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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My garden today
« on: Today at 02:07:06 PM »
Gotta get me a pergola it seems

=)


Nice saps Arvind! Such a good and under appreciated fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:33:22 PM »
...but remember to "duck and cover" whenever the mulch fires come your way!

=)

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While this sounds like a good idea in theory, growth and conditions can vary considerably, even within the same orchard. My friend nearby has a Kesar tree, as do I. While there was overlap, we were largely harvesting at different times. He had mangoes a month later than our tree did.

I would only use Zill picking times as an indicator that they are picking a variety at that time. Might check a bit more closely for signs of ripeness on my own trees, based upon reports from others.

Gotta get to know all your varieties. Its not easy with all of them, but part of the fun. Almost got Sweet Tart figured out.

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I would not cut anything else until it starts to show good growth. It needs leaves to produce energy. Feed it and water it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 17, 2021, 10:21:40 AM »
Found some more info:

I have Hua Jiao Shu sichuan pepper and Zanthoxylum Simulans. Z. Simulans is the one pictured is bigger than the other. Think they are different species.

One of the sellers said they can fruit within 2 to 3 years. Received both of these 2 years ago, November.   

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 17, 2021, 10:13:52 AM »
Hey Slopat.

Yes, Sichuan pepper is numbing, and does not really have much heat to it, maybe a little. I eat a sichuan chili sauce that is really good. Would love to experiment with it more.

I have 2 varieties. Will have to look up their scientific names. The one pictured grew through the pot and into the ground. Going to cut the pot away and build up a mound around the root ball and leave it be.

I'm not sure about flowers and fruits. Yet to see any. This is not scientific, but looks to me like its going to do something soon.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 16, 2021, 04:41:32 PM »
Hey Brad. How's it going in the Oasis?

Sad to share that I lost one of the Biqi. Had repotted meticulously into a rootsaver pot, and when I went to pick it up, the bottom fell out. Carefully put it all back together, and everything seemed okay for a few weeks. Then it died. Not sure what else could've happened.

Here is one of the other Biqi, in a rootsaver pot.


And here is the Biqi planted in ground, couple of months now or so.



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Big shout out to Joe! Buy and trade with confidence. Thank you for helping me out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 16, 2021, 09:36:03 AM »
Some updated pics:

Annona Salzmanii


Sichuan Pepper


Lakoocha


Kwai Muk

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Hi. I can send Kari seeds in the near future. Medium and small sized fruit currently on tree.

Could also look at a few scions.

PM trade options.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 16, 2021, 08:45:32 AM »
Sad to report, lost Buttercrotch; fruit only.

Found this Oro Negro lying on the ground the other day. 1st fruit that has made it this far. Squirrels hammer the fruits when immature. Covered this one with an organza bag, and somehow they left it alone.

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Does this fruit look properly ripened?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID this solanum fruit???
« on: October 13, 2021, 01:19:36 PM »
Might it be this (Jiquiri)?:

https://queenoftheamazon.squarespace.com/plantsandseeds/owpmf7i2kvi1v9us4sygdw13zrcfo5

...if it's growing wild in FL, probably something else.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 12, 2021, 08:38:19 PM »
You inspired me to do some research Carolyn, so I did a trusty Google search.

Holy Cow! Seems mulch does spontaneously combust.

Wonder if anyone has tried this as a fire making tek on Naked and Afraid?

https://www.turfscapeohio.com/blog/prevent-common-mulch-fire

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 11, 2021, 05:28:27 PM »

Composting piles/rows of waste at the calpoly dairy!

It does look like a ww1 zone in books and movies.



https://cafes.calpoly.edu/cal-poly-compost

Wrong war, but...

"I love the smell of (smoldering mulch) in the morning"

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:47:39 PM »
Freaked me out first time I saw it.

Had just moved in, and chopped down most of the large trees surrounding the property to make room.

Yard went from looking like a jungle to looking like a war zone.

...smoldering piles of mulch and trimmings added to the effect.

It is not smoke. There is not much risk of fire. You would probably have a tough time igniting that pile without help.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: October 10, 2021, 12:29:38 PM »
I'm ready!

We can do it at my house. When can ya'll be here with the fruits?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rudy Haluza passed away
« on: October 08, 2021, 05:17:17 PM »
Sad to know of Rudy's passing.

Condolences to family and friends. It is hard saying goodbye and letting go.

Contributions to life and fruit community shall carry on.

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Interesting info Har, thanks!

I have 2 orange sherbets, on opposite ends of a fence line, with guava, coco cream, ndm4, and kesar in between, with m4, sweet tart, glenn, and sugar loaf nearby.

One OS was put in ground about a year ago, and is over 8 feet tall. The other was from a graft on the ndm4, that has become a nice little tree in its own right, but has not flowered yet.

Hitting both with boron.

Vegetative growth looks great, with no problems noted and good growth.

Will report on flowering, productivity, and hopefully fruit quality this coming season.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this pandan plant ??
« on: October 06, 2021, 12:40:03 PM »
Looks a lot like it.

If you can see in-person before buying, just break off a leaf, crush it some, and smell. Should emit a jasmine like subtle aroma. If not, then something else.

Otherwise, can she send you a leaf?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango: Lemon Zest tasted chalky?
« on: October 06, 2021, 08:28:49 AM »
Early picked LZ can be chalky, but I don't recall it being much of an issue like it can be with Sweet Tart.

Had a LZ over the summer that was perfect. The flesh around the seed even had some coconut flavor to it. Amazing. This mango has a few tricks up its sleeve. 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite South Florida Nursery
« on: October 03, 2021, 12:49:39 PM »
+ for Trees N More. Mike has some cool stuff that may not be available elsewhere. Healthy plants. Positive past experiences.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is wrong with my sugar apple leaves?
« on: October 03, 2021, 11:12:13 AM »
edit

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best moon or time to plant a mango tree
« on: October 03, 2021, 09:02:31 AM »
I always plant by the current moon phase.

Best time to plant a tree is now, or 10+ years ago.

Moon phases help mark time of month/year, and provide light to work at night when it's cooler. Doubt it makes a difference in FL with mangoes. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite South Florida Nursery
« on: October 03, 2021, 08:59:42 AM »
PIN is still a great nursery with a wide range of stock.

Al's Fruit Trees is another good one.

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I've had great germ rate from BL's lulo seeds.

Seedlings are small, but look kinda hairy.

Also have a larger plant from cutting, sourced from forum member. Hairy too. About 18 - 24 inches. No flowers yet.


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