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I was amazed at how flexible the roots are.  I was able to yank them right back out of the holes without breaking them.  I put it in a solid container - nearly 2ft wide, the largest I have.  If it outgrows this before fruiting I am going to just plant it in the woods and see how much it grows before winter kills it.  I have seen a few of these fruiting in containers this size or smaller, so it seems possible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeds Del Mundo dishonest business?
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:36:28 PM »
Paypal is notoriously customer friendly, I expect you will have no issues seeking a refund through them

I was envisioning you had a farm or something.  It is awesome that you are literally hiking through the jungle to find wild(?) trees growing to harvest. 

All I can find here are raspberries.

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 / Re: when to unwrap annona grafts?
« on: May 05, 2021, 11:46:13 PM »
thank you, I will try this

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. 

I emailed him today and heard back, it sounds like the luc's trees he was expecting to harvest had no fruit!  Oh well.  I'll see what else he has or ask for refund.

Wouldn't an unheated greenhouse be vulnerable to a string of cold cloudy days?  At some point the retained heat is all going to be gone if it isn't being warmed by the sun.

I imagine it would help extend the growing season considerably, but I would plan on some kind of emergency heat.  Those propane heater attachments work really well.  I used them the first winter when my greenhouse heat wasn't ready yet.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree help
« on: May 04, 2021, 05:53:35 PM »
have you been fertilizing it?  It looks extremely nitrogen deficient

My in-ground trees are in a greenhouse and the area with tanglefoot applied is generally shaded by the tree canopy.  You might get different results in hot direct sun!

two months later it still looks exactly the same with zero harm to the tree (nor the plumeria I also put it on)

Still, really need to see how it performs after a year or two, and I might cut this tree down before then.

I got pretty much 100% germination of these, ordered from hawaii.  I think from fruitlovers/oscar

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trompo Canistel Growth Rate
« on: April 30, 2021, 10:39:03 PM »
Any idea what they might be?  New lateral branches forming? 

Or, do you think this is not actually canistel?  I still have the nursery tag, came from TopTropicals.

they kinda look like these pictures of canistel I found on

I agree... if you are using containers and you can't keep them actively growing through the winter you might as well just store them dormant someplace like a basement or garage. 

Yes, heated greenhouse is the way to go.  Next best is container growing and moving plants inside when it is too cold. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trompo Canistel Growth Rate
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:49:31 PM »
I realized this past week that my canistel's root collar looks a bit rotted, but still alive.  I have all my in-ground trees set up with drip irrigation, but because this one has been a slow grower I think it can't absorb all the water, and because I had my greenhouse filled with containers over the winter I wasn't able to see its injury until now (when I moved the containers outside). 

HOWEVER, I think it is flowering for the first time now.  At least, these look like tiny flower buds to me?

I don't think I've ever actually had valencia.  Do you juice them?  Or eat out of hand?

same, I just sent him an email through the forum.  Hope he is okay

socalbalcony that reddit post is EXTREMELY useful, thank you for linking.  I just ordered the miticides.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey Sapote Tree
« on: April 28, 2021, 04:20:51 PM »
Do they really grow in a straight spike like that??  All my pouterias branched early.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop: to Trim or Not to Trim
« on: April 28, 2021, 12:31:21 PM »
I think wind chill only matters for warm blooded animals, unless you have so much shelter and a nearby heat source you are actually holding a bubble of warmer-than-ambient air around your plants.  I suspect it is the mechanical action of the wind yanking things around that harms them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle with the June beetles
« on: April 28, 2021, 12:19:51 PM »
those scent traps seem to collect quite a lot of them.

I've noticed that june beetles tend to swarm, once a few of them start attacking a plant it attracts many more.  If I see any on a plant I care about I hose them all off.  If I see them on a some overgrown tree that needs pruning I let them go to town, keeps them busy.

Thanks for reporting your experience with this.  I have never had issues with fungus gnats but I have been fighting mealybugs and spider mites forever.   Pyrethrin didn't seem to help with the mites despite being labelled for it. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Blob on citrus tree
« on: April 27, 2021, 03:56:56 PM »
the oozing goo looks like phytophthora to me, but I have never seen it on a fresh green branch like that.  I'll wait for somebody else to comment.

If it is phytophthora you can treat with Monterey "agri-fos/garden-fos"  phosphorous acid.  I have had it before and this treatment worked well for me.

I have two in my greenhouse, in containers though.   Will be a while before I expect fruit.

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