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Anyone recognize this species ?? The flowers are are grouped in the base of the leaves. Its growing now as a bush since it has been cut down in the past, so the true nature of it may be a little more tree like. 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Almond bark desease ?
« on: June 13, 2022, 02:33:08 PM »

This has been going on for a few months, right under the bark there are liguid "baloons" forming, full with resin, when i burst them underneath the whole bark layer is dead. I made some severe cuts and removed most of the infected parts and sprayed with fungicide, but its persisting at the same places and i think is slightly expanding.
What could this be and how to treat it ?
Ive had a similar thing, prolly the same desease happen to my cherry a year ago, whatever it is, it seems to be targetting stonefruit species...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Myrtus communis fruit taste reviews?
« on: June 13, 2022, 12:35:38 PM »
Found this species available and i'm wondering if i should buy one plant. That will depend on the reviels of the fruit though, is it ok for fresh consumption, or is it just used as a spice ?
Taste ??
Thanks !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ants on lemon flowers
« on: June 13, 2022, 02:44:03 AM »
 I planted one of my lemons in my greenhouse two days ago. Today i saw that there are ants on the open flowers, are they a risk for the lemon embrios ,or are they just atracted to the nectar. No aphids on the plant, they were only on the open flowers... i am worried for them to not get mad or smt and start to nibble at the lemon's tiny fruit set.

So i want to try this and i'm still at the right time of the year to do it. My cherymoyas are growing mad and one of them has some flower buds growing atm also.
Found some relic treads on this in here ,but one thing i wonder is.....  after i trim a little the new growth , can i strip the lowest several leaves and not the top ones? I want to do this as a size measure, to have the new branches at the lowest possible point of the stems, but still have a top part with some leaves so i do not set back my plants as much ,by removing all of their leaves. Now i will pass the very first verry small leaves that all of the new growth has ,directly at the base.
Will the remaining leaves at the top section prevent the exposed lowet buds to grow properly ??
Also, do i need to do this in waves, i mean to do several branches today, some more two days later etc etc, becouse ive found that when flowers show up at the same time, they also bloom at the same time, making it hard to have both gender stage flowers pressent at a given time....??
Thanks for helping me !!!  ;) :D

This time of the year we tend to have too much rain, when it comes to potted plants. My persimmons and lemons are eather having some kind of protection directly over the pot , or just drought under the roof of the yard's chill out place.

Anyone doing this to prevent the plants from getting boggy ? Soil type will also be a magor factor and my soil in those pots is not quite as fast draining or just holds a little too much moisture.
I'm starting to use sand in my potting mix, helps alot with drainage....

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Amelanchier not doing well ....
« on: June 07, 2022, 03:06:44 AM »
I have two amelanchier plants, planted together, they are small still so no compettition whatsoever. Both of them have yellowing leaves with green vains , most of the leaves are so yellow that they almost get white, at whitch point they dry out and shed. They are planted in a full sun situ, in a clay soil with some pine bark mulch added on top, 3 year in ground and by the looks of the plants, it may be their last, they are just soo weak and unhealthy looking, will add pics later...
How do u people keep those things healthy ? Please share and thanks !! 🥲😀

My 5+ year old seedling carambolla deffoliated slowly over the course of several months. The leaves are still falling, there seem to be some growth tips starting to wake, but they just look that way, no growth happenning atm.
All of the branches are green, whats goin on?
The plant is inground in a greenhouse, planted last spring.....

Just sprayed my lemons and a mandarin, which are blooming right now, hope i didnt made a mistake. Does foliar feed do any damage to flowers and flower buds if its in the apropriate dose??
My guavas are also flowering and i sprayed them also....
Will they be ok ??

Also when i spray fertilize4 in my gh is it ok to close it to keep the humidity in trought night ,the plants will be wet all night so they can absorb the fert better??

Second year in the ground in my gh, its a total beast, hands down my fastest growing plant ever!
Ive been seeing flower bud " embryos" since last summer but they never get past this stage. The ones i see are so small that they are at the brink of existence.... does the plant have some size measures that need to be met in order to flower, or is it missing something in its diet?
The plants/ 2 of them, look very healthy ,dark green leaves with no visable deficiencies. 
I am wondering if i should discard them and plant something else there, a red pomello and a surinam cherry are looking for a spot in the gh . 
On a side note, it is a verry decorative species to grow, verry tropical looking.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Lonicera Camtschatica taste reviels
« on: June 01, 2022, 02:17:39 AM »
I have 3 young bushes that gave their first notable crop this year, i thought they were going to be sweet ,but they are mostly sourish. Now i did find out that the most dark and soft fruits were quite good actually, nice flavour, but still mildly sweet at best. However ,i find them addicting , not as much as blueberries though.
So my question is am i picking them too early? Will the plants ,as they age , improve in quality/ sweetness?

Citrus General Discussion / Did i overfed my lemons ?
« on: June 01, 2022, 01:49:06 AM »
The two plants had alot of flower buds, two days after the first feed the buds that were the closest to blooming started falling, on both of them. Now various sizes of flower buds are continuing to fall, i recon that about 50% have fallen.
One mandarin thats full of buds and is about to flower theese days, does not have this problem.
The leaves do not show any fert burn signs, a friend also has a lemon and shte also said that after fertilizing her buds also started to shed......

What could this be ?? Its on the new growth only so in teory it should be a mobile element thats missing ,right ?
Stranje thing is that right next to the strawberry guava i have a lemon guava which doesnt have this problem at all.
Any clues ? And thanks !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tomatoes reseeding in zone 6-7
« on: May 27, 2022, 02:41:42 AM »
Anyone ever encountered this. The other day i pulled out like 50 small seedlings of a black cherry tomato type ,that aparently overwintered in the soil from last years fallen spent tomatoes, there were many that fell and rotted on the ground.
The soil for most of the time had a somewhat thick layer of snow on top, yet i'm sure it froze at least one time to around 10 cm ar more.
No other tomato cultivars or scraps were grown or trown there ,so the seedlings are sure to be the black ckerry tomato offspring.
I have alot more to pull out this week ,they are really sprouting everywhere around, a total suprise for me....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eucaliptus gunnii hardiness and uses
« on: May 27, 2022, 01:38:08 AM »
Hi, thw web says this is hardy to minus 14- 18 C. True? Anyone tested the plant in cold climates ?
As a second question, how do you use the plant , teas , other food related uses ??
Thanks !!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First cherimoya flowers, what to do..
« on: May 23, 2022, 01:28:44 PM »
Hi , the first of 3 flowers opened today as a female, the two other ones i think have a few days to go before they bloom, so i dont really think its worth it to collect the pollen from this one. I shut it tight with a rubber band, to keep it humid and prolly a better chance this way to self pollinate , i think ive red somewhere that keeping the flower shut helps with self pollination, dunno.. 

I just saw my other cherimoya plant ,which has some branching on the new growth and a t a closer inspection i saw flower buds on the small branchlets. Almost all of them have tiny round flower buds, is this a weard behaviour?

Heres a double leaf from the second plant

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chicken egg sized mango
« on: May 17, 2022, 05:20:57 AM »
What is this, anyone fammiliar with the species or the variety of this tiny mango fruit ??
The seeds appear to be poliembrionic i think....

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Akebia quinata flower morphology
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:53:00 AM »
My vine just flowered a week or so ago, and one interesting observation i carried.....most of the flowers like 99% were small in size, but there were also two that were way bigger that the rest. The two big ones were like a steroid laden version of the rest ,and had somewhat of a star shaped ovule i quess at the center.
So are the big ones the female flowers?
The smaller i would assume were the male ones, and they had pollen carrying organs, but without any pollen that i could see...
Wanted to artifficially pollinate the bigger ,supposedly female flowers ,but there was no pollen....
Will they set without pollination ?

Well just checked in the web and yes, the bigger ones are the female flowers...also read that the plant needs cross pollination ,so i wont get fruit this year, hopefully my other plant will get big this year and flower next, so they can pollinate each other....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A watermellon question.....
« on: May 13, 2022, 02:37:26 AM »
I want to try my hand again at watermellon, they are generally hard to grow here out of a greenhouse, problems like too much moisure and desease becouse of it are guaranteed. So i was thinking of making some planting pockets with regular white or black nylon bags, the ones that are maid of weaved strings. I have planted plants in the past in this and it has provided good drainage and also air. I will cut the bottoms of the bags and place them on open ground so they can root down readily, when they are ready to. The place i want to plant them is wetter then needed most of the rime ,so thats why i want to make them like raised beds from those cheap nylon bags.
I will also cover the whole bags with somethink when there is too much rain , so they do not get saturated.
The "pots " will not be moved ,so logistics is not an issue!
What soil are u using when growing watermellons, like not brands becouse i will have difficulty finding those, rather texture and general ingredients that u add etc ..?
What do u think , and thanks ?!

Sorry for the off topic! I am searching for the name of the desease/ fungus for several hours now . I just found it on some of the stems of my weaved willows, it seems to apear at places which are little scratches or cracks in the bark, dunno it the cracks are a symptom or the way the fungus got in.... i have some severe cuts on some of the stemms ,and those big wounds do not have this. The visible orange part is dust-like in texture.
I desected one of the ill spots and the fungus is only present just near the crack or wound and the bark tissue is sorta orange colour which means i think it is infected and not just a surface thing.
I will spray all of the plants with a fungicide later today ,and i wonder if i should like cut the damaged parts and spray then or just spray??
If anyone knows what this is ,please share and thank you !

As a side note i think it would be helpfull to have a place on this forum to comment and post about decoratives and other non fruit related plants, if thats possible, like a generall ornamental plant forum ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Time for air layering ??
« on: May 05, 2022, 02:27:56 AM »
Hello , my tropicals in the greenhouse have started growing at a steady rate, so was thinking of setting some air layers early to have them root nicely by the end of summer. Planning to airlayer catleyanum guava, regular guava and avocado. Any tips ??

Found this for sale, red its a sour type fruit. Is it worth growing this, how is it tastewise ??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Heat mat experiences
« on: April 16, 2022, 05:30:11 PM »
I bought a heat mat theese days ,to help germinate some cacao seeds. Its just the usual type one, cheap and with no controller. I tried it for one hour and at room temp it got quite warm, at the surface close to 40C. Funny enough ,i find myself scared and cautious of using it since i have read at places people had bad experiences with them.

Anyone had a modern horror story with a heat mat ??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting roots to aid with air layering
« on: April 13, 2022, 02:11:13 AM »
So this is complicated, but for plants that are known to root via airlayering, but are slow or hard to do so like my carambolla, i was thinking of trying to graft a few roots on the stem and leave the joining part away from humidity and water. Anyone tried this?  I'd like to hear some feedback on this ' thanks !!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Cherry scionwood question
« on: March 28, 2022, 10:09:06 AM »
Hi, i took some decorative japaneese cherry scions and most of the stems have flower buds. I have some growth buds that i can use but was wondering if i can also use the ones with flower buds. Are there any miniature growth buds hidden in the flower buds that can wake up after the flowers finish,or i was thinking of removing the individual flowers after they gain some size but before they flower, to promote any such growth buds to wake ??
Thanks !!

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