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With lots of use, the rubber on pruners tends to slip and ruin the tool. Almost all of them. For me, that is a deal-killer if the rubber isn't very well done, not something quick dipped in liquid rubber.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is aquajem on ebay legit?
« on: December 13, 2022, 09:50:18 PM »
There must be one of us in Florida Keys where the seller says is their location. If I lived nearby I'd try to make a visit just to see how they are doing business.
Back in the '60's when I was a kid I got ripped off ordering stuff from comic books with my 'hard earned' money. I got taken by the "sea monkeys" (brine shrimp eggs) then the "monster that grows green hair" (piece of cardboard with chia seeds glued on). So, at a very early age developed a distaste for scammers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Evil weevils
« on: December 07, 2022, 06:27:44 PM »
Mango can easily overcome some leaf damage so I don't worry about weevils. Who knows what the roots look like but even with heavy weevils mangos still do fine. Leaf damage is much heavier on Lychee and Longan, still they bear.
The damage seems to be selective, not all mangos get eaten, other varieties in the same grove are unaffected. I notice that stressed trees get eaten worse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anybody know aquagem on ebay?
« on: December 03, 2022, 06:18:48 PM »

This is an 8 inch seedling avocado for $34. No way should that be described as
"Semi-Dwarf Weeping Holiday Avocado starter tree! Large Delicious Fruits!"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anybody know aquagem on ebay?
« on: December 03, 2022, 06:03:15 PM »

Very difficult to establish trees under large dominant trees, oaks, pine, whatever. They are called "dominant" for a reason. Ironically, some eucalypts are being used as nurse trees, while young, to good effect because of their extreme fast growth and coppice ability. The dominance hasn't taken place and frequent hard pruning seems to stop allelopathy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Laurel Wilt Avocado (Stump or Remove)
« on: December 02, 2022, 08:23:02 AM »
Stump remover is supposed to work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jack Bean for Nematodes
« on: November 26, 2022, 10:08:23 PM »

OK please keeps updated on that investigation.

There are also some plant species that trap nematodes in their roots.

I can report after this season that the Jack Bean I am growing does form galls on the roots from nematodes. So, I am assuming that its primary effect is from the break down of its plant chemicals.

Interesting that you mention the trapping. I just read an article claiming that radish can be used to reduce nematode levels even though it is susceptible. Apparently, radishes are typically harvested so quickly (28 days) that most nematodes do not have a chance to reproduce (typical life cycle is 3-6 weeks). Upon harvest, many nematodes are removed with the radishes since it is a root crop. It got me thinking that this could be a really fast way to rid a spot of nematodes. Just grow several fast crops of radish, solarize the harvest in bags, and then compost. This could probably be done with any number of crops as long as they were pulled up by the roots in three weeks time or so.
I hardly ever pull out jack beans because I'm seeking them as nitrogen fixers but am wondering if what you are seeing might be the nodulation rather than galls?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: November 18, 2022, 03:36:52 PM »
A well grown healthy Dwarf Nam Wah will make 10 or more hands.
Here is a comparison set of photos which can help identify Nam Wah vs Blue Java. The difference is clear enough but there are many out there mixing these up. Some tissue culture plantlets can be off-type and mislabeling does happen.

This youtube channel has many recipes for liqueurs made with fruits.
I have made wine and vinegar with many fruits. It isn't so hard and most turn out ok, some very good.
The recipe for dragonfruit liqueur uses the peels.
Pineapple wine you use the peels, so you can get extra products out of fruit this way beyond the pulp.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concrete dragonfruit post
« on: November 15, 2022, 08:00:18 AM »
I made a bunch of posts with these top features but Ive decided to just go topless with them.  My friend Thy sent some videos of vietnamese techniques and convinced me its not necessary to have tops.  So the rest of the posts won't have any top feature going forward.  Much easier, cheaper overall Im happy with that.

The indented part of these posts is there so that the top piece can slip on. I used threaded hot dipped galvanized 1/2 inch bolt to attach my top but I like the idea of the indent. My 10 concrete dragonfruit posts survived Hurricane Ian 150 mph winds without leaning and most branches hung on. I really doubt they would have held on with no top piece.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaning papaya
« on: September 27, 2022, 11:19:14 PM »
If it is a male very unlikely to ever make a fruit. Sometimes rarely they can make a fruit so this is an ornamental and wouldnt be carrying fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 27, 2022, 09:25:49 AM »
This is a super weather page that links to everything weather related for hurricanes. We are expected to get some strong effects the expected landfall keeps shifting but for now looks to be somewhere just south of Tampa bay.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Oro Negro
« on: September 26, 2022, 08:38:59 AM »
They have a very fine surface feeder root system which needs improved soil, mulch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID this plant, a tropical edible tuber?
« on: September 26, 2022, 08:35:25 AM »
Be careful about eating this. It will need very thorough cooking at minimum and still may not be a real edible type.
They are known to cause throat itchiness,some%20time%20and%20is%20irritating.


Im thinking about approaching vegan restaurants as the most realistic option

but how could I get some from supermarkets? (because that would be the best) I dont think they'll just hand me over the thrown out avocadoes, or what can do I to make that happen?  Get the attention of the manager somehow and talk to him, that sounds to much of a stretch.

Obviously they sell sometimes cheaper ones on discount every once in a while but its rare and it would still take years to accumulate the amount I want in that pace

@cassovary, how did you get a 100 for free?
Go to the wholesale vendors where large users buy their produce. Usually they will be buying a whole box of fruit but it will cost about half or less of the retail price.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice Cream Bean roots and foundation
« on: September 13, 2022, 09:09:25 AM »
You can chop them back but they also can get very large if uncontrolled. You may not want this size tree close to the house because of potential hurricane damage.

Also, they get frost damage and you are fairly far north. Does anyone know of a fruiting specimen near Orlando?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 09:05:41 AM »
How many functional green leaves are on these banana plants?

Akee, Carambola, Banana, Dragon Fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya roots outside of the soil
« on: September 08, 2022, 08:57:19 AM »
It looks very healthy well grown seedling. They are very fast growing. It would have been better to break up the soil more around the planting hole when you planted it. I think the base of the plant is swelling fast which is pushing upwards. You can mound around the base they are not like hardwood trees and can be hilled up like corn and will even form adventitious roots. I sometimes plant them deeper than the soil level when in a pot. If it is a good hybrid variety the fruit load can easily topple or break off the plant, they are hollow soft fleshed stems. So, it's important to not let them start leaning. If the lean persists I'd suggest using two strong branches with forks to prop it and form a tripod shape since the leaning gets progressively worse as fruit swells up. Use some wide nylon strapping to attach sticks to trunk. Even then, the whole top can break off because they can carry over 50 kg fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing aa commercially
« on: September 08, 2022, 08:38:55 AM »

Hiby chance do you know if your friend grows dwarf aa? Im trying to find out if the dwarf (BRS Para)is a GMO.
Which would mean it cannot get organic certification in the US.
This paper is describing ordinary selective breeding of that variety,no genetic modification. Mainly they were looking for a shorter early bearing and dryland irrigation adapted selection.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b (south florida) perennial staple foods
« on: September 07, 2022, 08:19:38 AM »

Heat free " Habanero" type Capsicum chinense varieties can be very productive. Anybody growing these ?
There was a large red one like a tropical capsicum. Called Choco maybe ??
This one is commercially grown across the Caribbean islands and central america. I have found it to be very good bears right through rains and droughts.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b (south florida) perennial staple foods
« on: September 05, 2022, 09:15:39 PM »
I don't think you can beat Orinoco banana or dwarf plantain for a staple crop, except they do take up a lot of room.

Usually the rain water collector surface (roof) builds up some dissolvable minerals.

any good ideas for when to pick a melon?

looking at my watermelon now
Cantaloupe types begin to smell musky and may change to a more yellow hue, the stem pulls away from the fruit cleanly.
Watermelon is usually ready when the tendril directly opposite the fruit stem is completely dry.

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