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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Dwarf chestnut (castanea sativa)
« on: October 30, 2023, 05:22:59 AM »
I'm not talking about castanea pumila, which is what dwarf chestnut usually seems to refer to, but the regular chestnut or castanea sativa.
Do you know if it is possible to have a tree with reduced growth by choosing a particular variety or adopting a special rootstock?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Kiwi berry, actinidia arguta
« on: August 26, 2023, 04:32:52 AM »
I'm looking to get a kiwi berry plant. Is there a variety you would particularly suggest for its taste?
The most tempting one is Issai just because it's selfpollinating.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: August 05, 2023, 07:44:05 AM »
I have one question: how important is it really to let the plant develop its taproot?
I have one seed that has the tip of the taproot rotten and started to grow multiple lateral roots instead. What would this mean for the future plant?
Also how much far do you go to make sure the taproot can develop straight down when planting in pots? I always see those really tall pots being used commercially while it seems to me amateur gardeners mostly use regular pots where i guess the taproot will start to coil at the bottom pretty soon.

I remember reading in a paper that in japan the taproot of d.kaki rootstocks is cut on purpose because it's believed to produce a better root system that way. Of course persimmons and avocados are probably as far related as trees can be.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone growing Dune Soapberry ?
« on: July 18, 2023, 05:17:34 AM »
Any update here?
I just came to know about this fruit tree and it seems particularly interesting to me for its hardiness.
Was anyone able to get and taste the fruit for seedlings?

Have seedling of supposed big fruited Texas Persimmon from Ed Self who has post on forum in past but my seedling has not fruited yet!
They are dioecious, have you confirmed it's female? And even if it is you might need a male as well (not sure)

Dyospiros texana is on my wish list. It's supposed to have persimmon texture and black sapote like taste.
Is there some effort to create a selected variety?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: June 27, 2023, 01:43:20 AM »
I've always failed to root pineapples tops. I've always put them in water because it seemed the most common method.

Yesterday i bought a Dole tropical gold making sure to pick the one with the healthiest top and this time i put it in a pot.
The fruit tasted really good.

Never put them in water. Rot is the biggest problem. Peel the bottom few leaves off and set it in a dark place that is warm dry for 2-3 weeks. Contrary to what you may think, this will not kill the top. They could probably sit for 2-3 months without dying. Water it sparingly after you plant it until it has started to grow--especially if it is cold.

Based on my experience with the water method i would certainly not recommend it either. Maybe if you can get really fresh tops they can survive but the method seems unnecessarily harsh.
I didn't let the top dry but i will experiment with that as well if i get more pineapples, thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sunburn on abiu fruit
« on: June 26, 2023, 08:05:25 AM »
To me it looks more like the sort of damage a fungus would do but i don't know anything about abiu in particular.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: June 26, 2023, 03:37:49 AM »
I've always failed to root pineapples tops. I've always put them in water because it seemed the most common method.

Yesterday i bought a Dole tropical gold making sure to pick the one with the healthiest top and this time i put it in a pot.
The fruit tasted really good.

Planted an hachiya in January this year and started growing around April

I've seen almost every video! It helped inspire me to get into this hobby. It's really great!
Same for me.
I wish he he could show more about the places he visits, in particular those amazing fruit markets. Often he makes his videos from the hotel rooms where he stays. But this would be just a bonus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attracting pollinators
« on: June 09, 2023, 10:47:05 PM »
Yesterday i saw a bee in my garden that looked like it was carrying a small piece of rolled up leaf. I looked it up on the internet and discovered that leafcutter bees are a thing, i didn't know... Apparently they are good pollinators and you can place solitary bee houses to attract them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Bananas are Cold Tolerant?!
« on: June 03, 2023, 03:07:53 AM »
Your main problem will be that your good season won't be long enough to let bananas ripen, i know people struggling i z8b for this reason.
Namwha is a short cycle variety it should give you the best chances of succeeding. However you will still probably have to cut the bunch prematurely before the cold season and let it finish ripen off the plant

Will you ship outside US?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pumice Alternatives SoCal
« on: May 20, 2023, 02:56:47 AM »
Don't overdo with amendments. If your mix is much more free draining than your native soil the hole you dug might fill with water when it rains making it possibly worse. If you think your soil is really a problem you can also consider raising the tree by creating a small mound.
A possibly cheaper solution for you might be wood chips, even after decomposing the soil will still retain a better texture. Be aware that this is a bit controversial, some will say that wood would "deplete" the nitrogen in the soil but my understanding is that it's not completely true. Other members here maybe can comment on this.

Enkis, there are a few excellent loquat varieties in Italy, just sign up to the Italian fruit forum.

Most nurseries, even the really big ones only have one unnamed variety ( or most likely it's some named variety but rarely labeled )   
But now that i think about it there should be a few named varieties cultivated in Sicily, i wonder if those are hardy as well, the coastal area there is z10. 

Where i live loquats are common. My neighbour has one, i had a winter with a minimum of 15F few years ago and i don't remember it ever having significant die back (it's a really old tree, always been there afaik).
Here in Italy i never heard of loquat named varieties, they are always sold as "japanese loquat".
Then we have "german loquat" (nespolo germanico in italian) which is actually how we call medlar (Mespilus germanica), this one is less common.

I'm confused... does any female che bear seedles fruit if there's no male around or do you need a seedless variety?
Then does the seedless variety still need a male or not?

Wanted to start some yangmei from seed and i've read some sources saying it does best in 5 or even lower PH soil. Is that true?
If true, for those planting in-ground, what's your soil PH? Is there something you do to keep a low PH?

Maybe you can use it as foliar fertilizer, fungicide properties would be a plus. I wouldn't try on a plant i care about anyway

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dream greenhouse build help
« on: May 09, 2023, 11:30:19 AM »
Anyone using triple wall polycarbonate? Is the loss in light transmission an issue?

Don't have racoons here but had a similar experience with herons eating fish from my pond.
I saw one around my pond from inside my house, my dog, a jack russell, was outside barking at him from a distance of 20 meters, the heron didn't care at all.
They don't give up and will eventually figure out if something is not a real threat. I had a fake heron statue decoy which i think it worked for some time until they figured out it's fake. People online say you are supposed to move it around from time to time to not give it away but i don't think it would have helped much.
I had to net the pond and after more then a year now some will still come to pay a visit and inspect the whole perimeter to check if there's a way in.

Good luck with your racoons.

Absurd! :D
Where is the evidence that "Plants in rainforests have almost sterile soil "

Maybe "sterile" was not the best word to use. I meant it's generally not much fertile as it's poor in nutrients.
One of the most cited reasons for this is that nutrients are often washed away by rain.

Efficiency probably depends on many factors. Just like an animal evolving on an island without predators can become "lazy" a plant could be not so efficient if it can survive anyway.

Plants in rainforests have almost sterile soil but they live in a highly competitive environment. Plants try to outgrow each other to access more light. Those plants are probably quite efficient i guess.

Also plants living in deserts might be efficient in some other ways.

I think when plants adapt to a new environment usually at the same time become also dependant on it. Pawpaws actually require some chill hours to thrive.
Peach trees won't do good where mangos grow, no plant is able to live everywhere without significant adaptations.

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