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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Diseased Parsley
« on: January 31, 2023, 04:34:04 PM »
Perhaps I need to find another forum for this kind of question, but I belong to this one so if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate the help.  I am trying to find out what is happening to my Italian Parsley.  It is inside under a powerful grow lamp along with all my other prospering herbs and some tropical plants.  Being inside has its own host of problems.  As you would see in the photos, I had a minor whitefly problem and you can see the dead flies on some of the leaves.  I suppose it is possible this is my problem, but I really don't think so.  There was never any telltale infestation on the leaves compared to obvious issues with other specific plants.  I was thinking Celery Mosaic Virus or Anthracnose as my best choices but I still don't think it looks like this.  I want to remove the parsley and just replace it, but I need to know what this is before I plant another one.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Freeze Damage
« on: December 31, 2022, 01:18:47 PM »
I am in Atlanta Georgia USA and we had a lower than normal freeze for our area.  A perfect storm of issues caused a power outage and my greenhouse went below freezing for about 4 hours in the middle of the night.  I lost a lot of plants but I wanted to see if anyone could tell me if my Mango could recover.  At first I thought it could be OK but a few days after the freeze I see the leaves turning yellow and brown.  Can the tree itself take any type of small freeze for a few hours or is it too sensitive?  It would be nice to know it could leaf back out.  I am going to wait for Spring to see but it would be nice to have some hope.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Green Cardamom Seedlings
« on: September 24, 2022, 04:29:36 PM »
I just wanted to post about growing Cardamom from store bought seed.  I heard that it could be done so I went to a local Persian/Middle Eastern grocery store and bought a jar of Green Cardamom seed pods.  I soaked about half of them (probably close to 50 or more pods) for a couple days and then broke them open to remove the small black seeds.  I used a lot since I was under the impression the germination percentage was not very good.  I sowed the seeds in store bought potting soil, covering the top of the pot with seeds and broken open pods and just barely covering the seeds with soil.  I kept them very wet by watering every day for a month during the hottest part of the summer in Atlanta Georgia USA.  They were kept in partial shade.  I thought I had failed after 6 weeks and basically left the pot and forgot about it.  Of course that is when I noticed the first seedling about two months after potting.  Since then, I would say most of them have sprouted.  So I wanted to post that it can be done from store bought pods and it just takes a LONG time for germination.  If anyone is in the Atlanta Georgia area and wants some, by all means, I have plenty. ;)

Just wanted to see if anyone has a place I could try to get viable Green or Black Cardamom seeds.  So far most of the links here are 3-5 years old and most will not ship to the US anyway.  Any place I have seen on line seems to get really bad reviews.  I have not had any luck germinating seeds that I get in the store which makes me think they are old, sterilized or heated. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical plant question but not fruit
« on: July 24, 2021, 05:37:20 PM »
Don't really know where else to ask something like this but thought someone here might know about tropical plants in general.  I have been trying for years to get a philodendron to climb.  I have a thousand small philodendrons and pothos and every now and then one will grab ahold of a picket or my deck and shoot straight up.  But I have never been able to get it to do that on my own by using ties and posts.  I have even placed boards near it and stakes but nothing seems to provoke it into giving it that desire to cling to something and climb.  Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 25, 2021, 11:45:36 AM »
I live in Atlanta and I am just starting to stock my brand new greenhouse.  Growing up, my mom would occasionally come home with some Tamarillos and ever since, I thought it would be great to grow one.  I rarely if ever see them in the stores, so I haven't had one in many years.  (I still have no idea how my mom got her hands on them in Connecticut in the '70s).  But I am looking for one now and I have not found a place that sells the trees.  I have found a few sites, but as with a lot of unique trees, they are either sold out or not available.  I would grow one from seed, but not only am I too impatient to wait for a tree big enough, I cannot even find one to get the seeds!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil Temperatures for Mangos
« on: June 05, 2021, 10:02:03 AM »
New to the forum.  Something I have not seen is a discussion of root temperatures for mango trees.  I will be planting a mango among other fruit trees/vines in a greenhouse I specifically built for tropical plants.  The greenhouse is heated for our winter temperatures in Atlanta Georgia USA so maintaining a temperature above 40-50 degrees F will not be an issue.  But our ground temperatures are between 40-50 degrees F all year.  I heat my greenhouse with a hydronic heater (that uses hot water).  I can send a loop down under ground with a thermostat and heat the ground too but of course this will take some work I would rather not do it if it is unnecessary.  Not the end of the world either though.  I wanted to make sure and get this discussed as the first thing I do since I want to get my mango in the ground soon (I just bought a Carrie tree).  My next research will be soil and size of the hole I am going to dig out.  I would appreciate any input on soil temperatures.

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