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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Horticultural oil for mosquitos?
« on: July 09, 2024, 08:56:41 AM »
Ha! No, the global destruction will be caused by the mosquitoes, for sure!  ;D

Babaco! My cuttings have fruited in 6-9 months.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this site legit?
« on: June 26, 2024, 04:50:35 PM »
Leave the post so others benefit from what you guys discovered. Maybe change title to say it ISN'T legit...
And thanks for the tip on Lams!!! I will check it out next time I am in the area.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this site legit?
« on: June 26, 2024, 02:55:27 PM »
Sporkelz, have you been to Uwajimaya? I have several trees in my greenhouse sprouted from seeds from fruit bought at their Portland location.

Don't give up. They require patience.
You started them early enough, they just need lots of time before they set fruit. 
Sorry, I'm not in Florida, but when I plant them in the spring in Idaho they don't set fruit until September. 
They put on lots more fruit in hotter weather, and they like full sun, so you should have a bumper crop in a few months.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 20, 2024, 07:35:08 PM »
Mine are turning red, but are still hard. Do they soften when ripe?


Yes, there are a zillion micronutrients in it!

I have tried this when I lived in Oregon.
First, check local regulations. You may need a permit.
Second, kelp stinks as it breaks down. Not sure, but I think most ofnthe benefit occurs after breaking down, so you have to put up with it. You can bury it lightly to prevent hordes of flying insects.
I found it more trouble than it was worth, and just bought seaweed fertilzer in the end.
But lots of folks do it, so can't hurt to try. Hopefully the tree isn't too close to a house window...


I have gotten the same thing when I prune the taproot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba in pure pumice?
« on: June 18, 2024, 08:35:25 AM »
Instead of switching planting materials, since that can have such a drastic effect on plant health, why not just protect the pots from getting too much rain?  I would think the leaves themselves would appreciate the rain.

I have used those solid plastic garden cloches to keep things from getting too much water.  They already have a hole in the top.  You just run a slit up one side, slide it around the trunk of the plant/tree, and 95% of the water runs down it and over the edge of the pot. You can cut them down if they are too tall. 

Or use any sort of hard plastic that you can cut into a disk, then cut a hole in the middle and a slit from the edge to the hole. With elections coming up, you can probably get a bunch of used political signs...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop from seeds
« on: June 15, 2024, 08:56:31 PM »
When is the best time of the year to sow these seeds?
As soon as you receive them. In pots. Then plant out, if your climate allows it, or keep in large pots. Mine are in 25 gallon pots in my greenhouse.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop from seeds
« on: June 15, 2024, 08:44:20 AM »
Mine are from seed, and they flower, and produce fruit if I take good care of them...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How To Propagate Vanilla?
« on: June 14, 2024, 10:32:27 PM »
Vanilla is an orchid, so the dust that passes for seed would take years to grow out. Cuttings are the way to go!

Great opportunity to turn the pool into a sunken garden or a koi pond.

I don't have too many but would love to add to my collection. I currently have -
Black pepper
Vanilla (planifolia)
Grains of Paradise

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cuties clementine wtf
« on: June 11, 2024, 08:36:30 AM »
Could be Alternaria rot, but the orange looks healthy. Maybe it was a baby that dried up.
But yeah, either way, don't eat it.


They don't really make intake fans, so I got an exhaust fan and mounted it pointing in. I had to actually put it IN the greenhouse instead of on the outside wall, because when pointing in instead of out, and the electrical stuff was exposed to the weather.

For my circulation fans, in summer when it is hot, I point them straight, so they blow out when the intake and exhaust fans kick on. In the winter I point them down to push heat back down where the plants are.

Solar should work fine for all those things. I would think the brands are pretty comparable but have never used the solar ones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Banana buds are edible? . . .
« on: June 03, 2024, 08:38:12 AM »
I do it all the time, it is super easy, and as far as I know they are edible if the bananas are edible.
Here is a great blurb on how to "butcher" a banana blossom.


So I am loving all the vidoes of members fruity yards and greenhouses, but the subjects, of course, get pushed down the list until they are hard to find. Any chance of adding a new category under Tropical Fruit Discussion, along with "Introduce Yourself" and "FAQ"?

Or, a new category on the main page along with Tropical Fruit Discussion, Buy and Sell, etc.

Then all the tours would be easy to find! I want to save these and refer to them again and again.

Or, being a cheerful Luddite general, and brand new to YouTube, is there a way to index them THERE?


In my experience growing them in the ground, the thing is a weed and should need no fertilizer at all.  I agree with the "too much greenery" that you will get if you fertilize. Sun and water should be all it needs.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Paths in greenhouses
« on: May 10, 2024, 10:58:19 AM »
I started out with pathways, then gave up.  Now I just walk between the plants. And roots will find a way.  I don't think you can compact the soil enough to worry about, by just walking on it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Plants?
« on: May 02, 2024, 10:02:29 PM »
I'd be careful making that big of a jump in pot sizes. Because the roots are not very big yet, you may have a problem with the bottom half of the pot being muddy, cutting off air to the roots as they go down.  I would only move up one, maybe two pot sizes at a time.

As far as great tasting fruits, many tropicals do great in pots. My cinnamon has done really well in a pot, so has jaboticaba, pitangatuba, june plum, cocoplum, dragon fruit, miracle berry, caper, pineapple, etc.

You have a good start!


Yeah, I would trust myself before anybody else when it comes to my plants...

I asked a gal here who used to own a big tropical plant store here. She used UPS Roadie to receive plants from all over.  But she had to fill a whole truck.
If that doesn't work, maybe get a green thumb friend to come along, and rent a Uhaul...

Good luck!

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