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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fresno Underground Home and Orchard
« on: June 15, 2023, 09:11:44 AM »
I came across this video documentary about a Sicilian immigrant built an underground orchard to protect citrus and other trees from frost and extreme heat. This was back in the early 1900s so it's pretty cool to see the trees still healthy and growing. He even built an underground fish pond. Has anyone visited this place?  If I ever make it back to CA, I'd love to visit.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical Fruit for Beer, Wine, or Liquor?
« on: November 16, 2022, 10:18:08 AM »
Has anyone had luck turning their tropical fruit into a beer, wine or liquor?  If so, what did you use and how did it turn out?  I was thinking about maybe trying to make something from persimmon (fuyu or fully ripened astringent variety) or maybe loquat.  I know someone has to have made mulberry wine here lol.  How about a Jabo wine? Mmmm!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 26, 2022, 02:02:46 PM »
I know some might be avoiding the subject but it might be helpful to start a thread on current hurricane prep for your trees. It's been such a quiet year so far, I really thought we would get lucky and it would take a pass for this season.

Does anyone have any tips for the newcomers that might be in the cone?

What trees are most sensitive to saltwater inundation?
Are there ways to protect them?
How far back do you prune branches to protect from winds?

Just thought this might help someone. Yes they can search but there might be some new advice to give. My thoughts are with ya'll along the west coast of FL.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Ross Sapote or Fairchild #2 Canistel
« on: September 03, 2022, 10:20:13 PM »
Looking for a Ross Sapote or grafted Fairchild #2 Canistel.

Thank you!

Looking for grafted white sapote varieties. I don't really care what size. Please send me a pm!

Thank you!

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