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I am always too late to donate, but managed to help with a few shekels this time!
Merry Christmas and Happy Fruit Year to all!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding Micronutrients
« on: December 13, 2023, 06:48:29 PM »
I may stir up a can of worms here, since it seems like foliar feeding is more of a belief system than science, but here is a good article about what does and does not work in foliar feeding -


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help saving my mango tree
« on: December 08, 2023, 08:34:05 AM »
To me, the fourth picture looks like borer damage.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sap leaking low on healthy mango tree
« on: December 08, 2023, 08:29:57 AM »
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like the sap is coming from a couple of holes.
If so, you may have borers.
Check with your county Extension office for chemicals you can safely use.
You can also kill the larvae living in the hole by taking a sharp wire, sticking it in the hole and swishing and stabbing it around (one of my grandson's favorite activities), then plug the hole with mud or a q-tip soaked in whatever chemical the Extension office recommends.


Emotional support quail!  :P

Glad to see your banana is still going strong!
I had to chuckle at your quail setup.  In a good way... My quail are loose in my 700 sq ft greenhouse, and every morning it is a scavenegr hunt to find the expected number of eggs. My new trick is once I find a nest, I leave one egg in it, well marked of course, and collect any new eggs.  They seem to keep laying in the same spot as long as there is an egg there. Guess they can't count!  But if I take all the eggs, they move house, and the hunt is on again!
I could cage them, I guess, but they are so happy and cheerful "in the wild", I don't have the heart.
Plus, they gobble up earwigs, spiders, moths, beetles, and centipedes.


I have a zone 12 greenhouse, heat mats and lights, so it is NEVER winter for me!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle of the Soapberries
« on: November 26, 2023, 11:09:19 AM »
I feel that lychee and rambutan are very similar in taste, but I voted for lychee because I find them easier to peel.

Couldn't hurt to spritz it with Physan or Consan, whichever you have.

I would like to use a hose end sprayer, but because I pump out of my greenhouse pond with a sump pump, it doesn't have the psi to run one, or most venturi pumps.
But the one you are looking at looks like there are low-psi versions. Might have to give it a try!
If you get one, be sure and report on how you like it.
Do you water with a hose in the winter? How do you keep the water warm enough?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 09:50:33 AM »
I am thankful for all my leafy "kids", and how they always seem to bounce back from my "learning opportunities"!

I am thankful to have so many "fruity forum friends", who have helped increase the survival rate when the above-mentioned learning opportunities occur! Because just when I think I've made all the mistakes, I find a new one...

I am especially grateful for my husband, who has not only come to accept my bizarre hobby, but happily joins in on greenhouse tour days here, and fruit-spotting expeditions when we are traveling!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sad Avocado Tree
« on: November 22, 2023, 04:22:59 PM »
I get droopy trees when there is a watering problem.
I would check to see if it is over or under watered.  Sometimes when a tree droops, people give it more water, when the roots may already be suffocating. 
Just dig down about a shovel deep, two feet out from the trunk. You don't need to dig a hole, just shove the shovel in and tilt it and stick your hand down in the hole.

Good luck!

I'd throw as much light on it as you can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 15, 2023, 10:30:33 AM »
Boise has been 7a since 2020, after being 6b for a long time.
However, the advice we give as Master Gardeners is to plant annuals as if we are zone 7, but plant perennials as if we are zone 6.
Some maps ditch the a and b, which are 5 degrees apart, and then our nurseries start bringing things in that are high zone 7, like only good to 10 degrees. Then last winter we had a low of -3.
People lost a lot of small, delicate trees.
Luckily, my greenhouses are zones 11b and 12b!

Carolyn in Boise
Still 6b in spite of the new map...

Well it makes sense that they would go for it once one of them discovered it was "food". The word spread.  And since parrots and relatives have very few taste buds, a poor sense of smell, and can't taste "heat", durian probably just tastes like another veggie to them.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about greenhouse heater and fan.
« on: November 10, 2023, 01:34:35 PM »
Our lights dim every time the neighbor's AC kicks on.
We called the power company and the guy who came out said it is because we are drawing off the same line.
So I think that sort of thing is to be expected.
The electricity running through the lines is not infinite. Too bad about that...

I don't know, their variegated monstera prices seem good.
But the choices are "small cutting", "rotted cutting" or different plant sizes.
I would prefer that my cuttings were not rotted.  A personal thing...

Of course, I am sure the bottom is going to drop out of the variegated monstera market just as I get back into them again.  My luck is like that.  Thank goodness I didn't get in at the beginning of the emu boom!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop fruiting in container?
« on: November 08, 2023, 07:14:26 AM »
Mine flowers, and fruits if I pollinate, but I mainly grow it for the leaves, so I ususally don't bother. It has set on fruit without assistance, every so often.  It had one this summer that I never saw through the dense foliage. My granddaughter spotted it with her keen young eyes!
Oh, and to your question, it is in either a 25 or 30 gallon pot. I forget which.

Yes, my "nursery" is starting to fill up!
I love weird solanums, so have a bunch of different ones going,  my num num trees and henna just came up, and I have some other things I am going to start once I find a safe place for the older kids. My birds love seedlings, so I have to keep them under cover until they are a couple feet tall.
I'll start another chia pet to keep them occupied, also.
I always take cuttings from my tomato plants come fall, and these are already blooming in the greenhouse, so we'll have tomatoes all winter.

I have poor luck with jackfruit, but they do bonsai it and cut the taproot. Next time I buy a fruit I am going to experiment with taproot pruning in order to make it do better in a pot.
And yes, my carambola is doing great in a 5 gallon pot, I probably won't go bigger than 10 for it. My biggest pots are 25-35 gallons, and you would probably do fine with jackfruit in that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Nam Wah bananas for 2023
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:35:51 AM »
My banana finished up last month.
We went on a short vacation just as they were starting to ripen, and of course when we came back, they werer ALL ready.
All the neighbor kids got plenty to take in their school lunches!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:06:48 AM »
I do not know of any difference in cold tolerance, because they really all have no cold tolerance.
I would say what you are trying won't work, but everybody told me I couldn't fruit cacao in Idaho either, and I do.  But you will find that it will be way more than just bringing it indoors and misting it daily.  Dealing with twice yearly environmental shock is pretty hard to overcome. I can kill a mature cacao by moving it ten feet to a different spot in the greenhouse.
And for heavens sake don't tell the poor seedlings you are willing to kill them! They may revolt and take you out...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 04, 2023, 01:19:54 PM »
I grow cacao very successfully in my greenhouse.
But when I first started out I did not have adequate winter heat and killed cacao at 45 degrees.
So I would say do'nt even try it unless you can provide winter protection in the form os some sort of heated pop-up greenhouse,


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Chlorosis or something else?
« on: November 02, 2023, 09:13:46 AM »
That is a really interesting pattern, and it sure has me stumped.

I am surprised none of the experts have been able to ID the problem yet!

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