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Gentle TFF Members,


In observance of National Limerick Day* today, here's
something I wrote for our TFF members' amusement:


There's tastier fruits than the litchi,
And many of those are just peachy,
. . Plus there's many a time,
. .That I've tasted key lime,
But I've never tried an ogeechee!


CHEERS!

Paul M.
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* National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th and commemorates the birthday
of Edward Lear (1812–1888), the English writer of nonsense poetry and limericks.
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I, too, bought a couple extra bags of that Osmocote while that sale was on and, like at least one poster (in this same thread), I was later startled by how much other vendors are now asking for the same item.  I'll bet it goes even higher before things settle back down.  Grrrrr!

My problem currently is finding bales of milled sphagnum moss to include in my potting mix recipe.  It's pretty much out of stock at the HD, Lowes, Wallmart, Target, etc.! here in the Tampa, FL area.

The two or three places where I did see milled sphagnum offered online were asking (for about a 3 cu ft bale) in the $30 to $40+ range –then plus more than $25 to ship the stuff which is more that double what I've been accustomed to paying at HD.  Grrrr, again!

Fingers X-ed that the supply chain loosens back up soon.  (Should be maybe administer the supply chain some Ipecac?)

Paul M.
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Thanx for the pome explanation, John. 

It makes sense now.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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I should. I have another pome type banana that's pretty good.
It's fruiting now if you want to try

Just curious, skhan.....   What exactly is a 'pome type' banana, please?  Haven't heard that term before.

What banana cultivars would the 'pome type' include?  Would that be ones like 'apple banana', etc.?

Regards,

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wampee Seeds available
« on: May 07, 2022, 03:46:11 PM »
My pink wampee held up well in our mild winter last year. It didn’t freeze here though

Thanx for the reply, Hammer, that's good to know. 

But hope to also hear from a few of our Florida TFF members in zone 9b who are growing wampee.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jack Bean for Nematodes
« on: May 07, 2022, 03:34:40 PM »
In companion planting studies it was learned that French marigolds, the smellier the hybrid, the better the nematode repellent properties were.  Those properties were from the marigolds' root exudates and also by tilling the spent bloomed-out marigold plants into the soil as green manure so as to provide a bit of residual repellency as the plants decomposed.

This article, which also mentions the painted daisy as repellent, may shed some further light:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/nematode-control-with-plants.htm

OK — HTH

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wampee Seeds available
« on: May 07, 2022, 03:13:14 PM »
How far north are any of our Florida TFF members succeeding with the pink wampee?

Is the white fruited variety any more or lesss cold tolerant?

Just pondering wampee's suitability in 9b . . . .

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jack Bean for Nematodes
« on: May 07, 2022, 11:07:51 AM »
Just curious, but have marigolds lost their effectiveness against nematodes?

Shouldn't it still be useful to plant smelly French marigolds around the base of any of the worst affected plants (at least in smaller-sized plots) and later till under the old, bloomed-out marigolds once they've passed their prime, to incorporate some further residual protection into the soil?

Bulk marigold seed should not be all that expensive.

Just pondering marigolds as an alternative option for the smaller fruit grower of whom there are many here on TFF . . .

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: annona flowers not setting fruit
« on: May 05, 2022, 05:30:00 AM »
I lke to place a spoiling citrus fruit into the pots of my annonas when they are flowering and let those tiny brown beetles that come to feast on the spoiling citrus do the job of pollinating of my annonas.

The beetles are around all day long because they are attracted to the citrus fruit in the pot and enough of them apparently visit the annona flowers at the right times of day to effect some pollinating.

I usually get five to eight fruit set on my sugar apple in a five gallon pot this way.  Without the citrus fruit and beetles I tend to see only three or four fruit set on it.

I guess you could say this is the lazy man's way for getting fruit to set but it works for me.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pawpaw in 9B
« on: May 01, 2022, 05:01:12 AM »
Asimina triloba (aka the common pawpaw or Indian banana) may grow here in Florida 9b (Tampa), but it is going to need a lot more chilling hours to initiate its dormancy cycle and then be able to flower and set fruit than Tampa can offer it.

This native pawpaw ranges down to just inside the Florida state line in the Apalachicola River basin west of Tallahassee, but that is the southermost extent of its natural range. 

Suggest that you locate a copy of Andrew Moore's book, "Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit",  for more detailed info on this species.  It's a fascinating book about this singularly temperate Annona relative.

OK — HTH

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: May 01, 2022, 03:47:34 AM »

PM SENT . . . .

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: April 29, 2022, 07:40:18 PM »
Kadsura heteroclita 'Big Red' arrived this afternoon.  Plant was a nice sized seedling that was already breaking a side-branch from a lower leaf node!

I am very glad to have gotten this interesting species from you and I immediately gave it a drink of water.

Your packing was good and sturdy, which surely helped the plant survive its cross-county transit ordeal via good ol' unreliable USPS.

I'm prolly going to order another one of these Kadsuras from you if you haven't sold them all.

Cheers!

Paul M.
Tampa, FL
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Imbe
« on: April 29, 2022, 07:34:30 AM »
Just FWIW . . .

My several small imbe seedlings made it down to 34ºF with no ill effect on them this past winter here in Tampa (zone 9b). They sat on my open, north-facing front porch all winter long.

I recall seeing on TFF that someone posted a while back that imbes can take the cold better –even while still small–  if they have developed their greyish bark and the stems are not still green.  My little imbes all have developed that greyish bark even though they are only about 10-inches tall.

They have only this past year started growing, having just 'sat there' for two years apparently sulkng after being potted up.  (I originally received them bare root.)

OK — HTH

Paul M.
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Don't know if a cross exists (it most probably does) but considering that the two are considered to be forms of the same species (Psidium cattleyanum), what crossing them would result in is the same species but plants showing intergradation between red fruit and yellow with shades in between the two.

Just FWIW, lemon guava, Psidium littorale, is now considered a synonym of P. cattleyanum, the strawberry guava.

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: April 24, 2022, 01:44:53 PM »

ANOTHER PM SENT . . .

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: April 23, 2022, 04:03:53 AM »
The price is listed in the post, $60 plus shipping. Now that they are up-potted, I will be increasing the price soon since they are quickly getting larger.


PM JUST SENT . . .

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: April 22, 2022, 01:41:31 PM »
Still have Kadsura available if you are interested!

Hello Revival,

I am curious to know whether there is any notable flavor difference between these several color forms you are offering.

I'm n 9b so that sounds right for this species per your comments.

I haven't seen a price mentioned, though.  So.... Houw much are you asking?

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Odds & Sods - Plants For Sale
« on: April 20, 2022, 04:59:15 PM »
PITANGATUBAS x 3  . . .

Kevin sent these Pitangatubas well packaged and they arrived lightning quick and in excellent condition.

They are sturdy plants which were impressively multi-branched and about 12+ inches tall in 3-in pots.

The lot of them went right into 1 gallon pots and were parked in some shade to acclimate to Florida for a couple weeks.

Very pleased with this vendor and will buy from Kevin again.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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A technique with many fruit trees and I’m sure would work with mango trees would be to remove large branches to refresh moving in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern around the tree 1 major branch a year. This would allow that major branch to rejuvenate and flush new growth the next season while harvesting fruits from the still mature branches

What a sensible idea!  Doing this puts the tree in a far less stressful situation than a more thorough trimming would create.

Frankly I tend to suspect that the mango would in nature have adapted to some limited damage such as a dead limb from an neighboring tree in the forest/wild falling and knocking off a branch or two of the mango.

Thanx for this pruning suggestion, Victoria!

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic scale control
« on: April 19, 2022, 09:10:09 AM »
Not an organic control, but here is the only thing that worked for me:

I had a serious pest problem on citrus, white sapote, and on a large gardenia bush in my yard.  These plants were being farmed by ants (bigheaded ants = Pheidole megacephala), an invasive species to Florida and which proved impervious to all the controls I tried on them. These ants would just stroll right through any treated areas and continue farming.  They were farming both aphids and scales on the above mentioned types of plants in my yard.

Eventually, completely frustrated, I decided to try treating systemically for the aphids and scales by broadcasting granular Imidacloprid around the bases of the affected plants and watering it in as instructed.  That soon killed the ahhids and scales on the plants and the crazy ants finally moved on since their farming efforts were being thwarted on the treated plants.  The Imidacloprid treatement tends to last for about two to three months depending on how rainy it is here at the time.

Unfortunately, once the Imidacloprid's effectiveness would begin to wear off, the ants would return and start farmng the plants again requiring another broadcasting of Imdacloprid.

NOTE: Imidacloprid unfortunately is toxic to honeybees and has  now been shown to be a cause of honeybee colony collapse. Bees take nectar from flowers of treated plants and return to the hive and feed the nectar to the incubating bee larvæ, preventing them from maturing.  The affected honeybees also eventually die from aging out and because now there are no larvæ to replace those old worker bees, the colony begins to fail.    To try to minimize or eliminate its impact on honeybees I now schedule applications of Imidacloprid during times when the treated plants have finished blooming for their season.

OK — HTH

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 SHADEHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE
« on: April 13, 2022, 06:23:01 PM »
Satya,

The plants I ordered (BAEL & LUC's) from you arrived in excellent condition.  Thank you!

I'm very happy wth what I received.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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I'd like to try Passiflora laurifolia and am looking for someone who might have some cuttings to offer.

And I would also be interested in cuttings from different plants (individuals) if this species is not self-fertile.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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If you are referring to small seed lot permit, seeds have to be mailed to inspection station, not carried with you. Ive wondered about this, is there a different permit that allows you to carry on the plane?

Has the US Ag Dept. (A.P.H.I.S.) started requiring cleaned seeds to require a permit?  How long has that been going on?

Last I knew dry seeds cleaned of all pulp & fiber were allowed entry w/o a permit.  But what do I know??

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 SHADEHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE
« on: April 01, 2022, 02:05:25 PM »
PM sent.

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I bought a couple feijoas from a north FLorida nursery (8b) but they never grew well in Tampa (9b) and never flowered.  They languished and eventually died two years later.

So I keep wondering whether feijoas -or maybe certain feijoa cultivars– might require more chilling hours, or perhaps colder hours, than we get in Tampa for them to be able to set flowers and fruit properly.

Are there any feijoa cultivars that are better suited for us in 9b than some other cultivars?

Cheers!

Paul M.
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