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Do they need a male and female to fruit? My plant has many flowers again this year but no fruit
No, they self pollinate.

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Be careful. If itís traced back to you you are liable for costs of replacement, which may be in the neighborhood of tens of thousands.

This is Mexico we are talking about. They don't think, act or have laws like Americans.

And regarding coconut beetles, you guys are insane. Eventually it will severely damage the trees not only in the neighborhood, but entire province.
Agreed. But Mexico has feuds between neighbors that can last very long time and also be miserable.
About coconut rhino beetle, also agreed. Don't even know that this beetle even exists there in Mexico yet? For sure  not something you want to introduce. A few were spotted here on Oahu and state is really after them to exterminate them and keep them from spreading.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:32:57 PM »
Damn sounds pretty lawless.

Next time you catch that mutherfueker, bring your gun out and if he says, "Just fruit" you tell him "just gun and bullet in your head"

All kidding aside, i would have video taped him stealing all of it and then carrying those fruit baskets back to his car also capturing his license plate.  He won't hold up in a court of law.

Better yet, have several eyewitnesses that saw him with the stolen fruits! They are the ones that took the photos. Only big mistake is that they didn't call the cops right away.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rambutan Fever in South Florida, USA
« on: August 17, 2018, 05:45:03 AM »
From my understanding: Lychee Season is first, then Longan, then Rambutan ... (with Pulasan? & Durian? Seasons mixed in there?)

Season is going to highly depend on area and climate.
Here rambutan comes first, usually February-March, then lychee May-June, then longan August-September, then Pulasan, October-November, then durian December-January. But this can also fluctuate somewhat from year to year. And some fruits, like rambutan and durian can fruit multiple times.

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I saw a tree die where a lot of local homeless people pee on it.  Too much salt and urea?  Might be a solution.
Too much nitrogen will kill plants. Also if you put high nitrogen fertlizer, like urea, on tree stump it will kill it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blackberry Jam Fruit/Randia formosa
« on: August 17, 2018, 05:35:31 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6uHALz3K_k

Blackberry jam fruit can can grow larger than I expected. The one in this video looks to be about 15 foot.

Mine is only 8-9 feet tall and is quite old. Might be different versions of it, some getting bigger than others, some tasting better than others. Height might also have to do with ideal climate and soil conditions?

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That's kind of a tough one. Even if you kill the tree you risk starting a war with your neighbor.
I've heard driving a copper nail deep into a tree will kill it. But i've never done it. Hate killing trees. But yeah, right on a fence line it's understandable you want it gone.

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10 degrees latitude, about 900 meters (about 2900 ft) above sea level. Wet/dry tropics, coolish night temps because of the altitude. Thanks!
At that altitude you're not really in lowland tropical climate. Qualifies as marginal sub tropical, some would call it highland tropics. Exterior color will change when ripe. Even if they don't get bright orange, they will get yellowish.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FRUIT LOVERS NURSERY
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:37:13 PM »
I like to think he's out there scouring the hillsides or middlemanning for the remaining seeds I paid for but were never mailed.
Who send's 3 of 5 seeds ordered? Realistically, when are you mailing me those other 2 seeds I paid for, because the answer I'm hearing from other customers is never.
If you don't have a complete seed order to sell, don't take the complete amount of money, or say you can't full fill the order.
That's obviously bad business. Don't kill the hummingbird when keeping it real.
I've never paid another seed seller that did not fullfill my order I paid for , and I didn't expect it or the lack of care from fruitlover's, so it go's.
I've emailed with no response , so there ya go.
When dealing with very rare seeds, i would when i get to the end of the batch, expect that most people would rather get 3 out of 5 rather than none? I either send rest in following season or you can request a refund for your 2 seeds?
I usually answer email messages within one day.  During 3 month eruption the tower of our internet provider was flowed over and we were without service for over 2 weeks. Sometimes also email messages get lost. So if you don't hear from me within 24 hours try again please.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FRUIT LOVERS NURSERY
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:34:06 PM »
Hi,
Anone has a clue wht happened with Fruit Lovers Nursery. On their web page it says they are closed due to volcanic eruption or something like this. Also my emails sent to Oscar were not answered.

Thanks all,
Dada
Sorry, i'm behind on everything. Please write me now and you will get a response.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:11:53 PM »
One blast of a shotgun over their heads does the job

Birdshot sounds as bad as buckshot but wonít  damage anything where the pellets fall

Plus if they turn you in you can have them trespassed as they have to admit they were on your land
 
If they steal what is next

Get a game camera which are cheap and film the trespassing

Price the stolen fruit at felony levels when you turn them in.

Might want to call the ag department and turn it in to them as they are more responsive to ag problems
Problem is that the orchard where the thefts occured are one hour drive from where i live. And no house close to the orchard. So guns are out. Ag department will not get involved in thefts or do anything here.

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Whoa Oscar, sorry to hear of damage to your plants and interesting to to hear how many of them responded. glad to hear your back in the growing groove because being on volcano watch must have been very stressful. Amazing results about strawberry guava i thought those things were pretty much in destructible. I like to use the wood for B.B.Q myself that's how I control it! hope all your plants recover well and grow even stronger ;) 8)
Thanks. Will be interesting to see what happens. These kind of events don't happen very often here. Last similar events were in 1955 and 1960. So not much experience with handling all of this, or how plants will react. I'm guessing that plants will come out stronger. There were tons of free volcanic tephra (cinder rock) and Pele's hair (silica threads). I think all these volcanic materials are good for the soil. But there was also a lot of acid rain which lowered pH of soil. I added 5000 pouns of calcium carbonate (crushed coral) to try to counteract that and raise pH. I think the plants will appreciate the added calcium. I'm trying also to apply extra fertilizers, mostly nitrogen, to compensate for 3 months of very little photosynthesis, loss of leaves, and general stress on the plants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:55:14 AM »
Laws are only good if they are truly enforced. In order to have enforcement you need enough officers and willingness to carry through. Usually the police departments and prosecutors office will focus on what they consider more "important" crimes.
Agreed, but the squeaky wheel....  You can be polite but persistent.
I've done exactly that: polite but persistent. I was communicating with the prosecutor quite often by email. I'm sure he got quite tired of it, and asked me also politely to be "patient". I dropped it when i found out from prosecutor that thief is in the slammer for another unrelated crime. Just happy to have thief out of the way. And assault is treated much more seriously than ag theft.

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I didn't post about it cause it was too depressing watching all the plants go down hill. A combination of SO2 gas + acid rain (sulphuric acid) + very little sunlight, meaning very low photosynthesise levels, created havoc with most plants. It started with leaves getting burned along edges, some in middle, curling up, and dropping off.  Even some large trees, like the santol, became totally defoliated almost immediately.
The big worry was that this eruption would go on, as the USGS put it, for many months or years or even decades! Fortunately they were wrong. The negative effects were cumulative, so the worry was that a couple more months and most plants would be either dead or beyond recovery.
The amazing thing was once the black eruption plume cloud disappeared, and sunlight came back, almost all plants in ground immediately recovered. The santol, which was totally leafless for 3 months miraculously not only releafed, but started at same time blooming. Heaviest damage were to potted plants, especially the smallest ones. I should have put all potted plants under plastic cover. But i was busy trying to save my house and all my belongings in case of forced evacuation.
Good news is that it seems like some of the most noxious weed trees here, like strawberry guava, suffered the most, and most are dead. The state has been for decades trying to figure out how to get rid of them. Seems like all the myrtaceas are particularly susceptible to SO2. I had to cover some of my rare jaboticabas as they were getting totally defoliated.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:49:43 AM »
X-rays do not kill plants any more than they kill humans.
Just to be clear, x-raying a package is different than irradiating a package. The question was about irradiation, but maybe Adam meant x-ray? I think suspicious packages may be x-rayed to see the contents. But what would be the reason for irradiating a package? Irradiation is used on fruits to sterilize fruit fly maggots, and it's used on herbs and meat to kill micro organisms.

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Thanks again to everybody for tremendous response. Sorry to say that the Sapote de Mico is already sold out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:37:18 PM »
second question:

i wonder if there is a product that you can buy, that's almost like a disposable thermometer, that can tell you how hot the package got during transit?

Or maybe there is an item you can include with a shipment to determine if temps went above 100F?
The cheapest and easiest way to do it is by using a greenhouse min max thermometer. But that will only give you one single top temperature and bottom temperature.
Best way to go is with a temperature data logger.  That will give you hourly min and max temperatures recorded and you can plug it into a computer and get a graph. I did this for a while, sending packages back and forth across the country. Works very well. Forget the brand name right now.
I wish i had included a GPS tracker in the package, then can have an idea of the routing, and where those temperature occueed, where the packkage is, and for how long it is there. But that gets a lot more pricey.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:22:12 PM »
Don't think USPS will cover a dead plant. They might cover it if they lost it.

Agree that it's likely the heat. Temps in the back of a truck are probably north of 150 degrees this time of year.
No they don't cover perishable items. You will only get paid if package is lost or damaged. Yup, mailing items during summer and winter is like russian roulette, especially because you can't be sure what routing they will use.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rambutan Fever in South Florida, USA
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:14:11 PM »
Rambutan, introduced to northern Brazil several decades ago, does very well in the extremely acidic soils there--- usually below 5 pH, and usually rich in Iron and Manganese.

The climate is equatorial tropical, with 80-plus inches of rainfall, and record low of 60-degrees F.
Yes rambutan is grown commercially in Brazil. But the ones i ate there were not very good quality. They don't have good established cultivars there yet it seems.

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I have the best seeds from Durian I ate the summer, planted in West Africa.  We'll see on a decade or so how they taste...

Isn't that's where your mango project is with 8 months long dry season? That would be quite challenging for durian.
There are cacao growing areas in West Africa,  those should be great for durian.
You will have to irrigate during dry season. Durian is very susceptible to drought. Even a short period of drought can kill a mature tree.

Same location. Dry season is about 4-5 months. Cacao is grown here.

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Thanks everybody for the good wishes. It's been a really trying, very strange, and at same time exciting 3 months. A lot of different emotions all running at same time. I will be glad when all this is over and can sort of get back to my "normal" life. I hope to be able to get my business back into gear and that this will  help me to get back things to normal. I appreciate your patience and understanding through all this.

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Are these seeds from Hawaiian grown fruits?

Looks like the local volcanic eruption has probably ended after 95 days non stop. I have put my seed page back up. Will slowly build up my inventory again. Some current special offerings are:
Sapote de Mico (Pouteria torta subsp. gallifructa)
Kwai Muk
Pink Wampee (Clausena excavata)
Chempedak
You can see all price on the seed page http://fruitlovers.com/seedlist.html


All from my own fruits, except for Sapote de Mico, which is from Guatemala, but very fresh.

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Looks like the local volcanic eruption has probably ended after 95 days non stop. I have put my seed page back up. Will slowly build up my inventory again. Some current special offerings are:
Sapote de Mico (Pouteria torta subsp. gallifructa)
Kwai Muk
Pink Wampee (Clausena excavata)
Chempedak
You can see all price on the seed page http://fruitlovers.com/seedlist.html

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:43:41 PM »
Laws are only good if they are truly enforced. In order to have enforcement you need enough officers and willingness to carry through. Usually the police departments and prosecutors office will focus on what they consider more "important" crimes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rambutan Fever in South Florida, USA
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:31:24 PM »
Oscar
How are the seeds doing of the Tadal.
I was too late last year to order direct and I asked you if you had any and
I think you told me you already planted them? Isn't this rambutan suppose to
be able to handle frost and is from N India?


Another Nephelium species that might be interesting is Bulala. Oscar, should give you more info.

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=15363.0

Oscar,

When are you going to re-open your store ?.

Bulata (Nephelium phillippinensis) is indeed vigorous, but i doubt it is cold hardy. But not sure, i could be wrong. BTW bulala is good rootstock for pulasan. So that might be better tried in Florida for pulasan. It's hard to get species that are compatible with pulasan.
Good news! Looks like the eruption in our area is over. Working on reopening the seed page right now. Will be for sure done by tomorrow, maybe earlier.

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