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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao.....when to harvest
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:13:02 PM »
scrape the skin & if not green should be ready.
aloha rich

Its too bad that Reed's mama, Nabal is not offered . Nabal was the one that all the old growers keep in there door yard .While it was not real productive, but was the one  they wanted to eat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spacing of rollinia trees
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:14:59 PM »
Great  Thanks. Yea from what I can see right now 20' seems like a reasonable  minimum distance

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spacing of rollinia trees
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:22:14 PM »
I followed the suggestion of allowing 15 ' between trees. My oldest trees are 3 years old & already to beginning to touch. At this rate it seems that there will be heavy over lap which will make getting around them difficult unless I cut back. I have topped the trees  to keep 10 ' or less in height. Has any one else had to cut back lateral branches to separate the trees? If so did this seem to have adverse effects on the growth or condition of trees health or production? I would rather not cut back but need to have access . Any thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Grafting knife for under $6.00
« on: January 26, 2014, 04:29:40 PM »
Carlos I tried twice but utube says n "no video". Since that wont work where can we find the small stropping block?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peculiar lime wanted
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:35:02 PM »
Upon landing on some So. Pac island my son related how all the locals ran over to where kusiae limes were being sold. He did get some & was most emphatic that I grow this lime. I had searched for some time & finally found a reference that all the plants had a serious virus & were in decline. I had held out hope that some ag group would clean it up,but never heard anything more. I f  anyone knows of a clean source I would appreciate learning of it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: variation in pejibaye fruit
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:50:32 PM »
Raw fruit makes excellent rat bait! Have had rats jump  thru car window over nite 2 eat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Another Gopher Attack
« on: January 18, 2014, 06:38:07 PM »
When you get one , leave it in the whole & cover the entrance. Also learned that rubbing the trap on grass help [ supposed to leave a natural sent?]
good luck

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia pollination
« on: January 18, 2014, 04:56:33 PM »
thanks that has made a BIG difference.

Now got to try to graft the more productive ones; have one that seems to be non-stop flowering & is a short compact tree.  On ward & up ward [ but not too high]

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia pollination
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:36:49 PM »
That is really terrific.  Thanks so much.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia on the edge
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:31:14 AM »
THANKS so much BMC !!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:31:17 PM »
There has been discussion of  DF & water . I had some extra cuttings of Selenicereus Megalanthus that I tossed aside about 6 month ago into a non draining pan. They have not received any fertilizer just neglect . From time to time I would dump out the water.   I can't post the pic!! but it shows plants w/roots growing ok under drowning conditions. Must remember that we never get to the low 60's; are very humid: & plants under ~ 50% shade. From what I can tell these could be grown hydroponically. Below is what I get on posting the pic // perhaps it will come out? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gas powered pole saw
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:45:40 PM »
thanks Mr. monster hedge is not really the correct term  wind break is mo betta. gota be tall to work. I am using dwarf schefflrea .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gas powered pole saw
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:02:04 PM »
Carlos how long is your pole saw?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gas powered pole saw
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:18:06 PM »
Does any one use one of these? Would like to know what features to look for & how long can it be & still be manageable. I need to control a wind break/ hedge  to about 14 feet. Any great saws at a good price? Any should be avoided ?

thank for your help

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical fruit growers utility belt
« on: December 25, 2013, 08:26:48 PM »
Would like ideas , suggestions, or examples of ways to have the tools that we frequently use in a devise [ belt?] that is carried on ones self. Store bought holders [ like for pruning shears] can be almost as expensive as the device its self. Also having everything in one place means not having to go back for what was forgotten!!
experiences & ideas appreciated .

My dwarf Jamaican red always splits unless pick it still not folly colored [ ie. still green]. Others like apple never seem to have this happen. Thus where I am it is the variety .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:28:09 AM »
We dont have the 4 legged kine. We got worse; mongoose. Mongoose will even climb bananas, just like a rat. I did not believe that till I saw it myself.
Re protection; nature provides it with the spines on the fruit of Selenicereus megalanthus & its hybrids.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: propagating breadfruit
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:22:22 AM »
Look around the tree for small shoots. These cut between the shoot & mother plant & remove when you feel that the plant size is one that you  will be able to established.  Breadfruit in my farm is very invasive in this respect.
If you dont see any shoots ,dig & find roots & try nicking them to induce shoot formation.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:21:18 AM »
To nch    count your blessing ; rats discovered mine this year!

to brugsca;; not a problem they will do fine [ note above // watch the rats]

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 12, 2013, 01:51:10 AM »
I have used T bar fence posts  but is too soon to see how long they will last. I attach a cross member @ ~ 5' so as to have a way to drape the shoots over.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trace elements in greywater
« on: December 07, 2013, 03:59:14 PM »
forever  is a long time.  most chemical reaction have a equilibrium so that the reaction does go backwards & the trace elements will be disassociated ; this may be minuscule but some will be released. If the solution is diluted enough trace amounts will be available. I would worry about other contaminates in wash water.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia on the edge
« on: December 02, 2013, 11:25:19 PM »
I also would like to know how its done

In Hawaii I often see pickled mangoes for sale. I dont know how it is done [bet the procedure is on the internet]or how they taste. Might be something to consider if you wanted to thin some.

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