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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stop Hori bat damage
« on: July 02, 2019, 06:39:45 PM »
On east Maui have had great success growing Lucís garcinia except for heavy defoliation of all exposed outer leaves.
Has anyone found a way of stopping this . Should be noted Hori bat is an endangered animal

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cal bunnies
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:40:08 PM »
My son in San Diego county is getting wiped out by rabbits. Was never a problem before, but seem the cayote population has been reduced. What is an effective meas of controll . His crop loss is substantial.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / EM 1 & disease
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:43:25 PM »
Wonder if any relation between improved plant health using EM 1 & reduction of disease?
Special concern of phytophthora disease

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mothballs
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:22:57 PM »
Any one  try moth balls on japaneese rose  beetles?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / More Progress on Maui with Luke's Garcinia
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:12:01 PM »
Everything is growing very vigorously right now with flushes of blooms. Unfortunately, still did not see any insects for pollinating. Some plants had not flowered before but are blooming now. So progress is being made but not in the pollination.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / More Maui progress with Luc's garcinia
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:51:07 PM »

More trees begining to bloom!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Luc's blooms in Hawaii
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:38:18 PM »
Just found 2 trees with open blooms & a few more buds coming .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / garcenia catapillar
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:56:26 PM »
does anyone know where the eggs are laid?
if on ground should not be hard to control, but if on foliage will be a challenge on large trees!! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / luc's tough garcenia
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:31:54 PM »

just as Luc said ,these guys are tough. making nice recovery after bad caterpillar infestation.
thanks all for your help.
infact seems like this is resulting in the best flush of growth ever

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Luc's Garcinia Disaster
« on: August 27, 2016, 04:28:18 PM »
What can be done? Never seen this kind of damage on any of my plants on my place. Just began earlier this month. Any help greatly appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / flower drop on seedling avo tree
« on: March 13, 2016, 01:46:46 PM »
1st flowering avo with many blooms but none open. As blooms begin to size up , they just drop & never open.
What to do? give it one more year or chop to top work?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bana grass
« on: December 19, 2015, 08:13:02 PM »
I am on Maui & would like to try Bana grass. Wondering if anyone knows where a couple of starts can be had in Hawaii, preferably on Maui.

Had been using tongs to hold the fruit to cut them off. Then held over a dust pan the spines were brushed off. When I find dropped spines, they are still functional year later; thus is important to get them straight into the trash. I have not found any leather type gloves that consistently stop the spines.
Going to have much more spined fruit this year  & need to speed up the harvest!
Any thoughts or procedures are greatly appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / cacao smoothie
« on: April 16, 2015, 05:51:17 PM »
I have heard that it is possible to make an excellent smoothie using the innards of a fresh cacao pod. I just tried it & there must be a special ingredient or technique.

Also heard that there is a device [ I think was in Brazil  ] that used the pulp around the seed & that the seed could still produce cocoa

Any help/info would be most greatly appreciated.
thanks , rich

Tropical Fruit Discussion / disinfecting grafts
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:57:21 PM »
Wondering what solutions have worked best in disinfection of scion & root stock with out causing damage?
I have used 3% hydrogen peroxide but have little confidence in it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Zill's mango in Hawaii
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:09:42 PM »
wondering how the various Zill's have done in Hawaii on the windward side @ elevations 500 feet or less. This is a zone where only the wild turpentine kinds do well on Maui, thus always looking .
thanks, rich

Tropical Fruit Discussion / paint on tree trunks
« on: December 17, 2014, 05:35:50 PM »
want to be able to see varietal names from a distance. So, thought that perhaps I could paint base with white paint & use darker color with the name. Was wondering if anyone had any bad experiences & if so what types of paint to avoid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / watery avos
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:47:48 PM »
It seems all the local avos are watery. When asked a long time resident, I was told that it was because we have lots rain here in Hana Maui [ ca.100"/year ]. Wonder if other members in similar weather conditions have names of non-watery varieties that I might look for?
Thanks for your help ,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / recipe wanted for cacao pod smoothie
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:23:04 PM »
I have heard that the contents of the  raw cacao pod makes a great smoothie [ that is the un-fermented 'beans'& pulp]. Its had to understand that the ground up beans would ever be very smooth.  I have not been able to find a recipe & wondered if any one can help.
thanks ,cos

Tropical Fruit Discussion / spines on fruit of dragon fruit
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:21:13 PM »
Selenicereus megalanthus & its hybrids [ ie Frankie's red] have many spines on fruit which make their harvest troublesome.  Has anyone found an easy/quick  way to remove. Have wiped w/leather glove but always miss some!
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / selective branch killing
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:40:52 PM »
I have a very large tree shading smaller trees beneath. Chainsawing is not possible with out crushing the desired trees beneath. Thus need to find a way to kill just the harmful branch so that it can defoliate & the smaller branches drop. With time, hopefully the much lighter bulk could be removed.
Anyone have any experience with such a problem?
Thanks, rich

Tropical Fruit Discussion / best pick & hold fruit picker
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:10:16 PM »
thought for sure this was done before but did not find anything. W ant something that has ~ 12 ' reach [ or more] & is light weight. Any help appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / can rollinia be forced to ripen?
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:28:06 PM »
Got a tree with about 15 large fruit but only one has ripened . All where pollinated with in several days of each other, so should be about same stage.
Is it possible to remove fruit & treat so that it will be a good acceptable fruit?  I read comments that is best to remove fruit when shows signs of ripening. So wondering if this can be pushed back a little?
any help or experience on this greatly appreciated,
thanks, rich

In So Cal I used mini-jet sprayers for many years & never any major problems. Since this system worked so well I did not hesitate in using when I moved to Hawaii. Mini-jets have been nothing but problems; ants crawl in the spray openings & make nests in the drip line.  When the system is turned on all the little suckers are forced to the spray opening & clog it! The ants here [ causing this] are the same size that I had in Cal. In cal they were identified as Argentine ants. Perhaps these are different or just misbehaving Argentine ants?

So I tried using a smaller orifice system, namely 1/2" emitter tubing & it seems to be working OK but yesterday I saw much smaller ants in the drop openings.

Does anyone have any experience with ant proof emitter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / carmen hass in hawaii
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:59:24 PM »
wonder if any one has tried it in a more tropical non So Cal climate?

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