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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle against whiteflies
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:36:27 PM »
I had some on the tomatoes  also and were infested the most. I got rid of them and sprayed all my fruit plants with an organic mint castile soap and pure cold pressed need oil. It worked really well but I burnt up 2 small guava seedlings and burnt the leaves on the caimito but didn't lose them. They seem to be in check though. Oh and Also used sticky yellow traps work well to cat h the adults. Plus the family of small lizards that do miracles out there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:38:01 AM »
They seem to like regular feeding of compost. After learning about Terra preta and ancient Amazonian tribes making the soil in places of the rainforest I figured It would be worth a try. Now all the wood I burn in the fire pit I turn into cinder and turn to bio char. I just pile it all up and mix the pile with horse manure and liquid fish fertilizer dumped on it.Seems everything I plant in ground loves to have some mixed in to the native soil. I didn't use it in the beginning so next time I do an inga in the ground I'll have to try adding some. Usually I add about 3 gallons bio char to the native soil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 11, 2021, 07:38:04 AM »
I wish I could find a pod to try it but may just have to wait for these to fruit. It would be interesting to what the liquor tastes like also, just need a mechanical way to extract the juice. I was reading that the inga species are used to grow back parts of the Amazon rainforest where the cattle industry has cleared the land.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 10, 2021, 08:47:21 PM »
Yes a nice tree indeed. Like i said the one I had for almost two years that died hardly ever grew in height. Dont know why. But I've experienced that with several others: a royal ponciana which is the same height as it was when i planted it in 2019;  same with a jacaranda. Strange.  What do you fertilize an Ice cream bean tree  with given it's nitrogen properties? Most of my citrus dont grow very much. Must be the overall poor soil. Everybody gets fertilized etc.

What's the soil like there when you dig a deep hole with post hole diggers?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:57:37 PM »
I hate those weevils! It's those awful ear leaf acacia trees, infested beyond belief! A part me me wants to think the weevil made the plant branch out, like a natural pruning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:50:40 AM »
That's a really nice looking tree Nyuu! If you don't mind me asking, what is the soil like there? I have almost pure sand here. I tested it and it's real close to a 7ph. My  well water is at 8 ph in the drip line. I'm  just not using it now with the rains starting. Did you ammendment the soil/sand with anything?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 09, 2021, 01:14:28 PM »
Doesn't hurt to make a cage with plastic poultry fence and zip ties stapled to a stake in the ground to protect from rodents. If I plant something without them they get chewed up all around the trunk so I do it on every tree I plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 09, 2021, 01:09:22 PM »
Might get root rot if under water. Maybe you can see how high the area fills and plant it on a mound in the high spot so it's not under the water at least. I wouldn't know enough about it though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cyclone/Hurricane proof fruit trees
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:44:25 AM »
Hurricanes will uproot huge slash pines here and just about any tree that's in the wrong place at the wrong time. In my opinion if it does that to such a well rooted strong tree then just take your chances and just stake them with 3 poles and tie them off. If someone's roof blows off then it'll ruin any tree you put there. I would do what grows best and you like to eat, but that's my opinion. New to planting trees but done hurricane clean up in trees since I was young and they all fall over.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 09, 2021, 10:56:13 AM »
Thank you everyone for the recomendation!  I will have to check that out soon. I think the seeds might be coming from you fruitlovers. Seeds were very fresh and have a bunch of plants, thank you. So I assume being in zone 10a would make them take a couple more years to mature since we get the cooler winter weather, like pine islander.  Which I've been thinking of building a hoop house for the winter I could house some of the potted plants to keep them growing more rapidly. I attached a couple pictures of the new and growing food forest here to show you what it's like here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 05, 2021, 08:43:40 PM »
Also from my little experience with these plants they are quite strong. I had my 1st few dug up a numerous times by rodents and finally took them out of the ground and rejuvenate them in a pot, luckily I kept the strongest 1 in a pot and is now about 5' tall and sending braches out all over. There is 1 in ground doing real well but is not even half the size of the potted plant. The Caterpillars and Sri Lankan weevil love to eat the leaf edges and then makes them curl.  Super strong plants and hard to kill in my opinion. I have not lost 1 yet and they did very well through the drought for me, not sure what's worse than dry hot sand in the sun on a root system.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 05, 2021, 07:47:11 PM »
Weird fruit explorer did some videos on the fruits and mentions the clingy pulp on 1 variety. The wood chipper is more excited to chip anything other than pepper hedge or acacia. I went ahead and ordered the seed for the other varieties I could get ahold of.
Hes got a plethora of cool videos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: June 04, 2021, 09:08:57 PM »
Thank you so much for the video link! Was real promising to see 1 with fruit. Wow, you got a few holes to dig I'd say. I can barely wait to try one. A nitrogen fixer with fruit has got to be a good thing for the garden. Just got confirmation of the other varieties of inga seeds shipped out today, now hurry up and wait for fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inga species
« on: June 04, 2021, 03:14:59 PM »
Is anyone growing and fruiting any of the ice cream bean trees here in zone 10a, Naples Fl? I went kind of crazy and ordered lots of tropical fruit tree seeds and plants that say will grow in my zone.  I currently have some small 6 month old inga spectabilis and ordered the other varieties as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 01, 2021, 07:29:13 AM »
Hello, Tim here. Just getting into the fruit arming thing the last year after purchasing a home with existing mango trees, strawberry guava, mulberry, and loquat. Since moving in we have added about everything else that is said to grow in the zone such as ice cream bean, bananas, pink variegated lemon, guava, jaboticaba, papaya, jackfruit, dragonfruit, white sapote, passion fruit, lychee, sugar apple, goji berry, araza, longan, and tons of seeds sprouting now also of other fruit plants. Its almost a 3 acre lot and after clearing 70,000 lbs of invasive exotic vegetation from the back we are getting plenty of sun now to grow fruit trees.

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