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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Buying Ice Cream Bean Seeds?
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:34:23 PM »
Last year I planted two seeds in each of 120 locations direct seeded in the ground. I watered them by hand a few times while germinating and got over 75% takes. We have a long winter dry season and while they didn't grow much they almost all survived with no care at all and are growing again quickly now. At the same time I planted about a dozen pots in the shade house and gave them ordinary care, those are twice as large. If one had irrigation available and places to plant direct in the ground I would suggest doing so with these, they are very forgiving and might do much better than in pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to start bagging guava fruit?
« on: June 15, 2020, 07:18:20 AM »
I found when I bagged too early, very soon after fruit set, it increased fruit drop maybe due to the bag increasing humidity during the rainy season. When I waited a while longer to quarter size I didn't have the problem. I suppose it depends on the guava and bag size but using 6x9 inch bags if I bagged two fruits in one bag they got stuck so I decided to thin down to one fruit/cluster.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Buying Ice Cream Bean Seeds?
« on: June 15, 2020, 07:12:40 AM »
I mean, tastes like ice cream, melts like cotton candy...yum. .
Keep an eye on and search the buy and sell forum for keyword inga, even ask for it in a posting. Usually someone wil sell be aware the seeds often are sprouting when you open the pods so be prepared to plant immediately. It may be a bit overhyped but is nevertheless a valuable tree in many ways.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What happened to Carambola?
« on: June 14, 2020, 07:39:34 AM »

Its has been doing just fine until I saw this a few months ago. Hopefully your solution can help.
But you said it is six years old and is only six feet tall. A healthy carambola can make six feet in two years even with pruning and can bear fruit every year even the first year so your tree has likely been struggling for years.

I'm currently having a new house built. The soil quality of fill and compaction material is a really big deal.
A new house with septic system nowdays has to be 2 feet or so above grade on "soil" which is such poor quality very little will grow on it, it slops out about 6-10 feet away from the house. I can tell by what weeds I see on it now during construction. My plan before landscaping is to remove as much of it as possible and replace with better soil to grow on.


Wood chips have no nitrogen thats why they decompose soo hard. Wood chips will draw somme nitrogen out of the soil in order to break down and if you add N fertiliser for your tree then somme of that N will be taken by the wood chips and you will notice it will break down faster.
In my climate and biome the wood and leaf chips and all biomass serve as food for arthropods, millipedes and their relatives, not just fungi and bacteria. They consume it directly and it gets decomposed through their bodies with internal flora converting directly to feces so bypassing the nitrogen loss. As it passes through their gut it becomes innoculated and comes out as small pellets of manure. They also consume green material. Here is a photo of how they ate mango leaves on the ground after pruning, after about two weeks, only the skeletal veinal web remained. This is a good reason to not depend on pesticides or fungicides since they limit what these decompsers can get done. They work night and day by the millions across my land.

Vigo if you are talking Tithonia rotundifolia that one has lots of good viable seeds but it is an annual plant.
I much prefer the Tithonia diversifolia which has very low (nearly sterile) seed production but grows easily from woody cuttings and is perennial. Those advantages make it one of the workhorses of chop/drop. A friend recently made a video, see his comments at 4:40:

It would be very easy for them to use a marker on the skin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Composted Sargassum as Soil Amendment
« on: June 12, 2020, 06:21:53 PM »
If you take plastic drums to the beach with boards for a ramp you can fill then roll across the beach and up into a truck.
The drum would also serve as a rinsing vessel. (Been thinking about it myself).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant mango?
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:11:39 AM »
They are really trees adapted to open spaces even savannahs. Growing in shade they become spindly with few side branches and mainly vertical growth. Probably not a good choice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning Guavas
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:08:03 AM »
If you can't understand just observe what they are doing.

I used 25 ft spacing but put in a soursop tree between each one for the first years since these grow slowly. Also put a papaya between each of those to pay for the planting. many other plants are in there and in between so I'll show later.
Our soil is sort of nondescript sand and always needs amendment s, mulch, etc. It is already well drained and I plant on raised mounds. I think almost all soils would benefit by some compost.

Maybe my nitrogen applications are being restricted due to excessive acidity (wack ph)

Yes, lots of nutrients get tied up in acid soil, and if low enough aluminum gets freed up to toxic levels.
You could do a simple experiment with wood ash that should help correct acidity and add some potssium.
Do it to one or several plants or grass and see it it helps green things up. You could also do a soil pH test.

In ground I used just our Florida sandy soil, 4 inches compost on top and slow release fertilizer. They flushed immediately.
I put in 20 achachairu seedlings 1 year old. Used wood stakes with shade cloth stapled to make little houses for them.
I'll post a video of the project soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PPK mango tree not growing.
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:32:40 PM »
Maybe a different fertilizer would help. I have plenty of the special blend I use 100% slow release Nutricote 18-6-8 with all micros, you can't burn any tree with it. I owe you for all the fishing trips, just remind me!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree blooming now
« on: June 10, 2020, 09:35:26 PM »
I spotted one panicle blooming today, can't remember the variety. Bokeelia, SWFL.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop 10 Months in Ground
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:30:27 AM »
Seedling from pine island nursery in Miami, quality of fruit is yet to be known to us.
That is good to hear I planted 20 of those from there 1-1/2 months ago let us know how the fruit turns out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon ripeness
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:25:02 AM »
Seedless watermelon takes special techniques the seed is expensive and somewhat weak so they baby the transplants. You have to plant a percentage of specialized pollinators for them usually those make no fruit or poor quality fruits.

A lot of the quality problems with commercially produced watermelons is the indicriminate picking where pickers snatch and grab everything in the field for sale no regard for whether or not they are ripe. Usually the late harvests have a better chance of geetting a good one and a lot cheaper. There are serious viral diseases of watermelon, most growers absolutely will not plant melons on land which has had them planted within 5-7 years so in the home garden that will be a limitation.
Those are some things I learned from the pros.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Morado Avocado
« on: June 07, 2020, 09:41:37 PM »
Morado is the Spanish.word for purple.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden Berries
« on: June 07, 2020, 09:31:38 PM »
Probably grow as a winter vegetable in SFL.

Try looking at some photos of common plant nutrient deficiency symptoms by the appearance of leaves. Could the soil be excessively acidic or alkaline? Though I've been to Trinidad I don't know much about your soils. There could just be an imbalance causing the problem, or some essential nutrient.

oh yeah, this sounds like it's going to be fun.  We want to see the video and the fools that will be chasing after their herd.
This one is good for a laugh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: growing the blue java banana
« on: June 07, 2020, 06:16:48 PM »
Nice are they from tissue culture plantlets?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava pest help!
« on: June 06, 2020, 05:48:10 PM »
It looks like the pest is attacking during the fresh growth flush. The rolled up leaves are typical of caterpillars. Guava when growing strong is very resistant and should have little pest problems. Can you post some photos of the overall plants, how old they are, what the environment they are growing in is like? You are really going to have to identify what is happening to your fresh young growth and just spraying might help for a while but maybe not, as quick fixes usually do.

Just from a Florida perspective the Dwarf Plantain has been very good to me. I sell quite a few and planted 12 more last month.

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