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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does Star Apple Taste Any Good?
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:50:08 AM »
I have a little Ďjuicy pearlí in the ground from Steve. Anyone know what species they are?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get Monstrea to fruit?
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:37:07 PM »
My folks have a huge one that grows along the ground . It fruits in both full shade and full sun sections of the plant. Under their conditions it isnít particularly high yielding for its size, but it grows under other trees so does that matter? The fruits are nice.

Second sapodilla

My favourite looking fruit tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Choice for White Sapote Cultivar
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:50:52 AM »
I have a Dade planted. From over there, can anyone tell me anything about it? All I know is that its vigorous haha.

Considering adding a Kampong which is available here.

A sterile Mexican sunflower would be great. They are a weed here and Iíve been scared to use them because of it.

Gracilis bamboo. A small clumper that would work well for that purpose but unfortunately not edible. Still useful for stakes etc around the garden. There are edible clumpers but donít know much about them, think most are larger.

I have seen good jaboticaba hedges and would suit the discreet requirement but a lot slower obviously.

Mine do well with thin topsoil and a clay band under that. Could always plant on mounds too.

Saw the vid thismorning. Pretty packed but surprisingly neat! I am curious to see how it goes in the next few years, you obviously put a lot of time into it all :)

Doesnít look like vetiver (plus the vetiver normally used is sterile). Vetiver is used all over for exactly this purpose. If it grows in your location it would be hard to go past. Very strong, deep roots and thick enough above ground to hold back sediment. It will actually build a self levelling terrace/berm up behind the hedge if there is erosion uphill (mine has).

There are a bunch of instillation guides/manuals around. Here are three from a quick google search:

Vetiver for the win!

It is really, really good. I initially planted my hedge on contour with slips at 10cm centers (i grew a few clumps to get the slips originally). Now days it is a thick, strong hedge and the only gaps in the entire 70m or so are the two paths my big boof head dogs persist on keeping open.

It looks a bit ragged in the middle of winter or when super dry, but continues to function and freshens up in the spring.

Would vetiver grow there? I guess same problem as lemongrass but it survives frosts fine here. Have had really good results, though not seeded as specified.

If itís about collecting cultivars I would consider multigrafting.

My house block is just over half an acre and I have plans for about 50 trees at 15x17ft spacing though some of those are planted tighter (citrus, atemoya etc). There is actually a lot of unused space but I also do veggies, nursery, workshop, chickens etc.

It is theft. Sure, reusing a low res photo on Facebook/ a forum is one thing (maybe covered by fair use?). I donít think too many would get upset about that and I personally wouldnít be too upset about eBay though I would like them to ask.

But taking a photo from someoneís website and posting on your own without permission/attribution isnít on and I would be surprised if most didnít know they were doing the wrong thing. Not only are you stealing the image but you are lessening the value of it for the owner and stealing website traffic that would have entered through image search etc. It isnít hard to ask and provide a reference/attribution.

Personally I use free use images or ask and reference/link when I canít use my own.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Website not secure!
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:35:00 AM »
Itís a bummer that message shows on websites, regardless of whether it really needs an ssl or not. The host definitely doesnít offer it as part of the package? I remember being worried about the ssl cost for my little muck around site. When I eventually got around to it I found I was already eligible for one as part of my hosting package.

Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

Not sure about that one but this one is better I reckon

See it in action here

It is expensive and postage is a killer to you guys but it is nice. Do your shopping around, I just knew Rob sold them (and he is a good guy).

I remember as a kid my dad making a bolt through a triangle type that worked but was slow. Later I remember seeing the lever type but we never had one. The above seems better than any of them.

Anyone know where to get one of this tree?

If I were to grow the regular macadamia nut, would it fruit if I keep it at 20-30 ft?

Yes it would fruit if kept pruned, you can keep it way smaller than 30ft! I think the one in the vid is just a backyard selection, havenít seen anyone other than daleys talking about it (could be very wrong). The smallest of the commercial cultivars that I know of is A16, you might find it over there?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla talk tonight, Sarasota/Venice
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:02:27 PM »
Maybe it just wants a particular nutrient profile to be productive? I blast my saps with a lot of nitrogen, which seems to have a big impact on production. I've heard a lot of folks complain about lack of production from haysa, but mine produces a boatload of fruit... actually snapped a branch a couple of months ago.

Does prolific actually live up to its name or is it just a marketing stunt?

I know people here (AUS) arenít happy with prolifics production. Mike is one of them (I think he cut his down), Iím sure he will chime in if he sees this thread.

Edit: here you go :)

Possible! I only have BKD111 and Tropical here so far and Iím yet to taste either of them from my yard (young trees).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla talk tonight, Sarasota/Venice
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:51:20 PM »
Does prolific actually live up to its name or is it just a marketing stunt?

I know people here (AUS) arenít happy with prolifics production. Mike is one of them (I think he cut his down), Iím sure he will chime in if he sees this thread.

Edit: here you go :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:38:24 PM »
Finally made my posts.

150mm pvc pipe cut lengthways and used as a mould. End cap on the bottom and clamps the whole way up. On the third lot now using the same moulds. I am going to cast tops similar to pine islanders that slip over the poles

They grow back fine here regardless of time of year and amount removed. One warning though, here they donít heal larger cuts well and eventually rot out.

Thatís awesome :)

There have been a couple of finger lime crosses here. Finger limes are ok, but I think some of the crosses are/will be next level. Donít think any of them involved key lime, yours look very different.

Hereís some info

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:41:30 AM »
Good enough for me to plant one, but not good enough for me to plant two haha. I like it cut up and put in a water infuser thing I occasionally use.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamarind in CA?
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:37:21 AM »
I would have thought it would do fine. In the past hey were used as street trees here, many are still around. No water and they fruit well.

I used to work for the AG dept. in the pest prevention program. There are occasional rare individual fruit flies caught in the traps put out, for example back in 1984 my co-worker caught a Queensland fruit fly in San Diego.

You reeeeeeeeeaaaally donít want them! I wouldnít get a single guava/peach/any other soft fruit without bagging.

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