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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monstera deliciosa
« on: November 08, 2022, 10:18:17 AM »
I used to grow them in my greenhouse and they always fruited. A lot. But they were also a weed, and just took over. I loved the fruit, and would ripen them in paper bags to avoid "the tingles". 

I think one key factor may be to let the aerial roots "go to ground", which mine did in a big way. Once that happens, they seemed to fruit continuously.  When I pulled mine out, there must have been a mat of forty feet of aerial roots under the bark on my greenhouse floor.

In addition to being a weed, they were mealy bug magnets. Then my birds discovered the fruit... apparently parrots are not sensitive to oxalates!

Now I just pick up baby plants real cheap, throw them into pots and jump back. When they hit about 4 ft tall I sell them as houseplants.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop observations
« on: October 22, 2022, 09:05:39 PM »
I used to worry that my soursop hardly fruited, until my daughter-in-law said she REALLY wants the leaves, for tea! Mine grows like a weed, so every time I prune it I dry the leaves for her. Win-win!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango leaf diagnosis
« on: October 22, 2022, 08:59:48 PM »
Yes, I was going to say it looks like anthracnose...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Citrus/Tropical greenhouse zone7b
« on: October 22, 2022, 08:52:34 PM »
It looks awesome! My first thought is that you must do a serious ballet to move around in there!  I still have all my greenhouse trees in pots. I can't dig down two inches becuase of our maple tree roots.

I tried bubble wrap with very poor results - the bubbles got all full of condensation and then got moldy, then it all fell down.

You will probably find the water jugs inadequate.  The second the sun quits hitting them they start releasing their heat, and even boiling water is the temperature of the ambient air in two hours.  Then the greenhouse is trying to heat the air AND the water.

I tried several ways to help keep my greenhouse warm, and really, insulation and just an outside heat source (like the propane heater) were the only things that worked. 

Of course, I have over a hundred REALLY tropical plants, like cacao, so I just bit the bullet and pay for the natural gas bill.  You are warmer down there, though, so it may be a bit easier.  A good insulating blanket would probably work well. They make a type of heavy duty bubble wrap just for greenhouses.

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Germinating dried guava seed
« on: October 10, 2022, 09:34:39 AM »
I have had this problem with some seeds, and I take a pair of needle nose pliers and very carefully squueze the seed helmet until it splits.  Then I just leave it and the seedling is usually able to get the cotyledons out of the seed once it is split.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse vanilla growing
« on: October 09, 2022, 09:46:01 AM »
I have two in my greenhouse. Pardon the poor photos, I was too lazy to shut the foggers off and wait for it to dissipate...

One is growing on a double H shaped trellis made out of 2x4s. I can add more rungs to it as needed.


The other is growing up a concrete "tree" that contains the nest boxes for my little parrots.


The plants don't seem to care, as long as they can adhere their roots to it. I have huge masses of roots going down both and into the ground. If you zoom in on the tree pic you can see the aerial roots climbing down down the tree, and it is just painted concrete.

I think the important thing is that you can walk all the way around the trellis, and reach the top for hand pollination. I have missed blooms because they are sort of yellowish-green and blend in with the foliage and I didn't see them.

Cheers, Carolyn






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Welcome!
I am in zone 6 and have 64 species of tropical plants in my greenhouse. Sitting out there having coffee right now, in fact. I started out like you, moving things in and out every year but it killed me. Those big pots are heavy! Wound up with golfers elbow and tennis elbow in both arms. Couldn't even lift a pen or a coffee cup for months.

So, thoughts -
1 - Most anything can be grown in pots with the right care. So go wild.
2 - Get a really good pot dolly.
3 - Then give up and build a greenhouse...



May LOOK peaceful, but as I was typing this, one of my little parrots fell into my coffee cup! Oh, the hazards of jungle life!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID this plant, a tropical edible tuber?
« on: September 25, 2022, 10:30:35 PM »
Definitely amorphophallus of some sort!!!

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Squirrel Dog
« on: September 23, 2022, 09:10:32 AM »
Get another Rat Terrier.  ;D

We have had many dogs, and the RTs were the only ones that could actually CATCH and kill the squirrels, not just chase them.  Not only squirrels, but I had one who killed over 30 mice in under two minutes when we removed some trailer skirting in the winter.

Of course, we also had one that ate our koi fish, taking one bite out of each tasty tummy, then leaving the carcasses lined up neatly on the patio.  Same dog that, after catching a squirrel and dispatching it with one bite, dropped it and stood there looking at it, wagging her tail as if to say "Tag, you're it!"

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple - problem with leaves
« on: September 05, 2022, 10:06:57 AM »
My first guesses would be fertilizer burn or watering issues (too much or too little water). Doesn't quite look right for anthracnose but I guess that's alwats a possibility.

Carolyn

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It's so considerate of you to be worried about your neighbor's dogs.
I have found the leaves are fairly heavy so they don't blow around much. Keeping the trees away from the fenceline should put your mind at ease.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone willing to send one seed to me
« on: September 03, 2022, 06:42:53 PM »
Now, let's go easy on him. Maybe he is just a kid.  I was on another forum and a brand new member who turned out to be only 12 years old was heartbroken by the poor reception. 

To another point, I never find it worthwhile to grow just one seed. So much can happen - low germination, damping off, etc. Always best to buy a dozen. So save up and try again when you have a few more dollars.  Or like folks suggested, buy fruit!

Cheers,
Carolyn

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Of my tropical plants in my greenhouse, I notice the following -
A few drop their leaves, or flower, at the same time every year. They must be daylength dependant.
Most flower/fruit year round. They must not be daylength sensitive. That would make sense for most tropicals, where rainfall is more important than day length.
Some sit there and never bloom (like my dragonfruit! Argh!). They are probably either not be getting enough light at all in my shady greenhouse, or there is some other factor I am not calculating into the equation.

Those little green children can be so problematic  :P

Carolyn

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Melons are so tricky! I am staring at my honeydews daily now, dithering about whether to pick them or let them go another day...

Carolyn

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I have had really good luck with Oscar at Fruit Lovers, Tradewinds, Montoso, and also Forest House in Cameroon.

In fairness to these sellers, you can try to select good seeds all you want, but without a pair of magic glasses, there is no way to tell what is actually viable. Germination is affected by a million tiny variables.  Ordering one or two of a variety is just silly.

I always order more seeds than I need, to account for varying germination rates, and because shipping is so hard on some seeds.

Out of 30 Mandela's Gold strelitzia seeds, I got one to germinate.  Of course, over-ordering is also why I currently have 50 cacao seedlings...

I ALWAYS pay for the fastest delivery and feel it is worth it.

Cheers, Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's your favorite fruiting shrub?
« on: August 27, 2022, 09:42:47 PM »
Not rare, but I like cocoplum (Chrysobalauns icaco). Have to grow it in my greenhouse, but when we were in Florida I regularly freaked my hubby out by eating the shubbery fruit while waiting at bus stops, etc.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coffee
« on: August 27, 2022, 09:39:42 PM »
I think coffee cherries taste like slightly sweetened celery. 

Whenever I start new coffee plants from seed in my greenhouse, I select seeds that are very plump with as much pulpas  I can find.

I can confirm that after four generations of selective breeding for the flesh, I have achieved no appreciable difference in the amount of pulp. Hasn't hurt the seeds, though.

I'll get back to you in another hundred generations...

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations for Sugar Cane Juicer
« on: August 22, 2022, 04:05:29 PM »
On the lighter side -

What about this one?  She doesn't use any electricity, plus provides fertilizer for your field and a ride home after work! Her name is Maria... ;D


Pretty tasty juice!


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They look a lot like Navajo yellow melons. They like drier conditions, so are great here in our high desert area. Maybe yours was way over-ripe? The seeds look very pulled away from the flesh...

Carolyn

Just a thought - Sea Walnut's main problem seemed to be that he was a bit short on opinions he could back up with science.  The seeds really could be Navajo seeds, or any sort of melon cross.  That is the awesome thing about melons - you can create new crosses so easily. They are such a maleable species!

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Snout beetle! Eeewww!

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The insect looks like some sort of weevil, judging from his little snout.  I don't think they go after trees, more into grains and stuff.  I'd call your local extension office and get some help with spraying your trees for next year.

Carolyn

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Be careful that you don't wind up building a giant sail that blows away in the wind...

Carolyn

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I have tried something similar, and what works better than foil, and is way cheaper if you can get them, are the mylar "emergency blankets".  They are tough, large, very reflective, and usually easy to find. I mounted mine on the inside of the north wall of my greenhouse.  Worked well until some vines grew up and blocked the light from the mylar.

Carolyn

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Ha! That would be my own grasskeets that live in my greenhouse!
For the most part they leave my plants alone, but every so often they go on a binge, and walk the tops of the banana leaves, eating the tasty, crunchy part where the leaves attach to the ribs. I come into the greenhouse in the morning and banana leaves are all over the floor, with just the ribs still attached to the plant like a giant yucca or something.

Carolyn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ohh oh. This avocado is not fully ripe
« on: August 07, 2022, 09:49:39 AM »
Yes. Put the pit back in if you still have it, put the halves back together and wrap the whole thing tightly in plastic wrap, then wait a day or two. Don't put it in the refrigerator.

Carolyn

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