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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cape Trib Fruit Farm for sale
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:13:38 PM »

Nice fantasy! But do you know in reality what happens when the boss is away and only shows up for 2 weeks out of the year? ::)

Umm. . . the happy workers eat all the fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: November 08, 2013, 10:43:15 PM »
We can all make lists of what we have (to give), what we want, and if any match that will be our secret santa. If they don't match, we can give the person something that they don't have.
Ok - I'm in!  And before then, can someone teach me how to do scion cuttings????

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:57:02 PM »
Sounds like fun!
I REALLY want to be in, but... I have a feeling that most people will want things that I don't have, or be able to lay my hands on.
Any ideas on how it would work for folks like me, in the snowy desert wastelands of Idaho???

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cape Trib Fruit Farm for sale
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:25:15 AM »
We could time share it, I can chip in a couple of grand, bet I could talk Daintree into joining on.

Looks beautiful.

Time shares are for vacations, not for working farms.

Sure they are, others could do the work the rest of the year I could show up for the mangosteen harvest.
I sure it would be a tremendous amount of work, nothing to tackle without a whole team.
The point is moot unless my dear, dear, lost uncle Oscar leaves me a small fortune.

Well, I am working on the "lottery option" and have spent $2 in hopes that the Powerball will help fund the endeavor.
Several people at work have also offered to come and stay at the B&B in exchange for farm work. It would be fun to have a "workation" sort of thing.
Always fun to dream!!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cape Trib Fruit Farm for sale
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:43:07 AM »
Yeah, the weather.  When we stayed at Cape Trib, it was soggy and rainy all the time.  Got my very first leech there.  We loved it, because being from the desert, we couldn't get enough water.  Plus, it felt like standing in a shower, it was so warm.  But we got the biggest kick out of the other couple that we met, who complained constantly about the rain, like it was a whole new experience.  They were from London!  We never could figure that one out...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cape Trib Fruit Farm for sale
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:38:03 AM »
We could time share it, I can chip in a couple of grand, bet I could talk Daintree into joining on.

Looks beautiful.

Yeah, what a GREAT idea!  That is one of the sweetest places on earth..
Of course, there ARE the cyclones, the giant lizards, crocodiles, plant invaders that you have to chop down with a machete, and the fact that everything that crawls or slithers is probably poisonous.
Oh, and the rain.  And the leeches.
But it is still paradise!

Yep, looks like it is Spondias dulcis.

Oooh, that could be it!  The most likely suspect is Spondias dulcis.  I just e-mailed some pictures to the my son and daughter-in-law, to see if it is a possibility.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FGM Cacao fruit ripens
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:59:58 PM »
That is so exciting!!
Did you hand pollinate the flowers?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's infecting this guava tree?
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:55:55 PM »
That looks like a really healthy population of mealy bugs. 
I get them too, sometimes, in my greenhouse.  You can wipe them off with a cotton swab dipped in straight rubbing alcohol, if there aren't too many.  I also use Neem oil and pyrethrin, but you have to keep on top of it.  They have a fast life cycle, so if I get hit with them, I spray every week.  The tiny baby ones (sometimes called crawlers) are not white, but sort of tan, and the size of a pinpoint.


I am trying to find a fruit from Cameroon.  My daughter-in-law calls it casmango, kazmango, not sure of spelling.
It grows on a tree, is tennis ball sized, yellow skin, yellow flesh, very juicy and delicious.  It has a single, very prickly seed. The seed is not edible.
It is NOT cas guava, or bush mango.  But since it does not have a long, flat seed, I am guessing it is not a mango either..
Sound familiar to anyone?
I have been scrounging the internet for days, with no luck.
Sorry, no picture at this point, but she is trying to get her cousin to take one and forward it on...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pugging
« on: November 03, 2013, 04:30:19 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pugging
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:22:18 AM »
Oh my gosh - that looks terrifying!  You don't even have to keep any leaves on it?  I had to get rid of my cherimoya because it kept hitting the roof of the greenhouse, even when I pruned it. Seemed like pruning it just made it grow faster...
I will have to get up my nerve and try this the next time I have this issue (I am betting it will be with my jackfruit).  What is the best time of year to do it?  Looks like summer, from what I see.  Or just any time that it is actively growing?  I am not brave enough to try it with anything of which I only have one specimen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit: One seed = Two trees??
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:12:11 AM »
Not sure what that is, maybe there were two seeds in the pot to begin with?

So in September I received 32 seeds, which were described as latexless fresh Thai orange jackfruit with a description of sweet, crunchy and thick fruits.

If the seeds you got are the same as those you've described above, then you may have hit the gold mother load. Many jackfruit growers, including myself, would love to purchase from you a grafted jackfruit tree that was latex-less, sweet and of the crunchy kind.

BTW, there may be very few people in the USA with those seeds/seedlings, or you may be the only one with them. I sure hope that you propagate them all to the maturity point of fruit production and then, that each seedling fruit will be sampled and its quality compared to the others. And finally, that you will end up propagating and selling the grafted jackfruit of the most promising seedling(s).

Although this may sound like a lot of work, it may really be worth your while (or even someone else), since some very good profits could be made from this endeavor, best wishes and good luck to you.

These sound just like some seeds I recently purchased on EBay from a nice fellow in California.  He described them as latex-free, orange, crunchy Thai jackfruit.  Made my mouth water, just looking at the picture!  I think he still has some.
- Carolyn

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does anyone use AzaMax???
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:11:15 PM »
I was wondering if anyone is using AzaMax (organic insecticide/anit-feedant/IGR made by General Hydroponics) as pest control.  Some of my greenhouse plants get mealy bugs very easily (especially my coffee and citrus) and I usually use Neem/Py.  It works, but you have to keep on top of it ALL the time.
I bought some AzaMax this summer to try.  It came in little vials that you mix into a 1 pint "trigger style" spray bottle.  Of course, my hand cramped and my enthusiasm wore out long before the little bottle was emptied.  The results I saw were about the same as for the Neem/Py, but I don't feel like I gave it a fair shot. The organic nursery here in town uses it by the gallon, including as a soil drench, and swears by it.

I am tempted to buy the larger bottle of AzaMax, but it is outrageously expensive.
Does anybody have any experience with this product? 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sacha Inchi seeds? (Plukenetia volubilis)
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:23:28 PM »
Where can a person find these seeds?
I would love to buy some of them to grow.  I have eaten the toasted seeds before, and they were very good, with a weird, slightly fishy taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango in Pot vs. in Greenhouse
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:40:22 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:20:50 AM »
Starting tomorrow, they get MORE LIGHT!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango in Pot vs. in Greenhouse
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:39:06 PM »
Hi Tuan!
I love your greenhouse!

You may want to keep things in pots so you can move them to the tallest part of the house, or the sunniest side, or the shaded side.  The pots also help keep the soil warm. 

I have to grow in a greenhouse too, and I am a lot further north than you (USDA zone 7, running a zone 12 greenhouse).  Check your soil temperatures in the winter.  The ground INSIDE my greenhouse sometimes freezes, close to the wall.  What I did was just dig down a foot or so, about 2 feet from the wall, in February, and take the temp of the soil.  Mine was waaaay too cold for tropicals.  I have about 6 inches of bark on the floor to insulate the pots from the cold earth as winter progresses.

I move my pots a lot (boy does the "hired help", aka my husband) moan and groan...), and I have some fairly big trees that do actually bloom and fruit.

Also, because my greenhouse is on a cinder block foundation, I glued exterior foam insulation boards around the inside of the blocks to keep cold air from seeping in.  Looks like you have wood all the way to the flooring, so you may not get as much heat loss as I do.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:24:07 PM »
I bought them 3 years avon, and the stems were very thick (2-3 inches).  THey were about 2 feet tall, and seemed really vigorous.  They have grown like crazy, but the stems are always very thin.
Aarrrggh!  I am tired of buying my dragon fruit at the oriental market in Portland!
What am I doing wrong?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:53:22 PM »
Here are some pictures of my dragon fruit.  Earlier in the summer, they were quite large, but I got mad at them for not blooming and chopped them down.  Then I felt bad and repotted them and built them the new, smaller trellises. 

This was last spring (sorry, it is hard to see them behind the cacao that is covered with grasskeet "anti-landing devices") -

Also, the stems never got thick, they just got VERY long and spindly, like they are now.
More light, you think?  Can I have success with artificial light, if the natural light isn't enough?  I have burned them several times trying to put them in full sun.

These were just taken a few minutes ago -

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:24:26 PM »
Great ideas for a dragon fruit thread!
I could use some help with mine!
I have Physical Graffiti, and a yellow dragon fruit (Selenicereus megalanthus according to Pine Island Nursery, where I ordered them).  I have had them for over 3 years now, and cannot get them to bloom!  They were fairly large plants in gallon pots when I got them.
They have been in my tropical greenhouse, which never gets below 50F.  I have tried SO many different things to try and get them to bloom - lots of water, little water, fertilizer, no fertilizer, letting them grow until they took over the place with greenery, pruning them down, more light, more shade, and nothing.  I have no problem at all with getting my epiphyllums (orchid cactus) to bloom. I have recently moved the dragon fruit to the dormant house (gets into the high 30's in winter but never freezes), thinking maybe they need vernalization(?). 
They grow like weeds, and seem really happy and healthy, other than no blooms.  Aaarggh!

The only other things I can think of are, maybe, light intensity?  Or do they have a critical photo period and I need to keep them in the light for a longer period each day?
Any help would be appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut cutting regional differences
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:51:27 AM »
CUT a coconut?  But then it won't sprout!  I PLANTED mine, and now I have a coconut tree. Of course, I would like to eat it's children... and I will probably make a mess out of trying to open the seeds, no matter which method I use...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh, viable seeds wanted.
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:41:53 AM »
Speaking of jackfruit (artocarpus), do they respond well to container culture, with regular root and branch pruning? I mean, in its native habitat, jackfruit can grow  to be a pretty hefty tree! I was thinking of buying some jackfruit from an online Thai food store, primarily for the purpose of growing the seeds.

I haven't had any success with mangosteen, despite the fact that I sowed the seeds immediately after they were extracted from the fruit. The seeds, which were sown in ordinary seed starting potting compost, became mushy and succumbed to rot.

Tamarind, the ripe fruits of which are readily available from Thai food stores, are easy to grow and make great bonsai plants. They have attractive foliage, but would a seed-grown tamarind ever bear fruit in a large container?

Thankyou for offering some fresh arabica coffee seeds! I'd love to grow a coffee plant or two, but I've had no success whatsoever in trying to get dried, dessicated coffee seeds to germinate.


Hi Gary,
I planted about 20 mangosteen seeds, and got 2 to germinate, but I don't know where I went wrong after that.  Maybe not enough humidity?
My tamarinds never bloomed, but they got really tall, and I finally chopped down a couple, and gave the others away to another gal with a greenhouse.
And yes, I know these coffee seeds will grow for you, because if I accidentally let the fruit (which tastes really good, by the way, sort of like a sweetish celery) fall, I get baby plants in the pot!
I have found that pretty much anything will grow and make fruit in a pot.  I don't prune the roots at all, I just move them to bigger pots.  The major limiter, when I was growing indoors, was not enough light.  I had horticultural lights that would give me a sunburn when I worked in the "plant room", but things still wouldn't bloom.  Then I built the greenhouse, and "pow"!  Everything bloomed at once! Happy plants! Lots of food, low pH (I use vinegar), and lots of the RIGHT kind of food.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh, viable seeds wanted.
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:09:40 PM »
Hi Gary,
I sympathize with you - it can be very hard to find seed in Northern climates. 
Sometimes you have to think a little bit outside the box.
Have you tried international markets, not for seed, but for fruit?  I have a favorite one that I hit during various times of the year, and I will buy absolutely any tropical fruit that they have.  Sometimes you can even get it cheaper if it is past it's prime for eating, but the seeds are still good.  I have successfully germinated and grown longan, lychee, cherimoya, durian, dragon fruit and jackfruit from fruits I have bought.  My papaya and tamarind i just bought at our local grocery store.  Also, I bought some "soap nuts" for laundering clothes, from the local health food store, and managed to grow six soap nut trees.  I have heard that some of the fruit is treated, so as not to germinate, but I have even got a couple mangosteen seeds to sprout (although they died very quickly) so I am not sure how true that is.

Also, I do have a coffea arabica in my greenhouse, but the seeds are still green.  When they ripen up, I will give you a shout and see if you are still looking for coffee seeds.

Good luck with your seed hunt!

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