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Can I have whatever the hell your smoking!!  ;D

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Moving to a warmer country?
« on: May 16, 2020, 08:13:30 AM »
Spain or Portugal get my vote. The food is on par with Italy and women are beautiful. Oh were talking fruit growing? Yeah it can be done there also!

I always wondered why they need cold. Aren’t there varieties from Panama, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Haiti? Some those countries are zone 13. Is it a pronounced dry period that plays into it? Ghana is a mango producing country, its located 8 degrees north of equator. Let that sink in :o!


I have a nit pick with calling yourself a “breeder” as you didn’t select the parents, ie breed anything. What happened was you planted out a few seeds and happened upon a chance seedling that has outperformed the others in the bunch. This same logic applies as when you say as if planting hundreds or thousands of seeds ect. Achetadomestica likewise planted out a handful of seeds and likewise could also be “lucky” to have an improved version of isan indigo.


I agree completely Joe. To say one is a “breeder” in this case does not appear justified more like Luke selected the best seedling he got from a tree that was already grafted in another country, which to me implies someone else had already been either working on the variety or noticed the fruit enough to graft it. For instance if I purchase a littler of puppies and out of that group I select the pick of the litter “superior in every way” but did not raise the parents or put time in other then feeding and caring for the pups to maturity then I am not the breeder. I am simply a flipper and selling off the superior pup as my own creation.

But that’s neither here nor there really, as these plants don’t care what they are called.  These names only help us organize and develop varieties that could be improved upon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida visit
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:32:44 PM »
I second fruit and spice park. But hands down Fairchild’s is the place to see some incredible specimens and unique trees with history. Excalibur is close to me but I wouldn’t say it’s a place to visit and just walk around. It’s a working nursery.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Orchard Floor Management
« on: December 02, 2019, 09:09:29 AM »
While I personally agree with letting the grass grow unchecked.  It's mostly because I like having grasshoppers and lizards roaming my property.  I kinda have done what you did out of sheer laziness. I planted my trees and laid logs all around them. I can't get my mower in there anymore and I am just too lazy to take a weed whacker to it. I haven't seen any really healthy growth compared to my trees in pots.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: a few seeds
« on: December 02, 2019, 08:36:02 AM »
If you guys want great healthy seeds. Mike is the man to get them from!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Heater Suggestions?
« on: November 09, 2019, 11:09:57 PM »
For such a small space and being stuck with extension cords I would use 1 or two oil filled radiators on wheels. Set both on the lowest setting and go from there. Cheap easy to get and can store them away or use them in your house. Also the don’t dry out the air and I have seen some pretty efficient models.

If anyone can offer me cuttings just name your price. These mulberries are native to the American south west. They are a smaller tree and have very small leaves.

Cheers Alex

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Florida grown kratom?
« on: October 22, 2019, 10:21:59 PM »
I have several growing in 5 gallon pots that manage Texas winters in a garage. 

At first i treated them like babies. The more i learned about the community the less interested i became and the less care i gave them. Its very hard to cut through nonsense in the Kratom community.

Ive been told American Kratom has never tested positive for key alkaloids. Ive been told they wont until they are XXX years old. No one truly knows what they are growing. Or if its actually Mitragyna Speciosa. Its seems like the driving factor of trade isnt pure specimens but kitschy names like Pink Indo, Bumblebee or Rifat. What color the veins are. This has made proper trade anywhere impossible.

i ran across an article a decade before Kratom even gained fringe status that the seed being sold as M.Speciosa was actually M.Parviflora.  Every seller ive spoke to has wildly contradictory information.. and they are all 'right'.

Ive made tea with my leaves and it did make a difference. I probably prune back 10% of the 3 that are largest, and it affords me 2 days worth of tea. For a while i felt tea made with green leaves right off the tree worked better. But these experiences differ from month to month. I dont take processed Kratom regularly and to be honest ive never been very impressed with it. But i still dont think my home made tea compared with processed product.  Unfortunately, theres no way to get at the truth, how to grow your own processed quality Speciosa. Due to the community itself.

The Kratom community is secretive and deceptive. They spread anecdotal, baseless info worse than the Marijuana community (and thats saying alot).

Which is sad, because it really is an important tree that saves lives. Not to mention how fast it grows and how gorgeous it is pruned into a bush

Very true. The tree I have is a cutting given to me by a friend. I have the tea every now and then but never felt any difference. I just like growing them. I also have the ayahuasca vine and also not sure how real they are! Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Florida grown kratom?
« on: October 22, 2019, 10:14:11 PM »
I am in zone 10 A. The one I have has done really well even though I did everything wrong. I planted it in a deeply shaded area on the north side of a building and did not amend my soil at all. I must say they are very thirsty trees. I used a lot of mulch and fish emulsion mixed with epsom salt. If I could do it again I would dig a large hole weeks in advance and mix peat moss with coffee grinds and mushroom compost.

In the winter they get really dry burned looking leaves. Then once the rains come they get right back to being beautiful.

I thought they were a understory tree in the rainforest. But they are in fact a giant canopy tree that loves sunlight.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's National Iguana Awareness Day!
« on: September 16, 2019, 03:05:31 PM »
The Camel group evolved in North America, moved south & west and disappeared here.

Those Iguanas & Pythons are now as Floridian as you, get used to it.

The terms "Native" &  "Non-Native" have absolutely  no biological meaning whatsoever.

One of the best posts I have ever seen, thank you for being a logical person. If you want to see the true and largest cause of mass extinctions and habitat loss we only need to look in the mirror.  Humanities ego is so huge that we took ourselves out of nature's equation and decided to point fingers at animals for infesting

Here is a question. How long does a introduced species need to be established until it becomes native???  Tell me were

The iguanas and pythons and every animal brought here by any means are not doing anything malicious or purposely invading. They are just trying to survive,reproduce , and adapt to were they are. Just like us... For some strange reason many people believe that invaders are ruining the habitat when in reality it's just because they are causing a MINOR inconvenience to their homes that was built on top of the native habitat and gardens of unsurprisingly plants from other continents. 

I can only hope they adapt to our evergrowing townhomes and cities and manage to flourish with our destructive expansion. Imagine how cool iguana floridensis, python floridiana, and amevia Deerfieldsi would be to have! Hahaha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tim
« on: August 25, 2019, 04:55:35 PM »
Good stuff Mike! Has it been raining in your area recently?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaf eating spider on mango plant
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:26:40 PM »
That is Araneus detrimentosus or Eriophora ravilla either way it is a orb weaving spider. Complexly harmless to your plants and family. Does not eat plants.

I am a bug guy also!!!

Great video!!! My jaw dropped when he showed that giant jaboticaba in a tub!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hass avocado in florida
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:01:55 AM »
Exciting! Was it a store bought seed? We eat avocados nearly everyday at my department. Gotta try planting them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Overhead irrigation system critiques please
« on: August 18, 2019, 12:56:34 PM »
Hello everyone. I made a on the fly sprinkler line for my plants and I want to know what everyone thinks. Brutal honesty is much appreciated!

I used 3/4 pvc. I connected it to a hose roll in case I want to move it. I used a sprinkler head and a swivel base then attached it to a male end with a smooth base. over all I am pleased because this is my first real build but definitely could use improvement. I already noticed the sprinkler heads suck! Stream is too narrow and mist is too fine resulting in a lot of water loss. Although my lizards seems to really enjoy the raining!

Does anyone see anything that needs to be addressed or improved upon? would the pressure be greater with 1/2 inch pvc? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Experience at Tropical Acres Farm
« on: July 21, 2019, 10:04:04 AM »
I have been super busy these past few weeks and finally made it out there! Alex is a great guy! The Duncan's he had were easily the best I ever tried and my wifes favorite. I agree being so costal and having the sand ridge is great for mangos. I will have to take up his offer on a grafted thai everbearing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nitraria Schoberi
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:18:05 PM »
I would love to see that scorpion!  8)

Hey Gonzo. Lychee you should have no problem. But Mangosteen would be a challenge, only person I know who fruited them is Bill Whittman. Our soil our water and dry winds are harsh on that plant.

Great video Adam! Lots of neat info! You probably don’t remember me, but you did a tour at the fruit and spice park and I was the guy with the baby stroller! My wife still remembers that day as following around a bunch of plant people with a mad little 3 month old.

Going to try my hardest to make it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 03, 2019, 07:16:25 AM »
I did a little bit more research. Flying carp are already used in Florida  waterways for phytoplankton reduction. You can even apply for a permit to get sterilized fish. If carp breeds faster and is easier to breed, then they are invasive and pose as a competitor to our native ancient paddle  fish. We should stock lakes and rivers in the USA with native paddlefish not fish from Asia. Especially if they are threatened with habitat loss, Perhaps they lost access to rivers many thousands of years ago. We can order many hundreds of baby paddle fish for pond stocking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 02, 2019, 08:55:43 PM »
Sea walnut I cannot say with any certainty that the snakeheads are not causing damage to the ecosystem. That is why I say anecdotal, it means my personal observation or unscientific.

But I do know what they eat I cut them open and examine the stomach sometimes, I do eat them from time to time very good tasting fish..frogs, toads, baitfish, water scorpions, baby swamp eels, and once a baby soft shell turtle. But what has surprised me is I have caught many baitfish I can catch the same in canals without snakehead.

Let me ask you are paddelfish like flying carp? I would love to have those in a pond I don’t believe I cannot  acquire flying carp due to them being considered a invasive species much like snakehead.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:10:53 AM »
I waited a bit to respond to this conversation just to gather my thoughts since I am a lover of all things plants and animals.

 I think we can all agree that we “mankind” are the biggest ecological disaster this world has and will ever face. Every time we clear a plot of land and build a house we cleared the native hammocks, grasses, birds and insects that occupy this space. Clearing yards to have one species of grass and a couple other trees that are not native does next to nothing for the native wildlife. Some native species are habitat specialist and will not thrive unless they have their native soils,plants, microclimate, etc. Invasive” plants and animals are just generalist species of plants and animals in their native range, and all they can be blamed for is being able to survive our influences on the terrain and are able to live around us or are better adapted for extreme weather conditions “droughts, floods, fires”.

For example here in south Florida almost every back yard has black racers. A native harmless thin black snake that is a generalist able to survive and establish itself were man has altered the habitat to the point of being a suburban community. Now take the eastern indigo snake the largest snakes in the United States. They have a huge range and cover multiple habitat types hammocks, parries, pinewoods, sand ridges and even barrier islands. But they are the first to go when we terraform the land, unable to survive alongside urban human habitation.

I used to work down in the Keys for the fire department and people think there is going to be a vast extinction of the endangered mammals and birds because they found Burmese pythons with key largo wood rats in their digestive tract. I can’t understand why they would think that. Is it because the news and social media told them? Roads as a whole kill far more animals off any kind, and when we look at cats a far more successful predator that must kill and eat way more than any python can just because they have a mammalian metabolism. Cats have a proven track record for causing extinction on islands and yet they allowed to run free and even have a spay/neuter release program?! I mean what the heck? Kill pythons onsite but catch and release cats. How equal ::)

About snakeheads. This is just anecdotal but they are as thick as mud in the canal behind my house. And yet at the same time I can easily pull out just as many native bass on the right bait and bait fish with a cast net. A guy I work with runs a fishing charter in lake Ida ground zero for the invasive clown knifefish. Again just anecdotal but I did ask did the clowns decimate the baitfish or bass population? Not really any difference according to him. At fist he was worried the baitfish were going to be gone and the bass were going to decline or stay small from lack of food but nope the fishing is good and the bass eat the fry knife fish no problem.

In the end John my friend you should remove them if they are a disturbance to you. You can put minnow traps along the fence and side of your house. They will get caught just by walking in them. Then you can do what you must. I will not think any different of you. But are they infesting your area or just trying to survive and reproduce? The end goal for all things living. I believe they are just taking place of the six lined race runner a native lizard from a similar genus that faced oblivion when mass urbanization took hold of South Florida. You can go see those in the Sugar sand park.

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