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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Blueberry Rust?
« on: December 09, 2019, 02:47:00 PM »

Could any blueberry growers confirm if this is something bad? Iíve had little issue with the plants other than chlorosis which Iíve been treating with soil acidifiers and chelated iron.

The plants shown here are uncovered and were hit by a pretty bad hail storm recently that dented or damaged most of my plants, including a bunch of succulents. There seems to be no spores or yellowing on the bottom of leaves, and leaves that are under others donít have this look to them.

Should I be worried? The plants never defoliate at my house cause it never freezes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Winter Heating Method (Cheap)
« on: November 28, 2019, 01:44:09 AM »

I was too cheap to buy a greenhouse and way too many plants anyways, so Iím trying this method of putting incandescent Christmas lights (the ones you see at hipster restaurants) inside of 1.2oz frost cloth. This is why you need dragonfruit stands!

The results are actually really positive so far. The dragonfruit is inside the frost cloth and jaboticaba is on the other side of the house.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitanga / Surinam Flowering
« on: November 22, 2019, 01:21:13 PM »

I have quite a few pitangas. They are my favorite cherry by a long shot. The largest one I have (photo 2) was very sickly and had almost no leaves when I bought it and it made a tremendous amount of new growth this year. Even continuing now in winter. When I bought it, it was loaded with fruit - but since coming home with me it hasnít produced any flowers at all, just leaves. Meanwhile my other much smaller vermillion is making so many flowers and fruit itís practically falling down with the weight.

Did I overdo it with nitrogen and organic material on the large one, and must wait till itís depleted before it will flower?

All my plants are in the same soil and have had the same fertilizer treatment of Osmocote slow release, and very little at that. Some chicken manure was added at the same time for all.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Plum Pests
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:19:13 PM »
I bought this Late Santa Rosa plum earlier this year and it has always been fairly sickly. I put some manure on it a few months ago and it finally burst out decent looking growth, and I stripped off almost all the sickly leaves. There seems to be some kind of pest on it, and I wonder if I should quarantine it or even take it off my property? I donít want this to spread

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Duranta Erecta
« on: October 26, 2019, 12:07:53 AM »

Does anyone have much experience with this climbing vine? It is an odd flavor and you have to pick the spines off, but theyíre tasty. The large one is from a cutting and smaller from seed. I find the bluish tinge on the leaves of the seedling unusual. Will it survive a 9b leaning 10a microclimate uncovered?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Topping Spindly Carambola
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:45:50 PM »
I just bought a Kari that is almost 10' tall, but with a diameter far less than an inch. Probably 1/2" at most. It is wispy up top with lots of new growth from 6'-10' but with no foliage or branches below.

Is it ok to top it? Is that recommended? I can't fathom any of the branches holding even a single fruit.

It's about 5' wide between the branches at its widest. Shaped like a T. I'll get a photo of it later.

No Longer searching, I've been informed of the correct source in CA.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Ecuador Cacao Seeds
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:37:09 AM »
I canít say what cultivar it is, but I have 30 fresh cacao seeds to sell if anyone is interested. So far Iíve had 100% success with germinating cacao seeds. I removed the pulp this morning.

$20 for the lot

Tropical Fruit Discussion / "Diamond Guava" Mango?
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:22:25 PM »
Has anyone heard of this variety?

I purchased it from Exotica, and wonder if it's HW-14 (Diamond) but crossed with something else?

Regardless, I do hear the Diamond variety is prolific and I'll probably need a hardy variety for my more mountainous area (will be bringing it inside on cold nights during the winter for a year or two till I move somewhere I want to plant it)

Anyone have these for sale? Will accept seeds as well! I am in CA.

Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Grumichama in CA
« on: June 06, 2019, 04:53:30 PM »
Interested in Grumichama trees in CA, bigger the better.

I'm in Santa Barbara, but can travel.

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