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Hello everyone.  Here in Costa Rica - I am getting ready to begin collecting coconut palm flower sap for making coco sugar and need to find a good source of natural anti-ferment herb alternative for the sap jars while they are on the trees.  Typically either lime water, jackfruit wood shavings or mangosteen skins are put into the containers each time they are put on the tree to keep bugs away and prevent the sap from fermenting.  I am short on all of these 3 things, so was wondering if anyone knows of any other herbs that can be used to accomplish the same thing.  I was wondering if maybe Senna - Cassia alata leaves or wood could work since the juice it is a great anti-fungal, or maybe even Australian tea tree oil or leaves, or lemon eucalyptus leaves or bark (as I have all of these)???

Thanks, Professor    :)


I am planning on planting some Erythrina poeppigiana to help with Nitrogen fixing on my Cacao and use the tree as an upper shade permanent orchard tree and to help as a wind break.  My cacao are spaced at 3m and I have read to plant this tree at 12m spacing if you are not planning on cutting it back each year.  My questions is does anyone have experience with how wind tolerant this tree is, and what percentage of shade it produces?  Thanks  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Jackfruit to Breadnut rootstock?
« on: November 15, 2019, 06:29:31 PM »
Hello. I was wondering if anyone has experience with grafting a Jackfruit to a Breadnut rootstock.  I would assume its possible since they are of the same Family and Genus however I would like to know for sure if its been done before. 
Also if possible, which grafting technique has been shown to work the best?

Thanks much.

Hello Everyone,

I know this is a shot in the dark limiting this herb request to a single country, but does anyone have a Piper methysticum start/rhizome in Costa Rica that I could buy?  Or know where I could find it?

Thanks, Professor

Hello Everyone,  Just a simply question that I haven't been able to find online.  This is my first season I have decided to adjust my pH higher due to the acidic soil here and I have read it should be done in the dry season.  I'm in Costa Rica and my dry season this year will be 4 months of which I am half the way through.  So, I was wondering if anyone knows if its better if I put the calcium down now, 2 months prior to the rain or is it better to wait until a week or two prior to the rains of the rainy season starting?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cacao Ant Pest Problem in Costa Rica
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:28:49 PM »
Hello Everyone, this is my first post.  I have noticed the past 2 years that my Cacao and Guanabana trees in the more shaded areas of my farm are being infested with black ants.  As far as I can tell they nest at the base of the trees and or in other nearby larger trees, but the problem is that they make small nests at the top of my Cacao fruit (and the Guanabana also) and over several months will totally dry up the fruit and the trees will produce nothing.  The trees when they are not fruiting these ants will resort to chewing on the new leaves at the top of the tree slowing the growth.  I have lost whole sections of my farms production (several hundred trees) to these ants where the trees have produced nothing even when they may have been full of fruit a month or two earlier. 

I have read that doing the whitewash calcium carbonate based latex paint on the trunk may stop the ants from climbing due to then being unable to follow their pheromone trail, but wanted to check with the knowledgeable people on this forum if that is true or if any of you have experience with this type of ant and know of a successful natural way to get rid of these, as I am essentially doing organic here and don't want to harm my land or my family with pesticides.

Thank you much, professor

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