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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Drimys Lanceolata
« on: November 29, 2021, 04:28:22 AM »
I apologize if this is a stupid question but I am trying to get tasmanian pepperberry seeds and I have never had such a difficult time. My question is, I can get the "spice" which is dried fruit with seed in it but what are my chances that this was dried at a low enough temperature that the "seeds" would be viable? Does anyone have any experience growing this, do the seeds need to be "fresh"? I have a post in the buy/trade section but was wondering if just buying the whole spice would work (it does with some kitchen spices like coriander and fennel). thanks

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / tasmanian mountain pepper seeds
« on: November 29, 2021, 04:09:27 AM »
does anyone know where I can get some seeds? I have only found one nursery that sells the plant in the US and I know you need male and female plants and would like to try to grow my own.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / panache tiger fig
« on: August 17, 2021, 05:45:47 AM »
I just received a very small (approx 4 inches tall) panache tiger fig. since it is so late in the season when temperatures start to drop can I just bring it in as a houseplant and then put it in a colder area (unheated basement or shed) in say february to get it's 100 chill hours?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / theobroma bicolor
« on: August 16, 2021, 04:55:10 AM »
Does macombo only flower on new growth? I went a little coco loco and decided to add a macombo to my collection if I can get the seeds to germinate, but I have read that they do not flower on the trunk like cacao but on "thin" branches. What do they mean by "thin"?The pods look substantial.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ethylene gas
« on: August 13, 2021, 04:37:22 AM »
ethylene gas will force a pineapple plants to fruit, does anyone know if will it work the same way on other citrus/fruiting trees or plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / basalt
« on: August 12, 2021, 06:06:22 AM »
My brother in law is from guatemala and has gotten me hooked on growing cacao. His sister has a criollo cacao in guatemala and he recently brought back seeds so now I have a nice little seedling cacao tree and I bought a forastero because I had read that you need two different trees to get fruit (even though he insists that you do not). My question is about basalt, I bought some for the cacao tree because I wanted to use the same mix that my BIL uses which is potting mix, sand and basalt (with a little chicken manure). He is adamant that the cacao needs this and the picture of his sister's trees look beautiful. Why would basalt make such a big difference?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / light vs heat
« on: August 06, 2021, 04:46:55 AM »
I have two indoor areas that I plan on overwintering tropicals/other in. One is a small south facing lean to greenhouse that gets natural light but not as easy to keep warm (attached to living space plus supplemented with radiant heat from a chicken coup heater, (not large enough for heat sinks or stove as it is only 4x8) the other is our walk out basement that I am in the process of setting up a grow room in, it has baseboard heat so can be kept warm but only has one small south facing window so I am planning on using grow lights for light source on a timer. I have citrus, black sapote, banana, loquat sweetsop, cherimoya, ice cream bean and miracle berry. humidity is not a problem with either as I have humidifiers for both. I was planning on either one or the other for my tropicals as I also overwinter my peppers and rosemary which are not picky as long as I keep the temp around 50. which would be the best choice for my tropicals? Please and thank you

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