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Tropical Fruit Discussion / water at a depth
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:01:22 PM »
I was surveying my land and dug a bunch of holes to see where the water is, its mostly 4 up to 11 feet before i hit water. so i was wondering if there will be any problems with planting trees like Artocarpus (jackfruit and the like), mango, durian, cacao, java almond, paradise nut, anonnas, salak, avocados, rambutan, Alibertia edulis, amla, cashew, mamey sapote, sapote, garcinias, langsat, inga, star apple, cinnamon, carob, figs, cola, star fruit, lucuma Also any other tree you can think of that wouldn't like it. im thinking too much water or will they be good. Im sure the myrciarias, eugenias, and bananas will love it, same with palms. I think its cool in a way because you never need to water. any thoughts or opinions on this. Just making sure so i don't find out the hard way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / anyone use Hida gardening tools
« on: October 25, 2015, 03:48:11 PM »
Im looking for the best gardening tool, shears, clippers, saws, ect. anyone use anything of this company and are they worth the price and stand the test of time with constant use. They seem to be the best i can find, can anyone else recommend better that can top them. money is no object, just the best as im tired of cheap tools from local stores.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / pretty cool
« on: October 15, 2015, 08:23:23 PM »
Just taking pics of plants and tried fitting as many in one shot as possible, basically everything on frutlovers seed page and many more from other sources, when in history have all these plants been together in one spot. so cool.

myrciarias from adam

Theres more being blocked by other plants and the banana but last i counted there was 107 species/varieties just here

Tropical Fruit Discussion / how long can soursop stand flooding
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:05:17 AM »
Im making a river path threw my yard to guide water in heavy rainfall and im digging a 3 foot hole sloping to act as a break and was thinking it would be good for a soursop as it will stay warmer and i remember reading it can withstand flooding, so since its all free draining the second it stops raining im wondering in heavy rainfall when the hole fills with water could the soursop stand a few days or up to a week flooded.

Recipes / cooking annatto leaves
« on: October 14, 2015, 12:24:31 AM »
I have an annatto about to produce and i researched cooking the seeds but found nothing about cooking the leaves. im wondering is there a special way to cook them and how is the taste. I saw you can make tea with the leaves also and is really beneficial, anyone made tea before with the leaves.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Long Duration Vegetable/Herbs Thread
« on: September 20, 2015, 01:58:17 PM »
For those veggies that stay around and give the gift that keeps on giving.

Since the tropical vegetable forum is pretty dead and it still doesnt concern all vegetables, this thread will be for everything vegetables, are you growing any, what techniques have you learned, what are good sources and videos for the like.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can Anyone ship me a Fruit Punch Mango tree
« on: September 19, 2015, 02:49:36 AM »
PLEASE Somebody help me. Anyone willing to ship a fruit punch mango tree to me Please.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / can you eat raw guarana seeds
« on: September 15, 2015, 06:30:38 PM »
ive been doing research and there are raw guarana products, i was always under the impression it needs to be roasted. has anyone eaten raw guarana seeds before. is the red part any use for anything or eaten as well.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Sprouting Black Walnut Seeds
« on: September 14, 2015, 01:39:02 PM »
I bought a bunch of black walnut seeds still in green husk, I read they need to be soaked in water, husked removed, cold stratified to break dormancy. Anyone have any experience germinating this from seed. Also What is the best PH soil for germinating.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where is the Fruit Punch
« on: September 10, 2015, 01:38:58 AM »
I find tracking down fruit punch to be extremely difficult, 4 nurseries all said they cant find it, one thought they found one but mistook it for another mango and after driving a few hours to pick it up I found it to be a peach something but at least they had Coconut Cream which i was hesitant to get as Fruit Punch sounds better. one in particular went to miami and visited 3 nurseries but were all sold out. any news if im dealing with meatballs or are they available and without that asian fly what not.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Molix sapodilla
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:12:25 PM »
I recently purchased a Molix sapodilla, tried finding info through other posts but didnt answer my questions.

How is the productivity in florida, Sugar content, any grittiness, Does it get as large as other saps (taller,smaller, broadness), Is it a good one among saps. anything else that would be good to know. I read its a mexican variety, so thats cool.

Just trying to gain more info.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / YUMBERRY Myrica rubra
« on: August 30, 2015, 07:00:21 PM »
Anyone have any tips on germinating these. How long are the seeds viable for.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / CUT NUT TREE (Barringtonia edulis)
« on: August 30, 2015, 02:00:03 PM »
Just bought one, anyone growing it or tried it before.

The real acai (Euterpe Oleracea) that gets 80 feet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Fe'i Bananas
« on: August 13, 2015, 03:34:37 PM »
Anyone Know a place, person, or someone on the forum that sells Fe'i Bananas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is chempedek true from seed
« on: August 10, 2015, 03:16:09 PM »
Have a foot tall seedling, will it have dank fruit from seed or best to be grafted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question on inga spectabilis
« on: July 26, 2015, 02:15:24 PM »
Ive read that inga spectabilis gets 100 feet, is that correct.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / moderator for tropical vegetable forum
« on: July 18, 2015, 03:20:18 PM »
you need to delete the spam before it gets out of hand. Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Criollo cacao seedlings
« on: June 27, 2015, 03:19:03 PM »
Check it out 105 criollo cacao seedlings courtesy of montoso gardens. Going to start the first cacao farm in florida, only thing is its a private farm just for me ;D

Don't worry I share 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / AMAZON TREE GRAPE any one growing it
« on: June 25, 2015, 03:19:23 PM »
Just picked up a very nice size amazon tree grape from adams (flying fox fruits) anyone else growing this in florida or abroad.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plukenetia volubilus (sacha inchi)
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:57:50 PM »
Anyone growing it, how bushy does it get, i know they get like 6 feet tall but does it turn bushy? Does it like full sun or partial shade better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to prepare a hole the right way
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:06:43 PM »
Now this can mostly be applied to central florida and areas with deep sand, I doubt you going to dig an 8 foot hole in clay or rock, I think you would hit salt water if you did this down south but still if you have room underground to excavate and prepare the soil this is an idea how its done.

Im digging up my whole yard and re doing the soil so i dont have any soil problems and can start to build up more organic matter and have a high Cation Exchange Capacity. Turning sand into soil. Conserve water, time, and nutrients. Keep the trees warmer and cooler and lowering the PH to 6.2 to 5.5 depending on what is to be planted. The remaining sand Im using for the border and so I can still plant trees that like the high alkaline sand like goji berries.

Started with digging a 10 foot long 6 foot wide and 8 feet deep hole

I didnt take a pic of the whole process because i didnt want to get my camera dirty, but i put a bag of peat moss down with some different soils, then I put a good size oak log about 50 pounds down, Then i proceeded to fill it in with green material like weeds and clippings and what not.

Some of the soils I used. I filled just about the entire hole up with green material then proceeded to fill it up with the soils and peat moss mixed together, also drpped a huge oak log and jammed a couple oak branches down in it as i was filling it.

I was trying to get a picture of a huge 100 pound oak log that i also put in there, total about 5 or 6 oak logs in the lowest part of the hole.

More oak logs and now adding the green material again

Filled it with a bunch of compost and helicon branches

Then a bunch of banana leaves and a few bags of peat moss and a bag of fox farm ocean forest just to get the bacteria in it.

then more oak branches

then more green material and oak leaves, starting to fill the rest in with a compost soil, peat moss and garden soil (turkey manure soil mix)

And filled the rest up with the soil peat moss blend.

total about 15 oak logs, a bunch of branches, a bunch of green material, half a giant helicon, 20 bags of sphagnum peat moss, 25 bags of compost soil, 25 bags of garden soil, a few bags of cow manure and about 10 hours of work. Also im going to put more cow manure peat moss and compost soil blend, mulch and green manure about another foot above this hole for the top soil layer. The huge amount of carbon  will rob your nitrogen so large amounts of manure and green material is needed to balance it out, but you'll be surprised how the logs and branches suck all the nitrogen from the soil so what is being put in will even it out so the carbon can get its share of nitrogen and when you start to grow plants in it, the hole will have just enough nitrogen to get your plants to start growing. So an additional nitrogen fixing plants or trees will have to be added to maintain a proper balance. Im going to use sunn hemp at first then finish by planting a inga tree.

There you go, not only will it now hold water and give lots of carbon and nitrogen and breed various microbes, but when the winter comes the peat moss and soils will act like insulation to keep the heat in and now you dont have to worry about your plants getting cold. Its the hard way but its the best way so you get all the maintenance out of the way like fertilizing as much or watering or anything that you would have problems with on sand.

also I wait about a year or two before planting any trees to allow the decomposition and microbes to build up, I also use mushroom mixes to help break the wood down faster and myceleium to start the connection. I plant banana trees too for the shade to keep the sun off the soil while i wait to plant the final tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Whats up with my soursop
« on: June 07, 2015, 01:50:03 PM »
my soursop isnt looking too good right now, it was in about 6.7 ph and had some nutrient deficiencies so i planted it in ocean forest soil with peat moss so it has a ph of 5.7 and the soil is always moist, is that too much for this plant. It gets about 4 hours of direct sun on the setting side and dappled shade all day long. It has some aidsphids now on it but i think thats because its not happy and i dont think thats the problem. You can see the new growth coming out all down the branches, should i just let it grow and see if it adjust, or did i just over do it and need to change the soil a bit.

one leaf is randomly half light and half dark, dont think that was the sun.

I think the leaf curling is aphids, maybe?

you can see the new growth shoots on the stem

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical fruit trees to repel misquitos
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:51:48 PM »
I know cashew seeds and langsat fruit peel when burned repel misquitos, any other ones out there that people have used or heard about.

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