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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get cheap gypsum
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:14:40 PM »
You can also get it for free from demolitions in the form of old plaster boards walls.Grind it and its good to go .
But the fresh powdery gipsum its always the best because that covers a higher surface of the soil .
Think of it as a cement that is fresh and mixes with your soil then it hardens a little maintaining air gaps and improoving drainage in the soil.
It is used as a soil ammendment for heavy soils but if you add allready hardened gipsum or use plaster walls ,then you wont get this effect as using fresh gipsum.
Somebody posted here that he uses old plaster boards,so it can be done.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mites? and MIracleberry
« on: October 07, 2019, 08:22:00 PM »
Take a full spoon of dishwasing detergent and mix it with one quarter of gallon of water,then spray it on the mites.
Those mites have an oil coating over them wich prevents them from drying.The dishwasing detergent solution wipes that coating and they die.
You can also mix table oil with detergent first but that sometimes can harm the tree leaves.
Detergent and water is safer for the plant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get cheap gypsum
« on: October 07, 2019, 08:17:04 PM »
Look at construction materials depot .They should have really dirt cheap gipsum .Here costs 5 dollars per 50 pounds.
There are 2 types,one that hardens slower and one that hardens faster.You want the faster hardening one because the otther has somme aditives in it to prolong curing time.
Buy gypsum not plaster or gipsum based plaster.

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I have 3 cats that like to chase the squirrels a lot until the squirrel barks.
When i hear a cornered squirrel barking i go to save it and take the cat away.
But i have european squirrels and i also have hawks  and even golden eagles that fly every day over my property.
At night i can hear owls.
My dog killed a rabbit on my land and i kept the dog closed 3 days as a punnishment.
One of my cats jumped from a tree with a pigeon and i chased the cat until it released the pigeon and i took care of the pigeon and released him back.
When i used to hunt in childhood i sometimes got birds that the bullet only cut them the tip of one wing,only the feathers.
Those birds then fly badly in circles and i caught them by hand,took care of them until they growed new feathers and released them after.
My grandfather used to put traps to catch mice but i always got to the traps first and released the mice on the field near by.
In the city apartment i caught 2 big rats one of wich atacked me and bite the stick i was using to guide him into a cartboard box.
Off course i released both rats outdoor and in the building basement.
Thats my aproach on ,,pests,, .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Persimmon 30 chromosomes
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:39:54 PM »
You get a lot more sun than in Florida because the more northern you are,the longer the day in the summer .
Tropics have 12 hours day/12 hours night continuously but me on 45N i get 16 hours of day during the summer and 8 of night. On north pole there is no night during the summer especially at the peak of summer.

A place with desert climate might get many more hours sunshine than one at the same latitude but very cloudy.
Sunshine duration per year takes into account average cloudiness and is the average over several years.

This table shows for the following cities:
Chicago, IL: 2508 hours
Louisville, KY: 2514 hours
Miami, FL : 3154 hours

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_sunshine_duration

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_sunshine_duration#North_and_Central_America
True but your hours comparison is per whole year and im talking only about the summer.
During summer,in Romania ,on 45 N i get @ 30 percent more light than you get in Florida.
During winter its the opposite,the day becomes shorter and night longer .
That doesnt take into account clouds and mountains just how long its the sun shining in a day= 4 hours more here than on the equator.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Persimmon 30 chromosomes
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:16:56 PM »
Here is a link
https://www.intechopen.com/books/breeding-and-health-benefits-of-fruit-and-nut-crops/genetic-diversity-and-breeding-of-persimmon

In the genus Diospyros, there are species and varieties having diploid (2n = 2x = 30), tetraploid (2n = 4x = 60), hexaploid (2n = 6x = 90), nonaploid (2n = 9x =135) and dodecaploid (2n = 12x = 180) chromosome number. Therefore, it is thought that the basic chromosome number of the genus Diospyros is 15 [9, 12]. The chromosome numbers of some wild species of genus Diospyros (D. oleifera, D. glandulosa, D. confertiflora, D. discolorare, D. ehretioides, D. lycioides, D. mollis, D. rhodocalyx and D. sumatrana) are 2n = 30, except for 2n = 60 for D. rhombifolia and 2n = 90 for D. ebenum [13, 14, 15]. D. kaki L. is a hexaploid (2n = 6x = 90). However, octoploid (2n = 8x = 120) cultivars such as Hasshu and nonaploid (2n = 9x =135) cultivars such as ‘Hiratanenashi’ and ‘Tonewase’ have also been reported [14, 15, 16]. On the other hand, D. virginiana has two karyotypes with 2n = 60 and 90 [15, 17], while D. lotus is diploid (2n = 2x =30) [14].




I think it would be interesting to take a Florida Persimmon Breed it with a early type (kentucky 60 type),
 and see if your native types would be early since we get alot less sun.
You get a lot more sun than in Florida because the more northern you are,the longer the day in the summer .
Tropics have 12 hours day/12 hours night continuously but me on 45N i get 16 hours of day during the summer and 8 of night.
On north pole there is no night during the summer especially at the peak of summer.

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I want to build small houses for squirrels on my land where i grow walnuts,almonds and hazelnuts.
I let 10 -15 percent of the almonds and walnuts on the tree anyway and if the squirrels dont eat them ,then they will rot ,feeding all soirds of fungus that could harm the crop next year.
How much can a squirrel eat? I compost tons of fruits when i am too lazy to make moonshine like drink from them.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 07, 2019, 02:21:29 PM »
Charcoal does not last thousands of years in soil. Or this planet would be much much blacker. First it acts like a sponge, then it releases the nutrients. It breaks down like anything else...

It doesnt breaks down as you say.
Read this forum board to learn more about the charcoal and how people use it for soil amendment.
This year i burned 3 cubic meters of wood to make charcoal.
It lasts thousands of years ,watch the documentary about Terra Preta hats in a link at the begining of the forum.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=31671.msg363512#msg363512

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Quince (tastes like Lemonade)
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:16:32 AM »
The smaller one could be pseudocydonia.
Has beautifull red flowers and the fruit is edible.
I transplanted a tree this spring while it was in flower then all the leaves wilt.
Half of the tree died but half survived.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:12:22 AM »
Charcoal lasts houndreds of years unlike the wood chips or any otther organic material.
Also ,the wood chips will make a poore nitrogen soil because wood has zero nitrogen and needs it to decompose.
The downside of charcoal its that it can have ash soaked in it wich is alkaline and for citrus you want the oposite,an acid soil.
Old charcoal washed well by rain has neutral ph.

I mixed a lot of charcoal in my soil but 3 years later it was all gone....
Maybe your charcoal had a lot of ash.
Ash disolves and leaves the soil but charcoal stays in the soil  non decomposed for thousands of years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Northern Avocado Grove?
« on: October 06, 2019, 05:10:05 PM »
Most northern are in Europe in france and Italy at same altitude as Toronto.
https://youtu.be/lOWGg9Sq95U

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Wild red mulberry question
« on: October 05, 2019, 08:15:47 PM »
I have a single but its mutistemmed ( so might not be just a single individual)red mulberry growing in my fence and it makes fruits.
On the otther side of the fence  at lets say ,100 meters distance ,i have a white mulberry.
I let them for the birds,especially the blackbirds.

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I know a big jaboticaba for sale in Romania but cant be shipped because its in a big pot.Only 100 euro.
 
Edit: i called the seller and he sold it,was 6 years old and 2 meters tall.Was at cheap price for such a tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse for South Florida
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:15:30 PM »
Maybe you can find somebody to build a geodesic dome greenhouse.
A.dome has a lot more strength against the wind.
I build mein mostly because of the looks and the cheap cost of materials.
It would be 6 meters tall to have 100 square meters inside.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Ripping of PawPaw fruits
« on: October 03, 2019, 03:26:40 PM »
Too much water maybe?
Same thing happens to grapes if they get too much rain.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: help with newly planted trees
« on: October 03, 2019, 01:51:03 PM »
Trim the small one.Its transplant shock ,water stress but it doent matter now how well you wet them because its too late.
The big one will recover,the smaĺl one you can trim it and let only 2-3 leaves on it.

Thanks.  So pluck most of the leaves on the Lisa, and just leave the tip and a few of the leaves?
Yea ,leave just a few leaves on the small one and the tip.

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Looks like it was water stress and shed somme leaves to save water.

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Ive seen them for sale in supermarket here in zone 6.But i toght its only a decorative plant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: help with newly planted trees
« on: October 02, 2019, 09:24:09 PM »
Trim the small one.Its transplant shock ,water stress but it doent matter now how well you wet them because its too late.
The big one will recover,the smaĺl one you can trim it and let only 2-3 leaves on it.

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Lumens measure the whole spectrum of the light with all the colors .
What you need for a grow lamp is a PAR meter wich is basically just a luxmeter that has 2 colored filters ,one blue and one red,and it measure the light intensity only of blue and red colors from the spectrum.
Its an expensive tool usually but one could borrow one from friends or a club with plant enthusiasts.
In order to see if your LED fixtue lost intensity,then a cheap lux meter can tell you that.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:38:55 PM »
Charcoal lasts houndreds of years unlike the wood chips or any otther organic material.
Also ,the wood chips will make a poore nitrogen soil because wood has zero nitrogen and needs it to decompose.
The downside of charcoal its that it can have ash soaked in it wich is alkaline and for citrus you want the oposite,an acid soil.
Old charcoal washed well by rain has neutral ph.

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Post more pictures of the plant in the pot.
At how big it looks it should have fruited a lot by now unless its a seedling.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Almond heat tolerance
« on: September 30, 2019, 07:40:58 PM »
Almond trees are drought deciduous.They loose leafs in the winter but also on drought. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drought_deciduous

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Almond heat tolerance
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:35:34 AM »
Almond is considered most drought hardy fruit tree here in Romania ,where its native and grows wild.
They loose leaves in order to save water and survive drought .
This summer we had 3 months with zero rain and big drought.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted Swartzia seeds.
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:05:34 PM »
Edible species.

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