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I would cut that off right about 2f high and strip the top few leaves to get some branches going.  Its not too late to prune, ive been tipping new cherimoya and atemoyas all summer and still doing them now. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 17, 2021, 05:07:11 PM »
I didnt see that its not close to me but thats a green waste center with huge piles like you are saying.  My point is only thats is very difficult for the average homeowner to get a truckload of mulch to ignite.  The recycling places have those giant piles and are moving it around with big machinery and keeping it well turned and its all inoculated with the right microbes etc to be able to get that hot. 

My neighbor has a horse boarding ranch with over 100 horses.  They take out big rig loads of horse crap every week.  Many years ago he let his piles get too large and one of them caught on fire. 

I tried really hard to get some piles to get that hot.  I really wanted to see how hot it could go.  If it caught fire I would have been happy, it just wasnt happening no matter how hard i tried to make it happen. 

Its a monster! 

I had a shade on it most of summer and just ditched the shade a few weeks ago since it seems like the worst of it is over.  Although it was 0% RH and 92F and super windy here a few days ago and it took pretty well. 

I put a few chicken turds on it today and will start fertilizing more in spring, it should take off next year. 

Heres the latest on my biqi.  It started to flush then got hit with a dry wind the other day it looks like a few soft leaves curled up abut otherwise seems ok.  Just growing slowly.  Havent done anything to it since planting it. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 17, 2021, 04:22:17 PM »
Stop drop and roll ::)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:22:10 PM »
Surely this would be happening at least occasionally if it were really a problem yet Ive never heard of a mulch pile catching fire around here.  Theres mulch piles all over town that the tree trimmers leave out at parks and schools.  Wildfires are a real problem here yet ive never heard of one starting because of a mulch pile.  We have single digit humidity and crazy winds that would surely exacerbate the problem if it existed,

When I first moved in to this house we started using a LOT of mulch and experimented with composting.  I actually tried to get mulch piles to get hotter and speed up the decomposition process.  I have a long thermometer that gets inserted into compost heaps.  I used to put perferated septic pipes into the mulch piles to draw air into the center of the piles.  Also experimwnted with adding 50lb bags of 46-0-0 urea mixed into the piles.  I would add grass clippings, horse manure, urea, hosed the piles to keep the humidity correct so they would cook as fast as possible.  Never did the temperature get close to catching fire. 

In the end I decided making big compost piles was not worthwhile and have since shifted to burying scrap material or chipping in place etc and not composting anything.  Even our chicken manure we dont bother composting.  I use everything fresh and let it decay in place.  Never had any fires start.

Im not saying its impossible but seems the problem is overstated for single truckload of green waste.

Hi Will, I dont have the messenger, it needs a facebook account I think.  I deleted my facebook account. 

I have the nishikawa tree but it doesnt grow that well.  its grow OK but no flowers ever.  Maybe this spring it will flower, but I would say that ine is not very promising.  The fujikawa has already flowered and set a bunch of fruit for 2 seasons while most of the others are not doing much.  The ones with west indian genes dont seem to do as well here.  the fujikawa appears to be pure guatemalan.  the tree looks just like nabal.  Grows super well and sets tons of fruit. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 16, 2021, 03:39:20 PM »
Is your yangmai still alive rob?  Mine started to do its first flush in the ground.  It has not grown much at all but its starting to. Then we got a fire wind yesterday that probably cooked the new flush. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paypal changed shipping software
« on: October 15, 2021, 07:59:37 PM »
Ill try it.  Its annoying that paypal ruined their shipping interface.  It worked fine. 

i should have never mentioned i had these.  that was my mistake.  it wouldnt have been a big deal if any individual here had asked me about the trees but tons of people were bugging me about the trees.  it got to the point of absurdity.  they are just pink guavas, not that special.  frank hyped it to the point of almost hysteria surrounding these stupid guavas. 

younguys should ask frank for cuttings.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paypal changed shipping software
« on: October 15, 2021, 05:47:09 PM »
you can print postage from but the way it ised to work from paypal made things really easy.  of course they had to take a good thing and break it. 

no more international shipping for me until that gets fixed.  had to stand in line and fill out forms in person the other day to ship somwthing overseas.  not doing that anymore. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Paypal changed shipping software
« on: October 15, 2021, 02:54:17 PM »
Paypal switchied their shipping center usps application over to a 3rd party.  Has anyone had any luck using the new shipping software from paypal?  Seems like thry totally broke it. 

Because they were so overhyped everyone on this board was sending me messages asking for seeds and cuttings.  The trees were ljke a curse, people wouldnt leave me alone about them.  So I chainsawed them down and chilped them.  Had to get rid of the curse.

Guys I chopped these trees down and ran them through my chipper.   I dont have seeds or scions.  Sorry!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango trees
« on: October 14, 2021, 07:18:10 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting cherymoya seedlings in fall
« on: October 13, 2021, 08:45:03 PM »
Good job with your grafting

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Australia Gering Up For HLB
« on: October 13, 2021, 08:43:10 PM »
Send in the army!  :o

Brad, I bought some Kent mangos from the store and they looked good but were bad. Most of them (bought case of 5 each) were already starting to go bad inside even though the outside looked really nice and ripe. I got 2 boxes and there were none that I could eat that tasted good, seemed to have a lot of fiber as well. Now I bought some Keitt from the same asian market and they were large ( 2 lbs each) and they were excellent tasting to me. No fibers, super sweet, I don't remember eating any that are better. I'm planning to grow out the 10 seeds of the Keitt with excellent taste.

I havent tried any store mangos this year but in years past Simon was buying cases of kents that had a super high brix and were very enjoyable.  Its hit and miss.  Keitts are good but the seeds dont seem to grow well.  I think you are better off growing zills seeds. 

We have an E4 seedling tree that looks really good here.  I dont know if E4 is poly or not but we could use the immature E4 seedling scionwood for top working maybe.  Im going to chop the winters tree down in May and then we can graft the new shoots in July with something better. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Holy Sh*t! How NOT to Trim a Mango Tree
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:17:58 PM »
is that new little tree in the yard a carrot wood?  If it is, they should have the tree trimmer come back and chop it down and dig it out asap. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Holy Sh*t! How NOT to Trim a Mango Tree
« on: October 11, 2021, 07:56:31 PM »
It keep other people from stealing the fruit. 

I finally got to eat a few winters mangos.  The tree made a good sized crop this year.  Unfortunately the flavor isnt that great and the fruit have some other issues.  They are taking a really long time to get ripe on the tree and the skin is thick.  The inside of the fruit is nice and low fiber and it is sweet but theres no acid.  It tastes like a very plain mango flavor like kent or something.  I actually like the store kents better.  It does grow well and set fruit though.  But I think this tree will need to be top worked.  I dont even know how to top work a mango tree this size. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: October 11, 2021, 04:16:49 PM »
My stuff isnt ready yet, I didnt get motivated enough to do any hand pollination until late July or August.  But they should be getting there in about a month.  Nov 20 should be a good day to do it. 

We can do it here I dont mind or if you guys want to do it at the beach or a park or something we can do that too.  Let me know.  I realize its a long drive to my place for many of you. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 11, 2021, 12:55:24 PM »
Its not going to ignite.  Its normal for mulch piles to warm up and compost as the organic matter starts to break down.  Pure tree trimmings are not potent enough to self combust.   If you had a pile of horse manure and kept it really well turned and got it cooking really hot it can ignite but even that is very difficult to achieve. 

If it makes you feel better, i get dump truck loads of mulch delivered and thry always steam for a month or 2.  Its totally normal and nothing to worry about.

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