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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: toxicity cherimoya seeds?
« on: May 15, 2022, 02:25:47 PM »
Oh, that's a relief, thank you all :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / toxicity cherimoya seeds?
« on: May 15, 2022, 01:00:48 PM »
I know cherimoya seeds aren't supposed to be consumed. I accidentally just swallowed a small one (this particular fruit had so many seeds in it).  Should I call poison control, induce vomiting, or think one is okay?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 12, 2022, 11:23:59 AM »
Oh.. I went back to watch a video of the KSL farm and see the red leaves now.  I guess I remembered them wrong.  Holy cow those plants got huge out there!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 11, 2022, 10:31:32 PM »
Im ditching the cheese pines and only growing the puan and white sugarloafs now.  The cheese has issues in our weather and the fruits tend to snap off when ripe so be sure to stake it.  The sugarloaf and pauns are winners though.
Okay, good to know.  I'm curious why the KSL remain green in hawaii and not here?  Wouldn't the tropical sun there be more intense?

Hopefully at least one will fruit next year :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:18:08 PM »
Ah okay, I'll leave them alone then, my shady places are pretty much just shade.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 10, 2022, 11:20:09 AM »
Are mine looking all right?  All six kauai sugarloaf plants are very red - I read this is either a nutrient deficiency, or intense sun.  I think it's the latter, as they are on my balcony patio right next to window "railing", south-east facing.  Cheese pine also looks odd.. leaves are yellow-brown, not green, and the puan is a mix of the two?  Nights have been cold here in south orange county, 1 mile from ocean.

I try to give 1/2tsp per gallon water dynagro foliage pro once a month, and sometimes if I remember, fish emulsion with a tiny amount of iron between the dynagro.  Too much?  Too little?  All are about a year old.  My grocery store ones are green, look similar size.

Oh no what have I done.  ;D

Best compromise would be mango and pepperoni pizza.




PM sent just fyi.

This is an unknown variety growing at parental units' yard.  Likely bird-dropped seed 7-10 years ago, unknown variety.  Gardener chopped all lower branches off to shape it into a "tree" a few years ago before it began setting fruit, requires ladder to access :(  Branches are pulled down for easier pictures.  Fruit is sweet, tart, quite tasty.  It might be fun to graft known varieties to this, but my only experience is so far is with two apple trees.  Maybe someday I'll try to graft something to the lower trunk, although I noticed a sucker growing, it is now 2ft tall, maybe I can graft to that?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: brown spots on blackberry jam fruit cutting
« on: November 24, 2021, 11:33:11 AM »
Thanks, I'll give it a go :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: brown spots on blackberry jam fruit cutting
« on: November 22, 2021, 11:25:33 AM »
Shilohtech, when that area had sun, water was every 2-3 days, now that it's shady maybe 7-10 days.  I check the soil, keeping moist and not drying out.  Soil mixture is 3-1-1 (bark, peat, perlite) with about a tablespoon of a mild organic fertilizer (down to earth 4-4-4) since it's in approx 1 gallon grow bag.

I think for a period it may be been too wet, maybe that caused this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: brown spots on blackberry jam fruit cutting
« on: November 21, 2021, 05:01:32 PM »
This plant appears to be a relative of gardenias, and looking up gardenia issues, it could be.. well.. a lot of thing *facepalm*  Any ideas, or nothing to worry about?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / brown spots on blackberry jam fruit cutting
« on: November 19, 2021, 04:32:48 PM »

I received a blackberry jam fruit rooted cutting earlier this year.  Took a while, but it finally had some new growth sept-oct, and today I noticed brown/orange spots on the leaves.  Is this something to be concerned about or is it fine?

At the moment, it's in an area which gets only morning sun (overcast or fogged) for 3-4 hours, then rest of the day bright shade.

Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pinkglow pinapple
« on: November 15, 2021, 11:00:09 AM »
Wow.. 2 for $4?!
I thought I was lucky paying "only" $26 from the grocery store, instead of $50 shipped  :o

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: which buds on apple graft to remove?
« on: November 14, 2021, 06:18:26 PM »
That makes sense, thank you.  I wouldn't add a graft to the rootstock then, just below the existing graft?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: which buds on apple graft to remove?
« on: November 12, 2021, 05:50:26 PM »
Here's what the two apple treelings look like after summer of a little growth - they grew a little crooked haha.  If I wanted to make these multi-grafted, where would you all recommend I do so?  Original grafts are basic cleft, hopefully easy to see in the pictures, if not, I can add marks where they occred.  I don't know if I have skills to do anything else.

These are m27 dwarf rootstock.  I know it's not the most ideal rootstock, but, I wanted to try something small for containers :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 100 gallon pot options?
« on: November 11, 2021, 05:56:58 PM »
You could potentially grow some sort of vine onto the tote, or put some shade-loving plants around it, beneath the canopy of the tree.  Just means more plants, but hey, why not  :o

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pinkglow pinapple
« on: November 08, 2021, 07:37:44 PM »
If you are in southern california, sometimes the fancy Gelson's grocery store has them (or, they can order the pineapples for you), and you don't have to pay the shipping.  Unfortunately, they do refrigerate these, at least at Gelson's.
I did purchase one to taste, and it wasn't anything special.  Just a grocery store pineapple, but with pink flesh (looked a lot like ham though).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: November 05, 2021, 12:26:00 PM »
White sugarloafs seem to do well here but Im growing in a poly hoop house during winter.  The temps get into the 35-40s during winter.  We get 300hrs of 45F or lower.  The pineapple plants dont really get damaged from cold at those temperatures if they are kept dry and out of the wind it seems.  As long as they are under the plastic hoop house and it doesnt freeze they stay looking pristine.
I'm north and right on the coast from you.  My kaui sugarloafs (both the tops I got from a fruit order last winter, and also slips purchased from you earlier this year) are growing fastest on my balcony patio, although the leaves are purple I think from the sun and the glass railing -- it's normal from what I've read.  The Puan and cheese pine finally put out new growth, but seem to be slower growing.  I don't have luxury of a hoop or greenhouse, so we'll see how they do this winter outside.  The only other experience I have are twisties from costco and whole farts started in 2019.  Most of their leaves browned, likely from the cold last winter we had but eventually all had new growth.  Based on my short experience, it seems pineapples on my balcony only show growth aug-oct, and rest of the year they are very slow, therefore I suspect mine will simply take 3-4 years to fruit instead of the ~1.5-2.   Hopefully I'm wrong and they pickup in the spring :)

Fortunately I don't have ants in the plants yet, however, I do have lots of spiders taking up home and though it looks ugly I think that's okay.  Meanwhile, the ants have been a battle invading my home :(

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cantaloupe results?
« on: November 03, 2021, 06:02:14 AM »
What does "SWC" cantaloupe stand for ?
What does "SWC" cantaloupe stand for ?
SeaWalnut Cantaloupe. Seawalnut used to be an active forum member.
Hi there, that's a funny coincidence, however, in this case, "SWC" stands for Self Watering Container, and not the former forum member.  Double bucket self watering system takes too long to type out, I thought SWC was a recognized acronym, sorry about that  :P

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cantaloupe results?
« on: October 25, 2021, 11:58:00 AM »
Unfortunately the third plant with the deisred un-netted fruit died shortly after I posted.  We left the fruit on the vine just to see if it would ripen.  It remained pretty much the same color, with a little flush, and this weekend rolled off the dead vine.  We cut it open.  It had mild cantaloupe flavor, but wasn't sweet.  Until next year!

Hopefully, others who tried growing this can chime in?  Did you all have any luck?
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Holy Sh*t! How NOT to Trim a Mango Tree
« on: October 12, 2021, 04:12:53 PM »
My parents' gardener did this to all their mulberry and fruit trees last year, they can't reach any fruit now, it's all for the crows  :( ::)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Saramuyo seeds for sale
« on: September 29, 2021, 06:20:40 PM »
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