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Tropical Fruit Discussion / monstera defeats rootmaker container
« on: May 05, 2021, 11:52:49 PM »
I hadn't really thought much about what "aerial roots" might mean as I never had this kind of plant before, but putting a monstera deliciousa in an air-root-pruning pot was not a good idea.  Can I just cut these root tendrils off to save the pot?  And then put it in a solid pot.  Though I think I'm going to have to get rid of it once it fruits... I just want to try the fruit.  I recently some gigantic ones that occupy more space than my entire greenhouse.  I don't know how well it would take to pruning. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / when to unwrap annona grafts?
« on: May 05, 2021, 10:31:39 AM »
I am thrilled that most or all of my ilama-on-cherimoya grafts seem to have taken.  Many are starting to push growth through the parafilm. 

When should I totally unwrap them?  I am using zip ties to hold the cleft graft in place, and these zip ties will eventually restrict growth if I leave it too long.  How long until it should be confident that the graft is holding its own?   

My trees are in a greenhouse so wind isn't a concern. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / high humidy sub-& tropicals?
« on: April 25, 2021, 11:37:37 AM »
Since I've now realized my greenhouse midday humidity is far lower than I thought, I am thinking about trying to create a humid section for the plants that require it.  Long term I want to build another greenhouse for high-humidty, high minimum-temp plants. 

Can you tell me what tropical plants *require* high humidity?  So far I'm only aware of mangosteen and theobroma cacao (cocao).  What about other garcinias?  Eugenias?  Jabo?  Guava? 

I assume citrus, mango, and annonas are better off dry. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 12, 2021, 10:00:32 PM »
I went to try paintbrush-pollinating my cherimoya flowers and when I approached them a few small flies flew out.  Are they normally pollinated by flies?  Bees? 

A local plant store regularly has rooted lemon cuttings for sale.  Today I noticed they are selling what appear to be rooted cuttings of varieties I didn't know were able to root.  I'm not 100% sure these are cuttings, and I guess it is possible these are just doomed twigs that haven't actually taken root if the seller is being dishonest.  The algae growing around the base of the limequat suggests it isn't freshly cut.



unknown limequat

Tropical Fruit Discussion / hilariously under-potted annona
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:32:05 PM »
How is this thing fruiting?  This shop constantly surprises me with the trees they have fruiting in containers that are a tenth of the volume of what I would expect is required.  Many look leggy and unhealthy but they are alive - and fruiting.

Also, any idea what species this is? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / is this a Eugenia?
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:23:10 PM »
I saw this tree at a local plant store and it has no label.  The leaves look similar to eugenia or garcinia to me.  It has a few small berries.   Looking online a bit it looks very much like allspice but not exactly... the allspice berries I see in photos look to change directly from green to purple while this has red transition, and the fruit stems look slightly different.  If it is something worthwhile I might go back and see if it is for sale, they were too busy today.

I was just doing ph testing on my greenhouse and container soils and am wondering if anything other than miracle berry needs a low ph?  That is, below 6 or so.  Tropicals and sub-tropicals, I'm not talking about blueberries and such.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / what are you guys doing with your cacao?
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:03:53 PM »
It seems a lot of people are growing theobroma/cacoa/"chocolate".  What are you guys actually doing with it?  Is it just for fun, because it looks neat?  Or do you eat the seeds and/or white pith? 

I got a fresh cacao pod once from a fruit market and the seeds were kinda ok and the white part wasn't really something that tasted like food to me.  I definitely prefer very-dark chocolate to actual raw unprocessed cacao.  I'm just wondering if there is some popular use I'm not aware of. 

Citrus General Discussion / mulch refresh day
« on: March 12, 2021, 07:53:52 PM »
Finally got a few days of warm weather so I was able to pull all the containers out and put new mulch down.

containers come out...

...mulch goes in

and of course I had to put it all back afterwards as it goes below freezing tonight.  Won't be another month or so until they come out for good.

Citrus General Discussion / tanglefoot direct application experiment
« on: February 25, 2021, 01:43:38 PM »
I finally got around to doing this.  I just applied tanglefoot directly to the bark of a healthy 6ft-tall tree.  I applied it to a major limb (>1in diameter) and a small twig nearby.  I will see if there is any deterioration over time.   

If there is none... tanglefoot becomes much more useful to me.  It is a pain to put tape or some other backing for it to prevent it from touching the bark.  If it is harmless I can slap it all over.

Citrus General Discussion / best Pummelo?
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:34:18 PM »
Any opinions on the best pummelo available?  In the USA, I guess.  I really like Chandler, but I haven't tried much else.

Since the recent hosting migration I don't seem to be getting email notices when I receive a direct messages.  Is this just me or are others seeing same issue?

I just confirmed my Personal Message settings are set to notify via email as they always have

Citrus General Discussion / issue with Citrus forum?
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:09:07 PM »
The other day I was getting errors being redirected to when clicking on the Citrus section.  That problem has since gone away, but it seems we lost a few days of postings.

I didn't see anything unusual on the Tropical fruit sections.

After trying a new chinese restaurant I had some really good dishes that were full of these szechuan peppercorns.  They have a tingling effect that is described as another taste - in addition to salty, spicy, sour, umami, sweet, bitter, etc. 

Recently I've realized that some citrus has the same tingling effect.  Nagami kumquats are the most prominent, but even mandarins do this if they are still at least slightly sour. 

Wikipedia says szechuan pepper plant is in the rutacae family, same as citrus.  I wonder if the same chemical (Hydroxy alpha sanshool) is responsible?  Or if this is a property of anything sour.  I don't really remmeber this happening from sour candy or other non-citrus sour food.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / container black sapote seedling is flowing
« on: October 11, 2020, 11:10:58 AM »
I went out to my greenhouse to pick some oranges and noticed that my black sapote seedling has flower buds!  I bought this seedling just 16 months ago as a 4in starter plant and it is now 6ft tall.  Is it normal to flower in the fall?  What are the odds of having both male & female flowers? 

when I ordered it on Etsy, June 2019

Citrus General Discussion / first Sudachi fruit
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:29:08 PM »
The Sudachi tree that I got from Fourwinds this year is loaded with fruit, which are starting to turn a bit yellow now.  I just picked the first one and cut it open.  Tried the juice, flesh, rind, tried eating half of it whole.  I don't detect the unique flavor that is attributed to this (and yuzu) - it tastes like another lime to me.  Not very exciting.  I'll keep trying them over time as they ripen further to see if there's any change.

Citrus General Discussion / first grapefruit crop
« on: August 28, 2020, 08:55:01 PM »
My Flame grapefruit is producing its first crop this year, and it is huge.   There are so many grapefruits the bottom half of the tree is like a fruit igloo from all the branches being pulled down to the ground.  The outsides have a bit of color but still mostly green.  I cut one open last week and it looks like nearly full color inside.   Definitely edible but needs more time.  I know these are supposed to ripen in mid to late winter, but I think mine of off schedule.  They aren't ripe yet but they seem fairly close.  Hard to imagine they need another 4-5months.  I'm going to pick one every week or two until they seem right.

Citrus General Discussion / Trifoliate graft incompatibilities?
« on: August 24, 2020, 10:22:31 PM »
Are there any noteworthy incompatibilities with trifoliate orange/FD other than Eureka lemon?  I am trying to clone all of my trees onto these for dwarfing and clay soil reasons.  I donít know the rootstock for the vast majority of my trees and some are very vigorous when planted in ground-in greenhouse

Tropical Fruit Discussion / cattley guavas are great!
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:53:35 PM »
I just got to try cattley guavas for the first time, both red and yellow.  They grew and fruited quickly from seed.  I like them much better than any of the true guavas I've had so far (large crunchy white, pink, "regular" green/yellow).  I like the yellow ones a little more than the red, slightly sour while red is all sweet.

This yellow one isn't fully ripe, forgot to take a picture of the ripe ones I ate.

Citrus General Discussion / fruit split
« on: August 13, 2020, 01:18:24 PM »
I keep finding split mandarins on my in-ground greenhouse trees.  Only a small percentage of the crop, but enough I think it is a sign something needs correction.  Am I right that this is caused by drought stress followed by watering?  My trees are on drip irrigation that turns on for an hour every 3-4 days.  I just guessed, maybe it isn't quite enough.  The trees have never showed any sign of wilting so I figured it was good.

Citrus General Discussion / getting rid of excess trees
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:14:48 PM »
This week I sold a half dozen of my excess trees on craigslist.  I looked at shipping costs and realized it isn't realistic to ship trees once they reach a certain size.  I'm happy they went quickly to interested locals, but it is hard to see them go when they were producing fruit just fine.  I know at some point I will have to pick favorites and get rid of the *majority* of my trees, tough decisions ahead.  This time it was easy... meyer lemon, key lime, giant key lime, rangpur, and a calomondin are out. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / asian grocery store fruit haul
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:25:39 PM »
I found fresh durian and purple mangosteen at a nearby asian grocery store today, along with sugar apple, jackfruit, muscadine grapes, and some asian cherry-plums?

Never had durian before, I thought I would have to travel to get a chance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carombola / starfruit rootstock edible?
« on: July 12, 2020, 03:12:25 PM »
I have a Kari that I thought died, but the rootstock resumed growing from below the graft line.  Are these worth growing or should I toss it?  Scion is dead

Citrus General Discussion / splotchy yellow on leaves
« on: June 23, 2020, 10:43:53 PM »
My valentine pummelo is showing this leaf pattern I have never seen before.  In addition, the leaves are much yellower than my other trees, despite receiving mostly equal fertilizer.  This is planted in the ground in my greenhouse.  Any idea what this might be caused by?  Not all leaves show this pattern, maybe 2/3 do.  I can't tell if these are the older leaves or the newer leaves.  The unaffected leaves are have no spots and are darker green (normal looking)

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