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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Why is my thornless key lime so sad???
« on: November 04, 2019, 09:31:06 AM »
So, I pruned my little tree, increased the watering, and bagged it, and it has definitely perked up. Thanks!

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Almost all of my trees have come from seed.
I am a seed collecting addict and have brought home seeds from all over the world.
Half the vacation pictures my husband has taken of me consist of me either looking up in trees, down at the ground, or eating some local fruit and picking out the seeds.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this Cocona? Help identify if not!!!
« on: November 04, 2019, 09:24:09 AM »
But they got very large, almost a foot across.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this Cocona? Help identify if not!!!
« on: November 03, 2019, 10:24:52 PM »
It was very delicious, sweet and a little tangy.
SOMEBODY must know what this is!

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All my trees are in pots.
Ones that have bloomed or fruited so far are - jaboticaba, soursop, cherimoya, about a dozen types of citrus including finger lime, tamarillo, caper, kukui, annatto, cinnamon, coffee, cacao, pitangatuba, pitanga, dragonfruit, noni, moringa, eggfruit, several types of guava, several types of banana, dwarf pineapple, miracle fruit and vanilla orchid.
The others are just getting old enough to think about fruiting.

Have fun!

Carolyn (zone 6 with a big greenhouse)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this Cocona? Help identify if not!!!
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:18:11 PM »
It is not star apple (caimito), as I bought some of those also, and the seeds and plants looked way different. 
The seeds from this fruit were definitely like tomato seeds, that is why I bought the "Cocona" i.d. from the fruit seller.
Here is a pic of the plant.



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I gave passionfruit to my kids by the time they were a year and a half, because they could suck it out of the shell.  Only my oldest liked the sour taste, but he also sucked lemons.
As far as "processing" the seeds, they will probably come out in the same form as which they went in...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this Cocona? Help identify if not!!!
« on: November 03, 2019, 12:59:16 PM »
I got some fruit at a fruit stand in Colombia and planted the seeds.
One is definitely Lulo (Solanum quitoense).
The other one, pictured below, with my extremely limited Spanish, I thought the vendor told me was Cocona ( I even had her write it down to make sure).
The Lulo thrived, but the Cocona plants died, so when I started looking for replacement seeds, nothing looked like what I had brought back.
So is this some sort of weird purple Cocona (Solanum sessiliflorum), or something else? The fruit was about two inches across and smooth. The leaves of the plant were large, and looked very similar to the Lulo leaves, without the purple spines.
I would love to find seeds of the purple fleshed variety, as it was very creamy and tasty!

Thanks!  Carolyn







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is blooming?
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:44:31 AM »
Miracle fruit, most of my citrus, soursop (for the first time, yay!), jabo, eggfruit.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Why is my thornless key lime so sad???
« on: October 22, 2019, 01:07:52 AM »
I use Kellogg organic potting mix with lots of extra perlite. The soil is not compacted, and moist clear through. It is fast draining though. I have repotted it since I got it, thinking that was the problem but it didnt help.
The soil pH tests at about 6.5 and I acidify my water down to aout 6.
The roots could be damaged from before I got it.  I have been afraid of overwtaer8ng it, but extra water doesn't perk it up at all.
Maybe I will try tenting it to up the humidity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why is my thornless key lime so sad?
« on: October 22, 2019, 01:01:41 AM »
The leaves are a year old, no new leaves at all in that time, and my othe citrus have flushed once or twice. No leaf drop, nothinge new. Just sits there like a plastic plant. It is in a 12" pot and the roots are not to the edges of the pot. I did dump it out to check the soil and roots, and the soil is fluffy and moist but not overly wet.  The citrus nutritional spray has magnesium in it, so it should be getting enough.  Doesn't seem to be planted too deep, I can see the collar on the trunk.
Hmmm, maybe I should sing to it. That's about the only thing I haven't tried.  I might try sitting it right under a light?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Why is my thornless key lime so sad?
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:51:32 PM »
I posted this on the citrus forum, but it seems to be infected with some sort of spam, so I am posting it here also, to see if anyone can help.

I cannot figure out what this guy needs. It has looked this way since I got it last summer.  Soil is not overly dry or sopping wet. I have checked the roots, they are fine. It gets the same treatment as all my other greenhouse citrus that are blooming now.  It is not dropping leaves, but has never put on a new leaf, and these leaves wont perk up. The leaves feel normal, noat wilted or dried out. It gets Osmocote, MiracelGro and foliar citrus nitritional spray just like all the others.
I am stumped...




 Thanks, Carolyn

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Citrus General Discussion / Why is my thornless key lime so sad???
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:43:29 PM »
I cannot figure out what this guy needs. It has looked this way since I got it last summer.  Soil is not overly dry or sopping wet. I have checked the roots, they are fine. It gets the same treatment as all my other greenhouse citrus that are blooming now.  It is not dropping leaves, but has never put on a new leaf, and these leaves wont perk up. The leaves feel normal, noat wilted or dried out. It gets Osmocote, MiracelGro and foliar citrus nitritional spray just like all the others.
I am stumped...




 Thanks, Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I braid my Malabar Chestnuts, or not?
« on: October 17, 2019, 12:40:29 AM »
I have a bunch of Malabar Chestnut seedlings, and am wondering - if I braid three together, will the roots get too crowded together?  They will eventually wind up in a 25 gallon pot.  I am hoping they will bloom/fruit in my greenhouse. Most of my fruit trees are in that size of pot, but there is only one per pot.

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Rats, forgot to check the no-no list...

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Hi All, I also posted this in citrus buy/sell, but thought I would try here also for maximum coverage. We are visiting in Australia, and I thought I would bring back some small finger lime trees in my hand baggage. Among othe restrictions, they have to have a phytosanitary certificate. Anyone know of a nursery in the Sydney area that could help me?

Thanks!
Carolyn

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We are visitng Australia and I thought I would bring back some young finger lime trees in my hand baggage if I can find a place in the Sydney area that can issue me a phytosanitary cert for them.

Thanks!
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anybody familiar with cacao tree "dwarfing"?
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:22:25 PM »
So, I have a bunch of theobroma cacao seedlings coming along, and some of them are about a third the height of the others. 
They are NOT stunted - they have good thick trunks, big healthy leaves and they are branching normally.  They just have very short internode distance. The cotyledons on the sprouts were only about 1/4 inch above the soil line, whereas the others were about 1 1/2 inches off the ground. They have all gotten EXACTLY the same sun, water and food as the normal ones. I even rotate them all to make sure they don't lean, etc.

I am cautiously excited.  They are only two months old though.
Could I have some true dwarf cacao trees?  Or is it too early to tell?
Has anybody else experienced this???

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sending seeds to USA?
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:47:14 AM »
It's the buyer, not you, who is responsible for getting the seeds here legally.  If they (or a friend) have a USDA permit, they can email it to you, along with a COLOR copy of the USDA shipping label that they get with their permit.  You enclose a copy of the permit with the seeds, along with a note stating the botanical name, who collected it and from what country, slap the label on, and away it goes.  It is very easy, and depending on which port it goes through, it doesn't slow the process down too much.  I get seeds from Africa all the time that way.  I also mail myself seeds all the time when I travel.  An addicting hobby.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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I have a real healthy one in a pot in my zone 12 greenhouse.  It is about 5 ft tall and 5 yrs old.  Mine does not like a lot of water, and it almost keeled over when I fertilized it.  Now, it just gets a little Osmocote Plus twice a year. I let it totally dry out before watering, and it is in the sunniest spot in the greenhouse.

Good luck!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarcane cuttings: How to handle?
« on: August 30, 2019, 11:16:04 PM »
I root single node cuttings all the time just like Pokeweed described, and I get probably 75% that take.  So drop them in the dirt and see what happens!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First safou harvest
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:59:49 PM »
In looking at my "100 Tropical Fruits, Nuts and Spices for the Central African Home Garden", the authors say that the "trees are male-female dominant, meaning that some trees produce mostly male flowers and are low producers, while others produce mostly female flowers and are high producers".

I am taking this to mean that they are not strictly dioecious, which is good news for those of us who only have a few trees.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what is wrong with my eggfruit?
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:38:53 AM »
Shame on me! I am a bad plant parent  :-[

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what is wrong with my eggfruit?
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:44:13 PM »
I didn't realize there were mites so  small I couldn't see them. Dang!

Thanks!!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / what is wrong with my eggfruit?
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:53:54 PM »
I have two Pouteria campechiana in my greenhouse that are four years old. They seem to be growing well, but lately, the majority of their leaves are looking like this.
I am thinking it is a nutrient problem. 
Too much of something?
Too little?
They get Miracle Gro and Osmocote Plus. Lately, with the irrigation water getting into the greenhouse, the pot has felt a bit heavy. Too much water?
There are little specks that can be seen on the leaves, but there are no insects on them, even under a microscope. If it is something like spider mites (which I DO have in there in a very limited way), they are not showing themselves.  The white specks look like dandruff under the microscope.



Any assistance would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Carolyn

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