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Ive been looking at lights just to see whats the latest and greatest.  Citizen and luminous both have nice stuff out but they are way more expensive then the previous generation lights.  There was a chart posted early showing those to be the most efficient lighrs of the cobs but it was putting their new generation stuff agaibst competitors old stuff.  Wasnt putting lights of the same price point against each other.  Based on my research the older gen citizen or luminous chips look atill to be the best option for cost effectiveness.

Mars hydro has some good looking waterproof quantum type lights out.  No fans and the light looks white.  I may buy one of those at some point to test out.  They look good for putting over a table of small starter plants.  I think they come ready to go with dimmable meanwells.

May as well go straight to the source of QBs and order from Meiju Lighting Co on Alibaba. I bought a $300 light from HLG, and then the same light from Meiju - it had better build quality, was pre-wired, and had an external dimmer rather than a kinda POS internal one on the driver like the HLG.... For $154 delivered. It's also brighter.


Getting great growth out of this double rootstock Kent. (Indoors under lights as a winter test)

I understand the driver for COBs adds  heat to the light chip itself,  Migro brand uses a design where the driver is 4 or more feet away from the main unit, im not crazy about the design couldnt the driver be placed 1 foot above the main cob unit somehow to get enough air flow cooling ?

The reason to have the driver 4' away, is because many people are using these lights inside grow tents, thus, 4' away means the driver can be outside your tent and not increase interior temperatures.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach leaf curl
« on: December 11, 2019, 01:27:13 PM »
My plum and pluot suffered this all year, so I am interested in this too.

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 Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya plants
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:51:17 PM »
I have no idea, you could look it up but I dont think they are very cold hardy.  They need to be in relatively frost free areas.  Maybe ok in 9B.

They seem to be fine in 9b. Tons of them up here in SB in colder microclimates.

In my case, I wasn't willing to have fan noise since this light set-up is inside my house. The quantum boards are effectively just a COB light with a different lay out - instead of the diodes circling around a stalk and being reflected downward by the housing, the LEDs are directly facing down on a big fat panel. This is also good for cooling, since they aren't stacked all around each other. They are mounted to an extruded, anodized aluminum heat sink that gets better light distribution and cooling. A lot of the COB rigs are really expensive if you're buying them commercially a la Timber. Homebrew like Brad is pretty decent pricing.

With the two 260w boards I have, the boards and the heatsink barely get warm - it's just the driver that runs even slightly hot. It's kind of a bummer actually cause I wanted some ambient heating in my house from them...

There are so many ways to do this. You can even just buy some cheap fluorescent bulbs from Home Depot and have a bunch of little work lamp housings, which is probably sufficient and cheapest. I plan to use my lights for other endeavours later on, so I wanted something higher end than that, and also didn't want some weird aesthetic in the corner of my house... Though I guess it's still weird since it glows like the gotdamn sun.  8)

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.


From some recent ďgrowĒ forum trolling I came across HLG Quantum Board lights. They were very well reviewed getting more weight per watt. I bought one from HLG then did lots more reading and found the Alibaba link for the manufacturer. It was stupidly cheap. $154 for a 260w quantum board light, delivered. Shenzen lighting company.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Season 2019 (So Cal)
« on: November 25, 2019, 11:58:52 AM »
I have one very small fruit on my Geffner, and four on my Knight (I think one is cross pollinated with atemoya pollen). One is of good size, maybe a pound, the rest pretty small (like lime sized). No issues with pests, I bagged all of them with the little jewelry bags.

Hoping next weeks' cooling doesn't harm their progress. Going to drag the trees in their pots under the deck for the coldest part of the week.

Received more requests than seeds and are gone trying to get send more down to me, if I receive them I'll let you know 😀

Interested as well, this one is cool.

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 / Re: Plum Pests
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:01:57 PM »
Can you share Pictures of leafes? Plums are exposed to a variety of diseases and pests. The most common plum tree diseases include black knot, plum pocket, brown red, plum pox virus, perennial canker, bacterial leaf spot, bacterial gum disease and also mites.

There is a good photo in the first post of the leaves. No ID on it?

Seems it's risky to keep plums around...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellowing leaves after repotting
« on: November 15, 2019, 02:00:11 PM »

Tis the season. I think as it gets colder this seems to happen to most cherimoya leaves. Mine have all suffered fairly badly when I repotted them in Spring, same for the one I put in the ground a few weeks ago. They are all fine now.

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 / Re: Please Help with this Jaboticaba ID
« on: October 28, 2019, 01:58:36 PM »
Really beautiful plant. Where did you get it from?

Agreed. The plants you guys get in Florida blow my CA mind sometimes.

It looks like a hybrid for sure. My Red has the same characteristics.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Duranta Erecta
« on: October 26, 2019, 09:10:26 AM »
Wow. The nursery I bought them from said they were fine to eat and offered me a few ripe ones... Which I tried with no issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Duranta Erecta
« on: October 26, 2019, 12:09:58 AM »

A mature fruiting one.

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?

Even speaking fluent Portuguese I had trouble finding seed sources. You need to find someone there who's really as obsessed as we are... Not easy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: October 25, 2019, 06:17:10 PM »
At my place in SB, I just put a freshly uprooted acerola cherry into the ground... I hope it survives. Even with shade cloth all over it, its' going to 100% defoliate... Been ultra watering everything just in case. It was 104f yesterday. The wind so far has been ok, maybe not too bad in SoCal?

The plants can only use so much water from the ground.  You can drench the plant canopy to help it from dessicating.  Just water it as often as you can on the leaves.  It will not burn the plant, thats a myth.

You can also use surround on them to reflect off the light.

Too late I think. They're falling off so rapidly now and dry as a bone. It's a 10' tall specimen so it'll probably be fine by Spring if winter doesn't get it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: October 25, 2019, 06:06:08 PM »
At my place in SB, I just put a freshly uprooted acerola cherry into the ground... I hope it survives. Even with shade cloth all over it, its' going to 100% defoliate... Been ultra watering everything just in case. It was 104f yesterday. The wind so far has been ok, maybe not too bad in SoCal?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: October 25, 2019, 03:07:22 PM »
Awww man, sorry Brad. That sucks. I was worried about my new acerola getting tipped over but it survived... Just lost its shade cloth.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Starfruit Seedlings For Sale
« on: October 25, 2019, 12:21:14 AM »
Any large ones left?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Topping Spindly Carambola
« on: October 24, 2019, 03:48:40 PM »
Some photos of the offender. I took Spaughs advice and will cut in spring. I see two options of where to cut as shown by my hand.

It is in the shade at my house cause it just came from the shady nursery and I repotted.

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