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brian, will you be selling seeds? I just checked Bellamy Trees and they are sold out. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 24, 2023, 06:10:02 PM »
Oh wow, cool, drymifolia!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 24, 2023, 05:57:23 PM »
yoski, where did you find that info for your area? There used to be a site where I could see a list of record highs and lows for my area, but that site (which I don't remember now) got rid of that feature. AccuWeather will show the record high and low when I go to their daily forecast here. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 12:40:55 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Copernicia Baileyana PALM
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:19:33 PM »
Is this a tropical fruit forum or a palm forum?!

There's a Bailey Palm in Naples Botanical Gardens we admire when we visit.

And I'm getting me an Old Man Palm for Christmas.

But this ain't a palm forum, right?!


Edible fruiting palms I'm trying to grow:

Cliff Date Palm
And I just planted a seed of Astrocaryum murumuru

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starting a farm in Southern California
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:09:25 PM »
Janet, WOW! Awesomeness🤩

Will the pond hold water year round? Ducks are really messy. Messiest animals we ever kept. They soil water like party animals destroying a hotel room.

Are you going to replace the mangos with more mangos or something else?

I hope you keep updating this thread, it's amazing what you're doing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: NDM flowering
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:57:34 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard 2022
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:54:36 PM »
Super awesome, K-Rimes! Have you tried Campomanesia guazumifolia? Recently got seeds from Bellamy, just because they were on clearance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit discourager
« on: November 12, 2023, 12:57:12 PM »
The booming rat and vole population around my chicken coops drastically declined recently.

Not coincidentally, perhaps, I've encountered a couple nice-sized corn snakes in the vicinity. Always makes my day to see a wild snake:)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit discourager
« on: November 11, 2023, 06:23:10 PM »
I've posted this pic before, but it shows how I've been able to successfully protect young plants from rabbits. While metal wire is perhaps better, I've had success with the plastic stuff. I do have a couple dogs that go outside often, and one loves to chase rabbits (got babies and one adult that didn't get through the chainlink fence in time). My cat is a little one but she's caught her fair share of young ones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: NDM flowering
« on: November 08, 2023, 06:48:14 PM »
Another panicle. This one came with a beetle.

Here's the first panicle today:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola varieties
« on: November 05, 2023, 02:09:57 PM »
I haven't had starfruit in a while, but I've tried all of the ones you're deciding amongst, and the one that stands out in my memory is Bell. A forum member shared some of his Bell fruits with us, and they were the best I've had. Let us know what you decide and if you're ultimately happy with your choice. You can always graft others onto your tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fuyu Persimmon Tree- Broke In Half
« on: November 05, 2023, 10:29:04 AM »

Was unable to make the drive to WPB, so had the Tong Dam shipped. Very pleased with the tree I received -- thank you, Alex and Becky!

HA! That's awesome! Congratulations!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: November 02, 2023, 04:09:04 PM »
Oh, regarding rain, I'm not sure? Looking it up on the interwebs, I believe the "average" here is 52" a year? All I know is the local news has been pointing out we're in a drought and have been for quite a while. Per timbogrow's map, I'm "humid subtropical" . . .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: November 02, 2023, 04:04:46 PM »
Janet, yes, for some things, a lot of things, it's as easy as "set it and forget it". Other things, like bananas, need more than I give, though I still have gotten a couple different types to produce. I'll get better with spreading the compost around now that my compost bins are at work. Was talking to a forum member about fish emulsion, and I may experiment with that too, just to see what happens. I'm not a farmer, just someone obsessed with gardening with a penchant for fruit.

Now, my chickens do have free range of the yard for around 3 to 4 hours a day, so I'm sure they are "contributing" to the yard😂 They are great pest control, and when they can reach the Sri Lankan Weevils, they devour them. They also dig around the base of trees the Sri Lankan Weevils prefer, making me think they are going after the larvae? Here they are digging at the base of one of my Silk Floss trees:

I don't know why so many people don't plant trees or manage yards naturally, as I haven't asked all of them. Sadly, the ones I have asked said no to fruit trees because of rats, it's easier to just mow the grass without trees in the way, and I'm sure the ones that use chemicals do so because they think it's easier, more effective, etc. Plus it seems the Big Box stores make that type of gardening more "convenient" for the casual gardener?

I don't want people here thinking all Floridians, especially those on this forum, are anti-natural gardening. I really hope you post what you're doing at your place, as those posts tend to be most inspirational for me. I've probably read all of the "Growing Mangos in Southern California" thread, even though it's something I will probably never do🤣

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: November 01, 2023, 08:05:16 PM »
When I moved to my current location, there were six trees on my 0.67a lot. There was a Cabbage Palm, two Laurel Oaks, two Queen Palms, and a Bauhinia (Hong Kong Orchid tree). One Oak was struck by lightning and died, and one Queen Palm snapped in half during Ian. I'm slowly trying to kill the Bauhinia.

At last count, amongst all the fruit and "ornamental" stuff I've planted, I've planted 30 types of native trees and shrubs, as well as some native flowers. So far, everything, once established, has not required any watering, which is great, because my only means of watering is a hose, but mostly me wandering around with a watering can. I collect whatever rain water I can, and that mostly gets used on my out-of-control potted plant collection.

I have no idea what it's like to run a farm, but from what I've noticed, stuff in my yard doesn't need much/any input to grow and fruit. I've done pretty much nothing since post-Ian cleanup, and I had a great Mango, Papaya, and Suriname Cherry season, and presently my Barbados Cherries, Calamondin, Natal Plums, and Papayas are loaded with fruit. Hoping for no freezes (but temps low enough to put the Sri Lankan Weevil population in check), and I'll be anticipating an even better Mango Season.

Timbogrow, thanks for the suggestion in dealing with Sri Lankan Weevils😂. I've just been dropping them into a cup of soapy water. This is from my first night of "collecting":

Here's to growing naturally in FLA!

Kaz, does this leaf look like Australian Green? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Noni seeds
« on: October 29, 2023, 07:11:02 AM »
Man, no love for the Noni🤣🤣🤣

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Noni seeds
« on: October 28, 2023, 08:13:38 PM »

If no one wants them by Monday morning, I'll just compost them.

Yikes, BloomAndSprout. Did you get a confirmation # for your order? A tracking # if you got notice it shipped? I ordered on the 21st and here it is arrived on the 28th. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Noni seeds
« on: October 28, 2023, 01:04:37 PM »
HA!! Didn't know that about the leaves, roblack, may have to try that. I just eat them out of hand. This is the second one I've had, and the intensity is a bit of a shock, especially after eating a bunch of Barbados Cherries this morning. I've produced more than two fruit, but oddly, something has taken the fruit off the tree before?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Noni seeds
« on: October 28, 2023, 12:49:24 PM »
Seeds will be shipped dry.

Just had the fruit this morning. So delicious, like intense broccoli cheddar soup, yum.

Have 2 batches of like five seeds each.

Free to first two people in the lower 48 (can I legally ship to CA? If not, then no CA) who want them and respond to this thread (in case pm isn't working), first come first served.

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