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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: September 23, 2021, 01:17:15 PM »
Theres a few nice sized sweet tart seedling fruits here that are getting close Simon.  They are green but look like the color is starting to go yellow.

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This is very late for peaches.  I dont think thry need pruning now, that will lower the sun energy thry sre getting. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Mango trees in Southern California
« on: September 22, 2021, 12:30:38 PM »
Its ok to grow mono seeds as well

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: LaVerne pink guava
« on: September 21, 2021, 01:14:43 AM »
I got one of those years ago.  The guavas were white inside.  LaVerne has all kinds of mislabeled stuff.  Thats was one of many let downs from them. 

Their avocado trees have all been correct though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya fruit stopped growing?
« on: September 14, 2021, 02:38:44 PM »
they dont stop growing when the night temps are below 60.  its around 60 at night all summer here and 100 during the day. 

you just need to stop looking at it everyday.  theres no way you can say, i saw it grow yesterday but today it stopped!

find something else to stare at, it needs many more months to grow.

so I understand that it's only when the day temperatures are below 60 that the fruits stop growing ?

i dont know what that person was telling you but certainly not a nightime temp of 59 is going to stop your fruit from growing.   Dont fixate on details.  Sometimes you just need to try doing things for yourself and see how it works out. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya fruit stopped growing?
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:26:44 AM »
they dont stop growing when the night temps are below 60.  its around 60 at night all summer here and 100 during the day. 

you just need to stop looking at it everyday.  theres no way you can say, i saw it grow yesterday but today it stopped!

find something else to stare at, it needs many more months to grow. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Illama germination
« on: September 13, 2021, 01:50:02 PM »
I havent sprouted that many of these seeds but the ones I did all sprouted after sitting dry for over a year.  Then I put them in small pots of dirt and within 2 weeks thry all sprouted, every single one.  Cherimoyas Ive done hundreds of and they pretty much give 100% germination also after sitting dry for a year then planting.

Seems unnecssary to me but whatever floats peoples boats. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chemical or Organic Growing and Fruit Taste
« on: September 10, 2021, 10:09:26 AM »
i will say that hydroponic tomatos dont taste as good as soil grown.  but soil grown with a little salt based fertilizer taste just as good as soil grown with organic amendment. 

generally speaking, I dont think it would be possible to tell the difference between 2 different soil grown fruits and veggies where one used organic and the other inorganic nutrients in addition to the ground they sre planted in. 

sometimes I do full organic, other times Ill use salts.  it all tastes way better than the stuff they are pushing at the stores.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Looking for grow lights that last
« on: September 09, 2021, 07:11:25 PM »
A meanwell brand current driver and any cobs or other led array are going to last a really long time. 

Ceramic metal hylide CMH 315W lights look nice too. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID - Cherimoya variety
« on: September 08, 2021, 02:22:25 AM »
Kaz, the only one i have that looks similar is fino de jete.  But who knows for certain it could be anything. 

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I am very sorry for all the confiscated seeds. In my opinion if you order only a few seeds, then cutoms will no notice it or bother about, but if the amount of seeds is bigger, then the risk of loosing it increases...

the quantity doesnt matter really.  i only ordered 12 seeds.  im sure they were clean and dry and posed 0 threat to this country.  Its ok if 100,000 people walk accross our southern borders unchecked each month though.  As long as we keep out their fruit seeds!

In my perfect world, public servants in customs would contact the recipient and make sure the seeds pose no threat and then decide if they look clean and safe instead of just tossing them and threatening us with legal action.  Of course that would make too much sense!!!

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"Beads" not seeds sounds like the way to go.

Sux losing seeds/plants/scions/whatever in shipping. Has happened to me a few times now. Lost considerable amounts of $ too.

Lost an AeAe nanner plant due to whacko usps issues last year, along with a few others.

Had seeds confiscated from out of country, complete with legal threats as others have reported.

Imaging cellmate 1 asking cellmate 2, "Whatchu in for?"

Cellmate 2, "Semillas man."

Cellmate 1, "You too?"

at least he didnt write "sin semillas"

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Ilama takes a long time to germinate, and many use gba to stimulate and facilitate the process.

If Brad has a natural way (9 month dry wait), would certainly listen and give it a try.

Just enough time to have a baby in the mean time.

they sprount right away if you leave them dry to age.  i think it has to do with their natural dry season length and embryo development.  i posted something about it a few months ago.  search for llama germination.  using chemicals is totally unnecessary.  I sprouted some after 2 years dry and all speouted within 1-2 weeks. 


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Yes its true, you can search about germinating llama seeds.  If you try it now without luck, you will remember this conversation and try again in 9 months with better luck. 

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Thankfully, mine just arrived in the mail just as ordered. First time ordering anything out of country. How often would you guys say U.S. customs find and destroy seeds? I probably would have bought more but wanted to play it safe.

Thank You Raul, time to go see if my noob-self can get these guys to germinate.

last time they made it from raul.

you should let your seeds dry and sit for 9 months before trying to germinate.  i know others will say thats not the case, but trust me at least save some and do that.

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By the way when BP and customs agriculture department confiscates this stuff, they send you the package without the seeds with a letter in it listing the laws you broke and saying "possible fines and jail time blah blah blah". 

You got to put something besides Semillas on the description or they take it.  Rosary beads would be better. 

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Big brother stole my seeds.  I hate the government.  Nothing but over reach in everything they do. 

Raul, next time label it as religous beads.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pineapple Combo Pack
« on: September 03, 2021, 01:12:39 PM »
6 x SAWIT malaysian
2 X Giant Paun malaysian
1 X Red Josapine malaysian
2 x tropical gold
1 x maui sweet

100$ total for all pieces including shipping.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry guava not looking good.
« on: September 02, 2021, 11:07:55 PM »
The plant isnt established enough and is fruiting itself to death.  The sun isnt helping either. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: californian cherimoya
« on: September 01, 2021, 03:21:29 PM »
They start bearing fruit around december here.  And go into january and maybe february or longer for people that live further north of san diego. 

I dont think 33F will damage the fruit but I dont know for sure.  It does get into the mid 30s here.  The fruit that stay on the tree longer into winter dont look as good as the first ones that are ready in November and december.  It stays pretty warm here until around January.

thank you for your answer. perhaps it's because in spain the weather is less hot in winter than yours that they can keep fruits from september to march on trees. or perhaps they induce a second flowering by removing leafs.

Yes, both of those.  I can get a later crop also by flowering in August and September.  But the fruit that hang through winter are not as good and sweet than ones finished by january. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show off your greenhouses
« on: September 01, 2021, 02:10:19 AM »
Nice greenhouses everyone.
Heres mine, it's like a jungle in there haha
















Beauty!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show off your greenhouses
« on: September 01, 2021, 02:08:57 AM »
Nice greenhouses everyone!
Here are some pictures of mine (built last year):






Currently in ground I have mangoes, jackfruit, abiu, guava, jaboticaba, white sapote, garcinia brasiliensis, lychee, rollina, sugar apple, and pitanga. Most of these have been in ground for a little over a year.
I hope one day to upgrade the sides of the greenhouse to polycarbonate walls as they have a cleaner look. Also am still looking for ways to make the greenhouse more efficient at retaining heat.
The dimensions are 20x28 with a 12ft peak.

Very nice

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: californian cherimoya
« on: August 31, 2021, 04:15:14 PM »
They start bearing fruit around december here.  And go into january and maybe february or longer for people that live further north of san diego. 

I dont think 33F will damage the fruit but I dont know for sure.  It does get into the mid 30s here.  The fruit that stay on the tree longer into winter dont look as good as the first ones that are ready in November and december.  It stays pretty warm here until around January. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: californian cherimoya
« on: August 31, 2021, 10:55:31 AM »
Just sprout some seeds and try it, they are easy tomgrow if the weather conditions are correct.  No one knows if you will be successful, you will need to just try.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show off your greenhouses
« on: August 30, 2021, 05:49:28 PM »
nice greenhouse!

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