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Temperate Fruit Discussion / American persimmon
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:06:34 PM »
I have 3 seedlings of american persimmon,Diospyros Virginiana ,and a friend insisted soo much to graft japanese persimmon,D.Kaki on them ,because he said that i will be verry dissapointed by the american ones.Il not graft them until they fruit ( the females) and if the fruit is good il keep them.Lately ive ate somme really tasteless asian persimmons both astringent and non astringent and i hope that the american persimmons have more flavor.Is it worth to grow american persimmons over asian ones?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / sunshine seeds
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:44:05 AM »
Did anybody ordered seeds from Sunshine seeds recently ?I ordered a few months ago and i didnt received them but might not be their fault and i didnt asked for a refund.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Strawberry guava first flower
« on: May 20, 2019, 01:00:12 PM »
My strawberry guava plant just made the first flower and i wonder if i should pollinate it and how? Ive read they can get polinated by wind not necesarely by bees.The plant its.just a year old.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / The endangered butternut
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:21:46 PM »
The butternut its the only american walnut that i would give it somme space on my land ,mostly because.its endangered and there is fear that in a few decades might go completely extinct.Its the only walnut thats comparable with Juglans Regia in cold hardiness and taste and actually tastes a little better than J Regia and its a little more cold hardy.The butternut also known as the white walnut ,its the shortest lived walnut ,living up to just 70 years but this is also an advantage for a grower because it will start fruiting fast( its also the fastest fruit bearing walnut,in 4-5 years.makes nuts).In USA they made hibrids with Juglans Ailantifolia,an asian walnut specie, wich are resistant to the butternut kanker ,but a hybrid its not like the original.I had a few white walnut seeds from wich 3 germinated but i lost the seedlings.Will try again soon but only if im sure the seeds are coming from the pure specie.Seeing manny americans planting black walnuts on their property made me to start this thread with the intention that it might convince a few to plant white walnuts instead of black walnuts.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / GBIF,a great tool for zone pushers
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:32:41 PM »
This site has huge ammount of info about world flora.I found  it usefull in my search for plants because you can get an ideea about a plant hardiness zone and climate by judging from the occurences info.With this site you can track annonaceae in Mongolia or rosewoods  fossils in Europe for example.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:54:21 PM »
Im looking for ways to lower the soil ph on long term.I have 7,5 ph soil and would like to get it to 5,5 ph or close to that .I need this low ph because phosphorus becomes non available in acid soils and i plan to grow somme proteaceae that dislike phosphorus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted vs seedlings
« on: May 04, 2019, 10:53:54 PM »
Lets hear somme opinions about grafted trees vs seedlings consisting in advantages and disadvantages of both.My experience its mainly with walnuts and the grafted walnuts fruit much faster with more uniform and high quality fruits but they have the disadvantage that they only live for about 25 years while seedling walnuts can live for 400 years or more but the fruit size and quality are unknown until the tree starts to bear first fruits.I know a guy that planted manny grafted walnuts to have an income when he retires from work, but right when he retired,his walnuts allready started to die of old age.The mayor in my city has cut trees that were almost 100 years old to replace them with somme globular looking ornamental trees and i made a bet that in 25 years those trees will be dead of old age.A positive thing ive read about grafted trees its that the oldest persimmon in Japan seems to have been grafted wich would be awesome iet its not 100 percent sure thats grafted,the tree has somme marks on its trunk wich led to this speculation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seaberry
« on: April 27, 2019, 11:01:59 PM »
Seaberry or sea buckthorn its a nitrogen fixing plant that can grow in verry bad soils and enviroments ranging from the edge of Sahara desert( its also used to fight desertification in Arizona desert) up to the Arctic zone and Himalaya mountains where its the last plant growing.It needs both male and female plants to produce fruits and has fierce thorns that make the havesting of fruits a nightmare hence the high selling price of fruits (50 dollars a kilo) or leaves to make tea ( 100 dollars a kilo).The fruit  season lasts for half a year and they are abundant .Its scientific nane ,Hippophae Rhamnoides ,come from hippo wich means horse and its because people used to let theyr ill horses to rest between seaberry bushes and the horses became healthy .In USSR it was used to make cream to protect the cosmonauts skin against cosmic radiation and it was used since ancient times to protect against sunburns( thats why its called seaberry).In somme experiment made in URSS ,seaberryes were used to feed mice that had various stages of lab induced cancers and it stopped 90 percent of cancers with somme that even healed completely.The taste of the fruits its like a verry fatty orange taste with a hint of plum taste and a slight bitterness, has no sweeteness so it needs sugar for most people and its sour but less sour than oranges.Also the fruits have a high oil content that raises on top if you crush them in a blender.I think this its the healthyest fruit in the world and its the only fruit or plant that i could feel its effects on my own body while being skeptical about its health effects.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Protecting a tree from my dog
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:14:23 AM »
After a lot of work  trying to relocate the apple tree from the front of my house to plant an Albizia ,my dog wasnt happy about the move and he digged out 2 Albizias Julibrissin.The first one wasnt fenced and to the second one he jumped inside the tree cage and dig it out wich led me to come up with this radical tree cage, at least until the tree gets big enough or the dog gets used to it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rosewoods( Dalbergia)
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:23:10 PM »
Anywhone interested in rosewood trees and shrubs( even climbers) ?After i just failed quite a lot of seeds from 4 species of rosewoods ,im thinking to order again but from different sources and in bulk quantity.Because i will order more than i need ,i could exchange for otther rosewood species that i dont have .Good to know is that im not interested in any south american specie even thogh i have a source of brasil rosewood( its too tropical for me and there are manny ,more beautifull and way more precious species).Im not growing these for wood but i am studying theyr usefulness in beekeping and soil improvement because theybare nitrogen fixers.D.armata,African black wood,Hupeana,Latifolia ,Odorifera and a few otthers are on my list to buy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red fleshed apples
« on: April 23, 2019, 09:20:10 PM »
I have a red fleshed apple in my orchard thats called ,,red love era,, and its developed in Switzerland by Markus Kobelt and il post pictures with it as it flowers, fruits and i will give it a honest review.Also this guy,Skillcult ,its american and he breeds low chill ,red fleshed apples and if your interested you might want to take a look at his channel.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / pink fleshed pear
« on: April 22, 2019, 05:46:36 PM »
I have a rare pear tree that makes pears with pink flesh .The taste has a hint of basil and the pear name in romanian means ,,pear that tastes like basil,,.Theyre not a registered cultivar but an ancient type of fruit that has become almost extinct.It makes the fruits in clusters and they are smaller than commercial pears.The fruits are eaten fresh here and people that ate them say they are delicious and verry different from otther pears. If my tree will have fruits this year(its allready 8 feet tall) i could trade the seeds for other seeds here.

I see this tree quite offten listed as edible but what parts of it its edible i dont know.I suspect the edible part its the nectar from the flowers in a similar way that sugar bushes are used.Maybe somebody that knows more about this will shed light on the edibility issue.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Verry rare walnut
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:33:29 AM »
These are somme really rare giant walnuts that i got from an old tree .With the green husks on the tree they are almost as big as a male fist.I germinated all of them with 100 percent success even thogh they had a bit of mold inside .The mold appears because the nut shells dont seal verry well .Taste is verry good and they grow fast ,aparently being the second fastest fruiting walnut after the white walnut J Cinerea .But unlike J Cinerea these are long lived trees and the fast growth i think it comes from the fact that they grow from a giant seed.Somme countryes registered these as cultivars (in New Zealand i think),but here in the Carpathian Mountains they grow wild mostly planted by crows.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:30:44 PM »
Here i present my dome greenhouse build that its made of wood and i used Buckminster Fuller ( the original inventor)method and plans.Also i got somme inspiration from ZipTieDomes on youtube wich its the best expert of domes i have discussed with.The dome its 4 meters high and 8 meters diameter,has almost 50 square meters of space at ground level and its mounted on concrete foundations.It will be covered in polycarbonate in exterior ( probably 4 mm thick) and will have another layer of plastic foil inside so that it will become a double wall wich will help a lot with temp isolation in winter( i live in zone 6).Will also have a heating system made with a rocket type burner with wood.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Terra preta or what i do with branches
« on: April 16, 2019, 01:11:07 PM »
Inspired by a documentary film about the amazonian black soil called Terra preta ,this year ive started making charcoal from the bushes and branches i get from cleaning my trees.I do it verry easy by igniting a pile of wood and carfully rack the charcoal underneath the pile by moving the top branches asside ,then water it to stop it burn to ashes.After i collect the charcoal,i mix it with a fertiliser high in N ( i use urine 1/8 parts water) and somme people let it sit to ,,charge,, with microbial life for 2 weeks before using it,but i use it straight away.Ive put a bucket of biochar mixed with 3 buckets of soil around my almonds.I dig a circular trench for each tree and then i bury the tera preta mix at the botom and on top i put somme normal soil.
The secret of Eldorado-the documentary film that inspired me to try this technique of soil improvement.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kadsura fruits
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:13:40 PM »
Anybody has more info about these? They are such a weird fruit and somme species are cold hardy to zone 6-7.Most of the info i found its in chinese and dont understand the language.

Anybody that has experience using Gibberellic acid for germination,plant growth or fast fruiting,seedless fruits,etc,please share.

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