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I have a zone 12 greenhouse, heat mats and lights, so it is NEVER winter for me!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle of the Soapberries
« on: November 26, 2023, 11:09:19 AM »
I feel that lychee and rambutan are very similar in taste, but I voted for lychee because I find them easier to peel.

Couldn't hurt to spritz it with Physan or Consan, whichever you have.

I would like to use a hose end sprayer, but because I pump out of my greenhouse pond with a sump pump, it doesn't have the psi to run one, or most venturi pumps.
But the one you are looking at looks like there are low-psi versions. Might have to give it a try!
If you get one, be sure and report on how you like it.
Do you water with a hose in the winter? How do you keep the water warm enough?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 09:50:33 AM »
I am thankful for all my leafy "kids", and how they always seem to bounce back from my "learning opportunities"!

I am thankful to have so many "fruity forum friends", who have helped increase the survival rate when the above-mentioned learning opportunities occur! Because just when I think I've made all the mistakes, I find a new one...

I am especially grateful for my husband, who has not only come to accept my bizarre hobby, but happily joins in on greenhouse tour days here, and fruit-spotting expeditions when we are traveling!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sad Avocado Tree
« on: November 22, 2023, 04:22:59 PM »
I get droopy trees when there is a watering problem.
I would check to see if it is over or under watered.  Sometimes when a tree droops, people give it more water, when the roots may already be suffocating. 
Just dig down about a shovel deep, two feet out from the trunk. You don't need to dig a hole, just shove the shovel in and tilt it and stick your hand down in the hole.

Good luck!

I'd throw as much light on it as you can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 15, 2023, 10:30:33 AM »
Boise has been 7a since 2020, after being 6b for a long time.
However, the advice we give as Master Gardeners is to plant annuals as if we are zone 7, but plant perennials as if we are zone 6.
Some maps ditch the a and b, which are 5 degrees apart, and then our nurseries start bringing things in that are high zone 7, like only good to 10 degrees. Then last winter we had a low of -3.
People lost a lot of small, delicate trees.
Luckily, my greenhouses are zones 11b and 12b!

Carolyn in Boise
Still 6b in spite of the new map...

Well it makes sense that they would go for it once one of them discovered it was "food". The word spread.  And since parrots and relatives have very few taste buds, a poor sense of smell, and can't taste "heat", durian probably just tastes like another veggie to them.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about greenhouse heater and fan.
« on: November 10, 2023, 01:34:35 PM »
Our lights dim every time the neighbor's AC kicks on.
We called the power company and the guy who came out said it is because we are drawing off the same line.
So I think that sort of thing is to be expected.
The electricity running through the lines is not infinite. Too bad about that...

I don't know, their variegated monstera prices seem good.
But the choices are "small cutting", "rotted cutting" or different plant sizes.
I would prefer that my cuttings were not rotted.  A personal thing...

Of course, I am sure the bottom is going to drop out of the variegated monstera market just as I get back into them again.  My luck is like that.  Thank goodness I didn't get in at the beginning of the emu boom!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop fruiting in container?
« on: November 08, 2023, 07:14:26 AM »
Mine flowers, and fruits if I pollinate, but I mainly grow it for the leaves, so I ususally don't bother. It has set on fruit without assistance, every so often.  It had one this summer that I never saw through the dense foliage. My granddaughter spotted it with her keen young eyes!
Oh, and to your question, it is in either a 25 or 30 gallon pot. I forget which.

Yes, my "nursery" is starting to fill up!
I love weird solanums, so have a bunch of different ones going,  my num num trees and henna just came up, and I have some other things I am going to start once I find a safe place for the older kids. My birds love seedlings, so I have to keep them under cover until they are a couple feet tall.
I'll start another chia pet to keep them occupied, also.
I always take cuttings from my tomato plants come fall, and these are already blooming in the greenhouse, so we'll have tomatoes all winter.

I have poor luck with jackfruit, but they do bonsai it and cut the taproot. Next time I buy a fruit I am going to experiment with taproot pruning in order to make it do better in a pot.
And yes, my carambola is doing great in a 5 gallon pot, I probably won't go bigger than 10 for it. My biggest pots are 25-35 gallons, and you would probably do fine with jackfruit in that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Nam Wah bananas for 2023
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:35:51 AM »
My banana finished up last month.
We went on a short vacation just as they were starting to ripen, and of course when we came back, they werer ALL ready.
All the neighbor kids got plenty to take in their school lunches!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:06:48 AM »
I do not know of any difference in cold tolerance, because they really all have no cold tolerance.
I would say what you are trying won't work, but everybody told me I couldn't fruit cacao in Idaho either, and I do.  But you will find that it will be way more than just bringing it indoors and misting it daily.  Dealing with twice yearly environmental shock is pretty hard to overcome. I can kill a mature cacao by moving it ten feet to a different spot in the greenhouse.
And for heavens sake don't tell the poor seedlings you are willing to kill them! They may revolt and take you out...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 04, 2023, 01:19:54 PM »
I grow cacao very successfully in my greenhouse.
But when I first started out I did not have adequate winter heat and killed cacao at 45 degrees.
So I would say do'nt even try it unless you can provide winter protection in the form os some sort of heated pop-up greenhouse,


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Chlorosis or something else?
« on: November 02, 2023, 09:13:46 AM »
That is a really interesting pattern, and it sure has me stumped.

I am surprised none of the experts have been able to ID the problem yet!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tips for finding a "Greenhouse sitter"????
« on: November 01, 2023, 06:29:51 PM »
Oh, I hadn't thought of our lawn guy!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tips for finding a "Greenhouse sitter"????
« on: November 01, 2023, 10:41:23 AM »
Thanks for the tips!
Looks like my choices are pretty much a combination of friends, hired help and automation.
At least finally getting drip set up (after 14 years...) helps!
Now I just need to get another hose and timer.
Can't figure out how to monitor the furnaces. They are just the wall-mounted open flame gas heaters...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: November 01, 2023, 10:32:11 AM »
The problem with trapping is that the empty tunnels are prime real estate for traveling gophers.
They just say "thanks" and move in.
I like the gas method. Dead gophers stay deep within the tunnel system, and their little rotting corpses help deter new tenants.
Can you just bring your car and hook a hose up to the tail pipe?
My sister rented a Ditch Witch and dug around her whole property three feet deep, then we put used roofing material in the slots and filled it in. We got the roofing at the dump! We are high desert so figure the sheets will last many years.
After she killed the residing gophers she had no more problems. We did catch one gopher running up the driveway headed for the yard and set our dacshund on it.
My neighborhood flood irrigates, so we have no gophers, but I had an infestation of voles in my greenhouse one year  that chewed through the pots or went in through the drainholes and killed several trees before I managed to trap them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tips for finding a "Greenhouse sitter"????
« on: October 31, 2023, 06:15:24 PM »
So, you would think with all my connections with local nurseries, being a Master Gardener, and belonging to two garden clubs, I could find a greenhouse sitter for when we are on vacation!

But, aaarrrggghhhh!

Lights are on automatic, ventilation is automatic, foggers/misters and watering, other than 10 minutes a day to hit small pots etc, is automatic. You DO have to hook up the drip once a week and manually turn the water on. Heat is mostly automatic but needs to be monitored twice daily in the winter.

But really, no matter what I do, the place is like a toddler, and needs constant aupervision. The drip system has helped, but isn't a total solution.

People I have had so far either are not reliable/can't follow instructions, or cost too much (the pet sitting service did a great job but they charge $50 per day!!!).

My ONLY sitter right now is my sister. She adores the birds, is free and super reliable, but has the worlds brownest thumb and can't tell when things are in trouble. Plus, we can't go anywhere together!

If we have to be gone for more than a week, it is a crapshoot as to what will die while I am gone.

Where do y'all get your greenhouse sitters and what do you pay (takes 30 minutes twice a day)?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Queensland Fruit Fly Found in California
« on: October 29, 2023, 02:32:32 PM »

JohnG, the important thing to note here is that your WIFE bought you this awesome tree.

With our type of plant addiction, it is good to marry an enabler!  ;D


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