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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: trip to costa rica recommendations
« on: December 25, 2016, 12:15:25 AM »
I don't think you'll find much ac besides supermarkets. And your itinerary right right...


Farmers Market: Known locally as the feria, the San Isidro farmers market is the biggest farmers market in the Southern Zone with over 200 vendors selling every kind of fruit and vegetable you can imagine. There are also booths with crafts, and dead animals. The market is held all day Thursdays and until about mid-day Fridays every week. Itís under a gigantic roof so happens rain or shine.
 

And drive or bus to Bahia to swim.
http://cdn.playbuzz.com/cdn/21e45ecf-2d13-4749-8d41-28daf3f8fa3c/21ff1c3e-c7bb-4ac9-8cca-947cfbd43a04.JPG


Or do whatever. Go to puerto viejo or zill fruit nursery etc.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 5 best true dwarf mango trees/fruit
« on: December 24, 2016, 11:53:02 PM »
Rob, Is dwarfism only caused by root stocks? How do bananas get dwarfed?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangoes, bananas, pineapples growth photos
« on: December 24, 2016, 11:29:02 PM »
Here are some images of nam Wah bananas, harvest moon mango, the front yard, various places, pineapples, ice cream beans etc. any thoughts? Besides more mulch and weeding obviously lol!


















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia, red banana swale in contour photo
« on: December 24, 2016, 11:23:27 PM »
We would have to clean the grass rows a lot from fallen sticks and deal with importing and high luxury taxes getting it to Ecuador. Not impossible but not worth it I think. A super sharp machete or a gas powered weed whacker do pretty good jobs.

The original poster Durianisadrug needs to relay this video of a small scale sickle bar mower to the person in Ecuador. If the land is smooth enough, it should work to speed up the grass cutting. It is definitely getting into my thoughts now though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBEs_KHAs-g

This guy in Cali sells many small scale ag implements and can probably help identify whatever you need:
http://www.ferrari-tractors.com/default.htm

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia, red banana swale in contour photo
« on: December 09, 2016, 01:32:49 PM »
The plants look good but that grass looks terrible.  I have done some consulting in CR at projects that have grass like that and I am always trying to get rid of it.  Eventually it should get shaded out but it can be hard to get there.  What I encourage is thick mulching out just passed the drip line and then a meter of black plastic ground cover to kill the grass in the area where you expect the tree roots to start penetrating.
Peter

Yeah the grass is really difficult, we ave gotten into a routine of waiting until right before it goes to seed and then cutting it and piling it up as mulch I'll post a photo. Right behind the grass is another row of Marang uphill and plantains downhill. I have also used black plastic but it only last 2-4 runs of dead grass before it deteriorates. I prefer using used zinc roofing as they hold their shape and are easy to move around while lasting longer.

In less amounts we mulch like this maybe five times a year and heavily we mulch about twice a year. We are trying to maintain a large area and continue planting more of the pasture. About 10 hectares is planted and 30 of pasture to go. I appreciate the advice. This is an African grass brought here to Ecuador for cows.. deforestation nightmare, even some strong canopy farms around that have been trying to get rid of it have still got it growing but more thinly. Along this line in the original photo we machetes to the soil, then dig up a small ditch and then removed the majority of the grass roots along the chopped area you see. I know one mistake we made was planting on the swale instead of below it so the roots are a bit trapped but ideally the large amount of mulch makes the ditch into a terrace eventually.

Also we keep planting inga in the grass and on the edge, some places it is getting going but lots of it gets machetes accidentally when clearing the grass or choked out by the grass, our intention though is to make a system of contour lines and alley cropping with inga.



Another area in front of one of the houses we call the cabin, at the farm. I assume you can't identify most the plants and enjoy the view..
Looks like Yautia (Xanthosoma) & perennial peanut.

Sorry I made a typo from can to can't... I'll modify the reply.. lol

 




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia, red banana swale in contour photo
« on: December 09, 2016, 09:55:01 AM »



Another area in front of one of the houses we call the cabin, at the farm. I assume you can't identify most the plants and enjoy the view..

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia, red banana swale in contour photo
« on: December 09, 2016, 09:49:44 AM »



These are some Rollinia and red bananas about 8 months in the ground. Rollinia were in small pots prior.
This is in southern Ecuador elev. 800 meters. Annual rain 2meters. Clearing and mulching 3-6 times a year.
Anxious to see fruiting and flowering soon as the rain season is about to begin.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Borneo Red jackfruit
« on: October 07, 2016, 11:33:46 AM »
That's fairly close to the house.  Guess you plan on pruning it regularly?

Don't they say in India that when a man plants a jackfruit within 15 meters of the house he is suicidal! ,aye it is time for an intervention?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best plantain ever? filipita?
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:04:34 AM »
Super sweet and a hint of yellow but nothong close to a regular plantain yellow. Sounds similar to a fei. I call it a plantain because the seeds and tough N somewhat crusty dry skin but it peels easy and is soft before fully ripe. When full ripe or blackened skinned its incredibly sweet and aoft with a fruity flavor.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit haul,hawaii Cheena and more
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:24:52 AM »
Looks tasty. Those plantains look similar to mine im looking to identify.. The four red ones are pop uli or fei?

I hope u didnt eat all those mangoes in one day. Thats a lot of sugar there.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / best plantain ever? filipita?
« on: June 12, 2014, 11:57:17 PM »
Its the best banana or plantain ive ever had its a plantain red orange n some yellow on skin blacker when ripe. Whitish insides. Tiny edible seeds. Fluffy moist delicously flavored Nd very sweet fruit..



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I ate an unidentified vining fruit.
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:37:25 PM »
The locals seemed to think it was fine to eat. The flavor was very gentle I kmagine it would have felt fine on the sensitive tissues, but your right I should have been more cautious!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / I ate an unidentified vining fruit.
« on: May 17, 2014, 05:53:07 PM »
Good afternoon everybody,  I am starting a new thread because I have eaten a fruit I cannot identify.  I know I dont have much for anyone to go on but here is what I got.

there is a single large seed covered in 2cm more or less of orange flesh the flavor was bland and milky as best as I cam descrobe it. It was growing on a vine, the vine was dead when I found it so no idea what the leaves look like. Heres the video I made of it. I am still alive roughly 6 hours later so im going to go ahead and say it wasnt poisonous.

Many thanks!

Oh and first person to identify it gets plus 1 post on their post counter.

Video,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CHBuwkMdjE




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 17, 2014, 05:29:38 PM »
Thanks mike t, can you think of any specific varieties for me to look into obtaining?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:22:35 PM »
Was it india where they would yell at and hit their jackfruit trees when they werent fruiting? Sounds like slme of those hawaiian durians need a spanking and lecture. Is it possible to set up a feasable amount of large speakers and give a plant a low db stress.. I read somewhere certain levels increase growth speed and possibly more..

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:26:07 PM »
This year in ecuador at a much lower elevation had we a very weak harvest. I think it was from too much rain.. kona sure isnt durian haven though hilo is much more so imo.. papaya farms road etc

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 13, 2014, 10:27:06 PM »
He said he went to borneo and brang back seeds, I think it would be healthier if he added mulch but also I suspect the heavy clay soil isn't perfect for the durian. Idk if adding gypsium or sulfer etc , ight help.. soil testing prior to drugging the ground though. I think adding lots of legume mulch could be all it needs but idk.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:30:34 PM »
Got a sweet surprise today while land hunting, I met a local ecuadorian who has durians, this is his oldest one, and he didnt even know it was a durian lol, the others are under a year old. Thisone i am guessing is 3 years old about.. therewere somedeadleaves atthe base but itlooks happy enough for me to be happy to see it! Today was a good day, he had fruiting jackfruit trees, jaboticaba and a good amount of other fruits, mainly orchids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfwTAOsgOKs

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:33:54 PM »
I still question the accuracy of google earth but yeah clearly the cost is a lot for a little to no more accuracy..

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I dream of doing it on a massive scale all ending at my kitchen lol. No need to hunt for the fruit, just let it come to me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:37:34 PM »
Thanks, I am looking at the suunto core because its accurate and waterproof. I definitely want to be safely situated as far as altitude and tempurature to not waste my time and energy.  From what I see it gets as low as 600 meters in this valley but not much area, maybe 5 square km. I can go check it out easily enough!

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In Uganda they believe that when the root of a jackfruit touches the house, the owner will die.
Hahaha awesome to know.
Better than most ways to die.
I will add some jackfruit roots to my next house construction!
I'd through up a net when fruits grow and plant it right beside the house.. put the net nice n high so theydont catch a llot of speed. Slant it to another net where u collect the fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:47:18 PM »
Tried to squeeze it all in here. Some areas have more sand but not many.



The tablet version ofgoogle earth is retartedd to not have the altitude,  lhotos and other fjnctikns unfortunately...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 12, 2014, 06:26:47 PM »
By saying the coconuts barely do well I mean its very close to areas that only produce small ugly ones or none at all, as little as 2km up the hill sides or 1 to 2 hours south in the lowest part of the valleys. Im looking at places almost as low as possible, along the river or near it. Trying to find something with a flat area slight grade and steep on the other side to capture 2 climates if possible. With a clean small stream or two. Most the terrain is clay. Let me make a second post after my pina and banana dinner with soil n stuff pics.

I could go for more sand, loamy soil but I only see that right along larger streams or rivers mostly. I think temps will be fine as long as I stay low, 800 or less in altitude. I would love to buy a wristwatch with altitude but I question their accuracy, need to read up on it more, brands etc, any suggestions would be apprexiated. High clay content leads mw to thinking more slopes is good and possibly using earth moving machines to manipulate flat land if I need to.

and thank you all for your responses,  learned a bit and reminded of a lot!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How will Durian do in my climate?
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:21:55 PM »
Im thinking of having various plants some closer to a stream others up higher. Excessive mulch on some, some on a small hill and maybe build a pond for tempurature retention near others.. some of my theories as of now.. idk if sun traps will work being relatively on the equator.. maybe just using dirt mounds.. I will try everything I can though and call it science haha.

 Im not sure about the long term low temps but I think its safe being around 800 meters and about 4 degrees from the equator... it seems pretty steady for temps here but asfar as long term records I cannot find anything. Coconuts barely grow well here so I think thats a decent sign that it stays warm, while 10 to 20km away and 100meters up they dont produce coconuts at all because its slightly cooler they have nice ones here. Almost zero bugs that bite here and plenty of flat areas, really some of the best ive found in ecuador..  3 to 5k a hectare on the reasonable priced land.. less for steep bs and more for greedy roadside bs.

Im not too worried about slow growth if it doesnt delay fruiting, short heavy bearing trees would be nice for me. Hoping to get 2 fruitings a year also.. we'll see how it goes!

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