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Like Tropicaltoba, I grow strawberries year round in my greenhouse.  It gets pretty hot in there in the summer, in the 90's, and never below about 55 in winter.
I grow day neutral strawberries, in my aeroponics tower. I have 25 plants that I just started from dormant bare root plants, and they will produce berries all year long. Yum yum!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these seedlings Bael Fruit?
« on: March 23, 2023, 09:06:38 AM »
If the leaves have a strong smell, my guess is the pond apple. Annona's have stronger scent than many trees.


Most of the solanums that I grow are poisonous when green, and not very sweet when eaten raw and ripe. But they make awesome pies, jams, etc.
Wonderberry, a Luther Burbank cultivar I think, is the best raw.
The garden huckleberry is also a very nutritious green. I have some seeds from Cameroon, and some from Burundi, courtesy of the gardeners at the community garden that I run.

You have to be really careful with all these if you have kids. They are closely related to black nightshade and since most of these are poisonous, you have to get your seeds from a reputable source.

Yes, I grow ground cherries. My favorite cultivar is "Aunt Molly". I start them in the greenhouse quite early then put them outside. They are very tasty eaten out of hand, and have a slightly sweet pineapple flavor.

Cheers, Carolyn

I have had a lot of fun with the more unusual solanums - schwartzbeeren blackberry, wonderberry, the tree tomatoes etc. They give fruit in the first season, and since most are herbaceous instead of woody, if you change your mind you can just rip them out.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What killed my greenhouse banana?
« on: March 09, 2023, 10:48:47 AM »
Seriously, pot it up. You can totally control water, nutrition and heat. Your greenhouse gets colder then mine,  so you could even wrap heat tape around the pot.
I have mine down to a system -
1. In the early spring, separate out the pups and repot them. Keep the best one for a replacement and sell the others to unsuspecting homeowners.
2. Start feeding the hell out of the mother plant. It will usually bloom some time between May and September.
3. After harvest, throw away old plant, revitalize the soil and pot the best pup into the 25 gallon pot.
4. Repeat yearly until the grandkids are grown and I can't keep up with eating all the bananas (luckily my son gave me an AWESOME chocolate banana cake recipe that uses 12 bananas!)

I get bananas every year!

This year's plant (aka last year's pup)

Last year's crop

Seems cruel, to eat the children before their bones harden...  ???
I only have two, so don't want to sacrifice them, but if I ever get a bumper crop I'll give it a try!


Shelled, they are brown on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Seriously, driving over them with the car will not hurt them, and will clean the husk off.
These are all shelled...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What killed my greenhouse banana?
« on: March 07, 2023, 10:58:11 PM »
I don't put anything in the ground because of poor drainage and cold soil temps.  Bananas love lots of water but hate cold, wet feet.
My bananas bloom and fruit consistently in 25 gallon pots. Much safer, easy to regulate the drainage and root temperature.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: in-container tree support
« on: March 06, 2023, 07:40:22 PM »
I have used cattle fence panels. Cut them with heavy duty bolt cutters and wire the pieces together. Triangle shape is strongest.  Bury in the pot. Like this one that is holding up my dragonfruit.

When we were in Ecuador, they just ran over them with a car to break the husk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How big do loroco vines get?
« on: February 24, 2023, 01:26:34 PM »
Yeah, the germination rate on the seeds that I have is fairly low - out of 25 seeds I got five plants.  I will try cuttings once they get mature.
The trellis I was going to use is a fan that is 3 ft wide at the top and 5 ft tall.  Maybe I will build one that I can attach directly to the rafters.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Deep root trays
« on: February 19, 2023, 09:32:39 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trees with Edible Leaves
« on: February 18, 2023, 09:03:57 AM »
That's awesome! I was excited to see that I already have many of the tropical ones in my greenhouse!!!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How big do loroco vines get?
« on: February 17, 2023, 09:43:58 AM »
Thanks so much!
My mouth is watering already, waiting to make pupusas!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / How big do loroco vines get?
« on: February 15, 2023, 11:00:56 AM »
I have some loroco (fernaldia pandurata) seeds that have germinated and am looking at potting them up shortly.
Anybody familiar with these? How big do they get? I can't find much info on the size. I was thinking of putting a few in a single 16" pot with a trellis, and then growing a couple up the greenhouse porch post as annuals.

Thanks, Carolyn

Mine does the same thing, and it's in a greenhouse so I know it isn't cold damage. It also happens to my custard apple. 
I have no pests or diseases evident, so my guess has always been sun/heat damage. Mine always seem to recover, so I don't worry too much about it.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get double stalk from Double Mahoi
« on: February 12, 2023, 07:19:34 PM »
Maybe I'll just call it Mahoi.
They taste delicious!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to get double stalk from Double Mahoi
« on: February 11, 2023, 09:47:07 AM »
I have been growing Double Mahoi for years and never gotten a double bunch.

The Logees's catalogue states this happens during "the second cycle of fruiting". Was I supposed to keep the plant after blooming and use the same corm or something?  I have just been theowing the old corm away, replanting the pups and getting bananas from those.

What do I do to get multiple bunches of bananas?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Propagating banana from an unripe fruit
« on: February 10, 2023, 11:34:37 AM »
I am pretty sure it was actually successful, here are the results in another video.

Yes, they were very successful!!
I even named my pet rat Snorky...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Propagating banana from an unripe fruit
« on: February 09, 2023, 09:28:27 PM »
Ah yes, glue makes sense. Gorilla glue needs a wet surface...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Propagating banana from an unripe fruit
« on: February 09, 2023, 06:08:40 PM »
So I wonder, since you obviously can't grow an actual banana plant from a banana, can you sprout roots from the banana stem?
Or are those roots just from tomato seeds or something?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let's talk about theobroma
« on: February 08, 2023, 09:36:05 AM »
I have several cacao trees in my greenhouse. Love them! And yes, twist the fruit, don't pull. If you damage the cushion that is on the trunk, it won't flower at that spot again.
I have tried to sprout Herrania twice with no luck, but I do great with cacao, for some reason. I have several varieities. My big issue is I have to hand cross-pollinate by using a jewelers loop, marking each flower that got pollinated, and doing it daily for weeks.  Oh well, at least it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars!


If you use Azera, make sure you add a "sticker/spreader" or it won't stay on the leaves long enough to kill the scale. I have also had really good luck with Imidicloprid. I find the liquid easier to mix than the granules. But it is very toxic to beneficial insects also, so timing is critical.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Would GOOD sugar apple seeds float??
« on: February 04, 2023, 12:17:30 AM »
Yeah, hydrogen peroxide is my best friend!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on my durians
« on: February 04, 2023, 12:15:42 AM »
I bet you don't have to have a greenhouse there!
Happy fruit growing, and I'm glad your wife gets to be near her family!

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