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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Birthday Present Ideas for my Tropical Dad
« on: February 03, 2012, 11:24:49 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer for Cherimoya Tree
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:05:44 PM »
I'm figuring fertilizing your cherimoya tree during dormancy won't be a problem because of how brief the dormancy is. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer for Cherimoya Tree
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:59:46 PM »
If I remember correctly, cherimoyas have long taproots and not that much lateral roots.  Applying near the trunk would be satisfactory.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer for Cherimoya Tree
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:44:12 PM »
There is Dynamite plant food granules w/micronutrients,  Osmocote is another option, but it doesn't have micronutrients.

A weak application of liquid fertilizer/fish emulsion once a month would work, too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What tropical fruits impress normal people?
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:29:10 PM »
I first sampled Cherimoya back in 2008.  I loved the taste.  It's humble appearance belies the flavor inside.  That's how I got started in fruit growing. 

Appearance-wise, I think a starfruit/carambola will impress people.  I enjoy the sweet/tart taste, but some may not like it as much.

Have you guys tried "Mission Dolores" passionfruit (Passiflora parritae x antioquiensis)?  I received a rooted cutting last spring and am awaiting flowers/fruits

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Gardening of Tropical Fruit
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:31:09 PM »
Worm composting

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Gardening of Tropical Fruit
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:32:17 PM »
I started vermicomposting using a 18 quart Rubbermaid container.  One of my goals is to harvest rich worm castings for the garden.  Worm castings are highly nutritious, have beneficial bacteria and won't burn plants no matter how much you use.  Application can be via top mulching, soil amendment and tea.  The tea also acts as a natural pest-repellent.  I started with some red wigglers and then acquired some european nightcrawlers.  Euro's are bigger and can tolerate temps & salinity better, which makes them great for fishing.  A dual purpose worm. 

Never cared for grapefruit.  Don't like the taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are grafting knives necessary?
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:07:32 PM »
Will a knife purchased from a sporting goods store work just as fine?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Profile Field! List Your Fruit Trees!
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:30:17 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Potting Mix
« on: January 29, 2012, 01:30:36 PM »
What mix do you use for your container tropicals?

Wow, black sapote is that bad to you?  I thought about obtaining a grafted tree from Toptropicals or growing seedlings.  However, I'm reassessing if it's something I want to have because of the comments I've been reading here.

Isn't there a Cherimoya Lane in Florida, too?

Just Google mapped it.  Three streets -  Cherimoya Lane, Sapodilla Lane & Carambola Lane in St. James City, Fl

I bought a 3 gal. Hasya during the summer.  I had the choice between that & an Alano.  I opted for the Hasya because they are supposed to be large w/ little to no fiber.  Alanos are supposed to have an excellent taste, but on the small side. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen Trees
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:26:50 PM »
Dogs would be a good idea, and not even a vicious dog.  Their barking will cause a lot of noise & alert you.  Plus, their companionship makes it a win-win.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Few pics of my TR Hovey papaya
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:11:09 PM »
Looking good!  TR Hovey is a papaya that I'm interested in growing.  I'm currently growing Waimanalo & Sunrise, but they haven't flowered yet. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Harry's Fruit Stand
« on: January 22, 2012, 09:31:36 PM »
Harry, how much do you charge?  I was interested in Starfruit (Kari, Sri Kembangan) & Black Sapote

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 22, 2012, 09:22:43 PM »
Howdy, everyone.

I am Rodney & interestingly enough, I am also RodneyS on Cloudforest & RodneyJS on GardenWeb.  My fruit growing adventure started when I first tried a cherimoya back in 2008 & decided to try and grow it due to the prohibitive cost of the fruit.  4 years later, I've amassed a decent collection & have delved into vermicomposting, with future plans for aquaponics & raising chickens. 

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