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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.





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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / GBIF,a great tool for zone pushers
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:32:41 PM »
This site has huge ammount of info about world flora.I found  it usefull in my search for plants because you can get an ideea about a plant hardiness zone and climate by judging from the occurences info.With this site you can track annonaceae in Mongolia or rosewoods  fossils in Europe for example. https://www.gbif.org/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:54:21 PM »
Im looking for ways to lower the soil ph on long term.I have 7,5 ph soil and would like to get it to 5,5 ph or close to that .I need this low ph because phosphorus becomes non available in acid soils and i plan to grow somme proteaceae that dislike phosphorus.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted vs seedlings
« on: May 04, 2019, 10:53:54 PM »
Lets hear somme opinions about grafted trees vs seedlings consisting in advantages and disadvantages of both.My experience its mainly with walnuts and the grafted walnuts fruit much faster with more uniform and high quality fruits but they have the disadvantage that they only live for about 25 years while seedling walnuts can live for 400 years or more but the fruit size and quality are unknown until the tree starts to bear first fruits.I know a guy that planted manny grafted walnuts to have an income when he retires from work, but right when he retired,his walnuts allready started to die of old age.The mayor in my city has cut trees that were almost 100 years old to replace them with somme globular looking ornamental trees and i made a bet that in 25 years those trees will be dead of old age.A positive thing ive read about grafted trees its that the oldest persimmon in Japan seems to have been grafted wich would be awesome iet its not 100 percent sure thats grafted,the tree has somme marks on its trunk wich led to this speculation.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seaberry
« on: April 27, 2019, 11:01:59 PM »
Seaberry or sea buckthorn its a nitrogen fixing plant that can grow in verry bad soils and enviroments ranging from the edge of Sahara desert( its also used to fight desertification in Arizona desert) up to the Arctic zone and Himalaya mountains where its the last plant growing.It needs both male and female plants to produce fruits and has fierce thorns that make the havesting of fruits a nightmare hence the high selling price of fruits (50 dollars a kilo) or leaves to make tea ( 100 dollars a kilo).The fruit  season lasts for half a year and they are abundant .Its scientific nane ,Hippophae Rhamnoides ,come from hippo wich means horse and its because people used to let theyr ill horses to rest between seaberry bushes and the horses became healthy .In USSR it was used to make cream to protect the cosmonauts skin against cosmic radiation and it was used since ancient times to protect against sunburns( thats why its called seaberry).In somme experiment made in URSS ,seaberryes were used to feed mice that had various stages of lab induced cancers and it stopped 90 percent of cancers with somme that even healed completely.The taste of the fruits its like a verry fatty orange taste with a hint of plum taste and a slight bitterness, has no sweeteness so it needs sugar for most people and its sour but less sour than oranges.Also the fruits have a high oil content that raises on top if you crush them in a blender.I think this its the healthyest fruit in the world and its the only fruit or plant that i could feel its effects on my own body while being skeptical about its health effects.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Protecting a tree from my dog
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:14:23 AM »
After a lot of work  trying to relocate the apple tree from the front of my house to plant an Albizia ,my dog wasnt happy about the move and he digged out 2 Albizias Julibrissin.The first one wasnt fenced and to the second one he jumped inside the tree cage and dig it out wich led me to come up with this radical tree cage, at least until the tree gets big enough or the dog gets used to it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rosewoods( Dalbergia)
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:23:10 PM »
Anywhone interested in rosewood trees and shrubs( even climbers) ?After i just failed quite a lot of seeds from 4 species of rosewoods ,im thinking to order again but from different sources and in bulk quantity.Because i will order more than i need ,i could exchange for otther rosewood species that i dont have .Good to know is that im not interested in any south american specie even thogh i have a source of brasil rosewood( its too tropical for me and there are manny ,more beautifull and way more precious species).Im not growing these for wood but i am studying theyr usefulness in beekeping and soil improvement because theybare nitrogen fixers.D.armata,African black wood,Hupeana,Latifolia ,Odorifera and a few otthers are on my list to buy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red fleshed apples
« on: April 23, 2019, 09:20:10 PM »
I have a red fleshed apple in my orchard thats called ,,red love era,, and its developed in Switzerland by Markus Kobelt and il post pictures with it as it flowers, fruits and i will give it a honest review.Also this guy,Skillcult ,its american and he breeds low chill ,red fleshed apples and if your interested you might want to take a look at his channel.https://youtu.be/IrbJSFUf2-0

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / pink fleshed pear
« on: April 22, 2019, 05:46:36 PM »
I have a rare pear tree that makes pears with pink flesh .The taste has a hint of basil and the pear name in romanian means ,,pear that tastes like basil,,.Theyre not a registered cultivar but an ancient type of fruit that has become almost extinct.It makes the fruits in clusters and they are smaller than commercial pears.The fruits are eaten fresh here and people that ate them say they are delicious and verry different from otther pears. If my tree will have fruits this year(its allready 8 feet tall) i could trade the seeds for other seeds here.

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