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Violette de Bourdeaux, Ronde de Bourdeaux, Lattarulla

I would believe so, due to the cyanogenic glycosides.  Chopping the leaves up prior to boiling will help dispel the cyanide faster, too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best commercial papayas out there?
« on: August 24, 2022, 02:59:34 AM »
I grow Sunrise aka Strawberry papaya.  No musk smell, and it's very sweet.  I recommend

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My SoCal banana growing experience
« on: July 24, 2022, 10:59:10 PM »
Praying Hands & Pitogo have intrigued me

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 03, 2022, 02:46:18 AM »
I'll have some available later this year.  I have Dwarf Red available, now

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 02, 2022, 10:44:18 PM »
Namwah sounds like it might be the one I tried years ago. And coincidentally I have a store near my that sells Thai bananas I'll have to get some and try them. Than you!

Just remember, those supermarket bananas are picked extremely early

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 02, 2022, 08:07:25 PM »
How do the ones you suggested taste

Namwah is sold as "Thai banana" at the Asian Supermarkets.  Sweet, w/ a good amount of acidity.  Very delicious

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 02, 2022, 06:27:10 PM »
I recommend Dwarf Namwah & Dwarf Red.  They don't need propping up, and do well in Winter.  At least, here in SoCal

If you can't find any locally, I can ship to you

I have a 7 gal & 2 1 gals

What size seedlings are you looking for?

I'd be concerned with the salt from saltwater fish.  But, freshwater fish?  I compost them in my DIY wormbin

Ong Nursery is in San Diego

5 gal Dwarf Red & Dwarf Namwah healthy banana trees
Organically grown
Do not require propping up

I got Chaya from Rodney 2yrs ago. It is the most vigorous Chaya I've ever had. Highly recommended! D

Thanks, Pokester.  My tilapia love chowing down on boiled chaya.  I assume chickens, quail and other animals will love it, too

The mangosteens are probably from Mexico.  I've bought mangosteen at H Mart, before

More fresh seeds available

Fresh Sunrise Papaya seeds
Vigorous growing, self fertile
Will produce fruit quickly
Sunrise Papaya are very sweet, w/o the musk smell of Maradol Varieties
Organically grown

20 seeds / $5
$4.50 shipping

When will you have Green Sapote back in stock?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A watermellon question.....
« on: May 14, 2022, 02:55:40 AM »
I recommend Golden Midget watermelon.  The skin turns yellow when ready to pick

A couple random thoughts on soil fertility as it impacts fertilizer needs.

According to the University of Nebraska each percentage point of soil organic matter can contribute about 20lbs of nitrogen per acre through the natural mineralization process.

Also, earthworm castings will have close to 1% available nitrogen even when they are fed with high carbon feed stock like paper--this greatly surprised me.

As a result of all this, I conclude that a plant's nitrogen needs can be reduced over the long term through heavy applications of mulch (which can sometimes be obtained for free). However, in the short term there may be a deficite as the high carbon mulch will absorb available nitrogen.

Worms & compost, easy & highly beneficial.  If micronutrients are a concern, then investing in some kelp meal would be a good thing

I recommend DIY worm compost bins.  I feed them scraps from the kitchen & garden, including moringa, longevity spinach & Okinawan spinach, so their castings have a wide spectrum of nutrients.  Bins are simple to make, and I believe worms are still inexpensive.  I used to do actively aerated compost tea, but now just fill up a 5 gal bucket with water and some castings, and water with that every week or 2.

Vietnames White is a self-pollinating cultivar

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