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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Houston Area Fruit Sale Season 2016 is here!
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:38:44 AM »
Ok, the information is starting to dribble in and is subject to change.
The Counties are notoriously bad at getting the information out there until the last minute then the sale information sits on their sites until the last minute of the following year.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mac Nuts
« on: December 11, 2015, 10:44:12 AM »
I am getting my first (tiny) crop of Mac Nuts.  Half are duds.  The other half are extremely difficult to separate the meat from the shell.  Is there a trick to this?  Do I need to let them dry out before cracking?  Is it an issue of when I am harvesting?
It would be nice to get to the whole nut to pop.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Temperature and humidity data logger
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:43:55 AM »
I am looking to put up a greenhouse in another state next year.  One of the things that I am looking is the ability to track temperature and humidity levels in a new greenhouse, have the data logged, set email/text alarms, and do it remotely.  I will have WiFi access at the greenhouse.
Does anyone have a recommendations for a system?  I guess I'd like to have some scalability for future upgrades, but this is not a requirement.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lux Meters
« on: August 20, 2015, 01:34:18 AM »
Any recommendations for brands, and what to look for?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Berries in the rain
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:31:13 AM »
Well my red raspberry crop took a hit.  We've been real wet here as of late which isn't real good for any berry, but we got hit by a hard hard rain yesterday and went outside to pick for the day, all of the red raspberries are gone, even the pink almost ready berries.  the rain appears to have knocked them all off.  That was a good chunk of my crop too, there are some left that are going to be a few days before they are ready to go but, bummer.  The yellows are behind so don't think they will be affected, not as big of a fan of the yellows but they work.  The black raspberries seem to be gone as well, not that I had that many.
The blackberries and the blueberries don't seem to have been affected but it is still a little early for them.

In a previous thread I was talking about how my Navajo blackberries were failing, well the are dead now (bad location).  But I was just talking to a local U-Pick farm and they said that a good chunk of their farm is Navajo, so apparently they will grow here, maybe just not by me.  I need to try again, Navajo is supposed to be one of the best blackberries out there.  I had a wonderful blackberry patch up north, the thorns were brutal, but wow they were good, but maybe getting stabbed made the fruit taste sweeter, or maybe that was my blood.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bird Netting
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:58:01 AM »
Any recommendation for bird netting?
For both the brand and sourcing?

The mockingbirds have already started filching strawberries; and my other berries, figs, and all, are not far off from being targets.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Turpentine Rootstock for Mangos
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:21:32 AM »
Is there a bonafide turpentine rootstock, or is any seed used as rootstock classified as a turpentine?

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Citrus General Discussion / Cocktail grapefruit pick time
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:18:19 PM »
I raid the market every year when these come it.   I haven't seen them in the store yet this year.
My cocktail grapefruit produced one fruit this year (the first ever).
It has colored up nicely and is soft. What is the optimal pick time for these?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wren Houses
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:24:15 PM »
I'd like to reduce my feathered friend fruit loss.
Does anyone have wren houses (wrens) for the purpose of keeping mockingbirds away?  Do they work?
I recently heard that wrens are highly territorial and they won't tolerate mockingbirds around the nest.  I was told that you need to get the nests up pretty soon in my neck of the woods, Spring I would assume.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangosteen Twins
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:02:58 AM »
I just uppotted my mangosteen seedlings.  One of them had two seedlings in one pot.  Long story short, I could have put two seeds in a pot.  During the up-pot I separated the two seedlings and found that they were twins from the same seed.  They are quite a bit smaller than the biggest seedling from the same batch (but bigger than the runts).
Is twinning at all common in mangosteens?
Since this is a mangosteen, does that mean that they can only be clones?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Whining about Mangosteen pruning
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:18:17 AM »
So I have a mangosteen seedling.
It is about 6 inches tall, I think it is doing great (her little sister is a little disfunctional but is starting to come along).
Anyways, the most recent push at 6 inches tall has produced branches.  Two to be exact.

6 inches is a bit close the the ground to have a tree branch, now this tree will probably never place its feet in Mother Earth, so allowing it to branch may not be a terrible thing.  Since it is a mangosteen, I will keep repotting to taller and taller pots.

Normally I have no problem pruning trees, I'm still a little frightened of topping mangos, but I do it.

Funny how you have a prized tree and the rationale goes out the window.

I'm clearly too close to this plant, can anyone offer outside thought on this.
Do I murder the branches or let them live?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Macadamia tree pruning questions
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:42:25 AM »
So I bought this Dana White Macadamia from the fruit tree sale.  It is already larger than I would like.  I want to prune it down.  You can see in the picture on the left hand side there are two branches that don't have much foliage in the mid section.  I'd like chop these two branches off to try and get the tree to fill in a bit more and remove some height.  Any suggests as to the proper way to prune Macs along with any potential pitfalls, best time of year to prune, etc.?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Haul from U.S. Largest Fruit Tree Sale
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:32:15 AM »
Forgot to take my camera, it was a single aisle that ran the entire length of a football stadium (175 yards?).  Must have been 2000+ people.

I got all nine that I wanted.  You buy first, then find space afterwards right?
Sorry for picture quality, after the repots.
Down front, two Mysore Raspberries.
Left to Right, Tropic Snow Peach,  Dana White Macadamia (didn't learn the first time), Blanc Du Bois and Spanish Black grapes, Grafted five variety Plum, and two Abundance Blueberries.



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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Tom-Tato!
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:25:06 AM »
I swear this belongs in the Onion, but I guess it is legit.

A cross of a tomato and a potato???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24281192

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Family Tree
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:10:55 AM »
Is anyone aware of a listing of the biological classification of fruit trees (along with the common name)?
Everyone talks terms of genus-species but I think it would be interesting to see the family, order, and class of the fruit world.

I think it would interesting to see how mangosteen relates to pineapple for example.  How far up the tree do you need to go to find relation.

I would like it with the common names if possible, my eyes can start to roll in the back of my head with Latin overload.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cut, ship, and re-graft a mango
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:39:29 PM »
HELP!    Time sensitive info needed.
I have two boxes from previous shipments and all supplies to reship.  I trimmed the boxes down by one foot to make them meet airline 60 linear inches, I get free checked bags.

So I'm in Florida and went to Excalibur (Great place to visit if you have the opportunity) yesterday.  I bought two trees.  I got a Monroe avocado that is quite short, no issue with shipping there.

The problem child is the Pickering mango.  It is a solid 18 inches above the box height.
It is a good looking tree but most of the growth is above the box height.

I'm going top try and save a couple of leave groupings for a good place to get re-branching.

My brother suggested I try cutting it and grafting it back together after arriving back home.

Anyone have any success with cutting a mango the regrafting to the same location 6 hrs. later?

If so, what graft should I do?  I'm not a grafting pro, I was thinking of doing a deep v-cut and splint the wound.

Suggestions, comments?

I am leaving early early on Wednesday.   TIA!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Splitting the twins
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:59:15 AM »
I planted a poly Manila seed, two popped up.

What is the best size to split them apart and repot?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When does the madness end?
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:08:54 PM »
So I took a trip to the asian mega-mart.  They must have had 6-7 different varieties of mango.  I've never had a Kent, so I picked up a box, and at 1$ apiece, not a bad price and they were big.
Friggin delcious and creamy!!!!
Just wonderful.

So what?
Now I have to go and buy a Kent?
I already have 5 different varieties of mango, with a 6th inbound and now I have to get another one?  I already have 50 plus fruit tree.

Can anyone recommend a good therapist?

Guess I should know better than to hang out at the crack house.

Time for another Kent.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Online Cherimoyas
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:50:57 AM »
I've done some fairly extensive research trying to find grafted varieties of chermoya that I can get shipped to me.  Not to be found.
Occassionally they will show up on Ebay, crazy overpriced.

Anyone know of any retailers that will ship grafted plants?

I have preference for Booth, Pierce or El Bumpo, but will consider...


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