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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overrated Tropical Fruits
« on: October 19, 2020, 12:17:28 PM »
In this community we are all very fortunate to have sampled a broader range of flavors than most get a chance to. Some favorites are near universal. Others are an acquired taste. It is hard for me to exclude a producing tree from the garden until I try it for 2 or 3 seasons. By experience these have been high production trees like tropical guava, some figs, passion fruit if they are particularly productive, grapefruits, etc... If I can,t eat process or give it away it needs to go unless it is really ornamental. Unfortunately I like almost everything including Durian and relatively insipid fruits like Wax Jambu.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichama vs Jaboticaba
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:23:40 PM »
Not a simple question because IMHO the variability in grumichama fruits is as high as the variability of cherry of the Rio Grande, Pitanga and Pitomba. A really good Variety is worth the space in the ground and is worth growing on its own merits. Jaboticaba is a little more uniform and reproducible with well established varieties including the newer precocious varieties having a predictable fruit flavor. Forced to choose I prefer Jaboticaba.

On the practical side does the property have a well? If not watering mature avocado trees will be very expensive. Also you will have limited room to plant other things.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB:Cherimoya Rootstock
« on: September 12, 2020, 01:08:20 AM »
Would be a long drive for you but Atemoya nursery in Vista has a lot of nice rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: why can't I lose weight
« on: September 11, 2020, 11:53:26 AM »
Many of the fruits we love are dessert fruits that are very high in sugar and calories. A couple of cherimoyas has as many calories as a slice of cheesecake. So heck yeah they can cause weight gain if we eat them like they are low calorie Vegatables. Same with other Annona, litchis, sweet mangoes, grapes etc.. many offer a great dose of vitamins and fiber but that does not cancel out the calories. Life is just not fair😭

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pollinators for Ilama.
« on: September 08, 2020, 06:15:41 PM »

Put in a greenhouse once I can decide exactly what I want.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pollinators for Ilama.
« on: September 07, 2020, 04:07:12 PM »
Does ilama require ilama pollen or will it accept cherimoya or atemoya pollen?

Due diligence is far from complete. Will want to speak directly with several owners who have had this stuff in service 5 plus years.

Expensive stuff but I am considering Solawrap for my greenhouse covering. Price aside it offers advantages over polycarbonate. Flexibility, similar or better durability, R value, light transmission and warranty. Also lighter in weight and does not have open spaces for mold and algae to accumulate. Also ideal for roll up sides if that is a summer consideration in your area.

Kevin all squirrels are part of the dark side. I received 2 Nelitas, one Cedar Bay and 1pitangatuba today.All are in great condition. Your packing job was incredible. Thanks and may the force be with you.

Wish I were not on the left coast. Sounds like the perfect banana for gopher country. So vigorous it might keep the buggers busy controlling the size of the banana patch without sacrificing fruits.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: USPS delaying packages
« on: August 17, 2020, 06:54:49 PM »
Like most things in politics and corporate America it is us little guys that get the short end of the stick. Despite complaints for decades the USPS has generally done a decent job until recently. Hopefully it will again in the near future.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: August 15, 2020, 01:39:13 PM »
This section of the forum makes me angry and sad. How is it even possible to develope an addiction to Jaboticabas? As a compassionate human being I want to help all of you. You must unyoke yourself from your addiction. This is the first in a series of posts to try to help you.

First and foremost your addiction is not the plants fault. Do not project your anger onto the plants. In fact divesting yourself of seedlings and fresh seeds may be the first step in your recovery. Do not panic you can send them to me for safe keeping. This is just a small first step. We will cure all of you with as many different interventions as needed to get your habit under control.

I am so thankful that I am immune to this syndrome and will do everything in my power to help you. You will be shocked at how much better you will feel just taking the first recommended step. I will stay in touch. Remember you can all return to pre Plinia normalcy.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: NELITA SEEDLINGS FOR SALE
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:46:26 PM »
Sent you a message.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrel repellent?
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:10:35 PM »
Will have to grow some superhots and try the pepper trick.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting germinated Jaboticaba seeds
« on: August 13, 2020, 11:33:06 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting germinated Jaboticaba seeds
« on: August 12, 2020, 09:04:49 PM »
How soon after germination in ziplock bag should Jaboticaba seeds be placed in pots? As soon as you can see at least 1 good root or after roots attain a certain size?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse recommendations.
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:34:08 PM »
Good orchard management Brian. In the past I have let some trees get out of control. It never caused me much grief mainly because I was pretty good on a ladder. The current orchard, now about 80 trees, is almost all small stuff planted this year. They will be trained to allow easier harvest than my last orchard. Also better shape and structure for long term harvests and safety.

growing a few trees in the greenhouse that will not thrive outdoors will be gratifying. Amoung those will be Guanabana, star fruit, and many others that have not survived the winter for me outside. Almost all of those were lost to a combination of cold and wet feet, even with what I thought was great drainage. Been continuing to mull over greenhouse size. It has grown to between 1000 and 1500 square feet. That should allow the luxury of quite a few trees to help shade seedlings or even grow some ultra tropical understory plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse recommendations.
« on: August 08, 2020, 04:09:47 PM »
Hahaha. Winter gardening in the buff

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse recommendations.
« on: August 08, 2020, 02:41:38 PM »
Oh boy. You are so right. As I look at hoop house prices, at least kits, the prices get significantly lower per square foot with larger structures. Very hard to predict what size I might want in a couple of years. Also I can envision a larger structure becoming my green man cave over the winter. I do have space to make a house way bigger than I think I need. Oh the temptation😈

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse recommendations.
« on: August 08, 2020, 12:51:31 PM »
Thanks Mark. Your list provides a tremendous amount of information.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse recommendations.
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:31:35 PM »
Beautiful greenhouse Brian. I agree that a more open design with
Less costly materials is called for in my climate. Not sure I would use any active heating In winter. We have little if any frost at my location. In winter I just want to shelter tender seedlings and plants that get root rot with prolonged cool wet days. The only reason for active heating would be if I try to grow some ultra tropicals. Summertime will probably call for fans and vents even with sides up. Depending on dimensions I might put shade cloth over a portion of the house to shelter seedlings from full sun. Lots of exciting possibilities.

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