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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: True Green Cardamom
« on: June 11, 2024, 11:55:56 AM »
Are green cardamom seeds as sold whole pods in spice stores viable?  If so that would at least guarantee true cardamom

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 11, 2024, 11:40:20 AM »
Martinbrick, to help it fruit simply keep it alive and healthy for ~4yrs from seed.  I got my first flowers around then and the first fruits the following season.

They don't need much fertilizer because they are nitrogen fixing.  I lightly fertilize them every year or so. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 10, 2024, 06:29:13 PM »
They are easy, just keep them well watered as they are thirsty.  I doubt it would survive outdoors in zone7 but they grow well in containers.  My seedling fruited in a 20gal pot at about 7ft tall but it took a few years.  You would probably get mich faster results with an airlayer.

My seedling tree is getting too big for its 20gal pot so I started an airlayer to replace it.  I'm going to toss the parent when winter comes.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 09, 2024, 09:54:06 AM »
ScottGoldennug, your tree looks severely nitrogen deficient.  I would double or triple your fertilizer regimen.  How long ago did you apply it?

I am also interested in solar exhaust fans as an emergency backup in case I lose power from a summer thunderstorm and then have days of sunny hot weather but no power. 

I know that AC induction motors require a large surge of power to get started, I'm not sure how solar would handle that.   I am not sure if this is true to the same extent with DC motors.  It is likely possible to aid this with capacitors, batteries, etc. but that adds more points of failure.

Because solar generates DC power without an inverter, I have thought about entirely replacing my AC greenhouse exhaust fans with DC ones powered by solar only.  The idea being that the only time exhaust power is needed is when the sun is out heating it up. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 07, 2024, 09:15:58 PM »
If those are old leaves I wouldn't worry.  Mine look like that when they get old and eventually fall off.  If those are new-ish leaves I am not sure what the problem could be.

In-ground my Flame grapefruit was my best producer but it got way too big too fast.

In container Kishu is, as far as sweet fruits go. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:45:54 PM »
What specifically do you think is the problem, here?  The slight mottled yellow discoloration pattern?

I am not a good evaluator of leaf deficiencies... if these are old leaves it is possible they are just old and ready to fall on their own.  If they are newer leaves it could be greening or something else, but I am not sure.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New lemon tree owner! Advice?
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:42:10 PM »

They look healthy to me, and all that new growth is very promising.   Be sure to fertilize them regularly.  Osmocote Plus pellets are a common recommendation, that is what I use myself. 

The curled leaves don't look bad.  Check the undersides of them to make sure no scale (sucking insects) are attacking them, which can cause leaf curl. 

I am in the same zone6 as you but I keep my citrus in a greenhouse in winter so I can't give much advice about indoor overwintering, but others are doing it successfully. 

Your tree can probably hold only a single lemon at this size.  If it sets too much fruit cut the excess of until it grows a bit more and it can hold a much bigger crop.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: About. Annona seed germination?!
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:31:49 PM »
Brad's suggestion of leaving ilama seeds to age a while before planting really worked for me.  6mo old seeds sitting in the closet that I just planted are 50% sprouted so far with more popping each day.  I didn't scarify or otherwise treat them.  Previously when I tried fresh seeds none germinated.

Is the fruit any good?  I started a ton of seedlings because the seeds were really cheap.  They got 100% germination... but since they've grown 6in+ they seem unhealthy and really prone to scale.  I ditched all but one and even that one I am starting to wonder if it is even worth growing out.

Thanks.  Surprisingly few squirrels here because many foxes around. 

Thanks, guys.  I am thinking I will plant two of the nicest looking sapling in full sun in my yard, and the rest of the saplings and sprouted seeds in the woods randomly.  We'll see which does best.

Lots of deer all around.  I understand they dislike paw-paw but I might cage the best ones anyway.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: marcotting vs rooting question
« on: June 03, 2024, 08:09:36 PM »
I think my inga airlayer is doing okay.  All the buds opened and new growth is looking great.  Most of the original leaves fell off, but it seems happy.  Those two big leaves are original and the rest are all new growth since separating from parent.


I can't comment on the true chemedak vs hybrid.  I grew a supposed Cheena seedling and it had no hairs.  I have what should be a true chempedak seedling growing but it has been really slow growing in my greenhouse.  Hoping it will pick up this year.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Eugenia pisiformis
« on: June 03, 2024, 06:15:46 PM »
I got one of the pisiformis seeds in January but it didn't sprout.  I guess it still could, sometimes eugenia seeds take a long time. 

I have some decent size burkaritanias from last year. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus lanceifolius
« on: June 03, 2024, 05:20:43 PM »
Can you sell us some live seedlings?   :)

I can't get the seeds to survive.  I got some great seeds from you that had already started germinating but I couldn't get them to grow further.  I think the seeds are really sensitive.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple guava in pots
« on: June 03, 2024, 05:17:44 PM »
K-Rimes were yours seedlings or grafted?

I only had one successful graft with my feijoa scions from Marta.  I am not sure if I should try to get another grafted one or just let one of the failed rootstocks grow to flowering for pollination. 

They seem pretty easy to grow in pots, I just use the same soil mix I use for everything else.  My largest is only in a 3gal though

I live in the upper native range of paw-paw trees, though I have never seen one and my uncle who is an amateur orchardist says he's never seen one either.  I ordered ten 1yo trees and twenty seeds.  I planted most of the saplings randomly out in the woods and around a stream to see if any survive.  I also started germinating the seeds with great results so far. 

I am thinking of planting two in my yard near my other temperate stone fruit trees.  Any idea how long these take to reach maturity?  They seem like they must be slow growing as the 1yo trees I got are quite small compared to 1yo cherimoya trees I've grown myself.  Also, can they take 100% full sun?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Illama germination
« on: June 03, 2024, 05:03:16 PM »
A week or two ago I pulled out the ilama seeds I got from Raul and had stored for 6mo in my bedroom closet. I put them between two moist paper towels and some tinfoil, and they are starting to germinate.  So far three out of a dozen or so, I expect more over the next few days.  I did not scarify or treat them with anything at all.

Brad's "store them in the closet for six months then plant" method seems like a winning one.

Great to hear, it gives me hope!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapote in large containers?
« on: May 31, 2024, 05:43:22 PM »
White sapote did well in 20gal container for me, made a lot of fruit. 

Ross sapote seedling seems happy in same 20gal size container and has started flowering.

My container green sapotes on mamey rootstock keep dying.  I am trying yet again, and also trying seedling green sapote.

Sapodilla seems happy in container

My plants arrived in perfect shape, great deal for $20/each, thanks!

Do you have multiple?  Seedling or grafted? 

My seedling abiu makes thousands of flowers every year but has yet to set a single fruitlet.  I suspect it needs pollination?  Insects are around but they don't seem interested in it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interesting eugenia deformed leaf
« on: May 22, 2024, 10:49:41 AM »
Hah, never seen that.  It's no two-headed snake, but still interesting

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