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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Artichoke vs cardoon
« on: October 17, 2021, 07:01:01 AM »
Artichoke are commonly grown for their flowers and I've read that cardoons are grown for their stalks. Are cardoons just artichokes that don't bloom or make inferior flowers? Are artichoke stalks edible like cardoons? Thanks, D

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Storing yam bulbils
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:25:30 AM »
Thanks to several kind forum members, I have some very happy dioscorias growing and making bulbils that I need to think about over Wintering. How do you folks store them? Thanks, Dan

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Hi Folks, looking for seeds or starts of this plant. Thanks, D

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Sumac
« on: August 20, 2021, 07:38:23 AM »
Hi All, I want to start some sumac. Smooth, staghorn  any variety I can use for spice, drink flavoring etc. Anybody have seed or small plants I can buy or trade for? Thanks, Dan

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Anyone have this to trade or sell?
Thanks, Dan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Houston, TX growers meet up?
« on: March 30, 2021, 07:37:18 AM »
Hi Folks, Before the whole covid thing started some of us were talking about getting together to swap plants, stories and maybe lies about plants... I think it's time we move on. I suggest we set a time early this Summer and proceed. I'm as done with masks as Brad, but if a mask makes someone more comfortable wear away! Anyway, it might be best to take this to p.m.s so we don't waste everyone else's bandwidth. Let me know! D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Casimiroa pringlei
« on: March 28, 2021, 07:21:11 AM »
  There was discussion of pringle's sapote being cold hardy a while back. The best known tree was in Houston, at a nursery. It was said to have endured 13F. That was a mature tree.
  I have a small one planted in S. Texas. It is on a ridge, exposed to whatever comes. In our last taste of "real" Winter, the 3 foot seedling was exposed to close to single digits with just a small frame over it. I had rigged heat lamps, but as was widely reported, we had no power for about 5 days due to blackouts and a power pole down close by.
  I thought it was toast, just like our citrus, but it is putting out new growth! More evidence that they are quite cold hardy.
D

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Propagating Malanga
« on: July 27, 2020, 09:19:27 AM »
I picked up a good sized chunk of malanga at the market and would like to grow it. I searched it and the procedures seem to conflict from site to site. Some say to cold stratify, others say just plant it. Plant it deep, plant it shallow. Is it like taro...just stick it in some soil and it will grow? It's got a bunch of eyes and is large enough that I think I can start 2 or 3 plants with it. How do y'all do it? Thanks, Dan

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Hi All, I'd like to get some Chinese toon trees going. Has anyone propagated these? I've read that they root sucker. Might cuttings root? I can buy or trade. Thanks, D

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Sumac propagation questions
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:32:32 AM »
Hi All, I think I want to get some staghorn or smooth sumac started. What is the preferred method? I know they make a ton of seeds, but will cuttings root? Thanks, Dan

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Changsha Tangerine Seed
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:22:19 PM »
Hi All, I'd like to get some of this seed. Texas A&M says it is cold hardy to below 20F. Obviously many factors are involved, so mileage may vary...I guess it's legal to ship seed to Texas? If so, I can buy or trade.
Thanks,
Dan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hardy Autocarpus?
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:35:44 AM »
Does anyone have experience with either of these Autocarpus?Gongshanensis was listed as being grown in NW Yunnan and Nanchuanensis in Chongquing provinces in China. From a quick search it looks like both areas are similar to a zone 8/9 with some annual light freezes.

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Mucuna Pruriens
« on: October 29, 2019, 07:47:02 AM »
Hi Folks, I have a velvet bean that is loaded with beans and a cold snap coming. Will the vine tolerate a few degrees of frost? Will the seed be damaged? Thanks, Dan

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Almond heat tolerance
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:47:13 AM »
I have hall's hardy, mission and non pariel almonds in my orchard that have been growing nicely for me. They are about 4 years old now and a few put on blooms last spring. When it got really hot this summer (+/-100F) they dropped most of their leaves and just survived. I increased their water and that seemed to help some, but not all. The leaves were green, no chlorosis. The weather is cooling now, so I'm hoping they will recover.
I know some of you are in Cali and probably close to the surviving orchards there. Do they hold up to high heat for months there if they get enough water?
Thanks, D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nitrogen Fixers
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:12:54 AM »
Hi Folks, I'm wondering if and what you employ in this capacity. I have a good example ( I think) of a nurse nitrogen fixer benefitting my figs. I have a row of figs that runs East/ West for about 100 feet. The two bushes on the Eastern end of the row have a mesquite between them and offset to the South a few feet. The Bush closest to the mesquite is about 10 feet tall and 14 feet in diameter. The next bush is about 8 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter. The next is proportionally smaller and all the rest small as well. They all get the same irrigation and feeding.
I initially thought it was the modicum of shade the mesquite affords the figs, and that may be a factor, but now I think it is primarily nitrogen. I have been collecting nitrogen fixers of various types for the last year or so and am planning to interplant them in my fruit rows.
What do you use? Any other examples like mine?
D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:26:47 AM »
Hi All, Love this forum! I have learned so much from lurking!😁 I have 2 Pakistan mulberries that have been the ground about 9 years now. For the last 5 or so they set tassels and look like they are going to fruit, but the tassels shrivel and drop. There are some large non fruiting mulberries not far from them. Could the non fruiting ones be causing the lack of fruit?
-P

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