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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Efficient wood stove to heat the greenhouse
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:13:23 PM »
I found this ,,canadian stove,, or Bullerjan stove wich is a free flow and a highly efficient gasification stove just like the ones that work on pellets used for central heating.The bullerjan thogh can use pellets and wood .Aluminum pipes can be conected to the stove pipes and moved outside of the greenhouse in certain situations and this could be usefull to heat a tree near the greenhouse;
Altough i am a fan of rocket stoves i have to say that this its more efficient than the rocket stove;
The design its beautifull ,looking like a Diesel engine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jared goes to find coco de mer
« on: September 02, 2019, 05:05:37 AM »
Verry interesting storyes he will post in 5 episodes ,each once a week.Subscribe to his channel if you want to get noticed about the next episodes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion /
« on: August 28, 2019, 05:25:09 PM »
This is a nursery in Bulgaria wich it seems it has the best offer in the whole Europe and the prices are more than decent( 3-4 times cheaper than in Romania).
There is the language barrier but using a translator helps while surfing their website.
Lots of authentic cold hardiness info are presented.
Anybody has experience ordering from them?
I tryed this last spring  but i got late reply to my emails and i ordered from romanian shop instead.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cold hardy australian plants
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:17:42 AM »
What would be the most cold hardy australian treesTasmania and New Zeeland included) or shrubs ,bearing fruit or not?
Eucalyptus Pauciflora,the snow gum seems to be a cold hardy to zone 6 tree ,but there should be otthers as well,not necesarely that cold hardy as the snow gum ,but still good to know.

I have to post this in exchange for that that trolling blog i made wich made me offend USA.Being harrased by all soird of people made me act like that. They have good things happening in USA also about the protection of the enviroment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:55:27 AM »
Just found this umbelievable news about poisoned firecrackers used to kill wildlife.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking to buy Swartzia sp
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:09:59 PM »
If you have any Swartzia specie seeds to offer,im willing to buy and send me a PM.
Im also interested in as manny info about Swartzias ,about edibility,growth rate,propagation ,etc.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse sealing tape
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:35:22 PM »
I got a few of these aluminum tapes to seal the polycarbonate on the greenhouse.
It says the thickness its 30 mic.Is that good enough?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nitraria Schoberi
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:21:38 PM »
I just realised that im cloose to somme bushes of Nitraria Schoberi ,the only place in Europe where it grows.
The fruits are edible and said to taste like salty grapes.So i will search it,photograph and taste the fruits,and get somme seeds.
Every bush its protected here and tolerates verry salty soil thats why ,probably,the berries are salty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rapitest soil test kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:55:59 AM »
Ive just received this soil test kit.It measures NPK but the skale its with ,,sufficient ,adequate,deficient,, instead with numbers in ppm.I got this because i grow somme trees that need verry low phosphates.Any opinions about the test?

Any ideas to protect trees?
Where i live ,lately the hunters ( humans) completely dissapeared because of demographics,they eyther got too old or died of old age.Younger generations have zero interest  in hunting and that caused an increase in rabits and deers populations.
I have a small terrain thats not fenced ,on the river bed and i want to plant 100 fruit trees there ,but im affraid i that i will loose them to rabits and deers like one neighbour of that terrain did this year.
Im thinking to use a soird of paint mixture that has a pestilential smell to it ,and paint the trees trunks to deter the rabits and deers.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking to buy south african seeds
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:36:25 PM »
I am interested in Euclea Pseudebenus,Diospyros Lycioides var Lycioides( preferably) ,Dalbergia Obovata and Dalbergia Armata.
Pm with the prices.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Extreme chlorosis
« on: July 07, 2019, 07:20:08 PM »
2 feijoa seedlings with severe chlorosis.I will treat them by mixing liquid smoke( pyrolignos acid/ humic acid) with water and with a few nails.I also added some 20 iron nails into each pot recently.I only treat the roots because foliar would be too easy to fix ,like something that fix the simptoms but doesnt heal the disease.

These are my Paulownia Tomentosa trees ,grown from seed.Paulownia Tomentosa its the fastest growing Paulownia but the trunk doesnt grow straight easy.The seeds are from a tree that has the most intense purple color ive ever seen in any Paulownia and when its in bloom its breath taking beautifull.
I planted them a bit too cloose but they will get their  nutrients and water from the sewage trench and they will clean somme of those nitrates and phosphates ( there are a lot of phosphates in detergents).
These trees regrow at least 5 times after they are cut for timber and the wood its expensive ,light and resistant to rot and saltwater.Dryes in just a month without cracking.
The flowers are big and atract bees.Also,verry interesting ,this tree makes at least 3 times more oxigen than any otther known tree.

Ive read on this forum that somme citrus growers put iron nails into the trunk of their trees or in the ground .
Just bought 2 kilos of small nails for a soil experiment ( not for citrus) but i want to hear your opinions about this practice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Humic acid-acid pyrolignos
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:24:15 PM »
Today i was thinking to lower the Ph of somme water wich i use to wet my acid loving plants like Ugni,feijoa and somme proteaceae .
Instead of vinnegar i toght to use pyrolignos acid that also contains a lot of humic acid.Has a ph of 3 and i added 4 mg per litter and it turned the water black.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good Ph meter recomandations.
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:59:03 PM »
What is a good and acurate ph meter for testing the soil ph?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stray voltage ,10V measured in the well
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:44:36 PM »
The gas company mounted a cathodic protection pannel near my property somme 10 years ago and now the well water pump triped the circuit breaker.I measured the curent on the steel rope thats atached to the pump and measures 10 volts with the pump not conected to electric power.
I think this pump corroded because of the electrolysis thats happening in the well.The water most likely its contaminated with metalic ions as a result of the electrolysis.
I called the gas guys and i hope this time il make them move their cathodic protection.Its the 7 th pump it breaks because of corrosion and they only payd me just one pump 2 years ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best P fertiliser
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:01:56 PM »
In my city we have legends about a bearded vulture that was living in the city and was soo friendly that people could pet him like a stray dog.When it died shot by a german soldier that got skared by the vulture ,houndreds of kids and people took the vulture and they got to burry him in the most expensive cemetary.2 books were written about this bird,one brand of beer was named ,,Vultur,, and one pub named after him,Vulturul Ilie.
Now to the subject,these vultures eat only bones and theire the only birds in the world that do this.Since they dont eat flesh they are peacefull and make great pets.They let the crows and otther birds to eat the flesh and then they go only for the dry bones wich they take into the air and drop them on stones from above if the bones are too big to swallow.Altough its the most peacefull possible raptor bird it did killed a human in recorded history.A bearded vulture killed Aeschillus,the father of the greek tragedy ,when the vulture dropped a dead tortoise in Aeschillus head ,because aeschillus was bald and the vulture thoght his bald head was a stone.So i immagined that this vulture poo should contain lots of Phosphorus because the bones are made of calcium Phosphate.
This vulture specie is now extinct in my country or close to be extinct and in fact Vulturul Ilie was the last one left and didnt find a pair to mate  wich led him to live in the city among the people that wiped out its specie because somme politician said to shot them all for a wrong reason.But instead of vulture poo thats high in P im thinking to fed bones to my dog and colect the white droppings wich should make a verry high in P fertiliser.I have only a few trees that need P fertiliser and a little goes a long way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sphagnum moss cover instead of mulch
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:40:16 AM »
Ive colected sphagnum moss from somme concrete slabs and i covered my 60 litters pot (15 gal) with Ugni Molinae plants.Its first time i do this but in Japan they like to grow moss instead of grass.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Polyembrionic mango question
« on: May 28, 2019, 09:22:23 AM »
Recently i found a Lemon Zest mango that has polyembrionic seeds ( it has 2 seeds not just one).The seeds are connected by somme threads ( ombilicum  probably) and i wonder if its advised to separate the seeds.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / American persimmon
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:06:34 PM »
I have 3 seedlings of american persimmon,Diospyros Virginiana ,and a friend insisted soo much to graft japanese persimmon,D.Kaki on them ,because he said that i will be verry dissapointed by the american ones.Il not graft them until they fruit ( the females) and if the fruit is good il keep them.Lately ive ate somme really tasteless asian persimmons both astringent and non astringent and i hope that the american persimmons have more flavor.Is it worth to grow american persimmons over asian ones?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / sunshine seeds
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:44:05 AM »
Did anybody ordered seeds from Sunshine seeds recently ?I ordered a few months ago and i didnt received them but might not be their fault and i didnt asked for a refund.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Strawberry guava first flower
« on: May 20, 2019, 01:00:12 PM »
My strawberry guava plant just made the first flower and i wonder if i should pollinate it and how? Ive read they can get polinated by wind not necesarely by bees.The plant its.just a year old.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / The endangered butternut
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:21:46 PM »
The butternut its the only american walnut that i would give it somme space on my land ,mostly because.its endangered and there is fear that in a few decades might go completely extinct.Its the only walnut thats comparable with Juglans Regia in cold hardiness and taste and actually tastes a little better than J Regia and its a little more cold hardy.The butternut also known as the white walnut ,its the shortest lived walnut ,living up to just 70 years but this is also an advantage for a grower because it will start fruiting fast( its also the fastest fruit bearing walnut,in 4-5 years.makes nuts).In USA they made hibrids with Juglans Ailantifolia,an asian walnut specie, wich are resistant to the butternut kanker ,but a hybrid its not like the original.I had a few white walnut seeds from wich 3 germinated but i lost the seedlings.Will try again soon but only if im sure the seeds are coming from the pure specie.Seeing manny americans planting black walnuts on their property made me to start this thread with the intention that it might convince a few to plant white walnuts instead of black walnuts.

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