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Ive never been able to get ground cherries to sprout from seed. Gave up trying.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy donut day
« on: June 04, 2023, 09:31:41 PM »
I keep these chilled in the fridge. Hard to pass them up at Publix.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big mulberry tree
« on: May 27, 2023, 06:33:20 PM »
How old is that tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / OT How to keep cats from landscape
« on: April 24, 2023, 11:10:44 AM »
My next door neighbor cats keep doing their business in my landscape. I planted some annuals and put down mulch. Now her 2 cats have a favorite place to pee and poop. How can I deter them without harming them. 

Looking for nice landscape Crabapple to plant in my front yard.

Weibang is the best lawn mower made in China. I almost bought one from Home Depot a few yrs ago. For some reason they stopped selling them in America but they sell them in the UK and other countries.

The only one I have head of in the US is Thai Soldier from Baker Creek.

Its probably best not give it too much nitrogen or it will start vining. That is what happens with some of my more vigorous bush bean varieties.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Want to buy dwarf yard long bean seeds
« on: January 02, 2023, 09:55:04 PM »
For shipping to USA. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some of my cold protection prep
« on: December 24, 2022, 05:34:53 PM »
Iím also in zone 8b. You may want to try taking a 9 or 12 inch saw blade and cutting out the root ball of the bananas and storing the entire stalk in your garage to replant come spring. It takes me only a few mins to pop out. That way a freeze wonít make the bananas start from the ground again

That sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the tip.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some of my cold protection prep
« on: December 23, 2022, 04:53:01 PM »
Good luck with your plants, hope they fare well !

Thank you. 4 straight days of 20-22 weather. I expect I will take some losses. Did the best I can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Some of my cold protection prep
« on: December 23, 2022, 04:26:08 PM »
I purchased a 9 x 4 portable greenhouse for cold protection around 2 goldfinger bananas, also wrapped with burlap and added a small space heater.

Barbados cherry- Frost blanket with 4 poles. Xmas lights inside.
Sweet almond- Blankets and hay
Cold sensitive citrus - Burlap wraps around trunk. Frost blankets with 4 poles
Cherry of Rio Grande. Frost blanket, xmas lights

I put cold sensitive plants in shed

My older citrus I only put hay around trunk and watered all cold sensitive trees well. Not much else I can do.

Are they near ripe? Then I would go ahead and get them.
Better to have some than none.
22 is gonna be hard to protect fruits unless you use something to boost temps.

Yes. All ripe, maybe a tiny bit green showing. I wanted to keep them on the tree until the cold weather sweetened them up.

I live near Gainesville Fl and im preparing for the coming cold that's coming this friday (22), sat (23), sun (25), mon (31). I've put hay around the base of my cold sensitive citrus and sweet almond trees. Also plan on wrapping with burlap and placing frost blankets as well. My Barbados cherry going to put xmas lights and a frost blanket. Should I remove the fruit from my citrus trees. I don't want to leave them on if the cold ruins them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:44:20 AM »
Scarlet beauty Plum
Cherry of rio grande
Ponkan mandarin

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 12, 2022, 11:05:54 PM »
I recently ordered a Page mandarin citrus tree because of its reputation as being one of the best tasting mandarin varieties. We shall see.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:37:14 PM »
I can't find anywhere online to buy a Seedless surprise grapefruit tree. Sounds like something I would love to grow.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:28:08 PM »
Orlando tangelo is my favorite citrus. Very sweet and tangy and juicy.  The juice from the Orlando is incredible. My coworkers would fight over the juice I took to work.

I have one Ivy Gourd plant in a pot. I bought it off ebay out of curiosity. Do I need to bring the plant indoors when the temp is 32 and under. I live a few miles west of Gainesville Fl. zone 8b

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Identify this citrus tree
« on: October 11, 2022, 12:55:13 AM »
I am pretty sure its not a sour orange because I would not buy that variety. I usually keep the tags on my citrus for identification but it I must have worn off. Its very cold hardy variety.

Citrus General Discussion / Identify this citrus tree
« on: September 30, 2022, 12:49:13 PM »
Does this look variety look familiar to anyone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: amazing mango
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:30:43 PM »
Wow that is amazing mango fruit. Huge.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How to keep citrus alive in winter? Zone 8b/7
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:28:55 PM »
You can search weather history here for my area

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How to keep citrus alive in winter? Zone 8b/7
« on: September 26, 2022, 12:45:01 AM »
 I live in zone8b and I never bring my citrus inside. I have several varieties of citrus in the ground. They survive the cold really well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Ruby guava
« on: September 25, 2022, 05:29:04 PM »
Thanks for the review

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado variety identification
« on: September 23, 2022, 08:34:43 PM »
I bought a grafted avocado plant from a local nursery out here in Ludhiana, India. The nursery couldnít tell me the variety and only labeled iit Ďgrafted avocadoí. Itís pretty and very healthy plant. Avocado plantation is very rare in India, this is the first avocado plant Iíve seen in my life, couldnít resist taking it home.
Recently my avocado has grown some new leaves, Iíve posted photos of the both old and new leaves.

I thought avocado trees were common in India

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