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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry Tree Grafting
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:38:03 PM »
Any time after growth starts pushing and before it reaches a consistent 85F+.

Jujube does just fine in pots.   Go with fabric or root pruning pots for best results. 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my blueberry plant?
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:33:23 PM »
Viking Guy,

Just checked out that 247garden place.  Thank you very much for posting that. 


Very welcome.  They are 1/10th the price of smart pots and are better and longer lasting in my experience of using both.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hog plum - mombin question
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:29:53 PM »
I love hog plum.   Best eaten when you can hold it to the sunlight and see a little transparency in the pulp through the skin.  They need honey bees for pollination.  Perhaps you're just lacking pollinators, as the tree sounds large enough.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my blueberry plant?
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:14:31 AM »
I'd also as mentioned use some superphosphate.  Remedying the pH situation might fix the apparent phosphorus deficiency on its own, or it might not.  Phosphorus is poorly mobile in soil and generally spends most of its time sequestered, so if you're repotting, that's the best time to add it.  And if you're raising the pH, I'd (as mentioned) use dolomite or any other form of aglime that contains magnesium to do so.  Two birds with one stone.  If you add only calcium compounds to increase the pH, you risk worsening a magnesium deficiency, as magnesium and calcium compete in the roots.

This is very good advice from Karen.   Make sure when adding a superphosphate that you also bring up potassium and sulphur with it if testing deficient..  Only takes very small amounts. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cara Cara vs Tarocco ?
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:59:31 AM »
I didn't like Sanguinelli either.  I'll eat Moro and Cara like candy though, and have to watch my blood sugar

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cara Cara vs Tarocco ?
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:38:10 PM »
Taracco.  What I think about it?  Grew it.  Tasted it.  Three consecutive years the fruit wasn't just inferior--I didn't even like it.

Dug it up and planted a dekopon in its place.  No regrets.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cara Cara vs Tarocco ?
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:43:22 PM »
This isn't even a contest.   Cara Cara is my favorite citrus fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Planting citrus in a bath tub.
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:41:59 PM »
Raised bed.

Pretty much this.  Even without those problems I elevate mine.

The other option is very large pots.  200g-400g fabric pots would be ideal in the long run. 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my blueberry plant?
« on: March 06, 2018, 02:03:15 AM »
Can add Epsom salt. What's the reason for putting it in fabric pot and not providing more sun? Does plastic pot and more not good for blueberry?

Few reasons.  First, the plant is ultra stressed and very young and needs to drop those dying leaves and push new growth--best done out of the West sun in a 9a zone as it currently cannot protect its canopy from sun scald and will suffer dieback.  Morning eastern sun mixed with mixed sun/shade in the afternoon will help it recover quicker.

Next, fabric pots will prevent root binding and release some of the acidity from the soil while retaining some micros.  Runner roots will hit the edge of fabric and cause it to send out some feeder roots rather than spinning around a plastic pot and binding the root ball.  Also, plastic pots sitting in 9a sun will get too hot and cause dead zones within your potential root ball.  Fabric pots don't overheat and breathe easily and are lightweight.  I quit using plastic pots for nearly all of my plants as of a few years ago and am a wishing I had converted to fabric much sooner.

Plus you can order the things for dirt cheap directly from  Don't waste money on expensive smart pots--247 does the same thing at a fraction the cost and range from 1/4 g to 400g in size.

For my blueberries, I use a strict mix of 30/30/30/10 mix of perlite/peat moss/mini pine nuggets/coir.  Don't be afraid to make your own soil and repot that blueberry to fix it's soil conditions--just keep it well watered for a couple of weeks if you do.  Add some premium worm castings and Epsom salt to the new soil, and until it recovers, a light dosage of Osmocote slow release would be beneficial.

Enjoy and hope it recovers.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my blueberry plant?
« on: March 05, 2018, 03:34:54 AM »
Douse that puppy with a few teaspoons of Epson salt.  Get your pH to 5 - 5.5 for blueberry bushes.  Wouldn't hurt to add some premium worm castings.  Really nice mixes from boogie brew.  Pull out of the West sun for now, and transfer to a fabric pot such as 247.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry plants? where to go?
« on: March 05, 2018, 03:28:02 AM »
Buy from Starks Bros.   They sell them dirt cheap in 25 br clusters, and they break out very fast with nearly 100% success rate while offering the top varieties.  They send you very large and mature clusters at that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Successful Fruit Growers in Vegas?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:58:37 AM »
Thanks.  Do you have any idea what type of water restrictions there are?  I know the area isn't exactly.beaming with water hovering at 10% humidity.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Successful Fruit Growers in Vegas?
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:55:26 AM »
Looking at some land in Henderson, and curious if anyone is having success with tropical fruits there, and if so, what?
Showing as a 9b, but also seeing reports of occasional snow.  So, I'm a little confused.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: UF Best
« on: July 07, 2017, 11:16:50 PM »

By the way, my fruits have been left uncovered/unprotected, and not a single pest touching them.

So you have had no issues with fruit flies?

On the tree, no.  But leave them in the house for too long and you'll have a peach soup.

Nurseries won't be able to accept my plants because I have over 20 citrus.

Thanks guys.   I'm wanting to try to find a spot here locally so I can go by and hug and kiss my trees every so often like we all do.  I mean, you do, right?

Anyhow, if I can't by tomorrow, I'll be willing to take the two hour trip this Friday.  I owe you some trees anyhow Mike.

Will be glad when I get the new plot so I can plant some of these pot dwellers.

They are potted, well groomed, pest and disease free.  Everything from stonefruits to mangosteen.

I'm sure I have roughly $10K worth of trees in this lot (many very, very hard to find ones too).  So believe me, this is something I don't take lightly.  It is either find a sitter, or I may be forced to throw them away this week and watch all my hard work growing these specimens go down the tube.

Hopefully someone can help.

No one have land down in these parts?  :)

I have some soursop seeds available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Miami - Need a temporary tree arrangement
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:56:41 AM »
Title pretty much says it.

I have about 50+ potted trees that I need to store on someone's property for a month or two while we get moved.  I have nowhere to put them, and cannot leave them where I am any longer.

I want to do this locally, so Homestead (preferably) or somewhere in South Miami.

I don't mind paying a reasonable amount for this favor, or letting you take all the scions, fruit and seeds you like--or both.

But I need to make this happen and fast. Very fast.

Thanks to my forum family for any assistance on this matter.

Does not look like chlorine burn, but I will tell you an easy fix.

Go to Wal-Mart and hit the RV section in the back near sporting goods.  They carry hoses and hose line filters designed for filtering water for human consumption.

Attached one of those inline filters to your water source and run your hose from that directly.  Viola.

No more chlorine touching your waterings

I have a giant pitcher plant.

I know, I win, but don't let that discourage you from posting all those lesser cool things everyone else has.

For #2, I think I will give that title to my black orchid, Monnierara Millennium Magic 'Witchcraft'.

After that, I will say my Viking Berry--for obvious reasons.

I like how you set it up.

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