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the suckers from around my trees make small round fruit that are not good. That's the rootstock. D

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:11:20 AM »
Really good info. Thanks! I'll  check out petals of the past. I should have started pecans years ago. I don't know the variety, but people in the area have young trees they have to thin nuts or prop the limbs to keep them from breaking. I have a couple types of almond but they have never fruited. I need to investigate that. D

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: January 02, 2023, 09:03:45 AM »
We have had good success with black Spanish grapes if that tells you anything about our conditions. There is a vineyard of victoria redgrapes South of us. It sounds like our ph is similar. Alkaline, but not extreme. I've been wanting to try more grapes. I'll look for some of those. Thanks!

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: January 01, 2023, 07:45:56 AM »
Our soil is somewhat calcareous and a bit alkaline. I don't remember the ph. I've used sulphur as a spot amendment around plants, but no momentous effects. Early on I used a mulch the local feed store sold that was a manure/plant mix with good results, but they stopped selling it in bulk and bags got expensive fast.

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Is the courier someone you know? Could they pick up the material for you?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: December 31, 2022, 09:35:27 AM »
Thanks for the input. I planted 12 chikasaw plums about 5years ago and I think 2 survived so far. Our mayhaws are finally producing and although mustang grapes are invasive, muscadines struggle. We have several figs. They set good breba crops, but later crops cook in the Summer sun. I've tried chinese chestnuts, but they don't like our Summer. I have lots of osage orange, should graft a che onto one. Regards, D

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / More temperate, less tropical for zone8
« on: December 30, 2022, 07:45:55 AM »
These bad cold fronts that seem to be coming more regularly now have me thinking I need to plant fruit and nut trees that actually are for my zone, or a bit colder. My wife and I spent the better part of 2 days protecting our sub and tropicals before each of those events. If we hadn't had sufficient notice we would have lost most of them. Our land is technically zone 9a, but we got down to 10°F 2 years ago and just had 12°F last week. Of course we are on a ridge, so the wind tends to howl as well. Our humidity is about like central Florida and our Summer sun is brutal.
 I already have the usual plums, peaches, poms, jujubes, persimmons etc. I'm wondering about less common trees/plants that can take some cold. Some stone fruit crosses maybe? I think we get too hot for hazelnuts? What have y'all had success with under similar conditions? Thanks! D

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Rispa is correct. These are really easy to get in Houston. H mart or any of the other Asian markets will have bunches. While you are there look for other things you can propagate as well. Their produce sections are essentially nurseries. D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: December 11, 2022, 07:52:11 AM »
Some have round seeds and some flatter. I've had round seeded types that were soft enough that you could just chew the seeds with the pulp. Others  will break teeth. D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: December 03, 2022, 07:09:49 AM »
Good job growerA! How do they taste? Are the seeds soft? D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: December 01, 2022, 07:25:51 AM »
It is very healthful as well. Lowers high blood sugar and promotes circulation. Tru - if there is a taqueria around you and I'm sure there is, they should have nopale they can put on tacos so you can try it. D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frost hardiness data for White Sapote?
« on: November 30, 2022, 07:20:30 AM »
I've had one for about 15 years. It was a named varieyy, but just root stock now, as it freezes to the ground below about 25F. The rootstock must be huge. It'll grow 8 feet in a year, but most Winters knock it down. I'm in Houston, 9a. It did survive our deep freeze of about 12° for a couple of days, but still had to regrow from the roots. D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: November 30, 2022, 07:05:12 AM »
We have wild ones all over our property. I need to make an effort to sample them, just haven't yet. I do have a selected variety that makes good nopales, but the fruit is only good for juicing. Pm me if you want some. D

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Elouicious! Send me a bunch of those seeds and I'll start a bunch of plants, then we can split them up or share with others. Pm me if you want to do that. Hope you are enjoying your adventure in Ca. D

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: November 20, 2022, 08:13:13 AM »
We have 3 fiejoas in the ground that endured 9°F for close to 4 days with steady 15 or so mph wind most of the time. No damage. They are tough. D

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paw paw, filberts various sumacs.

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I did a search and we get about 10° hotter in Summer and 10° colder in Winter. You are correct sir! D

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loquat should make a good wine. If you put pits in vodka for about 6 months it will taste like cherry liquor.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Cane In Cold Growing Zone
« on: November 17, 2022, 06:48:54 AM »
I'm in 9a. Bad Winter will kill it. Normal one they will survive.

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Hi Derek, Will these come back from the roots if the freeze?

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Why not. Can you have enough yams? I'll buy 10 large. Regards, Dan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colder than normal winter in Florida 22/23?
« on: November 15, 2022, 07:15:35 AM »
Over here between all of you in S. Tx we just keep hoping to avoid really bad freezes like 2021. In a normal year we get a few dips into the high '20s. First time in the high '30s for the Winter this morning. D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to take plants in?
« on: November 10, 2022, 07:22:41 AM »
I protect all the small seedlings. Jabos with a couple of years growth will be fine as will the persimmons. D

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Canna edulis stalk color
« on: October 31, 2022, 06:51:44 AM »
Thanks! D

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Canna edulis stalk color
« on: October 30, 2022, 07:24:34 AM »
Thank for the input. The ornamental ones that are naturalized in the yard have yellow flowers and the edulis have smaller red flowers. Should I assume any with yellow flowers are inedible? D

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