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They like good drainage in the potting mix ,so if the pure whatever soil u use holds too much moisture, put perlite in the mix . Perfectly u would want a medium which is porous and holds air/ perlite is for that, and has a lot of organics in it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:20:26 PM »
Very nice beds.   RootBuilder lets you do the same thing regarding starting them in good soil and they work great for my permanent installation of trees.  Being bottomless the trees eventually root into native soil.
thanks ,the soil will not be higher than it is now, thats the main soil level, path and so on, yet I may make two narrow beds raised beds ,but thats a theme for another tread I suppose ☺


Nice brickwork. That is something I have always been terrible at.
much thanks , loll there are only tree rolls of bricks, if they were to be more i'm sure it would not look so well performed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit question
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:11:17 PM »
I have seen them at local big box stores and sometimes the rootstock branches out. As for the variety I don't think there is a way to tell until it fruits.
thanks !

If you like a fat base use a big DF variety.
If you like slender base use small DF variety.
thanks but I am not going to be grafting moon cactuses, was just wondering if anybody knew the most used df variety for this purpose. Guess I will have to wait at least till they flower and work from there ....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon fruit question
« on: September 28, 2020, 05:38:08 AM »
Hello ,before two years I bought two moon cactuses/ the all colour types cactus which cannot survive on their own so are grafted onto a green chlorophyll producing piece of cactus. As far as I know they are using mostly dragon fruit rootstocks , which mine were also. My question is does anyone know the most common variety of dragonfruit used for these purpose of grafting onto. My two plants have grown very big since I cut out the top grafted cactus and let the rootstock take over. They were bought from Mr. bricolage and prakticker or something. Both are from different stores.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First time grow pineapple
« on: September 28, 2020, 05:23:41 AM »
Is this a dessicated dragon fruit piece , desperately  trying to grow ,accompanying the pineapple ? ☺

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:04:07 AM »
Here is the ready thing , now I will put a cement/sand layer on the brick part to fill the holes , put the insolation first on the parts that will be buried in soil so I can spread out the huge mountain of soil thats in the center of the thing . After that I will put the metal frame of the greenhouse, then put the remaining insolation so I can fit it around the metal parts .








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Benefits of mulriple rootstocks (if any)
« on: September 27, 2020, 03:05:06 PM »
I think that the multiple root systems just help in the younger stages of the plant development, when the trees get big I dont think that a tree with 2,3 rootstocks has any pros over a tree with one. Not sure thought I,ve never had a plant on 2+ rootstocks ,so thats just my 2cents .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 24, 2020, 01:52:45 PM »
Hi all , heres an update on the work in progress, today I casted the concrete base on the south and west sides . If its enough hardened ,tomorrow I will open the frame and will post pics of what happened . Tomorrow I'm starting to put the bricks on the  other two sides and will post pics soon. ☺☺ here are te pics .














 And here is one huge unknown fig ,just for fun !!😀😀





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Sad situation, those hurricanes are a real life shifters .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa cold tolerance ??
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:27:21 PM »
I'm in zone 7b (Raleigh, North Carolina) and I can grow them just fine. Our winters are mild with only a few weeks of really cold weather scattered throughout the season. Although it can get down to 10-12 degrees F, it is rare. Only a couple of hours drive north into the Virginia mountains (I assume zone 6) people can keep the plants alive but they never get fruit.

Winters over here are basically the same , mild with mostly rain and without a lasting snow cover all the way up to December , the worst of our  winters usually happens in January  and February, when we may have a week or two of 24 hour a day subzero maximum temps . The coldest I think I have saw in my village till now is around minus 23C , thought this is somewhat rare as we usually have the biggest minimums around -15 C .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa cold tolerance ??
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:18:22 PM »
Just saw someone moved the post, thanks ☺. I am thinking of growing mine in a greenhouse with citrus which will be heated to the minimum. I am asking couse was wondering if they could survive in a unheated greenhouse in zone seven, apparently it looks like they will.....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa cold tolerance ??
« on: September 23, 2020, 10:41:28 AM »
Could anyone tell me how to move this topic to te tropical fruit forum, by mistake I released it here, tanks .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feijoa cold tolerance ??
« on: September 23, 2020, 10:31:04 AM »
Can feijoa's really take subzero temp of - 17 C/ 1.4 f . I am growing three varieties two of which are unknown and one jemini. All over the web there are statements that the plants handle such low temps, so my question is ..... do the plants start to have cold damage at this temp , or is this the temp on which the plant is killed to the ground ?? If the latter , can anyone shed some light on the stages of cold damage for feijoa for the leaves , young twigs , older wood etc. and on what temps have u all witnessed different cold damage stages . As usual thanks for any inputs !!☺

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Fig leaf
« on: September 21, 2020, 05:25:13 AM »
My figs leaves also turn in different colors : slight purplish-brown and yellow in this season - fall. The change happens prior to them falling and ive observed this on the leaves that stay for a longer time into the fall season, the slight frosts that are not strong enough to kill them just make them change color .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 20, 2020, 03:49:30 PM »
Thanks ,new update coming in a few days !!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 20, 2020, 06:33:30 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate !!🙋🙋 . At this point it does not look like much, but those are the important first steps which take more time .....here are some pics with accompanied with some explenations .

This is the base of the south and west sides, will have a thinner cement wall which top will be leveled with the other two sides which are ready for bricks .






Here are some views of the north and east sides ,with brick put up just for the purpose of getting the idea .











I will have insolating sheets on both sides of the walls , like shown in those pics .





Thanks to anyone whose following my work and making suggestions for the happenings 😜😜🙌😀

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pecan question
« on: September 19, 2020, 02:40:19 PM »
I guess they have to be stratified since pecans come from cooler slimates, dont quote me on that thought.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 18, 2020, 12:56:06 AM »
Yesterday I made half of the formwork and today will be putting the cement in . I made it to fix the level which had a light slope, and to make a more wide step on which to put the bricks later.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant ID
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:13:10 PM »
Def looks like tamarillo, a thirsty one by that !

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:54:47 AM »
By the way, the work has started !!☺


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:51:52 AM »
I don't believe that picture is showing a typical post footing, but rather the cross-section of a full perimeter wall.  The goal would be to insulate the dirt inside the greenhouse so it doesn't conduct heat out and to keep the soil warm enough allow in-ground planting.   If it were just a post/sonotube type footing then yeah it would be pointless to insulate it.

My suggested changes (pretty minor)

yeah its a cross section ,that just shows the idea better. Thanks for the details about the coating material and the sloping on the top, will def take them into account.
 I was wondering if the bricks are any good if they are under the ground level in the moisture. I mean I will cover them with a sand and cement solution and then will have the sturofoam on the outher side which will have also be covered with a net and teracol.
My direct guestion is ,is is good that way in a sence to not let moisture to the bricks ,which will degrade fast in a such environment ,or should I make a concreete base right up to the soil level and then work from there with the bricks ?? Thanks to anyone and have a nice day !🙋

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The tree looks old to me, I guess there are some kind of critters in the bark that the peckers are after.....just a suggestion ...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Policarbonate greenhouse recomendations
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:45:26 PM »
Hello ,once again 🙋🙋😀 the greenhouse is here, still waiting on the tomatoes thought... I made a quick sketch of the base for the greenhouse / how I will be making it. Please take a look and tell me, is it okay that way. Anything I can add or discard ??
Note: right side is in, left -out.



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1st wish: Wish for unlimited wishes (Ahaha you dirty Fruit Fairy, take that!!)

Now with my unlimited barrage of wishes, I'd wish for unlimited land and unlimited trees/plants.

I'd also wish that whenever you plant something there would be no such thing as pest pressure and it could survive anywhere, under any conditions and would immediately and constantly be everbearing with perfectly ripe fruit that lasts until you eat it.


Lolll that firs sentence is just genius .
I would wish that all plants on earth would flourish on all places on earth . Think koko palms and blueberries growing and fruiting next to each other .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Measuring distance between trees/plants
« on: September 12, 2020, 01:28:43 AM »
Generally for me its not just root space that matters ,but also air space. As trees/plants grow they will start touching each other and ultimately shading one another .

That's a good point. My intention is to manage sunlight and circulation over time. This is for the portion of my yard that is dedicated to a hedge and I'm packing it in a bit for more rapid privacy. So for root space, I guess it would be center to center, and for air space, I would factor in other considerations?
I suppose if leave more space for the canopy ,u ultimately have more space for the roots between each tree. Another consideration that can be taken into acount is the spread of the root perimeter. I  know from personal experience that the roots ot trees spread in a much wider diameter than the canopy.

Pc: now I saw your question is for a hedje ,in which I would assume u can pack the plants for a faster result ,but can also spread the apart more ,in which case they will also close to each other but will take more time. What plants are we talking about, fruiting or decorative ? If they are fruiting and your goal is also the fruit I would plant them with more distance, if they are ornamentals ,plant them as close as u want .

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