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I would love to see the graph. Great idea except if anyone reads this in the morning their going to have to clean up all the coffee they spit out before dying hysterically in laughter. The storm drain is emotionally clogged, I agree. Hopefully the "R" named storm this year is named Ron and sucks away all the target stores, bud light, disney world's, and mentality that only select people have opportunity leavin all the baby making child raising teenager dealing families to return to the american dream everyone is after. No biscuit if you don't risk it. Sorry for dumb jokes, I'm done now. Happy hunting, good night.

Time for bagging all the easy to reach fruit. I know it's extra effort but it's a good "insurance policy" so you have clean fruits for family and friends. Im going out early mornig this weekend and will bag em up. They do get desperate and try chewing through the mesh but the mouth full of plastic must ruin the flavor lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: May 30, 2023, 03:13:06 PM »
Just seeing this post bumped to the top and figured I would update on the growth of the new containerized D.F. trellis I had made 6 or so months ago. It's easy to say they will fill out faster than the ones in ground, much much faster. The blue pot I wanted to make look like arc of the covenant, Indiana Jones style 😆.
Also, the in-ground posta, I finally have 2 fruit set and swelling on the haleys comet without hand pollinating. Now 4/6 in ground trellises are flowering! 🎆 🎇 good luck out there and happy growing.

Thanks k-rimes. I feel your pain and wow thats a lot of traps. Many had been lost prior to these being made. They worked just as I anticipated and didn't lose any seedlings this time around.
If anyone close wants them I will consider any offer.

Hey Satya, thank you! They are welded solid unfortunately but for you I could probably figure out a way to make them disassemble. I'll add some thinner material to my next order and just make a prototype for you to test out since you would get good use of them. I had used what was on my rack when i made these and could go with thinner stock. These are extra beefy overkill, they dont even have any deflection when fully loaded 😆. Then if someome still wants to trade for these I wont have to alter them. I'm sure those rodents are a huge nuisance down in C.R.

Pots will be included with each platform.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / No-climb rat 🐀 grow platforms
« on: May 30, 2023, 07:30:33 AM »
Good morning all. I made some of these racks to keep the rats from eating the emerging seedling. They work great! I'm just to the point where I'm done collecting the seeds and moving onto larger pots. I'm not looking to profit off them and willing to trade for some cool plant(s). I have 3 available now and 1 in use for the next year. They are made for tree pots and 3.5" pot grow trays. Thanks for looking. Have a nice day!

I just came across this article about controlling those little buggers. I think I'll just keep to pruning and sulfur though as I don't like having poisons and such. It's too bad there's not a predator for them or some type of paint to freeze them where they are so they can't move. I'm seeing a leaf here and there on my trees also. Just a few houses down there are some 40-50' trees. They only flowered once since I've lived on the block now going on 4 years. Too bad the sri lanken weavil couldnt eat those mites as it devours the leaves. At least those dont destroy the fruit. I decided it's more worth the effort to grow longans and growing about 20 seedlings of pingpong, diamond river and ruby red longan in pots to hopefully find a winner for my area. Just up-potted them this weekend. Well, sorry to hear about your tree and hope it gets a break from the attacks. Good luck to you all. Have a good day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green PPK
« on: May 28, 2023, 06:25:40 PM »
My buddy gave me a couple under ripe nam doc mai that blew off his tree and they actually ripped up enough to enjoy. They didn't have full flavor but the best mango is the one your eating right now. The lemon merangue has to be tied for one of my favorite though. I'm not a big green mango fan though. Maybe I just need to try it green in a recipe. I was told to use a cheese grater and top a salad with it but I let the nam doc mangos get ripe instead of eating green. The ppk seedling from last year is already pushing 5' and starting to branch out, wow! Good luck with your tree!

It's probably the storm drains clogged with all the trash people from Miami throw out the window. Not to say everyone does this but many years ago the tide line there had more trash than plant debris. That was back about 17yrs ago when I lived there. I used to work at the state park behind haulover inlet. Every day seeing the mess was disturbing. People still throwing McDonald's bags,wrappers, cigarettes, drug paraphernalia that you didn't want to get stepped on out the window and straight to the intercoastal. Now those people come all the way from Miami to leave the trash on our Beaches over here. I just keep wondering who raised these people without a trash can and said it's ok to dump trash on the side of the roads instead of driving to the landfill like everyone else that doesn't like swimming in trash. Sorry didn't mean to get negative on anyone but that really was a relief not looking at the mess. Fema flood map changed since last years big storm also. I wasnt in a flood zone and now I am.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 22, 2023, 07:58:32 PM »
i used to shoot invasive groupers and put them in holes around the house.  i think i dug at least a foot down.

slowly over time, i saw a bulge form.  then one night, i heard this <pffffffft> sound.  then a few seconds later, dead grouper smell infiltrated the house.  so be mindful of the wind and neighbors just in case your attempts fail!
I'll have to try the Jimmy Hoffa style fertilizing technique with a big fish like you palologrower baahahaha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 22, 2023, 11:04:20 AM »
If you are just going to use the fish for fertilizer, I would recommend plecostomus. They are an invasive freshwater fish that harms native habitat and is not really used for food by people (or even that much by other fish). As a freshwater species there is no rinsing necessary. They are easy to cast net and you would be helping the environment. It is illegal to transport them live without a permit, btw. I save wood ash to sprinkle over the fish guts that I burry. I think the charcoal and lime in the ash help absorb the smell and keep the coons from digging it up.
That's worth a try. I have a canal out back as well. It's full of hydrilla and will most likely be a mess to clean out of the net. Also I think I'll do some water samples from the canal water and compare it to the well water. I just can't stop thinking of all the runoff from the road and lawn pesticides/herbicides. So I'm hesitant on using the canal water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 21, 2023, 08:13:46 PM »
Seanny that's a good idea!  I wonder if some kind of bottomless can with lid, maybe aluminum, buried so you could just refill the hole and not have to dig each time would work the same?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 21, 2023, 04:45:34 PM »
Awesome Calusa and fuitnoob! This is exciting. Cast netting bait is fun too! A great way to teach the kids how to throw the net and make use of what we can get fairly easily on the right day. Plus a good reason to turn off the welding machine and go fishing with the kids. I can barely wait to try now! Thanks fellas!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 21, 2023, 03:16:47 PM »
Thanks Orkine!I thought about the coons having a feast also. Maybe if I use my wife's brand new blender and make the trees some fish smoothies they won't be able to dig up the goods. Lol I'll have to go net some and give it a go next weekend. Maybe a mortar paddle mixer on a drill in a bucket would help smoothie them up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 21, 2023, 01:36:04 PM »
So while I was doing some fishing this morning I wondered if cast netting a bunch of small bait fish, rinsing the salts off them and then burying them about 1' under the soil would be a good idea or a bad idea. Only the trees in-ground. Anyone done this before?

Anyone tried eating the pitangatuba after a miracle fruit?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: pitomba
« on: May 09, 2023, 01:00:23 PM »
That's a really nice tree!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watering for flowering Pitaya
« on: May 09, 2023, 03:14:25 AM »
K-rimes, thank you! I have some in pots and are cascading but no flowers yet. Needing to get those new solenoids hooked up to a controller to get them on a regular cycle.
The hydro d.f. is pretty serious looking. Cool videos! Thanks for sharing the links potato man!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First ever Cherimoya
« on: May 07, 2023, 09:25:23 PM »
I'm gonna have to go grab a few. I've not had a chance to try one yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watering for flowering Pitaya
« on: May 07, 2023, 05:02:21 PM »
Just anecdotal, but I find that mature pitaya, overall, can take as much water as you can give them - particularly from below provided they are not mostly shaded. Shallow roots systems can dry out up top, but mine are always wet 2 inches down and do fine. YMMV
Thanks for the words of experience! Good to know the mature vines can handle a good watering. I'll just have to experiment from here increasing the water. Hope I get some fruit to set this year.
Glad you got some yield fruitnoob! I'm sure it was a great reward rightfully earned.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Watering for flowering Pitaya
« on: May 06, 2023, 07:39:45 PM »
Just wondering what the water requirements are for flowering dragonfruit to set fruit? I have them on a drip line controlled by a manual valve. Typically 2 days a week is what I do, leaving it on for several hours after forgetting then turning it off. I will be adding a controller and some solenoids for the different zones soon. Thanks for any tips anyone has.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loaded 9b Mangos
« on: March 22, 2023, 06:23:48 AM »

Here's a row at my buddies farm in Naples. Absolutely loaded with fruit. Can barely wait to beg for some lemon merangue fruits from his trees 😋 . They were sooo delicious last year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga flowering already
« on: March 16, 2023, 09:19:02 PM »
Maybe if it doesn't set fruit I could send you some scions to graft on so it gets cross pollinated. I suppose I should find out which ones have the tastiest fruits first. Either way that's still awesome you have one up there. It's funny if you tell someone that doesn't know fruit trees your growing an ice cream bean tree they look at you like your some kind of alien lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga flowering already
« on: March 16, 2023, 01:51:57 PM »
Nice!  Hope you get fruit.  My inga edulis flowered for the first time (at much larger size) last year but didn't set fruit.  Hoping this year it will.
Thanks man! I hope you get some pods as well. That's amazing you got it to flower in Pennsylvania, what size pot is it in? I have a vulpina I'm going to up pot and might just keep it in there indefinately. There's a mix of spectabalis, feulli and cinnamomea here.

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