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Tropical Fruit Discussion / mushroom eradication ideas, anyone?
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:24:58 PM »
So, I seem to be growing, for the second year, a REALLY healthy, LARGE (like, pounds...) crop of non-poisonous but bad tasting mushrooms in my greenhouse.  The spores rode in last year on a load of bark.  Aargh!  I have the name of what they are written down somewhere, the local mushroom club came out last fall to ID them for me because I was worried about my birds.

I have tried Physan, which is the only thing labeled to kill mushrooms, and it hasn't made a dent.  I pick them daily and throw them away. 
I can't keep the floor dry because we flood irrigate, and it just comes in with no stopping.

I don't think I can physically dig up the floor without killing myself trying - it is about 6 inches deep with packed, composted bark, and some of the pots I would have to move are huge.  Then there is the expense of replacing the bark...

I am trying REALLY hard to not resorting to permanently sterilizing the floor with vinegar because I don't know if it will work on mushrooms, I have a fair number of feral yams and other vines that I don't want to kill, plus, I am thinking that if mushrooms like my greenhouse so much, I should try my hand at morels!

My latest technique is pouring boiling water on the areas where I know there are spores.
Any other ideas???????

I would like some Marula seeds please.  I looked all over for them when we were in South Africa and Zimbabwe a few months ago! I sent you an e-mail but haven't heard back yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing Schisandra chinensis?
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:26:08 PM »
I have grown them here in Idaho, but never from seed.  My birds LOVED the berries.  I thought they tasted way too tart, but they made great jam!  I bought young vines from One Green World in Oregon.  Maybe they would spare some fruits or seeds?

Hi Oscar,
Hey, how far are you from Hilo?  My mom wants to go to Hawaii for her 80th birthday and we are looking at an island-hopper cruise that stops in Hilo.  Thought we could come to the nursery and buy a squillion plants and seeds.
No customs, so I figure I can get them back to Idaho(and my tropical greenhouse...) easily, as long as I can fit them in my carryon for the plane ride back home.




This probably isn't a fruit, but I got some seeds from it while in South Africa.
Anyone know what it is?  Supposedly from Madagascar?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brrrrr! Its cold out there, everywhere...
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:05:23 PM »



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Oddly shaped leaves on Jackfruit seedlings?
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:29:18 PM »
I have sprouted a whole bunch of Jackfruit seeds.  I have gotten them from two different fruits.  The ones from one fruit all have normal, ovate shaped leaves.  The ones from the other fruit have some seedlings that are normal, and others that have oddly lobed leaves.
Any idea what is going on here?  Normal variation?  Some sort of disease or nutrient problem? Am I providing improper care in the "nursery" setup?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brrrrr! Its cold out there, everywhere...
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:52:49 PM »
Yeah, I have seeds coming up like crazy in my "nursery"!  Woohoo!
I also have about a million baby jackfruit, cherimoya, and some other other things that I forgot to label when I planted them.  That was dumb.

My coffee plant has had green fruit on it for three months, and they are just sitting there.  Either not enough heat or enough sun to ripen, I guess.  The pineapple are doing quite well though.  They are starting to turn yellow, so my male Bourkes grasskeet has quit flirting with them.  For some reason, he tries to woo every pink flower in the place.

I had a bit of a crisis out there, though, and had one night when it got down to 43 in the greenhouse (I think it was -2 outside...), and all the leaves have now fallen off my cacaos!!!!  I don't know if they will come back or not...

Hope everyone in the south is staying warm!!

I have my fingers crossed for your plants!
What did the temperature get down to?  For how long?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brrrrr! Its cold out there, everywhere...
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:54:26 PM »
It is in the teens at night, and high 20's during the day, but we have been well into the single digits at night and not above freezing during the day.
Tonight it is only dropping to the high 20's, and right now it is 32 and overcast!  Woohoo!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brrrrr! Its cold out there, everywhere...
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:44:44 PM »
Oh the weather outside is frightful...

But the greenhouse is so delightful...

Don't put me out in the snow...

Let me grow, let me grow, let me grow!

Hi All,
I am heading to Cape Town South Africa in about a month.  Although Cape Town not what I would consider tropical, I am figuring that they probably have access to a lot of tropical fruit from farther north.
Does anyone know of any fruit markets?  I have been checking the web with no luck.  Just a lot of apples and peaches and such.  I can always use the "wander around the waterfront" method, but any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help Identify this strange looking fruit
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:18:27 PM »
I found it at a local marketplace in Xam Neua Laos, its a little city that a lot of tribes come to to sell wild animals and produce that they find. Lots of amazing stuff for sale.

How did you get it home?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Ultimate Sun/Shade Thread
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:07:54 AM »
This looks awesome!
I have copied it to my plant list, so I can start comparing what they need vs what they are currently getting.  Good thing everything I have is in pots!

Carolyn (where it hits 0F at night, and hasn't gotten above freezing outside for a week now... my gas bill for the greenhouse is going to be through the roof!)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Updates
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:42:22 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coffee bean tree?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:40:33 PM »
When my coffee fruit is ripe, I can send you a few seeds to plant.  I love the taste.  I share them with friends, but make them chew carefully and spot the seed back out so I can plant it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: tiny greenhouse question
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:38:25 PM »
I don't know, I have pretty good luck with fluorescents, but you have to put them REALLY close to the plants - like 6 inches.  I set my timer up so that they get 16 hours of daylight.  This is longer than a tropical day, but I figured that with a lower light output, they would like the extra hours.

My cacaos drop a few leaves as winter goes on, and my stupid dragon fruit still don't bloom, but overall, I don't think my plants know they aren't in the tropics (shhh...).
I like to water in  the morning - puts more humidity in the air when the sun is beating down...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Plastic Recommendations Please?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:33:57 PM »
We are zone 6 here in Idaho.  I have two sections to my greenhouse - one is from a kit, and it has 8 mm twin wall polycarbonate.  Fairly expensive.  The addition was built with corrugated polycarbonate on a 2x4 frame.  It didn't keep things warm enough, so we just nailed a second layer of corrugated polycarbonate to the inside of the 2x4 frame. 

Now I wish I had done the entire greenhouse that way!  It holds heat and lets in light WAY better than the twin-wall.  I got the corrugated polycarb at Home Depot, and it was about $23 per 2x8 ft sheet.  So with the double layer (with a 2 inch air cushion in between) it was still pretty reasonable.  I built the "temperate" addition over time, gradually replacing the bubble wrap I had over the 2x4 frame.  It may be a little hard to bolt the corrugated stuff to a carport frame (we actually considered that before we did a stick-built...), but you CAN bend it.  Maybe buy one sheet and check it out?  Or bolt some 2x4s tot he curve of the carport so you can made a hard angle, then cut the polycarb to fit.

Also, no joke, I did have really good luck with bubble wrap and duct tape!  It let's in more light than you would think and lasted 2 hard Idaho winters before we were able to replace it with something more permanent.

FarmTek has very good prices, but the shipping costs can eat you alive...

Wow! That is awesome!  I am so jealous!
You have a lot of African specimens - do you happen to have a Dacryodes edulis????? It is often called butter bush, or african plum, or something of the sort.

« on: November 12, 2013, 09:20:35 AM »
Hi E Street!
Welcome to the forum!
I am fairly new here myself.  However, I have had a 15x30 ft tropical greenhouse in my back yard for several years now.  I have a lot of tropical fruit trees and plants.
Where in Croatia are you?  If you are along the coast, then you will have an easier time than if you are inland.
I would definitely look into building an "underground" greenhouse if you are inland, and get harsher winters.  Even if you only dig down a couple of feet it will help with heating and cooling.  Optimally, four feet is really good.  If you situate it carefully, you should still be able to get enough light.
You are a little farther north than me, so you will need supplemental light in the winter.  There is some good info here on the forum about LED light sing.  Right now I use fluorescent and incandescent lights because I can't afford the initial cost outlay of LED lights.
Heat can be a big expense.  I use a natural gas furnace in my greenhouse.
If you situate the greenhouse to make the most of sun in the winter, it may get too hot in the summer, so shade canopies over the roof may be needed.  I found that it stays a LOT cooler, with less shade needed, if the shade cover is not laying directly on the greenhouse, but is on a frame about 1-2 feet above the greenhouse.
Anyway, those are just a couple of ideas.  PM me if you have any questions, and I will see if I can help.  Once again, there is a lot of info on this forum that may help you!
Have fun, and good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cape Trib Fruit Farm for sale
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:13:38 PM »

Nice fantasy! But do you know in reality what happens when the boss is away and only shows up for 2 weeks out of the year? ::)

Umm. . . the happy workers eat all the fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: November 08, 2013, 10:43:15 PM »
We can all make lists of what we have (to give), what we want, and if any match that will be our secret santa. If they don't match, we can give the person something that they don't have.
Ok - I'm in!  And before then, can someone teach me how to do scion cuttings????

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:57:02 PM »
Sounds like fun!
I REALLY want to be in, but... I have a feeling that most people will want things that I don't have, or be able to lay my hands on.
Any ideas on how it would work for folks like me, in the snowy desert wastelands of Idaho???

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