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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:39:07 PM »
I have used shampoo before as surfactant.
This article describes typical surfactants used in shampoos. It explains and lists names for which are non-ionic and could probably be substituted in a pinch.

You might look into 'electric blue lobster crayfish' culture. Not for edible but each individual brings in about $25 USD for the aquarium trade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help for wind stressed Avocado
« on: May 21, 2019, 08:51:31 PM »
some physical barrier against the sun. Thinned latex paint is common. If the tree is short enough drive 4 posts around the tree and wrap it with shade producing material shade clothor an old bed sheet. After hurricanes some people drape cut branches over bare trees until they begin to rebuild canopy. Like I mentioned the most vulnerable parts will be exposed to afternoon and noonday sun.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help for wind stressed Avocado
« on: May 21, 2019, 07:12:36 PM »
Avocado bark sunscalds very quickly. We are in a dry hot and very clear time and the next week ahead. Strongly recommend protecting the bare branches especially those facing west-southwest and any horizontals. I have mature trees which got defoliated years ago and the previous owner didn't take precautions. Every tree has burned bark on S-SW sides and all horizontal branches were damaged.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let the Lychee war begin...
« on: May 21, 2019, 07:00:50 PM »
I've seen crows flying off with Lychee and much of the fruit near the top of my neighbor's trees are gone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brogden avocado any good?
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:07:30 PM »
Thank you.  Will do, I plan on heading out that way during mango season.

It looks a lot like an "unknown" avocado that I have. 

Did you want a yellow passionfruit vine when I head that way?
Thanks I'm satisfied with the purple passionfruit I've been growing, very good production & taste.

Looks like Wilson Popenoe, named after a famous fruit explorer who said it came from Lancetilla, Honduras.
I haven't compared but they look similar to Russell.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola tree - hanged to death?
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:39:45 PM »
Let it grow, it will heal itself, not a big problem.
I agree it will heal and be no problem. Carambola grows fast and is very vigorous.

But don't head to the farmer's market just yet; first author Yu-Ru Lee, PhD, a member of the Pandolfi lab, notes you'd have to eat nearly 6 pounds of Brussels sprouts a day -- and uncooked ones at that -- to reap their potential anti-cancer benefit.
I checked around and found you can supplement with IC3

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brogden avocado any good?
« on: May 19, 2019, 12:23:14 PM »
I have one mature tree and it bore good last year and is holding well this year. Black/purple fruit is easy to see & judge ripening.
Skin is very thin so I began eating it. tatse was good when well ripened. Remind me and you can come sample it is a fairly early season type July-August last year.
here was July 1st last year;

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with my soursop
« on: May 19, 2019, 12:06:57 PM »
usually strong spray of a Dawn detergent & vegetable oil mix can dislodge and smother. They breed fast and ant control might help.
Pink hibiscus mealybug you can find it on all annonas, hibiscus, palms. Keep an eye out for infestations on these plants in your area to improve control. As with most pests they tend to be part of a 'Grim Reaper' syndrome where weaker stressed plants are targeted most so plant health should be maintained or improved.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New guanabana disease?
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:43:14 AM »
You might try scouting fruit at an earlier stage looking for Annona Seed borer, some o your pics show the small black spots. We often see mummified sugar apples and this could be related. Much of the damage seems to be in concave areas which are also favorites of mealybugs. Here is a UFL pest sheet for annona.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with avocado tree pest
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:01:05 PM »
The weevils seem to key in on stressed plants and will eat most anything, Lychee, mango, longan seem more vulnerable. If there is enough around they like to eat the damage is cosmetic and most trees recover or struggle on.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with my soursop
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »
  It looks like mealy bug .
Yes, mealy bug very common on soursop and usually they are being farmed by ants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unusual crested pineapple
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:36:45 PM »
This pineapple was grown from a grocery store top I believe it is an ordinary Dole Gold variety.
If my count is correct there are 12 individual rosettes on top of this fruit.
I'm not sure if it happened from a curse, nuclear radiation or alien influence but it sure is strange.

I have the same problem with a sweetheart
Only my tree hasn't flushed in 2 1/2 years?
I cut 10 mangos off it the past 2 years so it would grow and it's not even 3 feet
and won't flush??? I would guess your two trees are developing roots now?
That sounds very suspicious. I have 10 of this variety (Sweet Tart) and they are among the more vigorous upright growers, as mentioned previously by others.
One year has seen 4-5 flushes and growth above 4 feet from a 3 gallon. Tall enough I harvested scions. Maybe there is a defect in the root system?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chokanan Mango Queries
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:39:54 PM »
I enjoy the flavor of Choc Anon. Very slight fiber allows it to fall from the tree dead ripe without damage. The taste is mild and sweet but has a pleasant something about it but when many other mangoes are coming on the difference in taste is nice. If I had one to choose from Choc Anon wouldn't be my first I would choose Carrie then the citrus flavored types, then maybe a Choc Anon.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Thai eggplant id
« on: May 13, 2019, 06:18:34 AM »
I have come to love eggplant more and more. The taste is partly varietal but is strongly influenced by growing condition and ripeness.
They always bet more bitter with age and unless you enjoy that are better young.
The small fruited types usually bear in clusters compared to the larger fruited types. Very reliable and productive is Ping Tung, a long variety. Some of the Japanese varieties are extremely productive when grown well.
The Indian varieties are very tasty to me. If you haven't tried eggplant baked cut in half lengthwise brush with oil and seasoned salt then slow bake.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu question
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:11:11 PM »
Hey guys

Has anyone ever had a single achachairu seed (or any garcinia for that matter) push two main shoots before? This was definitely a single seed but it has two plants emerging.

microsoft backgammon

I had several do that too. I left them together so far the past 9 months.

This vine wants to grow to a 2-4" trunk diameter so if you want to see it's potential put in ground with sufficient space above. I have 3 large pine trees which have 3 vines each and get hundreds of fruit.
I also suggest planting several plants known to attract bumblebees as pollinators. This plant has worked well for me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red mombin not leafing out
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:09:27 PM »
BTW, I recently took a picture of a Red Mombin variety of exceptional size, about twice as big as the average fruit. It also has an nipple shaped appendage. Jocote de pezón.

Those look about the average size to me. Do they get much larger than that? Any pics of the fully ripe fruit?
These are very young, only 1/2 full. Once ripe and full they are about twice. I'll get back with a picture when they are ready.

Good opportunity for practice grafts. Those volunteers are usually well rooted and normally get wasted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red mombin not leafing out
« on: May 09, 2019, 07:35:38 AM »
BTW, I recently took a picture of a Red Mombin variety of exceptional size, about twice as big as the average fruit. It also has an nipple shaped appendage. Jocote de pezón.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola not setting fruit
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:56:07 AM »
I have a 3 foot carambola that had quite healthy.  Bought it as a self fruitful plant and it has flowered every spring and fall with tons of flowers, but no fruit.  Any suggestions?
It sounds like the tree is more than two years old yet is only at 3 feet. That is fairly slow has it spent much time in a pot?

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