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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coffee bean tree?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:40:33 PM »
When my coffee fruit is ripe, I can send you a few seeds to plant.  I love the taste.  I share them with friends, but make them chew carefully and spot the seed back out so I can plant it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: tiny greenhouse question
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:38:25 PM »
I don't know, I have pretty good luck with fluorescents, but you have to put them REALLY close to the plants - like 6 inches.  I set my timer up so that they get 16 hours of daylight.  This is longer than a tropical day, but I figured that with a lower light output, they would like the extra hours.

My cacaos drop a few leaves as winter goes on, and my stupid dragon fruit still don't bloom, but overall, I don't think my plants know they aren't in the tropics (shhh...).
I like to water in  the morning - puts more humidity in the air when the sun is beating down...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Plastic Recommendations Please?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:33:57 PM »
We are zone 6 here in Idaho.  I have two sections to my greenhouse - one is from a kit, and it has 8 mm twin wall polycarbonate.  Fairly expensive.  The addition was built with corrugated polycarbonate on a 2x4 frame.  It didn't keep things warm enough, so we just nailed a second layer of corrugated polycarbonate to the inside of the 2x4 frame. 

Now I wish I had done the entire greenhouse that way!  It holds heat and lets in light WAY better than the twin-wall.  I got the corrugated polycarb at Home Depot, and it was about $23 per 2x8 ft sheet.  So with the double layer (with a 2 inch air cushion in between) it was still pretty reasonable.  I built the "temperate" addition over time, gradually replacing the bubble wrap I had over the 2x4 frame.  It may be a little hard to bolt the corrugated stuff to a carport frame (we actually considered that before we did a stick-built...), but you CAN bend it.  Maybe buy one sheet and check it out?  Or bolt some 2x4s tot he curve of the carport so you can made a hard angle, then cut the polycarb to fit.

Also, no joke, I did have really good luck with bubble wrap and duct tape!  It let's in more light than you would think and lasted 2 hard Idaho winters before we were able to replace it with something more permanent.

FarmTek has very good prices, but the shipping costs can eat you alive...

Wow! That is awesome!  I am so jealous!
You have a lot of African specimens - do you happen to have a Dacryodes edulis????? It is often called butter bush, or african plum, or something of the sort.

« on: November 12, 2013, 09:20:35 AM »
Hi E Street!
Welcome to the forum!
I am fairly new here myself.  However, I have had a 15x30 ft tropical greenhouse in my back yard for several years now.  I have a lot of tropical fruit trees and plants.
Where in Croatia are you?  If you are along the coast, then you will have an easier time than if you are inland.
I would definitely look into building an "underground" greenhouse if you are inland, and get harsher winters.  Even if you only dig down a couple of feet it will help with heating and cooling.  Optimally, four feet is really good.  If you situate it carefully, you should still be able to get enough light.
You are a little farther north than me, so you will need supplemental light in the winter.  There is some good info here on the forum about LED light sing.  Right now I use fluorescent and incandescent lights because I can't afford the initial cost outlay of LED lights.
Heat can be a big expense.  I use a natural gas furnace in my greenhouse.
If you situate the greenhouse to make the most of sun in the winter, it may get too hot in the summer, so shade canopies over the roof may be needed.  I found that it stays a LOT cooler, with less shade needed, if the shade cover is not laying directly on the greenhouse, but is on a frame about 1-2 feet above the greenhouse.
Anyway, those are just a couple of ideas.  PM me if you have any questions, and I will see if I can help.  Once again, there is a lot of info on this forum that may help you!
Have fun, and good luck!

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?

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