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Thanks all!

Carolyn

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Hi,
I have one in my greenhouse and it loves it. It is in partial shade.
However, I got the seed from a fruit that I ate in South America, and I think it is a variety that needs cross pollination, as it flowers but does not set fruit.
It is growing in a 25 gallon pot with well-draining potting mix (lots of perlite). I fertilize weakly weekly with Miracle Gro, monthly with cal/mag since Miracle Gro lacks that, and every so often with Osmocote.  Seems to like that.

Cheers, Carolyn

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We are visiting Florida in early May, and plan to go to Homestead to buy some orchids.  Of course, I want to hit some tropical fruit places also! Where is the best place in the Homestead area to get fruit and seeds? 

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Don't Forget to Flush
« on: March 03, 2022, 08:53:25 AM »
I don't have a drip system, but I do have misters.  They used to get plugged all the time by scale until I got a descaler and hooked it into the water line.  It supposedly makes the particles "slippery" so they don't stick to things.  Haven't had any clogged misters in two years, and without the irritating monthly cleaning with a needle! 

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sticky resin on leaf of young mango plant
« on: February 27, 2022, 09:26:35 AM »
How funny. Check out the post by LoveToPlant.  His mango was doing the same, and yes, it is guttation.  Wonder if it's the time of year...

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Don't know why it won't work.  We used to give our pet rabbits pieces of used drywall to chew on, for extra calcium.

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Glad to help! And good idea to add more airflow. Might try that with my orchids too!

Carolyn

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Inside a greenhouse, with no signs of any insects, maybe it is just guttation, which IS basically plant "sweat".  I don't know about mango leaves, but my papaya, pepper, and most of my orchids guttate a lot when they take in more water than they need. 

It is a natural process. It is just excess water and minerals leaking out of active leaf hydathodes.
Plants can't transpire in high humidity, so they guttate to release the buildup of fluids.

If insects were causing this, you almost always see SOME sign of the pests - little body parts stuck to the fluid, webs, etc. I doubt it is aphids, since honeydew rarely ever forms actual droplets.

I spent a lot of time looking for non-existent pests when my papaya trees were doing this.
Temperate plants usually guttate at the leaf margins, but many tropical plants guttate on the entire underside of the leaves. 

Anyway, in the absence of pests, that is my guess.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Identification..
« on: January 31, 2022, 10:04:37 PM »
It is Bunchosia glandulifera. It is marketed in the USA as Bunchosia argentea.
Yum yum!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: THIEVES IN THE COMMUNITY
« on: January 27, 2022, 06:41:45 PM »
Huh.  I have bought from Oscar and never had a problem. Always got my seeds fast and never had any communication issues.

Carolyn

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We can get a nigrum spinosum variety here. That may be what you have. I dont know if there are any taste differences but looking online, someone was testing differences in storage and cold hardiness. Maybe that variety travels well...

Carolyn

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 30, 2021, 11:00:30 AM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Yeah, we are getting snow dumped on us here, too. 

We still cherish our Christmas in Australia with friends many years ago All the Santas wore these thin pajama outfits instead of the wooly ones we see here. Great fun!

Cheers, Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Fruits and Greenhouse in TN
« on: December 30, 2021, 10:57:03 AM »
LOVE the chicken! Does she live in the greenhouse? My quail clean up everything except the bigger slugs. 

As far as heat, it is so weird how propane and gas costs fluctuate by area. Our gas company ran my line for free as long as I got a separate meter for the greenhouse.

I am jealous of your sugar apples! They look great!

Cheers, Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drimys Lanceolata
« on: December 02, 2021, 04:27:17 PM »
The spice is dried at too high a temperature.
I think I still have some seeds if you want some.  They are hard to germinate.
You can buy the plants through One Green World in Portland Oregon.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 23, 2021, 07:56:12 PM »
I would love to try and grow durian, but the cruise ship I was on at the time refused me re-boarding with my precious seeds. The security screener said he could smell me coming a mile away. :-\
Of course, the big problem was that I had bought a durian at the farmer's market, then sat down and ate it and saved the seeds.
I had to sanitize my hands four times, up to my elbows, before they'd let me back on board...!
My husband said it was way worse than when I brought the noni fruit on board.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Group seed order from Brazil
« on: November 23, 2021, 03:56:37 PM »
Hi Jaboticaba45,
I have a permit also.  It is super easy to get the stuff to your seller.
Someone with a current permit (me or Elouicious for example, or you, if you get one. Permits are good for several years.) just scans in the next mailing label in their possession.
Then email the pdf or jpeg of the label to the exporter.  Tell them to print it IN COLOR. I usually tell them to print it larger than real size because the printing is so small on them.  Each label can only be used once. They are individually numbered.

They attach it to the outside of the package.
They ALSO need to provide a seed list, such as the one attached here.  The list must contain certain things (permit #, etc).  I usually send them a list with my name, #, etc.  Then they list the seeds, who collected them and where.

The package gets shipped to the USDA center on the permit label.  They go through it then send it on.  My port is Seattle, because it is close to me, the folks there are really nice, AND it is not ridiculously busy like the Florida ports.



Anyway, if you need help, just holler.  I do this all the time when I travel.  I mail dozens of packages home from trips.

Also, IF the phyto is costing you money, you can send this way WITHOUT a phyto. Cheap, easy.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show off your greenhouses
« on: November 22, 2021, 11:48:44 AM »
Can't resist - I love to show off my greenhouse!
The tropical house (350 sf) was built in 2009, the addition began in 2010 and was completed (350 sf) in 2018 (we simply ran out of room to add more space!).
I have over 133 full-sized specimens representing 72 species, of which 54 are edible! Many of them bloom and fruit regularly. 63 species were grown from seed, mostly collected by me on our travels.
Everything is in pots.  The greenhouse is located under a HUGE maple tree for summer shade, and I can't even dig down two inches.  That said, many plants escape their pots and go to ground anyway...


My weather station base in the house this morning.  Brrr!


The only request from my incredibly patient husband when I built the greenhouse addition - a pub! The orangerie furnace is on the wall.


We named it "The Laughing Impala Pub" based on a picture I took in Africa a few years ago.


The "nursery" and "veggie town" in the orangerie, where I start new trees and grow veggies for the winter.


The orangerie addition, although it is technically kept at tropical temps.


My orchids in their winter location (on the right). On the left are my marula trees.


Messy potting table.


The tropical house.  The main heater is behind me on the West wall. One of my grasskeets on the feeder.  They just live loose out there.  I can't get many good pics of the tropical house because it is so crowded.


Electrical control area.  Everything runs on 3 heavy duty extension cords.  I use about 28 amps, although i have close to 40 amps available.


Water filter and descaler.  The descaler has worked great at keeping mister heads clean in the summer.


One of my two homemade foggers. Boise is DRY! You can see the screen door into the tropical house.  It allegedly keeps the birds inside the tropical house, but they follow me into the orangerie all the time.  None have flown out the front door, thankfully!


The exterior looks way better in the summer when the wisteria is all green.  My husband built the really cool porch and pergola, and his wood fired pizza oven is on the right (I think it looks like a Greek version of The Alamo...). You are all invited over for pizza!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baby jackfruit question
« on: October 21, 2021, 09:15:47 AM »
Might be the soil or location that's the problem, so swapping trees wouldn't help.
Is the soil too compacted?  Is the plant in the pot getting more shade?
Doesn't look like typical chlorosis to me, so may just be a light or watering issue.
Poke around the soil and see if it is heavy, waterlogged, dried out, etc. 

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 12, 2021, 03:47:04 PM »
I don't know about mulch, but wet hay or straw bales CAN self-ignite.  Speaking from personal experience.

Carolyn

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The way to prevent diseases is with air flow.  I have several small, cheap fans mounted way up high.  In the cooler months, they point down to drive warm air closer to the plants.  In hotter months they point straight ahead toward the exhaust fan.  They are higher than I can reach, but I just use a stick to rotate them.  My birds think its fun to ride the fans when I move them around...

Carolyn

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I have had the same problem with some of my seeds. 
Once it comes up and I can see that the cotyledons cannot emerge from the hard seed coat, I just take a pair of pliers and crack the seed.  The smaller the seed, the smaller the pliers.  I have even done it with tomatoes that can't drop the outer husk of the seed.
All you want to do is crack it hard enough to cause the outer shell to split slightly.  The seedling can usually do the rest of the work.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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That bothered me at first also, but now I just let it rain in there.
It has never hurt anything, and if a drip happens in a predictable spot, i just move a "thirsty" plant under it.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bubble wrap for greenhouse insolation
« on: September 26, 2021, 08:03:21 PM »
So, I actually did this when expanding my greenhouse!  I sold houseplants I had raised, and built the addition bit by bit.  The first winter I had the foundation and frame (made of 2x4s) completed, and decided to encase the whole thing in the "big bubble" bubble wrap.

Here were the results -

#1 Bubble wrap IS NOT WATERTIGHT.  Many of the bubbles filled up with water.  I thought "cool", maybe the water inside will heat up and help with additional heat retention.  Well, all the water did was turn green and moldy.  Within a month I could not see out large portions of it.

#2 Bubblewrap is not very insulating because in between the bubbles are the flat spots.  It did not help insulate the greenhouse much at all.

#3 Bubblewrap tears easily.  The first big wind ripped most of it off.

So, I moved the bubblewrap to the inside, and stapled heavy, clear (sort of!) plastic sheeting on the outside.

#4 If you put it on the inside of the greenhouse, humidity/condensation and the weight of the moldy water in the bubbles will cause it to all pull off of the staples and fall down. All over your plants.

SO, I did manage to make it through the winter, but boy was it a LOT of work.  Way more work than it was worth.

Sorry.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Tamarind and Grumichama seeds
« on: September 19, 2021, 10:17:21 AM »
I bought my tamarind seeds at the local grocery store as fruit in the pods. They sprouted quite easily. Mine bloomed and set fruit for the first time this year in my greenhouse.

As a matter of fact, I have started several of my trees from grocery store fruit. Most of ours comes from Mexico and South or Central America and is not irradiated.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chemical or Organic Growing and Fruit Taste
« on: September 12, 2021, 09:29:54 PM »
Sure! I just picked up the seeds today.

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