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Saw the vid thismorning. Pretty packed but surprisingly neat! I am curious to see how it goes in the next few years, you obviously put a lot of time into it all :)

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Doesnít look like vetiver (plus the vetiver normally used is sterile). Vetiver is used all over for exactly this purpose. If it grows in your location it would be hard to go past. Very strong, deep roots and thick enough above ground to hold back sediment. It will actually build a self levelling terrace/berm up behind the hedge if there is erosion uphill (mine has).

There are a bunch of instillation guides/manuals around. Here are three from a quick google search:

http://www.vetiver.org/USA_Vetiver%20Installation%20Guide_2012.pdf

http://vnvn.org.vn/img/uploads/VNVN/Gioi_thieu/Gioi_thieu_co_vetiver/TVN-Manual_Vf_3.pdf

https://www.vetiver.org/USP_vetiver%20training%20manualo.pdf

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Vetiver for the win!

It is really, really good. I initially planted my hedge on contour with slips at 10cm centers (i grew a few clumps to get the slips originally). Now days it is a thick, strong hedge and the only gaps in the entire 70m or so are the two paths my big boof head dogs persist on keeping open.

It looks a bit ragged in the middle of winter or when super dry, but continues to function and freshens up in the spring.

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Would vetiver grow there? I guess same problem as lemongrass but it survives frosts fine here. Have had really good results, though not seeded as specified.

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If itís about collecting cultivars I would consider multigrafting.

My house block is just over half an acre and I have plans for about 50 trees at 15x17ft spacing though some of those are planted tighter (citrus, atemoya etc). There is actually a lot of unused space but I also do veggies, nursery, workshop, chickens etc.

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It is theft. Sure, reusing a low res photo on Facebook/ a forum is one thing (maybe covered by fair use?). I donít think too many would get upset about that and I personally wouldnít be too upset about eBay though I would like them to ask.

But taking a photo from someoneís website and posting on your own without permission/attribution isnít on and I would be surprised if most didnít know they were doing the wrong thing. Not only are you stealing the image but you are lessening the value of it for the owner and stealing website traffic that would have entered through image search etc. It isnít hard to ask and provide a reference/attribution.

Personally I use free use images or ask and reference/link when I canít use my own.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Website not secure!
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:35:00 AM »
Itís a bummer that message shows on websites, regardless of whether it really needs an ssl or not. The host definitely doesnít offer it as part of the package? I remember being worried about the ssl cost for my little muck around site. When I eventually got around to it I found I was already eligible for one as part of my hosting package.

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Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

Not sure about that one but this one is better I reckon https://bitsouttheback.com/queensland-nut-buster/

See it in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=236&v=fNDSNCG4WtI

It is expensive and postage is a killer to you guys but it is nice. Do your shopping around, I just knew Rob sold them (and he is a good guy).

I remember as a kid my dad making a bolt through a triangle type that worked but was slow. Later I remember seeing the lever type but we never had one. The above seems better than any of them.


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Anyone know where to get one of this tree?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3X3-2j5F0

If I were to grow the regular macadamia nut, would it fruit if I keep it at 20-30 ft?


Yes it would fruit if kept pruned, you can keep it way smaller than 30ft! I think the one in the vid is just a backyard selection, havenít seen anyone other than daleys talking about it (could be very wrong). The smallest of the commercial cultivars that I know of is A16, you might find it over there?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla talk tonight, Sarasota/Venice
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:02:27 PM »
Maybe it just wants a particular nutrient profile to be productive? I blast my saps with a lot of nitrogen, which seems to have a big impact on production. I've heard a lot of folks complain about lack of production from haysa, but mine produces a boatload of fruit... actually snapped a branch a couple of months ago.

Does prolific actually live up to its name or is it just a marketing stunt?


I know people here (AUS) arenít happy with prolifics production. Mike is one of them (I think he cut his down), Iím sure he will chime in if he sees this thread.


Edit: here you go :) http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=16922.msg214735#msg214735



Possible! I only have BKD111 and Tropical here so far and Iím yet to taste either of them from my yard (young trees).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla talk tonight, Sarasota/Venice
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:51:20 PM »
Does prolific actually live up to its name or is it just a marketing stunt?


I know people here (AUS) arenít happy with prolifics production. Mike is one of them (I think he cut his down), Iím sure he will chime in if he sees this thread.


Edit: here you go :) http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=16922.msg214735#msg214735

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:38:24 PM »
Finally made my posts.

150mm pvc pipe cut lengthways and used as a mould. End cap on the bottom and clamps the whole way up. On the third lot now using the same moulds. I am going to cast tops similar to pine islanders that slip over the poles





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They grow back fine here regardless of time of year and amount removed. One warning though, here they donít heal larger cuts well and eventually rot out.

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Thatís awesome :)

There have been a couple of finger lime crosses here. Finger limes are ok, but I think some of the crosses are/will be next level. Donít think any of them involved key lime, yours look very different.

Hereís some info

https://csiropedia.csiro.au/limes/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:41:30 AM »
Good enough for me to plant one, but not good enough for me to plant two haha. I like it cut up and put in a water infuser thing I occasionally use.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamarind in CA?
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:37:21 AM »
I would have thought it would do fine. In the past hey were used as street trees here, many are still around. No water and they fruit well.

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I used to work for the AG dept. in the pest prevention program. There are occasional rare individual fruit flies caught in the traps put out, for example back in 1984 my co-worker caught a Queensland fruit fly in San Diego.


You reeeeeeeeeaaaally donít want them! I wouldnít get a single guava/peach/any other soft fruit without bagging.

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I had both face a -3C (26F) morning here this year and established trees survived ok but were damaged. Small/newly planted mangos were killed and I lost all mango and most avo flowers. Anything that was protected was fine, I should have been prepared and done more of it. If my trees were older and my orchard less open, I think they would have been ok (as evidenced by others in my area).

That temp is a once in a decade (really more) type thing that only lasted about 2 hours. The day was still warm (24C/75F). We normally donít get below 0C (32F) here.

If it was a yearly occurance, and especially if it was more than once a year, I donít think I would continue to grow the frost sensitive trees bar a few favourites that would get long term protection.

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Do they eat macadamia? I know rats donít really but no squirrels here. I imagine they would have a go.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I am taking out my citrus trees in Miami.
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:56:16 AM »
I donít know a lot about greening but do not all citrus get it? Mandarins less so?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The guessing game.
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:07:23 PM »
I would also have said PM. Hilary white is a sport of pinks mammoth. Not familiar with the other types. To be different Iíll say Hilary white even though it is usually more even than PM :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheap banana brace ideas?
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:48:47 PM »
I just cut and keep forked branches when clearing. Work well  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Medium Height Banana Plants
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:29:32 PM »
I grow namwah, blue java, ducasse, red dacca and pacific plantain.

Of those namwah is the most cold tolerant. Blue java consistently out produces it though many people state the opposite for elsewhere. Blue java is only 10ft here. Namwah is only about 8, Rob is growing some big namwah!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: plucking sapodillas
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:23:36 PM »
Cool. I have seen the milk bottle pickers too.

Love the sapodilla on the verge :) Mangos ended up on mine.

I have often wondered, how big is your property Mike?

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