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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yellow vs White Pineapples ??
« on: October 05, 2020, 10:31:39 PM »
Living in a jungle prone area, growing pineapples has it's problems.
I've planted a few of them around the yard every year until 2 years ago.
Then, I cleared and tilled a 6' x 35' Strip and planted a large number of them.
Then, I watched them as the ferns, weeds and everything else overgrew them.

We've just eaten a few homegrowed.
I want more.
So, I'm clearing the weeds away from the big patch now.
I'll put down some weed block cloth and replant the PAs through that, consolidating all of them into an enlarged patch.

I have many PA plants, probably 75 to 100.
They are mixed yellow and white types.
I really like the whites and want to increasing their numbers.
I know which some are, but haven't a clue on most of them.

Can yellow and white PAs be told apart from the plants before they fruit?
It'd be nice if I could separate them before replanting them, not having to replant them again later.

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I have 3 types of avocados in our back yard, Sharwil, Lamb Hass, and Ota.
They are young and have been bearing for 3 to 4 years now.
We had a volcanic eruption  that lasted about 3 months in 2018.
It was about a mile away.
we had volcanic gasses throughout that period with occasional very heavy concentrations.

All 3 are having similar but different problems right now.
I am only addressing the Sharwil right now.

In their first 2 years, they ripened in the winter, as they should have.
They were large and very tasty, but not many being young.

Last year the Sharwil's did very poorly, very few fruit and small in size.
They dropped early and rats got to them before I could.
Didn't get too taste them.
This year they look to be recovering, ... many more, and much larger fruit.
But, they are still ripening early, summer/fall opposed to expected winter.
Have been gathering newly fallen and cutting ready fruit from the tree.

They are watery.
Never has this problem with them before.
The only reason I can think of is the early ripening.

Other possibilities or experiences?

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Citrus General Discussion / Tqangerines have little flavor
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:21:48 PM »
We have a tangerine tree that was planted by the previous owner.
I'm guessing that it is either a Dancy or Fremont, and assume it is a grafted tree.
EDIT:  Fairchild not Fremont

It began producing fruit 2 or 3 years ago.
This year it has begun to take off, had over a dozen fruit on it.
It is producing large 3-1/2 to 4" dia fruit that are completely seedless.
I do not pick them until the skin is loose from the sections.
They are juicy but have very little little flavor and are not sour or tart.
The lack of flavor has been consistent through the few years it has been producing fruit.

What could be the cause of the lack of flavor for the fruit from this tree?





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ota Avocado
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:55:50 PM »
I have 3 types of avo trees, Sharwil, Lamb-Hass and Ota.
The Sharwil and the Ota have type B flowers.
The Lamb-Hass has Type A.
All three bore fruit last season for the first time.

The Sharwil and the Lamb-Hass bloom very close together.
Fertilization between them seems to take place readily.

The Ota blooms about a month or more behind the other two.
It has carried very few fruit the last couple of seasons.

The present season has been complicated by a very close by volcanic eruption.
The trees sustained minor damage from the SOx gasses about the time the fruit were setting, but are now recovering nicely.
The trees dropped a lot of the developing fruit.
The Lamb-Hass still has more fruit than it did last year.

Judging what is going on with them from the present results may not be valid because of effects from the eruption.
But, there seems to be a relationship between the blooming times and a lack of fruit setting on the Ota.

If the offset of the flowering times does affect pollination, what ways can it be dealt with to increase the yield from the Ota?


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I've had a lot of trouble with my Lamb-Hass this winter-spring.
First of all, the rats attacked them on the tree with a vengeance.
I finally began my rat poisoning regimen again, and now have them again under control, no more rat gnawed fruit dropping to the ground.

I'm still trying to judge the best ripening stage for picking them from the tree.
I think I'm getting close to having it figured out.

I'm amazed at how it is still ripening fruit and starting a new very numerous crop for this time next year.
It looks as if it'll be very prolific.

The first fruit picked, I was being pushed by the rats to get them before they did, some were a bit watery and/or stringy.
I think it was due to picking too early from a very young tree.
I'm now trying to leave them on the tree until they color up more.

We have had a very wet winter.
I think it may be affecting the avo fruit.
I noticed a horizontal crack [about 1/4 of the circumference] in the skin of this avo 2 to 3 days ago, while it was still on the tree.
Today, it was on the ground cracked and split like this.
The night after first seeing the crack we had a torrential rain storm, all night without letup.
A day and a half later, it looked like this.
In digging around, I found one reference to this sometimes happening to Lamb-Hass from young trees, but only one with no explanation for the cause.
I'm thinking the rain may have been an influence.

Any thoughts on what has happened?

The good thing is that no rats have been gnawing on it.



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One of the 1st trees I added to our property was a Biew Kiew Longan.
It was a young grafted sapling.
It has now been in place for about 2 years.
It has reached a maximum height of about 8'.


One thing I have noticed about it is that it has 2 growth spurts each year, one in the early spring and again [now] in late summer.
I have just figured out that the spring growth spurt is when it should be flowering in stead of making new stems and leaves, while the one now should be the normal growth period for new stems and leaves.

I'm convinced that this tree should be able to bear fruit next spring/summer. I just need to  figure out how to encourage it to do so.
It is planted in an area of newly made soil. I made it from cinders and a combination of green and composted mulch.
I think I was a bit light on the organic [mulch] components.
I am now bringing in and spreading composted mulch, and adding a general purpose pk type fertilizer as well as dolomite.
I am being careful to not over do it.

This is one of the newly built areas with the longan at the far left.



I have proven to myself that paying attention to nutrition makes a difference with avocados fruiting or not.
I think that may also apply to the longan.

Any practical advice for the longan?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple - Post Harvest
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:07:37 PM »
I began planting both yellow and white pineapple tops in the yard about 2 years ago.
I've got upward to about 3 to 4 dozen plants going with more to go in as I get room and time for them.
I have been picking ripe fruit from the plants for the last month or so with many more coming up to be ready in the very near future.

So, my problem:
After picking the fruit, I am getting offsets from the mother plant as well as tops from the fruit to put back into the ground for the next generation of fruit.

I'm thinking of leaving the offsets on the mother plant in place, then just letting them grow there to use the existing root system.
But, I wonder if it might be better to start all the new growths as new plantings.

Anyone knowledgeable on the best  practice for this?



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