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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus lanceifolius
« on: June 21, 2024, 09:09:17 PM »
I have had pretty good luck with artocarpus so far.  Feeling lucky this time

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus lanceifolius
« on: June 21, 2024, 10:43:44 AM »
I have at least four seedlings sprouted from the seeds I just got from palologrower.  I am going to put one in the ground in my greenhouse and keep the others in containers as backups for a while.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava infestation
« on: June 21, 2024, 10:41:32 AM »
I blast aphids off with simple water, but I agree they seem to be transient and disappear a few weeks.

Yup, I have definitely frightened my share of seemingly healthy seeds into oblivion.  Luckily time is on my side so I can keep trying.

I don't think it makes a meaningful difference.  In hot sun the water most likely evaporates in minutes and with the surface tension the cooled area would be very small.

My keledang seeds are sprouting!  I have tried a few batches over the past year or two from various sellers but this is the first time I have gotten green sprouts.  Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strange Syzygium at SFBG
« on: June 18, 2024, 01:25:18 PM »
This is from 'Australian Rainforest Fruits - a Field Guide" by Wendy Cooper.  Very pretty pictures, not much else though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strange Syzygium at SFBG
« on: June 18, 2024, 12:06:28 PM »
There are quite a few white syzygiums, I have a book that is sorted by color!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: True Green Cardamom
« on: June 11, 2024, 11:55:56 AM »
Are green cardamom seeds as sold whole pods in spice stores viable?  If so that would at least guarantee true cardamom

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 11, 2024, 11:40:20 AM »
Martinbrick, to help it fruit simply keep it alive and healthy for ~4yrs from seed.  I got my first flowers around then and the first fruits the following season.

They don't need much fertilizer because they are nitrogen fixing.  I lightly fertilize them every year or so. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 10, 2024, 06:29:13 PM »
They are easy, just keep them well watered as they are thirsty.  I doubt it would survive outdoors in zone7 but they grow well in containers.  My seedling fruited in a 20gal pot at about 7ft tall but it took a few years.  You would probably get mich faster results with an airlayer.

My seedling tree is getting too big for its 20gal pot so I started an airlayer to replace it.  I'm going to toss the parent when winter comes.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 09, 2024, 09:54:06 AM »
ScottGoldennug, your tree looks severely nitrogen deficient.  I would double or triple your fertilizer regimen.  How long ago did you apply it?

I am also interested in solar exhaust fans as an emergency backup in case I lose power from a summer thunderstorm and then have days of sunny hot weather but no power. 

I know that AC induction motors require a large surge of power to get started, I'm not sure how solar would handle that.   I am not sure if this is true to the same extent with DC motors.  It is likely possible to aid this with capacitors, batteries, etc. but that adds more points of failure.

Because solar generates DC power without an inverter, I have thought about entirely replacing my AC greenhouse exhaust fans with DC ones powered by solar only.  The idea being that the only time exhaust power is needed is when the sun is out heating it up. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 07, 2024, 09:15:58 PM »
If those are old leaves I wouldn't worry.  Mine look like that when they get old and eventually fall off.  If those are new-ish leaves I am not sure what the problem could be.

In-ground my Flame grapefruit was my best producer but it got way too big too fast.

In container Kishu is, as far as sweet fruits go. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:45:54 PM »
What specifically do you think is the problem, here?  The slight mottled yellow discoloration pattern?

I am not a good evaluator of leaf deficiencies... if these are old leaves it is possible they are just old and ready to fall on their own.  If they are newer leaves it could be greening or something else, but I am not sure.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New lemon tree owner! Advice?
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:42:10 PM »

They look healthy to me, and all that new growth is very promising.   Be sure to fertilize them regularly.  Osmocote Plus pellets are a common recommendation, that is what I use myself. 

The curled leaves don't look bad.  Check the undersides of them to make sure no scale (sucking insects) are attacking them, which can cause leaf curl. 

I am in the same zone6 as you but I keep my citrus in a greenhouse in winter so I can't give much advice about indoor overwintering, but others are doing it successfully. 

Your tree can probably hold only a single lemon at this size.  If it sets too much fruit cut the excess of until it grows a bit more and it can hold a much bigger crop.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: About. Annona seed germination?!
« on: June 07, 2024, 12:31:49 PM »
Brad's suggestion of leaving ilama seeds to age a while before planting really worked for me.  6mo old seeds sitting in the closet that I just planted are 50% sprouted so far with more popping each day.  I didn't scarify or otherwise treat them.  Previously when I tried fresh seeds none germinated.

Is the fruit any good?  I started a ton of seedlings because the seeds were really cheap.  They got 100% germination... but since they've grown 6in+ they seem unhealthy and really prone to scale.  I ditched all but one and even that one I am starting to wonder if it is even worth growing out.

Thanks.  Surprisingly few squirrels here because many foxes around. 

Thanks, guys.  I am thinking I will plant two of the nicest looking sapling in full sun in my yard, and the rest of the saplings and sprouted seeds in the woods randomly.  We'll see which does best.

Lots of deer all around.  I understand they dislike paw-paw but I might cage the best ones anyway.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: marcotting vs rooting question
« on: June 03, 2024, 08:09:36 PM »
I think my inga airlayer is doing okay.  All the buds opened and new growth is looking great.  Most of the original leaves fell off, but it seems happy.  Those two big leaves are original and the rest are all new growth since separating from parent.


I can't comment on the true chemedak vs hybrid.  I grew a supposed Cheena seedling and it had no hairs.  I have what should be a true chempedak seedling growing but it has been really slow growing in my greenhouse.  Hoping it will pick up this year.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Eugenia pisiformis
« on: June 03, 2024, 06:15:46 PM »
I got one of the pisiformis seeds in January but it didn't sprout.  I guess it still could, sometimes eugenia seeds take a long time. 

I have some decent size burkaritanias from last year. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus lanceifolius
« on: June 03, 2024, 05:20:43 PM »
Can you sell us some live seedlings?   :)

I can't get the seeds to survive.  I got some great seeds from you that had already started germinating but I couldn't get them to grow further.  I think the seeds are really sensitive.

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