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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat Marmalade
« on: April 12, 2017, 05:08:30 AM »
Funny you should say more sour is better, I would think sweeter varieties would use less sugar in the making, and you could always add a dash of lemon to add some zing.

You can always add sugar, you can't add flavor.  Cooking fruit dulls flavors.  The same reason why sour cherries make better pies, than sweet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat Marmalade
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:52:23 AM »
I had one year that I got loquat butter from a local producer, sooo good.
All subsequent years didn't have any, so bummed.

Loquats do very well as jam, jelly preserve, conserve, marmalade, butter, et al.
More sour is more better when it comes to making the above.

I definitely wasn't in the big tourist hotels, English isn't widespread (it was a Brit colony), but I don't remember it being an issue, not like China.
You get the best exchange rate on the $100 bill.  And you are absolutely right on the imperfect bills.  The irony is that their bills look terrible.  I would also recommend taking the latest version of the bill.
The banks wouldn't take any of my cards, and no ATMs.  Relations have improved, so I don't know if things have changed.
I was there in 09. if memory serves. 

I didn't have much English problems there, and I got stuck there when the Bangkok airport shutdown for 2 weeks.  Got a bit touch and go when I nearly ran out of money.  What you bring in is what have for the whole trip, no ATMs, unless things have changed.  Bring more money then you plan on spending for this reason.

They are large portions of the country that are off limits to foreigners.  Unless you are planning to break the law, which I highly highly recommend not doing, who knows what is out there.   Great people, my favorite place in SE Asia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shipping mangosteen grafted plants
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:24:34 PM »
I don't know how good the container control is, but I would error on the low side.  You never know how long the container will be sitting on the tarmac in the blazing sun.  Five days of cooler temps aint going to hurt them, but baking at 40c will.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop leaves problem
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:43:11 AM »
Soursops are pushing the ultra tropical category.  They don't like 40s!  30s is pretty much guaranteed defoliation.  West Coast, you have huge daily temperature swings.  I don't think I'd plant one there, unless in a greenhouse.  For soursops molting is not a good thing, not like cherimoyas.

I saw this.

The article I saw suspected a genetic component since it was not wide spread.

Strange stuff.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: -- The Finest Dates in the US
« on: December 08, 2016, 07:54:51 AM »
I just received my dates for this year, I don't think they are quite as good as last years, not as wet and gooey as years batch.  Still good though.

Did you order at the same time last year?  Maybe by ordering earlier in the season it would be different?
That is a possibility.
Pretty close, I may have ordered a month later this year, no more though.
I'm sure seasonal quality can vary just like any other crop.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Well water test results
« on: December 08, 2016, 07:47:53 AM »
I hate to tell you this, but sulfur is not acidic.
Putting in your water then watering will not change the pH.

What it does do, is get eaten by certain bacteria that then release sulfuric acid which will lower your pH.
That can take months to occur.  I'm not saying don't sulfur, but it won't fix your well water pH.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: -- The Finest Dates in the US
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:17:04 AM »
I just received my dates for this year, I don't think they are quite as good as last years, not as wet and gooey as years batch.  Still good though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer for container trees
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:05:56 AM »
Calcium and magnesium work together.  Neither one works very well without the presence of the other.  So it can depend on the soil you are starting with.
So if you have a calcium deficiency, the solution may not be more calcium.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: -- The Finest Dates in the US
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:02:41 AM »
September thru November is the best time of year to get dates. I wonder if these guys are still shipping dates that haven't been frozen and thawed. You can keep them at least 2 months(probably longer) at 33 degrees in low humidity without having to worry about them sugaring or getting mold.
Sugaring (crystalizing) is easy the rectify, just heat (warm) them up, the sugar melts.

Mountain of calories is right, they are like candy.  And I'm not a candy person, I feel like I've led a deprived without dates until now, I blame my parents.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: -- The Finest Dates in the US
« on: November 30, 2016, 07:46:06 AM »
I ordered from them last year, zero complaints.

I ordered several different varieties. 
I considered these three the best of what I had...

I would change my opinion on what was best almost daily.
You definitely want the wet dates, the difference between wet dates and dry of the same variety can be huge.
They freeze extremely well too.
I was a date virgin until had them, now I'm a slut.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hardiness level of the plants
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:36:55 AM »
Watering the trees before a freeze causes the water to act as a conduit for ground heat and keeps the tree above it slightly warmer. At least that's how I have come to understand it.
I always thought it was just adding mass to plant, it takes more cold to freeze.  Well watered before a freeze is good, as good as it can be under the circumstances.

I think iron is the one element that you can't overdo.
You won't burn a plant the way NPK do.
This time of year plants aren't taking up much of anything, not sure how much good it will do.
If you have a known deficiency, I guess you could do it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing fruit trees in fabric pots
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:47:07 AM »
Not familiar with these per se.
They work as advertised.  They work better on a wire rack, the bottom won't air prune without air.  They do go through water quicker, especially in a drier climate.  Some people report issues with removing them without damaging the plant.  You can just leave them on during an up-pot.  So pretty much one use only.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: organic ways you to lower Ph?
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:55:21 PM »
Slow acting, but does the job.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: how to chose a greenhouse?
« on: November 01, 2016, 12:33:44 PM »
California has that on everything.
I do not recommend eating or ingesting a greenhouse, for what it is worth.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangon in March
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:14:50 AM »
Been there, loved it, the people are the best.
Old memory, so take with a grain of salt.
There are good outdoor markets with produce in Chinatown....Sule Pagoda road???.  It is the road with the tallest building in Yangon, I think.... 
Bring crisp clean US$100 bills for the best exchange rate.

I'm living this nighmare right now.

Moving sucks.
I at least kept everything in pots.  Pot up what you can, and put a fruit right-of-way in the sale, or wave a tearful goodbye.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain barrel and city water
« on: May 06, 2016, 06:15:37 AM »
there is a pricier inline solution,  or you could mount one next to the hose bib with "Y", then you could have a filtered hose and an unfiltered.  More expensive to start but cheaper over time, $5-7 a cartridge a year, if that.

Heat treating will kill weed seeds, common stuff in manure.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Issue on leaves
« on: May 05, 2016, 01:15:42 PM »
People sometimes do use neem oil for various citrus tree problems, mostly against aphids, scale and mealybugs.  Neem oil works poorly for citrus leaf miner.   You can use wasps if you like - but good luck with that. - Millet

I've had success using neem for CLM, maybe it is not the best at it, but I have had success.  The problem with neem is that in the Summer you deep fry your leaves in neem oil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain barrel and city water
« on: May 05, 2016, 11:11:53 AM »
I was referencing anything else that could be in the water.

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