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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pollinating Cherimoyas
« on: June 20, 2020, 10:57:51 PM »
I saw an interesting article yesterday about pollinating flowers using polling infused bubbles:


        Developed soap bubbles exhibit various biological and physicochemical properties
        The soap bubbles allow effective flower pollination
        A flying robot equipped with a bubble maker can be used for autonomous pollination
Giorgiosgr posted that article here.
Good idea to use soap bubbles that have pollen in them but for cherimoya i dont think this will work because the flowers are females right after they opened and the petals are not fully opened ( like in the male stage) .
The bubbles will break out on the female flowers petals without polinating them.
And when the cherimoya flowers are fully opened they are allready male and its too late to try and polinate them.
For otther coultures thogh ,i think its a good idea to use soap bubbles mixed with pollen for pollination.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drones that plant seeds
« on: June 20, 2020, 09:48:41 PM »
My son made a 3d printer that prints its own parts to make another one of it.
Pretty cool!

Im not good at programing and drawing on computer but im skilled at building myself and the seed releasing mechanism il make it from steel or glued plastic or carbon fiber.
Will probably need more releasing mechanisms for smaller seeds,intermediate size seeds and bigger seeds.

Even with the flight controller,il not mess around to buy one that needs complicated programming and tunning.
Instead il but the plug and play and safest to fly, NAZA  flight controller with gps just like all the Dji drones have,(even their 20 000 dollars agricultural drone uses it).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drones that plant seeds
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:38:39 PM »
They made it and the open source is available for everybody now for free.
I think the drone is made to cost less than 200 euro.
To make the seed releasing mechanism you would need 3 D printing thogh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surround on foliage
« on: June 19, 2020, 01:17:43 PM »
If you use caolin with acid water its possible it can cause aluminum toxicity .
Certain plants at various stages are more tolerant of aluminum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Drones that plant seeds
« on: June 19, 2020, 04:16:52 AM »
Found this video of an open source program to help people across the globe to build cheap and efficient drones to plant seeds and fight deforestation.
I like this project and altough initially i wanted to build a drone just to chase goats from my orchard,now im thinking to build a bigger one ( not too big thogh,half the size of the one from the video) and use it for seed planting also.
Now when all the drone regulations started i can still find cheap parts to build it.
Due to the regulations they became illegal to fly and,cheap prices of the drones are a result of this .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to buy 3 way conduit connectors
« on: June 18, 2020, 09:33:19 PM »
I have 2 big trellices like that made from 2 inch galvanised pipes and drilling rods( from oil rigs).
They are welded and strong but be carefull if you weld galvanised steel because the yellow ,heavy smoke its deadly.
Its heavy,no big deal,i weld it all the time without a respirator ,but you dont want to be lower than the weld or otther person or animal that could fall on it and breathe it .Kills instantly.

EDIT,the 2 inch pipes my trellices are made are thick steel ,also from drilling rigs and i dont think they were galvanised.
Basically i have 80% of my trellices made from oil rig pipes and full steel rods but inbetween the pipes and rods i have galvanised pipe .
If you use galvanised pipe and your a novice welder,its safer to use bolts than welding it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pollination with soap bubbles
« on: June 17, 2020, 03:42:01 PM »
Might be useful to replace hand pollination but will never beat the bees .

This has nothing to do with Chile.Its grows in Mexico and its less cold tolerant than Ugni Molinae.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: how to deal with Armillaria Root Rot
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:20:55 PM »
From what i read about Armillaria,in times of drought it kills trees because it takes the water out from them and the trees loose their leaves because they are dehydrated.
Sometimes the trees can recover and flush new leaves.
Are you sure its Armillaria? Did you find the black strings under the rotten bark?
The forest from where i colect Armillaria to eat has manny healty trees that are infected with Armillaria for decades and they show no sign of being sick otther than the mushrooms sprouting from their base.
They are resistant trees thogh.

I allready forgot about the Phantom drone and will start building this beast from the link but without gimbal for the camera ( dont want to spend on the gimbal 3 times more monney than the drone)as i dont need the drone for extra high quality photography.A fixed HD camera or something that also has night vision its enough for me.
I chose this model because its cheaper than the second hand phantom i can find here and because its big and powerfull it can fly in 30 Mph winds without a problem.
Its dangerous thogh with the big blades or if it crashes but i think its the tool i need for the job.
It can even carry 2 bricks  ;D.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do you use to label plants?
« on: June 15, 2020, 07:32:52 PM »
I tried using aluminum cans but my handwriting is terrible and the edges are sharp, it was a pain.

I now use the old-style embossing Dymo labelmaker.  I know the plastic will eventually fail in the sun, but so far they have held up well.  They make a metal-tape embossing one that would be perfect but it is way too expensive to justify.  I punch a small hole and use a zip tie to attach
Use aluminium from spray cans not beer or coca cola cans.
The spray cans aluminium its a lot thicker and less sharp but you need an engraving machine to write on it.
Or an mbossy letter and numbers kit,where you hammer gently each letter.
This is what i would use and i think its better than dremel engraver.Punch stamp for metal kit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do you use to label plants?
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:06:35 PM »
I make my own from used aluminium spray cans wich i cut and use the metal.
Then i engrave them with a dremel engraver ( the hammering tool -makes lots noize) and finally i use a copper wire to attach them loosely on the trees after i drill a hole in the tag.

I make the water 4,5 with pyroligneous acid to use it on my acid loving plants.

This is the link but i have to say these pumps work on 220v. .If you want one,i can help you
to get from here but the shipping would cost more than the pump itself.

Thanks but for now I'm good.
I know you like high tech items like this so the offer remains viable long term but you jave to learn how a pump like this works.It makes really strong noize and its good to jave inside a well where the noize doesnt bother you much but to replace the italian hidrofor with it would be a bad idea because of the noize.
I see people here that buy american tools use a converter from 110 to 220 volts.Usually the converter its expensive like 50 dollars wich its double than the pump cost .
Maybe you can find such converter in USA and in that case one such pump will be a beast of a pump.

Mother of cacao tree =Gliricidia sepium
And I heard some people using ice cream bean tree as well
Pineislander,the expert on chop and drop and nitrogen fixers ,uses them.

Grape variety ,,Moldova,, tastes almost identical in flavor and sweeteness with mangosteen.The texture its different ,obviously but the grapes have a better texture than mangosteen without the chevy part around the seed the mangosteen has .
Same identical floral perfume like flavor but a good flavor like mangosteen has not too much flavor like lychees.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: how to deal with Armillaria Root Rot
« on: June 14, 2020, 04:00:37 PM »
Do not use any parts of the oak as a mulch for otther trees because you can spread it if you do.
Id take it out especially if the oak its dead and extract the roots also.
The wood its good to use for fire or for any otther purpose except woodchips for mulch.
Aparently its impossible to kill armillaria and there is no cure for it.
Soil fumigations might work the best and planting resistant species of trees to isolate the infected spot.
Also,if you like to eat Armillaria mushrooms ,like i do,be carefull where you throw the parts resulted from cleaning and even the water in wich you wash them.Do not throw it in the garden or on the compost pile .

Nice pump and barrels.
I found a russian diaphragm pump at local home.depot for 26 dollars with 2 years warranty here  :D.Didnt bought it but good to know they can be found with warranty also.
Normally, nobody gives you warranty for them here.

Nice score!  Have a link?
This is the link but i have to say these pumps work on 220v. .If you want one,i can help you
to get from here but the shipping would cost more than the pump itself.

About the drone,after ive studyed a little more torroughly i think il buy a DJI Phantom 2 from used(can be found with 125-150 dollars) without camera wich il buy later.
About the camera im thinking to chose one with nigjt vision also.
The battery of the drone il make it myself from tool lithium ion cells and will be like in this video wich will give me 40 minutes of flight.
I also found a radio emitter wich goes @ 10 kilometers ,its called R9M and the videocamera has signal in somme videos for 20 km.They used to be expensive but now are just 50 dollars for such a range .Usually the battery dies before this thing looses signal.

Lots of research and now a  trial suggests Italian made pumps are of excellent quality.  Tallas or Leader brands. Here's a Leader Ecomatic 110 1/2 HP 10 GPM which just kicks butt.  Very well built, unreal output, self contained, quiet for $286 from Kingpumps. It will pump rainwater from 2 outside rainwater tanks into a garden hose for the trees and to provide water for a new Aquafog TurboXE fogger, GT-500 which I need to hang and tie in yet.  Where the top plug is is where a 3/4" garden hose connector will attach to the Aquafog fooger 10' above.

Crap, this has only taken me 4 years of research and procrastination to get this done. Plumbing in was a lot of fun with all the connectors and tolerances, ugh.  :(

Nice pump and barrels.
I found a russian diaphragm pump at local home.depot for 26 dollars with 2 years warranty here  :D.Didnt bought it but good to know they can be found with warranty also.
Normally, nobody gives you warranty for them here.

In SF last year I was able to find Mexican grown mangosteen that was fresh (not the hard stuff they used to import from Southeast asia) in a Chinese produce store. Just keep your eyes open and ask the store owners when the season will start.
All mangosteen taste identical because the mangosteen tree its just a single female that breeds by apomixis and all the seeds are its clones.
All mangosteen trees are identical clones like grafted trees .

Right now in trying to grow Phacelia Tanacetifolia for seeds to have more and more of them.
I want to plant this gorgeous plant instead of grass in my orchard between the trees.
Its called a green manure plant and makes a ton of honney per hectare ( like black locust trees).
It also blooms long time.
Its an anual plant and can be planted to bloom 2 times a year or 3-4 times a year in warmer countryes.
Its also good to start a small business to sell the seeds because they dont last long,just 6 months and they are expensive.
The picture its not my field,i have just 20 or so plants right now.

To me mangosteen taste is almost identical to somme high quality grapes.Just that the grapes have more flavor,are more sweet and have better texture.
Mangosteen its a nice looking fruit thogh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 09, 2020, 07:42:39 PM »
Hello everyone , i'm new to the forum and think that it is a great place to learn great stuff. Been a long time lurker and think its time to jump in  :) . I'm a student from the National academy of arts , 23 years old with a obsession for growing tropical fruit plants, and fruits in general. I have growing in pots passion fruits ( p.edulis, p.ligularis, p.edulis flav, p. alata ), cherimoya ,surinam cherry , carambola, dragon fruit ,2 types of guava , lychee, tamarillo, pomello , coffee, papaya, loguat and tamarind seedlings. I also have some temperate fruiting plants like peach ,almond, apricot, blueberries, gooseberries, red currants, pistachio, kiwi , pomegranate, several varieties of figs, apples and paw paw. I also do some summer veggies like tomatoes and peppers. Thanks for reading my intro and I am glad that this forum exists, I have learned a lot of things and hope to learn a lot more.  ;D
Welcome.If you are bulgarian,then you are genetically atracted to this hobby.

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