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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Moringa oleifera
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:48:57 AM »
Rodney, Where did you get your seeds?
Thanx, D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nitrogen Fixers
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:12:54 AM »
Hi Folks, I'm wondering if and what you employ in this capacity. I have a good example ( I think) of a nurse nitrogen fixer benefitting my figs. I have a row of figs that runs East/ West for about 100 feet. The two bushes on the Eastern end of the row have a mesquite between them and offset to the South a few feet. The Bush closest to the mesquite is about 10 feet tall and 14 feet in diameter. The next bush is about 8 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter. The next is proportionally smaller and all the rest small as well. They all get the same irrigation and feeding.
I initially thought it was the modicum of shade the mesquite affords the figs, and that may be a factor, but now I think it is primarily nitrogen. I have been collecting nitrogen fixers of various types for the last year or so and am planning to interplant them in my fruit rows.
What do you use? Any other examples like mine?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:54:58 AM »
Hi Folks, When I replied to the initial post all I was trying to do was bring some balance to a very skewed report, since I have seen these controls work. Let's let this topic die. Back to fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:30:26 AM »
We have gray wolves. They don't run in big packs. I know that in places wolves have displaced coyotes, but we have both. They are very hard on the rabbit and jackrabbit populations. Sometimes wiping them out for a time. The one I'm most concerned about now is the cougar that has added our place to it's territory. Down here that is an apex predator.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:37:20 AM »
This is a really one sided piece, as one would expect. It's easy to say a product is too dangerous to use without explaining how it works. I have some experience with these cyanide bombs. They have no pyrotechnics, are spring loaded. A cyanide capsule is placed on a tensioned spring and it is covered with fermented meat. The smell attracts scavengers, who grab it with their mouth and it ejects the cyanide. It does not create a floating cloud that travels. Trained, licensed employees of the Federal Govt. place them in predator traffic area. They cannot be within sight of any inhabited structure. They must have a sign next to, or above the trap warning of the danger and telling anyone to leave the area.
We have a real problem with coyotes, wolves and other predators in S. TX, where our place is. it was bad enough in our area that the Feds assigned a control specialist to our county for several months at a time for several years. We never had any unintended consequences on our place.
 Our guinea fowl and chickens are a favorite of these thieves. They will literally wipe out a flock 2 or 3 a day until they are all gone. If I don't have birds to eat grasshoppers I don't have trees. The grasshoppers girdle, weaken and kill the young ones, so you can't get them established.

Hi Dimitry, They are in season in Texas now. I have a friend sending me a bag of fresh seeds. They usually have a high germination percentage, but are slow growers. Like other persimmons, you need male and female plants, so I try to plant them in threes or fours. She said she was sending a quart size bag. I'd love to trade. Got anything interesting?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: 3 gal Yacon harvest
« on: August 07, 2019, 08:40:42 AM »
That's awesome Rodney. That pot had more yacon than soil!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat in tropics
« on: August 07, 2019, 08:19:41 AM »
I can tell you that we have 80+% humidity most of the year, 100 degrees regularly in the summer and no frost some winters and they seem to produce reliably here. If we have a bad winter the blossoms drop and no fruit the following spring. I've never tried to correlate fruit quality to chill hours. In my experience some trees just make better fruit than others regardless of conditions. I have to think they would do well in a tropical environment.

Pm sent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree problems - need advice!
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:55:17 AM »
Hi Sendit, Love the handle.....creedmore? There are several really good nurseries in and around San Antonio. We go up there periodically and visit them. Fanik's (sp) is a favorite.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujubee fruitlets turn yellow
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:53:22 AM »
I'd cut it back to every 4 days for a while. See how it reacts.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujubee fruitlets turn yellow
« on: July 22, 2019, 08:31:52 AM »
Hi Dragon, my jujubes only get supplemental water about every two weeks. They don't mind being a little dry. I'd say cut it back to once a week and see what happens.


Maybe become the hunter?

I have to use hardware cloth or poultry netting enclosures around my trees until they get to a couple of meters tall and afterward they are pretty safe from deer. A hardware cloth wrap around the trunk about 18" tall protects from rabbits. You can also use bone meal or the sludge from an abattoir randomly around the area. Makes them think an apex predator is gorging itself on their friends in there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reliable loquat for zone 8
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:27:33 AM »
They don't need stratification. Just plant them and keep them from drying out. I've probably started a hundred loquats that way.


Hi All, I bought a pawlonia root cutting in February and it's now about 2' tall and wide. I planted it in played out soil that was range land for 100+ years and have only given it supplemental water every few weeks in our S. Texas summer. In our conditions it is a really fast grower, and we need shade. I don't doubt that it is invasive in some places, and maybe even our area, but if so, it will just shade the mesquite and weesatche thickets.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reliable loquat for zone 8
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:30:25 AM »
P.m. sent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reliable loquat for zone 8
« on: July 01, 2019, 07:28:40 AM »
That is awesome! I'd love to get some of those seeds if it's   possible. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Regards, Dan

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: American persimmon
« on: May 24, 2019, 08:24:35 AM »
The Virginia persimmons I've had were much more intense than the fuyus I've had. Almost syrupy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:33:55 AM »
I've introduced pines to my place so I'll have needles and cones to use for mulch. Now I'll have to find other plants/trees for this purpose.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:45:51 AM »
We get about 30 inches of rain annually. They get supplemental water every few weeks when we are there. No pollen that I've seen. Just long catkins. I'm just going to put some new blueberries elsewhere for fruit and keep these for shade. Thanks, D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: May 04, 2019, 10:06:18 AM »
Thanks folks, good information. I'll get images this weekend.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:54:48 AM »
I really appreciate the input folks. Grafted mulberries are not common here. These are probably the only ones I have seen. I bought them at a charity plant sale. They have always aborted the catkins, but the root stock one sets tiny white fruit.
I guess I could be starving them. I mostly use the bedding that comes out of our guinea fowl co-op for soil feed around them, and that not heavily. They get compost/molasses/whatever-else-I-throw-in-tea periodically. I'll step that up and give them more water when I can and see what happens. I need the shade regardless.
Achetadomestica - I'll p.m. Let's do some trading!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seaberry
« on: April 30, 2019, 08:22:21 AM »
I would really like to try some of these. Maybe we could work out a trade. Can I p.m. you in this?
Thanks, D

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