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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 10, 2019, 09:52:57 PM »
I don't think TAC is a scam. See for example. Since I've added a TAC filter to my house I've had fewer scaling problems with my instant hot water heater. I also see the difference in the rest of the plumbing and cooking. The magnetic "descaler" works as well, but is much less effective than TAC and it's not just a couple of magnets affixed to a pipe. Interesting stuff, actually.
Thats interesting but the comparison with magnets its strange because they compare theyr product with a snake oil and that made me skeptical.And they show no picture with TAC vs polyphosphates wich are the #1 solution to hard water worldwide and also in nature ( phosphorus its mainly found as calcium phosphate).Here is a picture with my magnet water softener wich i call it a snake oil.Its a certifyed product sold in stores but i think they sell them as an alternative for people that dont want to have a filter so that they can trick the law .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:04:22 PM »
Thats a nice fan and has no nozzles so it might not necesarely need RO water and should be easy to clean in case it does get jammed.I didnt like the the noize thogh but i think its caused by a diaphragm pump they use to fed water to the rotor ,not by the fan itself. As for that TAC softener ,i went on a site that sells them and they were comparing TAC with magnet softeners and i think its a scam just like the magnets water softeners.Somme people add magnets on theyr car reservoir to improove milleage but they are shallow people.I choose the snake oil filter magnet instead of a  polyphosphate filter for my home because polyphosphates could be bad for a reef aquarium and the
law here says i need to have a filter.For plants the polyphosphate filter alone might work better than even RO water wich has 30-40 tds( its not zero or distilled water ).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 10, 2019, 04:55:09 PM »
2 Alder cones in an experiment,lowered the water to 4,5 from 7 ph.Im guessing the dense wood of somme cones might last a long time burryed in the soil and leach humic acid long term.Somme experiments need to be done.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 10, 2019, 03:16:36 PM »
Thats a nice high tech looking fogger but i would find out first in what way does it makes the fog,with high pressure nozzles or by ultrasounds.Also how much electric power it draws its important because at somme point ( if it works on ultrasounds) it might be cheaper/more efficient to just install an AC. I will probably use the cheaper misters that everhybody uses for greenhouse that work on 4 bar pressure and in case they got stuck il use a polyphosphate filter .Mounted on a humidity controller like Spaugh reccomended .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 10, 2019, 04:20:40 AM »
I think it can be done long term by having somme plants around that will leach tannins into the soil.Ive seen for aquariums somme people use just a few Terminalia Catappa leaves to lower the ph.I cant grow Terminalia in my zone but il just have to find another plant that  will leach lots of tannins.

Id try somme Mycorrhizae fungi on them if they like moisture and have bad roots. And the color of the leaves probably means they lack somme element essential for them.Id study what ph they need because its usually the ph that makes or not the elements available.

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.

I have found the best alternative to the expensive pots.Each time i go to the home depot like store,i also buy one or 2 of these cement mixing tubs.I like the shape and they are really heavy duty,better than the pots.The cost its just 5 dollars for a 15 gallons ( 60 litters) one but they have 20 gal or more too.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Thai eggplant id
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:33:34 PM »
Because theyr small and have different colors i think they would be good on barbeque sticks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 09, 2019, 04:07:27 PM »
Just amusing myself with my previous post on the idea of is bad only bad or is there some good with most if not all bad...

Increase positive outlook for plants & less positive prospects for animals with some added smog in previous...

Sulfur seems to be one of the primary acidifying agents by being in atmosphere in burning etc. or from the fire and brimstone sulfur pits of Hades being finally expressed on the earths surface with Volcanic eruptions of devastation (bad to most animals) ..... But maybe good for plants etc. at least long term ph soil (usually lowering ph) plus other mineral additions...
I got the joke and the metaphors but i wanted to clear that making a fire on the spot its bad for lowering the ph ,because this is a public forum and some might read and try it.Most plants dont like the acid enviroment because with increased acidity the phosphorus becomes unavailable for them.The proteaceae plants that im growing have adapted to live in soils that are poore in phosphates by growing special root organs .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 09, 2019, 03:53:22 PM »
I use RODI a lot and continuously and i dont buy allready build systems because im always changing charcoal,DI resin to them,even the 5 microns filters i modifyed and i use my own media instead.Theres no need for those gauges and theyre useless just for marketing reasons added because if the last filter its stuck ,then all the gauges before will show the same pressure.This evaporative cooling system might be       more economic to use than RO foggers. I know its extensively used in USA so you might be allready familiar with it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 09, 2019, 01:09:41 AM »
Fires not a good idea because ash is alkaline,contains a lot of calcium.It would increase the ph instead to lower it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:01:31 PM »
Off course that the bigger the membrane the better and i posted that 150GPD /30 dollars housing and membrane as an example for the right price and having in mind that Mark wont really need 600 litters of RO water a day.In his link the RO unit has 2 membranes and housings.Membranes are set to work between 40-60 psi .100 psi would damage most peoples instalations in homes.No matter what membrane you will use you will still have probably 4 times  more wastewater than the quantity of the RO water.I know its frustrating to need the RO water fast and to have to wait hours until its produced .That polyphosphate filter i found on Ebay ,would last years if only used without RO membrane ( with RO membrane,lifespan reduces to probably less than a quarter of time because you will throw 3 quarters of the RO waste water and will have to filter those also.For cirsculating high pressure pumps ,the chinese make somme really nice 12 Volts diaphragm pumps for like just 20 dollars.They really strong,stronger than the expensive booster pumps and they last the same as the expensive booster pumps @ 3000 hours because they have brushed motoŕs and those brushes are consumable parts. These small pumps get to 130 psi and can work on lower voltages like 4 volts or so, to last longer oŕ be more quiet.Can also be used with solar pannels but they  need amperage @4 amps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:04:35 PM »
I use spaghnum moss wich has 4 Ph mixed with soil 50/50.All methods are good,the sulphur ones and spaghnum moss but i dont think they last verry long .Im looking for a solution that would last for decades.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 08, 2019, 01:36:42 PM »
The polyphosphate filter its cheap and you might get away only with it and a carbon filter ( + a 5 micron mesh)for the fogger. So,your planning to make 600 litters of RO water per day to run that fogger for 10 hours continuously?Thats a lot of RO water and you will loose a few cubic meters of water as waste water daily.You probably need a controller to turn the fogger on and off intermitently or even a timer socket so that way you would use much less RO water .If you have high pressure tap water,then you dont need the booster pump.150 gpd membrane plus housing at just 34 dollars( verry cheap)

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: May 08, 2019, 04:37:24 AM »
Best to eat these is to wet them in a little water then pass them through a mix of flour and salt( and something spicy) and then fry them in oil.I like lobsters but if you cook the lobster with scrambled eggs then i would say too,its ok but nothing special.Pink flamingo its edible just like the rest but its only cultivated for decorative purpose.Chinese eat only the green reddish ones from what ive seened.I try to grow the green ones from seeds to see how fast they grow but i had no interest in pink flamingo because thats a bushy multistemmed variety( thats why i think its pink,because has thin trunks that feel the cold better).No success so far with the seeds.They might be hard to germinate just like  Toona Cilliata the australian one wich has seeds that loose viability after 2 or 3 weeks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:46:06 PM »
That does look nice. How long is the harvest season?

Can you keep jaboticaba  as a hedge?
I dont got fruits from my kiwi iet altough it made somme flowers that abandoned.I have a verry young plant.Not all of the arctic kiwis look that beautifull,its usually the males that have those colored leaves but they dont make fruit.dr. Szymannovski kivi has nice leaves but also makes fruits.Its also the best catnip in the world and if you have cats they will love it.As for jaboticaba i have zero experience with it and i dont know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:31:49 PM »
Blackberryes are much better tasting than mulberryes.A trelice for kiwi would be probably the best choice nd would grow fast to keep the AC in the shadow.This year i planted an arctic kivi thats self fertile,makes fruits and also has verry decorative foliage.Its called dr. Szymanovski but not sure if its available in USA or if it would do well in your area.

Update about gibberellic acid.The only feijoa seedling that wasnt sprayed with acid solution ,died.The otther 2 that were treated survived and they do well.Today i scarified somme verry old pecans brought from supermarket.They were soo old and dry that the kernel inside had cracked ,but i mannage to get a few good ones ,like less than a quarter and they are soaking now for 24 hours in 500 ppm gibberellic acid solution.After that they will go in the fridge for a month or 2 ( its called cold stratification ).Last time i germinated supermarket brought pecans,i got 2 percent germination rate without gibberellic acid and 3 months in the fridge.

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 / Re: Native rainforest grapes
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:06:03 PM »
Those tropical grapes look similar to these found in Australia.At 16:20 Les Hiddins finds somme and eats them.Says they taste good.Maybe yours were unripe.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya/Pawpaw hybrid
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:30:10 PM »
Most otther Asimina species are verry little shrubs except A Tetramera from what i remember and are highly endangered species.They are also edible but reports say they dont taste as good as A Triloba.In USA there is a woman that dedicated her time in conservating those endangered Asimina species. Here is a link with an interview with that lady about the otther Asimina species she is trying to protect.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite grape?
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:17:19 PM »
Moldova black grapes invented in the soviet times.Low maintenance and really high quality .They also last in the fridge until spring.For vine im growing somme really small and black grapes that make the darkest possible vine.Not verry tasty but probably the healthyest vine.I also have french vines and big edible grapes that i forget theyr names but those are high maintenance,they need to be sprayed with all soird of chemicals and i dont do it wich results in bad looking grapes.I make vine from them.Muscadines are american native grapes about wich ive heard only good things.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:08:53 AM »
I build RODI filters for reef aquariums .For misters you would need only RO without the DI( deionisation resin) resin wich its expensive and needs to be replaced quite offten.The most important thing to have when you have a RO filter its a TDS meter wich stands for Total Dissolved Solids.Beware that somme TDS are expensive,somme can be mounted inline with the filter ,but there are verry cheap and accurate ones on Ebay( 5 dolars or so cost).Without DI you will never get zero TDS instead ,depending on the tap water you should be good enough with 30-40 TDS.You dont have to use the RO filter every day but the membrane should stay always wet and most important its to clean the membrane periodically or when the TDS gets too big ( it has a special valve for cleaning,you turn that on and off).You need at least 4 atm of pressure and a container with a float switch that turns it off.If you dont have 4 atm pressure you can use a booster pump.If you have verry hard water you can use a polyphosphate filter( preferably for human consumption )before the RO system.Also beware that the RO makes clean and more dirrtyer water than the tap water wich will have the TDS much higher .You could use that water for something instead of throwing it on the sewage.You would need 3 filter for the RO instalation,first -5 micron filter,second active charcoal filter and the last its the membrane.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Thompson seedless grape vine
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:32:18 AM »
It was cut this year?

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