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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Diseased Parsley
« on: February 03, 2023, 10:41:20 AM »
Thanks.  I will look for signs.  Never had that problem.  Plant is coming out today though.  It has held on for months but just won't clear up.  I am going to put in another one and see if the same thing happens.  I use a Isopropyl alcohol mixed with dish washing soap for most of my bug problems and it seems to work.  But maybe not on mealy bugs.

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 / Re: Mango Freeze Damage
« on: January 01, 2023, 11:07:57 AM »
Right.  It is just a baby.  So far it is looking OK.  Branches do not seem to be dead.  I guess time will tell. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Freeze Damage
« on: December 31, 2022, 02:44:15 PM »

You can see the leaves are lost.  I am just hoping the whole tree was not taken out.
 Wouldn't be surprised.  I would actually be more shocked if it came back.

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. ;)

I'll give them a shot thanks.

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. 

Not sure which one I have, but I grew one from seed about three years ago.  Same thing happened to me.  I have a  2 story greenhouse where it has completely taken over.  But I have yet to see a flower.  I have two other passiflora in the yard that are native to my area that are happy and flowering, but I think they just decide when they decide.  There are always possible light or nutrient reasons, but with a robust healthy plant, I think it will just happen when it happens. :P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: May 30, 2022, 05:05:42 PM »
Great info.  Thanks for the links

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: May 30, 2022, 03:35:19 PM »
Just a follow up on trimming.  I have a three gallon mango that I just planted in the ground in my greenhouse in Georgia USA.  I was surprised to see it bloom as soon as it got warm.  At the recommendation of others, I cut off the blooms to promote growth since it is such a small tree.  Since I did that no new growth has started since I cut off the blooms about two months ago.  Tree is still healthy.  Just not growing new shoots.  I always wondered if I could have trimmed it properly or not.  I just cut off the blooms at the base of the blooms.  Which to me seemed a little too close to the node.  Would it be a good idea to cut it back at the branch instead?

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 / Re: Fiberless mango ?
« on: July 22, 2021, 11:01:31 AM »
I am glad this came up.  I am in Atlanta GA and I have extremely limited varieties of mango here.  By far the best we ever seem to get is the Ataulfo.  And we get plenty of them.  But compared to some other mangoes I have had, it is relatively fiberless.  But I still have to make sure and floss after every one I have ever had.  Where would that fall into the fiberless scale?  I am growing a Carrie right now so I hope to find out what fiberless really means but I have never had one.  (If anyone wants to ship me a Carrie, I would figure out a way to make it worth it).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I boil rain or well water?
« on: July 04, 2021, 11:18:15 AM »
As long as you are not drinking it I am sure it is fine for the plants.  Anything in the water would just become nutrients for them.  I definitely would not drink it though without doing some sort of treatment.  I am biased since I am a licensed water treatment operator.  But a carbon filter and UV treatment is relatively easy and cheap these days.  And that would be the minimum I would do for consumption.  But for plants, they'll be fine.

I don't have any experience with Guavas, but I can tell you now those are so close, I don't think it would work.  They are too big now.  As much as you wouldn't want to hear this or do it, I think you might end up with a healthier plant if you just clip one off and let the other grow. I know.  Terrible decision.  But every time I have tried to do something like that it does not end well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: July 02, 2021, 10:14:25 AM »
Great links. I don't even know what most of the fruits are on the Queen of the Amazon site.  But good variety of different Tamarillos.  Thanks a lot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 27, 2021, 07:29:34 PM »
Yep thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 26, 2021, 04:58:08 PM »
have you seen huertasurbanas in this forum? Based in Argentina, he sells many good seeds, i recommend his annonaceae.

Thanks for the tip.  I will look for the contact. 

Using a lantern to search for fire.  That is a new one.  I like it.  I suppose it is the same as seeing the forest through the trees.


I wonder if you could place a copper wire to touch when a animal climbs attached to a 9 volt battery
saw that for snails around plants,  and it fried them crisp. (may need bigger battery 12 volt._)

A friend made a great contraption out of a capacitor and some well placed wires that were spaced perfectly for a rat footprint.  It pretty much evaporated the thing.  Pretty easy to do but kinda dangerous.   Works great though.  I digress and won't comment further about it on a tropical plant forum.

Surprised no one has brought up capsaicin.  Fill a backpack sprayer with hot pepper juice.  Squirrels hate it.  It is (not permanently) harmful to any animals and it does work.  Spraying an entire tree would probably be a big deterrent.  I am very much opposed to poisons since they are not selective and can make its way down the food chain killing other unintended animals.  Live traps suck to have to deal with but they work.  My experience has been to provide a good dose of high velocity vitamin Pb but I understand that isn't for everyone.  The pepper spray really works well, but for obvious reasons, it can be uncomfortable to deal with and it would have to be done on a semi regular basis.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 26, 2021, 08:49:56 AM »
Giannhs that would be great but I doubt I would be able to get that plant from Belgium to the USA.  Too bad though.  Sounds like a good plant.  I just ordered some seeds so we will find out soon.  Interesting different opinions on the characteristics of the tree.  I suppose I am going to have to find out what my opinion will be.  I do know that I have a hard time even being in a house with a cat so I am hoping more for the tar thing (?).  As an experiment and seeds are pretty cheap, I am going to try some sibundoyensis if I can find some.  They are out of stock at the website you referenced.  Looks like they are the yellow ones.  Sounds like the yellow variety are the less tart ones. I need to do a little research but I would want to go out of my way to get as much of that super tart flavor as I can find. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 25, 2021, 11:53:38 AM »
Oh no!  Thanks for the tip!  I have to really consider if I am willing to risk that.

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!

That mushroom above is the Lepiota Lutea I was talking about.  They grow on the composted wood.  Not going to hurt you or your plants unless you eat them directly.  I have heard they are poisonous to the extent of stomach upset but that's all.  Pretty to look at.  I think they were recently reclassified but I am sticking to my old name until it matters.

Wow.  What a bonus to have a morel in your growing pots!  You had me worried.  All I saw from the small original photo was that smaller mushroom which looks like it could be a Galerina (sp?) which can be poisonous.  The original post photo looks like it could be a type of Lepiota.  But any mushrooms in flower pots would be beneficial for the most part(to a point).  I always enjoy it when I see some mushrooms, especially the Lepiota Lutea which is bright yellow.  And for obvious reasons called the flower pot mushroom.

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