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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guide to USDA Permits - Work in Progress
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:26:26 PM »
I just received my permit the other day.  However, can anyone help with my next question?

I have had a seller say that I can just e-mail him my permit, but doesn't he have to use the green and yellow designated port stickers also?


I can HIGHLY recommend Stuart for a seed source!
He sent the seeds very promptly, and they are up and doing great! 
The first packet of seeds got lost (although I suspect US Customs was involved...) in the mail, so he sent a second batch.  Of course, just a few days after he sent the second packet, the FIRST one arrived after wandering through the postal system for over a month!  The second packet arrived in less than a week.  I paid for both packets, and figured I would plant a lot of them to account for my poor motor skills in being able to get the little caps off the nuts.  I have a DOZEN trees sprouting now!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Epiphyllum fruits
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:04:08 PM »
I have an epiphyllum oxypetalum, and pollinate the flowers but it never produces fruit.
Are they self fertile, or do I need to have two unrelated plants?
If so, does anybody want to trade cuttings?
Or, do I have the wrong kind of epiphyllum?  I have used Christmas cactus, but they tasted terrible...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jumanji-style bindweed
« on: August 12, 2014, 10:53:31 PM »
Good idea! I have been afraid to fall asleep out there...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Binjai / Buah Belunu
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:24:19 PM »
It looks juicy and delicious!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jumanji-style bindweed
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:27:17 AM »
Ok, this isn't a fruit... but...
A bindweed suddenly appeared out of a light socket in our sunroom the other day! This is an INTERIOR wall, the socket is more than 8 feet from the edge of the house, and there is no crawlspace.  We took the socket apart, and it did not originate there.  We managed to pull about 3 feet of (pale and desperate-looking) stem out of the depths of the wall before it broke.
Creepy.  Literally!

Ok, stupid question, but when you are referring to sphagnum moss, are you talking about sphagnum peat moss, the fine stuff that comes in bales?  Or are you talking about the long, stringy stuff that I line baskets with??

Wow!  You guys got me all excited about the Small Lot of Seeds permit, so I set up an account and am applying for one.  I want to place an order with ForestHouse.  They have all the cools plants that I have been trying to find.
I opted for the level 2 authorization and am going to apply online.
Just have to run out to the local USDA office tomorrow with my photo i.d. to get them to finalize my account.
Oh! Maybe they are hiring!  I am getting tired of working at the DMV...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please, help me to idenfy this plant
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:17:56 AM »
Bummer!  It is always so fun to find a surprise edible!
I had a friend who nurtured a vine she found in her new yard, carefully tending it and training it along her fence.
Turns out it was bindweed.  But not to worry, her thumb was so brown, she accidentally killed it...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please, help me to idenfy this plant
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:45:22 PM »
I agree.  It looks like a solanum, or something similar.  It looks a LOT like the solanum scabrum that I grow, but the berries we get are not in the little husks.  Maybe some sort of purple ground cherry?
Do you have a local authority you can take it to?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer question.
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:42:57 PM »
All my plants are in pots, and I use a liquid organic fertilizer (Zamzows Thrive) every time I water. 
Everybody gets a "regular" dose, half dose, or none at all, depending on the plants. I give them a LOT of water, and let it run through the bottom of the pots.  This seems to help raise the humidity in the greenhouse.
Twice a year I mix some organic granular food.  I like Epsoma and Gardner & Bloome. I tailor this to each plant's needs - citrus, or needs more acidity, or will like anything, etc.
The banana plants also get a little extra potassium with kelplex...
For the most part, everyone seems happy!

Just curious (as the "mom" of some fledgling jackfruit trees...), how old/big are your trees?

That is what I LOVE about Idaho - it gets so cold here in the winter, almost nothing is invasive.  I have some arundo donax that I have to actually nurture so it will give me enough cane for my bagpipe reeds!

Maybe he's shy...

I am very interested in the butter fruit/safou (dacryodes edulis).  I have been looking everywhere for some seeds.  I am also interested in several others that you listed.  Do you have any cazmango (spondias dulcis), or any egusi?
Where in Cameroon are you?  And, do you have experience shipping seeds to the United States?

If anyone wants to do a group order, if this guy pans out, let me know.


I have some solanum scabrum seeds (a type of garden huckleberry).  The line is originally from Cameroon, but the plants these seeds are from were grown in Maryland...
I also have some Santa Claus melon seeds, some moringa seeds, and two varieties of dong qua winter melon (round and a really big long one).
I am looking for egusi seeds to plant.  All the ones that I can get here at the world market are already dried or roasted.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mushroom eradication ideas, anyone?
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:37:08 PM »
Yeah, I am starting to think that it is a losing battle.  I was hoping they were done last year, but at least I am getting well-digested bark out of the deal!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mushroom eradication ideas, anyone?
« on: July 09, 2014, 09:25:39 PM »

Vinegar will kill them. Pour it on  the areas you don't want them to grow.
But won't the vinegar kill my yams also?  And, do you know how long it stays in the soil/packed mulch?  My vines look so pretty all over the floor...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mushroom eradication ideas, anyone?
« on: July 09, 2014, 09:23:47 PM »
Why do you want to kill them? I mean, it's an aesthetical reason or something else?

Well, for one thing they are very slippery to walk on.

But yeah, other than that, it is just aesthetics.  Last year it didn't bother me too much, but they are coming up all over the place, and if I don't pick them, they eventually rot and then the greenhouse smells like rotting mushrooms. 
Plus, I thought that if I try to grow morels, I will have to sort through the yucky mushrooms to find the yummy ones.

Maybe I should just be happy they like my place...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / mushroom eradication ideas, anyone?
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:24:58 PM »
So, I seem to be growing, for the second year, a REALLY healthy, LARGE (like, pounds...) crop of non-poisonous but bad tasting mushrooms in my greenhouse.  The spores rode in last year on a load of bark.  Aargh!  I have the name of what they are written down somewhere, the local mushroom club came out last fall to ID them for me because I was worried about my birds.

I have tried Physan, which is the only thing labeled to kill mushrooms, and it hasn't made a dent.  I pick them daily and throw them away. 
I can't keep the floor dry because we flood irrigate, and it just comes in with no stopping.

I don't think I can physically dig up the floor without killing myself trying - it is about 6 inches deep with packed, composted bark, and some of the pots I would have to move are huge.  Then there is the expense of replacing the bark...

I am trying REALLY hard to not resorting to permanently sterilizing the floor with vinegar because I don't know if it will work on mushrooms, I have a fair number of feral yams and other vines that I don't want to kill, plus, I am thinking that if mushrooms like my greenhouse so much, I should try my hand at morels!

My latest technique is pouring boiling water on the areas where I know there are spores.
Any other ideas???????

I would like some Marula seeds please.  I looked all over for them when we were in South Africa and Zimbabwe a few months ago! I sent you an e-mail but haven't heard back yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing Schisandra chinensis?
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:26:08 PM »
I have grown them here in Idaho, but never from seed.  My birds LOVED the berries.  I thought they tasted way too tart, but they made great jam!  I bought young vines from One Green World in Oregon.  Maybe they would spare some fruits or seeds?

Hi Oscar,
Hey, how far are you from Hilo?  My mom wants to go to Hawaii for her 80th birthday and we are looking at an island-hopper cruise that stops in Hilo.  Thought we could come to the nursery and buy a squillion plants and seeds.
No customs, so I figure I can get them back to Idaho(and my tropical greenhouse...) easily, as long as I can fit them in my carryon for the plane ride back home.




This probably isn't a fruit, but I got some seeds from it while in South Africa.
Anyone know what it is?  Supposedly from Madagascar?

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