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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID this plant, a tropical edible tuber?
« on: September 25, 2022, 10:30:35 PM »
Definitely amorphophallus of some sort!!!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Squirrel Dog
« on: September 23, 2022, 09:10:32 AM »
Get another Rat Terrier.  ;D

We have had many dogs, and the RTs were the only ones that could actually CATCH and kill the squirrels, not just chase them.  Not only squirrels, but I had one who killed over 30 mice in under two minutes when we removed some trailer skirting in the winter.

Of course, we also had one that ate our koi fish, taking one bite out of each tasty tummy, then leaving the carcasses lined up neatly on the patio.  Same dog that, after catching a squirrel and dispatching it with one bite, dropped it and stood there looking at it, wagging her tail as if to say "Tag, you're it!"


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple - problem with leaves
« on: September 05, 2022, 10:06:57 AM »
My first guesses would be fertilizer burn or watering issues (too much or too little water). Doesn't quite look right for anthracnose but I guess that's alwats a possibility.


It's so considerate of you to be worried about your neighbor's dogs.
I have found the leaves are fairly heavy so they don't blow around much. Keeping the trees away from the fenceline should put your mind at ease.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone willing to send one seed to me
« on: September 03, 2022, 06:42:53 PM »
Now, let's go easy on him. Maybe he is just a kid.  I was on another forum and a brand new member who turned out to be only 12 years old was heartbroken by the poor reception. 

To another point, I never find it worthwhile to grow just one seed. So much can happen - low germination, damping off, etc. Always best to buy a dozen. So save up and try again when you have a few more dollars.  Or like folks suggested, buy fruit!


Of my tropical plants in my greenhouse, I notice the following -
A few drop their leaves, or flower, at the same time every year. They must be daylength dependant.
Most flower/fruit year round. They must not be daylength sensitive. That would make sense for most tropicals, where rainfall is more important than day length.
Some sit there and never bloom (like my dragonfruit! Argh!). They are probably either not be getting enough light at all in my shady greenhouse, or there is some other factor I am not calculating into the equation.

Those little green children can be so problematic  :P


Melons are so tricky! I am staring at my honeydews daily now, dithering about whether to pick them or let them go another day...


I have had really good luck with Oscar at Fruit Lovers, Tradewinds, Montoso, and also Forest House in Cameroon.

In fairness to these sellers, you can try to select good seeds all you want, but without a pair of magic glasses, there is no way to tell what is actually viable. Germination is affected by a million tiny variables.  Ordering one or two of a variety is just silly.

I always order more seeds than I need, to account for varying germination rates, and because shipping is so hard on some seeds.

Out of 30 Mandela's Gold strelitzia seeds, I got one to germinate.  Of course, over-ordering is also why I currently have 50 cacao seedlings...

I ALWAYS pay for the fastest delivery and feel it is worth it.

Cheers, Carolyn

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's your favorite fruiting shrub?
« on: August 27, 2022, 09:42:47 PM »
Not rare, but I like cocoplum (Chrysobalauns icaco). Have to grow it in my greenhouse, but when we were in Florida I regularly freaked my hubby out by eating the shubbery fruit while waiting at bus stops, etc.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coffee
« on: August 27, 2022, 09:39:42 PM »
I think coffee cherries taste like slightly sweetened celery. 

Whenever I start new coffee plants from seed in my greenhouse, I select seeds that are very plump with as much pulpas  I can find.

I can confirm that after four generations of selective breeding for the flesh, I have achieved no appreciable difference in the amount of pulp. Hasn't hurt the seeds, though.

I'll get back to you in another hundred generations...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations for Sugar Cane Juicer
« on: August 22, 2022, 04:05:29 PM »
On the lighter side -

What about this one?  She doesn't use any electricity, plus provides fertilizer for your field and a ride home after work! Her name is Maria... ;D

Pretty tasty juice!

They look a lot like Navajo yellow melons. They like drier conditions, so are great here in our high desert area. Maybe yours was way over-ripe? The seeds look very pulled away from the flesh...


Just a thought - Sea Walnut's main problem seemed to be that he was a bit short on opinions he could back up with science.  The seeds really could be Navajo seeds, or any sort of melon cross.  That is the awesome thing about melons - you can create new crosses so easily. They are such a maleable species!

Snout beetle! Eeewww!

The insect looks like some sort of weevil, judging from his little snout.  I don't think they go after trees, more into grains and stuff.  I'd call your local extension office and get some help with spraying your trees for next year.


Be careful that you don't wind up building a giant sail that blows away in the wind...


I have tried something similar, and what works better than foil, and is way cheaper if you can get them, are the mylar "emergency blankets".  They are tough, large, very reflective, and usually easy to find. I mounted mine on the inside of the north wall of my greenhouse.  Worked well until some vines grew up and blocked the light from the mylar.


Ha! That would be my own grasskeets that live in my greenhouse!
For the most part they leave my plants alone, but every so often they go on a binge, and walk the tops of the banana leaves, eating the tasty, crunchy part where the leaves attach to the ribs. I come into the greenhouse in the morning and banana leaves are all over the floor, with just the ribs still attached to the plant like a giant yucca or something.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ohh oh. This avocado is not fully ripe
« on: August 07, 2022, 09:49:39 AM »
Yes. Put the pit back in if you still have it, put the halves back together and wrap the whole thing tightly in plastic wrap, then wait a day or two. Don't put it in the refrigerator.


Give them to all the neighbor kids along with lemon slices. They get a big kick out of them!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink splotches on young cacao leaves
« on: July 23, 2022, 09:09:18 AM »
Almost all of the time, the problem is cultural, not a disease.  They definitely need more light. Light through a window isn't enough. Mine like a four ft, four bulb led shop light. The more they can photosynthesize, the better they can recover from stress.  Also, if it IS a disease, you can remove the affected leaves and see if that takes care of the problem.  That was why I was asking how many leaves they had.

Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink splotches on young cacao leaves
« on: July 22, 2022, 10:45:18 PM »
So, I haven't seen these on my cacao, but a couple questions - how big are the plants, how many leaves?
What is their culture? Planting medium, sun exposure, inside or in a tent etc? Other plants affected?

Cheers, Carolyn

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me understand plant feeding
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:28:57 AM »
No, you don't need to foliar feed these micronutrients. Chelated micronutrients were invented because many of these nutrients only work within a very limited pH range of soil or soilless medium. Chelation protects the nutrients against pH damage and lets them be available to the plants across a broader range of pH.

The more important thing to me is organic (for example, manure) vs synthetic (chemically manufactured nitrogen source). Now, discussing this is like talking about religion or politics - people tend to have strong opinions. This is my take on it, after decades of growing happy, healthy plants. You can take it or leave it.

I go with synthetic fertilizers (good old Miracle Grow, at half the recommended rate, every time I water) for all my peat-based potted plants. Organic fertilizers need to be broken down by soil microbes before becoming available to plants. This takes time, months to years, AND if you are using a soilless potting medium like I do, it is hard to get flourishing microbial life to begin with.

However, in my garden, in the ground, with dirt and worms and things, where I can plan a year ahead, I prefer organic fertilizers.  I still tend to get pre-mixed stuff (I like Dr. Earth) rather than try to balance manure, compost, blood meal, guano, bone meal, etc into something my plants need.  I only add a single product if I can see a difficiency. There are probably recipes for complete organic fertilizers, but it can take months to see results from what you add (the stuff has to travel through the gut of microbes first...), so it is almost impossible to tell which thing you added had what effect.

Did that help, or confuse you more?



I have some dumb questions.  Are these mosquito larvae bad for plants?  How do they negatively affect plants?  If these tiny mosquito babies show up in rain barrel water, is the water no good then?
Not dumb at all!
The mosquito larvae don't hurt the plants, but they hatch into disease-carrying mosquitoes that suck our blood before all the water can be used.

Depending on how rare, Montoso Gardens always comes through for me.  He also has neighbors in the business, and I know when I ordered some Herrania seeds he once ran next door for some!
You can always contact them and tell them what you are looking for and they may be able to lay hands on some.


It may be a cheesy tourist attraction, but I really love Robert Is Here.  I bought a bunch of miracle fruit bushes at half the price of other places and they were great plants.  They have lots of fruit to sample, too.
I just really admire someone who started out selling fruit at the age of 6 and is still going strong 60 years later.


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