgKa5_D_BwE

Thats a standard megalanthus

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for buddy/grafting tape
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:16:25 PM »
Just make sure its the seller from your area. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for buddy/grafting tape
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:57:43 AM »
Ebay parafilm shows up in a day or 2.

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Giant yellow megalanthus dragonfruit cuttings.  These were started from seed by Simon.  Its taken a few years to get them large enough to sell.  Limited supply.

25$ per cutting ~1ft in length

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:31:33 PM »
The one in the video is the undantus like was already mentioned.  There are also yellow skinned megalanthus types.  "Yellow dragon" is a useless name to go off of.  It could be either type.

A photo of the cutting would help clarify what you have.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:02:53 AM »
The ones at home depot and lowes are probably la verne fredricks.  Its a good one and cheap.  They are much better if you let them sit on the counter for a week or so to let them mellow out after falling off the vine.  The exterior should be wrinkled and that is when its best to eat them.  Ate several fredricks tonight and they were pretty sweet for passionfruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:55:01 PM »
Thanks for the info. Any way to get some seeds to the US? Do they grow true to seeds?
I just did a quick search on Amazon for Passiflora edulis flavicarpa.  No live plants, only seeds and while there have been very few reviews, their trend was not terribly positive.  I could not find any plants.  Not sure if I'd trust buying from any of these guys, all their fruit shown is yellow while Mike's were purple.  If they show a flower, it's the standard Passiflora Edulis.  I think I'll keep looking and not trust these Amazon sellers.

@Mike T, could you post a picture of the flowers?

Walter andersons has a few types of edulis.  Lowes has them also.  No need to order online.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:53:33 AM »
Got some Bruni blooms over the weekend.  Also got some Asunta 2, Asunta 3, and AX cuttings.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mexicola avocado seeds
« on: September 17, 2018, 12:24:22 AM »
So someone in Denmark sent a message asking for these seeds.  Im not berating this guy, he was a perfectly nice guy.  But this is kind of maybe an unreal expectation to expect these to grow in Denmark.  They may have slightly more cold tolerance but still not going to grow and produce somewhere that far north.  Im just sharing that for discussion sake.  He mentioned people in the UK grow these.  I would love to see an avocado tree with fruit on it in England.  If there is a tree that will do it though these would be it.  The fruit is very small and might have a chance of ripening maybe.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persea mites
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:12:11 PM »
I think that is the case Mark up to a certain point at which it is too much heat.  The document I posted earlier in this thread has a lot of good information on persea mites and when they thrive and decline.  Winter cold kills them and also mid summer heat.  I think people outside of CA dont realize how hot and dry it gets here.  We havent had a drop of rain in over six months and it has exceeded 100F for several weeks this summer.  According to the literature several days of 100 degree weather with low humidity kills persea mites.  That may not be the case for spider mites or other mites you have there.  I dont think persea mites exist in TX or FL.  They were brought into CA from Mexico and havent spread to FL that Im aware of. 

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I dont know which direction your side yard faces etc but defintely lack of daylight hours is no bueno.  Avocados need all day sun exposure to really grow well.  They would do better out in an exposed area under a shade cloth than in an area that only gets half of the hours of sun. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mexicola avocado seeds
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:46:00 PM »
7.50 shipping

4$ for 4 seeds.

I only have the 4 seeds at the moment.  Will have more later.  I would normally grow these or toss them but some people want these so here they are if you need mexican avo seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:38:44 AM »
Im wondering if you could use a food dehydrator or vacuum packer to dry out and then remove air from your pollen. 

Also if you have only limited plants and are having to go to the trouble of saving pollen etc, why not just grow only self fertile plants?  Which plant is it that doesnt take its own pollen?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: which grapes do best in south florida?
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:34:36 AM »
Grapes are a mess in my experience.  Thry get powdery mildew and turn brown during cold months.  Need to be pruned to keep neat and green. 

Passionfruit is a much cleaner plant and stays green all year. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:23:36 PM »
Zephian have you been fertilizing the trees this summer? What did you feed them?  Just curious as usually the leaf miners hit hard after feeding nitrogen in summer months.  If your trees are already mature you can cut back on the nitrogen and have less issues with the leaf miners.  But also they dont really much damage on mature trees.  You can pretty much ignore it. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persea mites
« on: September 15, 2018, 05:18:46 PM »
Just wanted to update this old thread.  I have had zero persea mites this year.  The predator mites seem to have completely eliminated them for the long run.  Its been over a year now with not a sign of them. 

Im wondering if others are still having them or if theirs cleared up on their own?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nishikawa Avocado - Aloha & Mahalo
« on: September 15, 2018, 04:08:45 PM »
I am hoping it does well in CA, Ive got 3 grafted nishikawa trees.  Going plant at least one of them soon.  Anyone growing one in CA? 

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you can buy the stuff by the pound fairly cheap
its been big business for a few years now
lots of $ involved and groups trying tpo prevent a ban
so, i dont think it will get banned IMO.
it works on the opiod receptors, but, not the Mu-opiod receptors
(those are the ones like in heroine, which get you high/hooked)
so, its good for coming off of opiates
it wont get you "stoned" per se, but, is effective at pain management
it has several other benefits as well.

there is a good TV show (series) called "Hamiltons Pharmacopia"
Hamilton is a chemist with a passion for mind altering substances.

he did a show on how Kratom is made, where it comes from etc...
very interesting...
https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&q=Hamilton's+Pharmacopeia+kratom



i had a plant a few years ago, and yes, with lots of sun and water, it can grow like a weed.
it was about 5ft tall and wide when a freeze took it out.
i should have tried to bring it back from the roots, but i forgot about it
and it dried up.

there are side effects listed, but, i havent felt any
but then, i have not taken it in large doses.

1 teaspoon for me (2-4 grams or so?) is enough, and you can buy a KG (2.2lb) for $80 and up.

Mitragyna speciosa korth

Some people take it for managing chronic pain,
 for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms...
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Mitragyna_speciosa




Nice.

I usually eat 3 to 4 leaves raw and then go work in the yard.  I take it maybe once a month and never felt an urge to take it more often.  It tastes pretty bad to be honest but gives you a nice energy boost for doing hard labor like digging holes or carrying loads of mulch and compost around. 

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Guys theres a handful of people waiting on cuttings to go out.  I up potted them and thry are doing nicely and starting to push another set of leaves so I am jist letting the roots fill out and next set harden off then I am going to ship orders this coming Monday. 

Feel free to check in with me.  I know everyone wants their stuff asap.  Im just doing this so the plants will taking shipping across the country better.  All the orders are going to the east coast.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:00:04 AM »
Check out this guys videos on pollination and grafting. 

Pollination
https://youtu.be/uQFYMFjdESI

Heres an impressive farm somewhere nearby.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEvrvZOdh2U

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 11, 2018, 11:45:46 PM »
Nice, looking very healthy.  Which all types are you growing?  I got an american beauty from someone out of state and it grows like crazy but not a sigle bloom.  Its weird.  I may toss it.
Thanks. I have Simon's purple, American Beauty, Halley's Comet, Yellow dragon, Giant Yellow Peru, Sugar Dragon S-8, Frankie's Red, Natural Mystic, Dark Star, Condor, Makisupa. I also grafted a few Giant Yellow seedlings (DF fruits from Ranch 99) onto Halley's Comet.

I got Natural Mystic, Dark Star, Condor, Makisupa cuttings from you in Dec. last year. Nice growth so far. Hopefully I will get some fruits next year.

Got my AB cutting from Simon. To me AB seems to be very similar to Simon's Purple in terms of the vines.

All of the purple guatemalan ones like AB, dark star, condor etc are very similar.  Im going try and narrow down which one is best and get rid of some of the others.

If you come over in 6 or 8 weeks we can try most of them side by side.
can't wait! instead of tossing the ones you don't want, would you consider grafting desirable varieties instead?

Maybe, I have some new ideas for doing stronger grafts we can discuss it when you come over.  Work out with Simon a day to come.  October 26 or 27 or Nov 2 or 3 there should be lots of fruit to try.





 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:39:32 PM »
Nice, looking very healthy.  Which all types are you growing?  I got an american beauty from someone out of state and it grows like crazy but not a sigle bloom.  Its weird.  I may toss it.
Thanks. I have Simon's purple, American Beauty, Halley's Comet, Yellow dragon, Giant Yellow Peru, Sugar Dragon S-8, Frankie's Red, Natural Mystic, Dark Star, Condor, Makisupa. I also grafted a few Giant Yellow seedlings (DF fruits from Ranch 99) onto Halley's Comet.

I got Natural Mystic, Dark Star, Condor, Makisupa cuttings from you in Dec. last year. Nice growth so far. Hopefully I will get some fruits next year.

Got my AB cutting from Simon. To me AB seems to be very similar to Simon's Purple in terms of the vines.

All of the purple guatemalan ones like AB, dark star, condor etc are very similar.  Im going try and narrow down which one is best and get rid of some of the others.

If you come over in 6 or 8 weeks we can try most of them side by side.

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