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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana leaf defformation
« on: August 16, 2022, 03:29:38 PM »
When I do my sprays ill use a little dr bronners soap to help adhere the nutrients to the leaves. But ill do it later in the day before sunset. I've found if I do it in the morning it can burn leaves

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana leaf defformation
« on: August 13, 2022, 08:56:47 PM »
Haha very cool! Deficiencies are a real thing! I'd be careful with adding too much boron. A little every so often is ideal. And for calcium it depends on your soil or soil mix. You don't want to make it too basic. I think if your spraying the calcium you'll never get a build up though

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: July 26, 2022, 03:37:33 PM »
Ingas do grow from cuttings. But they grow just as fast, with a better root system via seed. Also seems like a poor take rate for cuttings

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: July 24, 2022, 02:31:03 PM »
Looks great Peter. I use Inga and acacia the same way as you with the gliricidia. Our site is a bit too wet for them gliricidia. Seems only 15% of the cuttings take, and I've had some of my larger 2 year old cuttings fall over in a small wind storm. But we do have a few doing really well. Anyway I plant out my trees every 5' and then put my desirable cropping trees in the middle of them. Yay plant friends and easy biomass

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango alongside Durian
« on: July 18, 2022, 01:12:39 PM »
Sorry I should have been a bit specific as tarps isn't quite the right way to describe it. So the extension office was doing an experiment where they keep the mango tree very small. Six feet tall and wide. Around the tree is a structure we here call pipe tents. Similar to an easy up, but more permanent. People use them for car ports or nurseries or temporary structures. So utilizing a 10x10' structure around the tree. During flowering season they will place a clear roof over the structure very similar to a nursery greenhouse without any sides. This prevents the rain from hitting the flowers as they are forming and opening. I believe this may also prevent anthracnose from forming at this time. I'm not exactly sure how long they keep the tree out of the rain. Is it the full fruit production? So the anthracnose doesn't form on the fruits? I only saw the trees during non flowering season. I'd like to try with one tree maybe. But its not for commercial production as it would be too much effort, so just good for the home grower

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango alongside Durian
« on: July 17, 2022, 01:56:41 PM »
It takes me an hour and a half to get to the dry side of hawaii. Everyone grows mangos in east hawaii, they just don't fruit well. In most of the parks there are 100 year old mangos that produce. Just they are very small, very fibrous and always end up with anthracnose. A lady I work for has a 100 year old mango next to her 40 year old durian. They both produce, but mangos aren't very good. And the durian is amazing. You can always tarp your mango during the flowering season so buds don't get knocked off. Our county extension office does that with their mangos

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana leaf defformation
« on: July 13, 2022, 08:22:24 PM »
It may take them a little time since its a rock. What I've found is that when I propagate new babies the youngsters will show deficiencies for a while before they start doing their thing. During this period I like to hit them with micronutrients and calcium 3-4 times a week. Once they get going i hit them once a month. I use down to earth products. Their liquid calcium and micronutrients are great in spray form. I've grown 110lb racks. Keep on feeding and watering them

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana leaf defformation
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:29:57 PM »
Probably fine, but it will be hard to get a cup full to feed your banana!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango alongside Durian
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:28:58 PM »
Here in Hawaii we grow durian and Indian mangoes. But on either side of the island. Durians in the east. Mangoes in the west. Different climates. But we can find them all at the right market. Also some of the other mango species are delicious. Casturi and kuini are yum!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango alongside Durian
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:25:51 PM »
Utilizing the term mango in this context its very confusing. Are you referring to mangifera indica? Because there are a lot of other mangifera species that are native/endemic to that region. So they are one of the places that can produce durian and mango, yet different species. I'm assuming you are referring to mangifera indica. The requirements of the trees are quite different. Durians love the rain and only need a very short drought for inducing fowering and Indian mangoes need a dry for their flowering process so the rain doesn't knock them off nor create ideal spots for anthracnose

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana leaf defformation
« on: July 10, 2022, 05:15:51 PM »
Calcium/boron deficiency. Check out my website for more banana deficiencies https://tropicalselfsufficiency.com/banana-deficiencies-in-hawaii/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant African land snails
« on: July 04, 2022, 09:03:26 PM »
We have them here in Hawaii. Very common. Regular snal except they are large. They are carriers of rat lung worm here in Hawaii. But you would need the disease for them to carry it.

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Possibly goat weed pepper

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: April 16, 2022, 05:48:08 PM »
ive noticed there are 3 scents that come from the tree. there seems to be a pre flowering scent that smells like farts, it seems to come from the leaves? there is the flower scent that smells somewhat like rubber. and then there is the fruit scent once it drops. a woman i work for has a huge druian tree at least 100 feet tall by 100 feet wide. its right on the other side of her driveway, but it is about 30 feet below the driveway with a large rock wall/barrier. you cannot really smell the duirans until you head down the path to the tree. but from down there the scent would go 80 feet easily. maybe have some sort of vegetated berm or barricade from the house so the sent wont waft that hard? our closest trees will probably be that same distance. but were not concerned about the scent. you could also plant a bunch of gardenias or something around the house to mask the scent. we want to do that along the roadside to prevent fruit theft. not sure how well that will work though

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layring strawberry guava
« on: March 15, 2022, 11:08:30 PM »
they grow from cuttings here in hawaii

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i buy quite a few things from the farm coop as well. nutrien ag is the company that brings most of the stuff in and then the other businesses sell at a higher price. the cows are definently putting a lot of weight into the soil so make sure you till when you start planting. i love my tall grasses. ive got 4 acres of guinea grass! im excited to get into it and plant my durians! lots of biomass production and soil working going on

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hey neighbor! im in hakalau at 800'. im also growing durians. i plan to plant 4 acres of durian forest, but i havent quite started the new zone yet. right now ive only got 10 grafted trees in the ground, but im cultivating 3.5 acres currently of mixed diverse agroforestry species. our soils are extremely depleted, whats your surrounding vegetation? do you have shrubs and trees/lots of uluhe or are you in pasture? that will be more helpful in determining where you system is at. its almost not even worth doing a soil test at CTAHR because they will not give you enough information and their analysis will just be to add 1000s of pounds of everything. a pH test is somewhat helpful though. mine ranged from 5.9-5.4. youll need to add lots of calcium, azomite and chicken poop. i use bone meal and shrimp meal quite often as well. durians are needy and hungry. make sure to till your tree lines and dig large holes to loosen up the substrate. plant lots of ingas for biomass. mulch everything as often as you can. im planning on recording my progress on the forest once i start it up and uploading it to youtube. but it may not be until later in the year when i get that going.  im designing the system based on syntropic systems. let me know if you have questions! the island needs more high quality durians!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Hawaiian Avocado?
« on: January 23, 2022, 02:29:56 PM »
spencerw, since you live in Hawaii, maybe you can help me identify this avocado I purchased and ate when I was there many years ago. I show the 2 Gold skin avocados next to a yellow papaya and green skin avocado.

Do you recognize this Gold skin variety, it was sold at one of the fruit stands near the road. I grew the seed and my tree is doing well and it fruits but the skin doesn't get as yellow/gold as the ones in my photo.


its pretty common for wild types to have that golden color. im not sure if its fertility, some deficiency, or genetics to make that happen. on our puna lot we had at least 5 that produced that color skin. we had reds and dark greens as well. there is a ton of variation since they like to cross breed

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Hawaiian Avocado?
« on: January 20, 2022, 02:03:57 PM »
sounds pretty vague. we have a lot of avocados here in hawaii with reddish skin

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your 2021 Rainfall totals
« on: January 01, 2022, 08:33:55 PM »
hakalau hawaii. 800' elevation 213 inches for 2021. 148 inches the previous year 2020. we got 40 inches in march! plants love the rain

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rollinia, surinam and mulberry (done by cuttings though) are also very fast. also the ambarella and muntingia are very fast. all about the same as the inga. jackfruits can flower in 2 years as well. plants are crazy!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best time to go to Hawaii?
« on: December 22, 2021, 07:34:45 PM »
fall/winter is the best fruit season here in my opinion. lots of artocarpus and the durians of course. its been an off year for the durians though, or the trees lost fruit during the last wind storm.

depends on what island your going to for markets. theres always stuff available in each season though. almost always soursops and rollinia season

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian planting ramping up in CR
« on: December 15, 2021, 05:04:31 PM »
very cool! keep up the good work over there! the world needs more durians, its real cool the people are getting into it over there! im getting real close to starting up our new zone here in hawaii. more durians for the world!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you get bananas to fruit?
« on: December 15, 2021, 04:59:28 PM »
do you know what variety it is? that will determine how long it takes to fruit. some of my bananas finish their cycle in 9 months some in 2 years. feed it more! i feed mine monthly, they end up getting 50lbs of chicken poop per year. so my 2 year maolis take 100lbs of chicken fert to make them go properly. im in lowland hawaii, bananas are really really really hungry and thirsty! as soon as that flower bud pops out give it Sulfate Potash 0-0-52. they need extra when flowering. dependent on variety will tell how long it takes from flower to fruit. my iholenas take 70 days, my maolis take over 180 days. check out my blog for details on deficiencies and fert schedules. https://tropicalselfsufficiency.com/banana-deficiencies-in-hawaii/

i harvested a 90lb dwarf maoli rack last month. and four 85lb racks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Cocona (Solanum sessiflorum) Flowers
« on: December 08, 2021, 02:43:35 PM »
very nice! my coconas flowered for over a year before they actually made a fruit here in lowland hawaii. they grow from cuttings ok, but much faster and more vigorous from seed. mine was a red variety. much smaller than lulo fruits. lulo is typically very spiny here, but the cocona was completely thornless and grew into a much larger plant. lulo is much more juicy leading more toward utilizing in preserves. cocona is so small and not very juicy. flavor is kind of like a lemon. was much better on miracle berry though

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