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Still have buddy tape available if anyone is interested

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Muntingia Dropping Flowers
« on: July 30, 2022, 11:06:42 PM »
I use citrus type fertilizer. I found that when they are young they don't hold much fruit but once they get bigger almost all the fruit will set so you probably just need more time. I have a yellow and a red and the red one is like 20 times bigger than the yellow and they are just over a year old. Lots of fruit setting now, probably a couple hundred.



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Thanks to all for the input, will wait for the fruit to ripen to confirm.

Thanks for the props W., yes I was surprised that the first flush of flowers has set fruit, and seems like another flush is happening now!

Congratulations are in order for you successfully fruiting a jaboticaba farther north than anyone has (probably) ever done before. At least, I have never heard of any other Canadian growers fruiting a jaboticaba before. It is rare enough for someone to do so in a greenhouse or other protected space in the temperate areas of the US.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple Guava propogation
« on: July 25, 2022, 09:22:14 AM »
I have had some success in rooting the little suckers that popup around the base of the plant. Root them like any cutting, but takes longer.

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I have a Jaboticaba (Up here in Canada!) that is starting to flower/fruit this year. I am unsure of the species and was wondering if there is a way to tell what kind it is? I'm guessing it would be easier when the fruit change color to narrow down things but wondering if there is any other way? I had bought it seed grow, not grafted, I would estimate total age is about 6 years old?

Thanks




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Ya I agree, it looks like something ate it while it was small, fruit healed itself, couldn't grow new skin so left with a growing hole with scar tissue. My stone fruit all look like that when that happens down to the cracked appearance in those photos.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant African land snails
« on: July 04, 2022, 01:48:42 PM »
They do carry a whole bunch of nasty parasites and one in particular can cause meningitis in humans. They say not to handle them with bare hands. I also recall that many snail feces also carry bad things and do terrible things in your body, maybe that was from that monsters in us episode that I also watched before lol

Pythons iguanas and African snails oh my.
I hope they don't carry any kind of parasites I saw an episode of monsters inside of us about a parasite from a snail in Hawaii quite horrifying

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I just got in some more Buddy tape..

Same specs as before, price slightly less.

$28US each and flat rate shipping for any quantity is $10 flat via UPS ground (3-5 days typical delivery time)

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Not 100% sure the best way, but I normally let the one leader grow to a height that you want you want, in a pot maybe a few feet then snap some leaves off and let them grow new branches in those spots. Personally I have found that if you don't remove the leaf where the new branch grows out of, it stunts the new branch sometimes.

The nodes between the petiole and the main stem are where new branches come out from. If you remove the leaf/petiole by snapping it off, most likely the nub will start growing into a new branch

On some of my seedlings, I noticed that there are large "new growth" looking nubs that grow between the main stem and leaf stem of the leaves. Some more prominent than others, they pretty much shrink/ dry up as the leaves mature downwards.  What does this mean?


also these are very young seedlings, definitely not flowers

Nice gonna do a small prune to get my seedlings to split  and start branching out, or should i let grow tall and straight for a while?

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The nodes between the petiole and the main stem are where new branches come out from. If you remove the leaf/petiole by snapping it off, most likely the nub will start growing into a new branch

On some of my seedlings, I noticed that there are large "new growth" looking nubs that grow between the main stem and leaf stem of the leaves. Some more prominent than others, they pretty much shrink/ dry up as the leaves mature downwards.  What does this mean?


also these are very young seedlings, definitely not flowers

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Hi All,

I have some rolls of genuine Buddy Tape from Japan. Same stuff they sell on Ebay for more. In Japan they are branded as "New Medel" instead of Buddy Tape which is the name for the international market, but they are the same product made by Aglis.

Specifications
Non-perforated
25mm x 30 Meter Length Roll

Price is $29US each. Shipping is $10US flat via UPS ground (3-5 days typical to US). I am in Canada but there are no customs/duty fees at the border. Payment via Paypal. Continental US/Canada and no PO Boxes. (Might be able to ship to PO Boxes and non continental US but rates might be different and have to send different method other than UPS)








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I think you got a bad one. I have a grafted Makok in a container, bought it last year only a couple feet tall and its put on probably 100+ leaves since then and has flowers/fruits and thats inside a greenhouse too.

It's a Makok. I heard about Silas Woods being slow but I never heard the same about Makok. It's not rootbound and gets full sun. I just keep telling myself that it is adjusting or that "by the 3rd year they leap" saying. The seedlings I started last year are starting to catch up. I'm half tempted to graft it on to one of them for the vigor. Maybe the nursery just had crappy rootstock.
Trees are so expensive now I really don't want to try to buy another.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 SHADEHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE
« on: April 08, 2022, 02:55:59 PM »
Got the plants today. Thanks for packing them extremely well. Nice and healthy plants, and thanks for the bonus seeds!




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I have some available.. They are off my main Acerola plant, I don't think it is a dwarf but not sure if it is Florida Sweet

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Unlike real guava, Feijoa need a set number of chill hours in order to flower and set fruit properly. Is it possible that you don't have enough chill hours in your area? Most Feijoa are self pollinating and they almost all look the same foliage wise, it would be odd if they sold sold a type that was self-infertile as there wouldn't be many around for natural pollination.

I'd bet it was some sort of chill hour issue. They can handle temperature down to -12C. I had issues with my Olive tree which would flower but not set fruit because I kept it in the greenhouse all the time and fixed the issue when I left it outside in the winter-spring

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to pick those guavas ?
« on: March 17, 2022, 12:16:14 PM »
Speaking from colder climate areas only.. But I find the larger guavas that ripen during the winter months aren't very flavourful/sweet compared to the ones in the summer/fall even though they might look the same. so I'm sure you will be even more pleased when you harvest them again later in the year.

The smaller ones though I find don't change much in taste.



So yesterday i ate the last fruit of the sumo type guava plant, it was a late to set fruit that was prolly half the size of the big ones. Yet it was the best one from all the fruit i ate from this particular plant, was sweeter, juicier and softer in general ,even thought it looked greener than the past ones.
I feel that the huge ones had some kind of a defect , or maybe the huge size didnt let them build up their flavour pottential, i hope this year to have a more abundant crop, so i can get sick of them and let some fruit hang on the plants till fully mature, i cant control myself to not pick them prematurely when there are just a few ... :'( ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layring strawberry guava
« on: March 17, 2022, 12:27:52 AM »
I've rooted regular Guava before using air layering  but could never get them to take from cuttings, so I would agree that technically the strawberry guava should be easy for air layering since cuttings work.

Basically i have a big tree in a location i don't want big. Every once in a while i cut big branches. If i could air layer, i would end up having ready made large-fruiting tree!.
I don't know why but in my location seedling doesn't grow fast. i have 3-4 strawberry guava seedling... about two years old. they are about 6" tall and thin as USB cable!

I tried cutting as well. multiple times. well.... not small cutting, but 2 ft branch. As far as i know, anything that can be rooted from cutting has better chance air layering.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layring strawberry guava
« on: March 17, 2022, 12:25:45 AM »
Yes kind of in the transition from green to bark. I found that if you stick a whole bunch of small cuttings in (Leave maybe 4-5 half cut leaves on the branch) with rooting hormone, bag them for humidity, after a few days the leaves will drop off half the cuttings and you can toss those ones, the rest will probably root in a couple weeks


Cuttings work for me too. I've used small 4-5" long semi-mature branches with rooting hormone, about half take
does semi mature branch mean an old growth that is still green, but withoud shedding bark ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layring strawberry guava
« on: March 16, 2022, 08:53:13 AM »
Cuttings work for me too. I've used small 4-5" long semi-mature branches with rooting hormone, about half take

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: March 11, 2022, 11:16:05 PM »
I think you should be good planting it outside and leaving it in the ground since they are said to be good down to -12C. Probably covering them up during the extra cold days is all you need and then soon you will be rewarded with a giant Feijoa tree. Do you grow Olives as well in your climate outside? I think they have similar temperature tolerance, maybe a little lower too

Can you just grow in a pot and move outside to a garage in the spring or just leave outside when it is within the survival temperature range? Feijoas do well in pots.

If your greenhouse goes to 4C at the worst it might not be enough. Chilling hours don't count unless it is continuously below the temperature, a few hours a night doesn't count


Yes pretty sure your outside ones will start leafing out once spring comes. I did notice that it took quite a while for the buds to come out on the one that lost off its leaves, slow but then by start of summer it was all leafed out and flowering.

I haven't had problems just yanking my Feijoa from the comforts of the greenhouse and directly into below freezing weather outside (About 20F is when I would bring into the garage for the night). The worst I've seen is the newest leaves at the tips might fall off.. That way I am sure to get all the cold chill hours.



Slightly different, but I brought my Feijoa out too fast in the spring last year and all the leaves burned brown to a crisp. I let the leaves fall off naturally and it came back bushier and bigger than ever

Good to hear that it can recover from losing all of the leaves. I am slowly acclimating my 2 potted feijoas. I have them under shade when they are outside I only bring them in if there is a freeze. Hoping to get enough chill hours to flower since my indoor temps never go below 60

 Inside right now because the wind is pretty bad


What is the needed chill hour requirement and at what temperature ? I was thinking to plant one in my gh where this year it went to 4 C at the worst (heated). There are tropicals inside so i should keep it warm and prolly not much colder than that.

Mister Plantee, well i am growing 3 plants in pots, i wanted to unleash one of them in the gh to have a big fruiting plant, but will continue to grow them in pots then, prolly will plant one in the garden if i find a suitable  spot.
The gh will prolly get warmer for next winter since i will be setting a radiator heating system there this summer, will skip the feijoa and fix on the tropicals instead for the gh.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: March 11, 2022, 11:43:51 AM »
Can you just grow in a pot and move outside to a garage in the spring or just leave outside when it is within the survival temperature range? Feijoas do well in pots.

If your greenhouse goes to 4C at the worst it might not be enough. Chilling hours don't count unless it is continuously below the temperature, a few hours a night doesn't count


Yes pretty sure your outside ones will start leafing out once spring comes. I did notice that it took quite a while for the buds to come out on the one that lost off its leaves, slow but then by start of summer it was all leafed out and flowering.

I haven't had problems just yanking my Feijoa from the comforts of the greenhouse and directly into below freezing weather outside (About 20F is when I would bring into the garage for the night). The worst I've seen is the newest leaves at the tips might fall off.. That way I am sure to get all the cold chill hours.



Slightly different, but I brought my Feijoa out too fast in the spring last year and all the leaves burned brown to a crisp. I let the leaves fall off naturally and it came back bushier and bigger than ever

Good to hear that it can recover from losing all of the leaves. I am slowly acclimating my 2 potted feijoas. I have them under shade when they are outside I only bring them in if there is a freeze. Hoping to get enough chill hours to flower since my indoor temps never go below 60

 Inside right now because the wind is pretty bad


What is the needed chill hour requirement and at what temperature ? I was thinking to plant one in my gh where this year it went to 4 C at the worst (heated). There are tropicals inside so i should keep it warm and prolly not much colder than that.

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There has been a bunch of recent research and trials on using "ol" oils extracted from common herbs as they exhibit powerful nematicidal activity. In particular Carvacrol from Oregano and Geraniol from Geranium (and other plants). If you do some searching on the internet, you can see the scientific research and results on it.. I will link one article. They basically inhibit hatching of the eggs and also kill the nematode itself. Up to 90% effective depending on the oil.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8309233/

There are some commercially available nematicides based on these and other "ol" type oils but I find it is a lot cheaper to just buy the actual essential oils from a reputable fragrance/flavor store online, mix with an emulsifier and just soak.

My wife grows lots of succulents and we use it on them to get control. I've also used on my plants with no ill effects other than the greenhouse smelling like a herb shop for a day.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: March 09, 2022, 10:06:03 AM »
Yes pretty sure your outside ones will start leafing out once spring comes. I did notice that it took quite a while for the buds to come out on the one that lost off its leaves, slow but then by start of summer it was all leafed out and flowering.

I haven't had problems just yanking my Feijoa from the comforts of the greenhouse and directly into below freezing weather outside (About 20F is when I would bring into the garage for the night). The worst I've seen is the newest leaves at the tips might fall off.. That way I am sure to get all the cold chill hours.



Slightly different, but I brought my Feijoa out too fast in the spring last year and all the leaves burned brown to a crisp. I let the leaves fall off naturally and it came back bushier and bigger than ever

Good to hear that it can recover from losing all of the leaves. I am slowly acclimating my 2 potted feijoas. I have them under shade when they are outside I only bring them in if there is a freeze. Hoping to get enough chill hours to flower since my indoor temps never go below 60

 Inside right now because the wind is pretty bad



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I take it they found root knot nematodes in the roots?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: March 07, 2022, 01:33:41 PM »
Slightly different, but I brought my Feijoa out too fast in the spring last year and all the leaves burned brown to a crisp. I let the leaves fall off naturally and it came back bushier and bigger than ever

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