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Wow, razorwire sounds like a terrible idea. For one, its not safe for humans, accidents happen, like if you stumble and fall into it yourself. That stuff is treacherous. Plus, the first raccoon that gets into it will create a tangled-up mess. Then you'd have to restring.

As to the initial idea, if by a hotwire you mean one connected to 120 volt house mains, that is also unsafe for humans and quite the fire hazard as well.

Safety first!  My suggestion, spend twentyfive bucks and get something made for the task:

 https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/power-wizard-pw50-electric-fence-controller-3680003

No fires, No hospitalized people.



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Difficult to grow and very difficult to source here in north america, but more than a few are growing it here.

Seeds are viable for about one week? 

Finding someone nearby is a trick, getting them to trust you even moreso. Cannot help with that, but head over to shroomery org and read some erythroxylum threads in the forums...




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire Ant Control?
« on: July 15, 2021, 11:34:36 PM »


I've not seen any mounds lately, but some years ago when they were more common I would pour a gallon or two of boiling water on the mound, with a spoon of dish soap mixed in.  The mound would collapse immediately, then the water would penetrate deeply into the tunnels underneath. They may regroup in a couple days, but with a much reduced colony, or the queen may get cooked in the first try. No expense, no regrets.  (depending on the location, vis-a-vis nearby plants.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone's Persimmon in bloom
« on: April 12, 2021, 03:59:44 PM »
I have a fuyugaki in the ground, it has bloomed every year for like ten years now, but never has a fruit developed.  Finally I noticed last year, two squirrels in the tree eating the blossoms. So be aware of those bastards.

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 I tried an experiment, wrapping six individual mangoes with aluminum fly screen and securing with a stapler top and bottom. Three of the mangoes were saved, the other three had holes chewed right through the wire mesh. I have pet chinchillas, very similar to squirrels in some respects, and they chew through chicken wire.  Flyscreen helps, clamshell helps, but its not a guarantee. Now I'm thinking that hardware cloth is the answer.

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Its good to consider various opinions, its also good to consider a few facts:

Catching a rodent in a box trap and putting the trap in the pond for drowning is effective but illegal.


 "Most animal protection laws are enacted and enforced at the state level."

 "Each of the 50 states now has a felony animal cruelty law on the books. Each state determines what constitutes cruelty, and the penalties for committing cruelty."

 https://aldf.org/article/laws-that-protect-animals/


 "If you witness someone drowning an animal, please contact your local authorities immediately. Drowning animalsówild or domesticóis a crime."

 https://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/cruel-wildlife-control/drowning-cruelty/




Relocation seems humane, but you have to be careful. For example, in California it is strictly verboten.

 https://www.discoverwildcare.org/wildlife-resources/trapping-and-relocating-wildlife/


In Florida we have, in part:


 "Nuisance wildlife may only be released if:

  1. The nuisance wildlife is released on the property of the landowner provided the release site and capture site are located on one contiguous piece of property, or

  2. The nuisance wildlife is a native species; and,

  3. The property where the nuisance animal is to be released is located within the county of capture and is a minimum of 40 contiguous acres; and,

  4. The person releasing the nuisance wildlife is in possession, at time of release, of written permission from the property owner allowing such action."

 https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/relocate/


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Femal papaya tree seed viability
« on: December 12, 2020, 04:34:30 PM »

They usually have pretty good viability in my experience. I always remove the aril or sarcotesta and rinse them and soak them in water overnight. I think its important to do. The sarcotesta inhibits germination.



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I have a friend with one or two of these trees growing, I think there is usually some dried pods hanging, so scoring you some should be no problem.

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 I had some kenaf seeds got infested with tiny bugs, don't know if they were weevils, but I mixed the seeds with diatomacious earth in a jar and after mixing put more DE on top. I don't think any insects can live for long in that situation.  Another possibility is to soak the seed for a minute in grain alcohol, then rinse them with water and soak for awhile in water to dilute the remaining alcohol.


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Once upon a time I had a montana tree.  I expected its growth to be similar to my other annonas - atemoya, ilama and sugar apple. Unfortunately I was wrong. It was extremely vigorous and outgrew its area quite rapidly. After two years without a fruit, I got tired of pruning it and just chopped it down.  Shame, it was an attractive tree.  It withstood 28 degrees for more than a few hours without damage.

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I like to pick a fruit half green half yellow, before the ringspot or rodents have a chance, and slice it and fry it in butter.  The peppery seeds become delicately crunchy.  Much better than raw fully ripe IMO.

Additionally, tea of the leaves is supposed to be super for liver detox, though I have not tested that myself:

  https://youtu.be/j7YD5vl5mcY



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan keep or cut down?
« on: June 26, 2020, 12:39:55 AM »

My longan is coming down soon, initially the fruit was large but they have gotten progressively smaller over the years.  No patience for coddling, buh-bye...


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 chickenwire, rabbits or squirrel can chew through it, but not very quickly. 

Deer may try to plow it away with his hoof if the plant has a smell he likes.

It is good protection, much better than nothing.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Buying Ice Cream Bean Seeds?
« on: June 15, 2020, 02:41:49 AM »

 one resource to consult about seed storage & viability:

 https://crfg.org/home/library/tidbits/growing-rare-fruit-from-seed/



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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psychotria viridis
« on: June 12, 2020, 01:01:49 AM »


Last I heard there was still disagreement whether alba and carthaginensis were separate species or just one with some variation.

Alba means white, and the flower is cream color to pale yellow, viridis means green, and the flower has a distinctively greenish cast, with the two plants side by side it should be obvious which is which, otherwise a subtle difference perhaps.


Tiny thorn-like projections under the leaf along the midrib is positive ID for Viridis, but these espinas are often lacking.


Another subtle difference, the leaf margins of Alba are quite wavy, the leaf margins of Viridis tent to be mostly flat with maybe a few waves.

There is also a morphological difference in the stipule, exactly what escapes me at the moment, but the most telling difference imo is the petiole, on Alba it is much more pronounced. See:

https://www.erowid.org/library/books_online/ayahuasca_apa/aya_gallery_psychotria_viridis.shtml


There is some free reading at the site by Trout and others, iyi. 

There was also an interesting video I had, I'll see if I can find that.



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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psychotria viridis
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:50:33 PM »


Be aware that much of the P. viridis for sale is actually P. alba/carthaginensis, even from reliable vendors. There was a lot of confusion about this a few years back. Some people are still confused. Differentiating true viridis is tricky but not impossible. I can provide details if requested.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Babaco Cuttings in CA
« on: May 31, 2020, 10:13:43 PM »

Not sure if they still propagate these at laverne, I would suggest contacting them.

 https://lavernenursery.com/subtropicals/papaya-babaco


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrels
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:22:03 PM »


Well I hate the squirrels as much as anybody, they are worse than rats when it comes to mangoes, but its wise to be aware of the laws.

Catching a rodent in a box trap and putting the trap in the pond for drowning is effective but illegal - misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Relocation seems humane, but you have to be careful. For example, in California its strictly verboten.

 https://www.discoverwildcare.org/wildlife-resources/trapping-and-relocating-wildlife/


In Florida we have, in part:

Nuisance wildlife may only be released if:

1. The nuisance wildlife is released on the property of the landowner provided the release site and capture site are located on one contiguous piece of property, or

2. The nuisance wildlife is a native species; and,

3. The property where the nuisance animal is to be released is located within the county of capture and is a minimum of 40 contiguous acres; and,

4. The person releasing the nuisance wildlife is in possession, at time of release, of written permission from the property owner allowing such action.

Nuisance wildlife may not be released on federal, state, county, local or private lands without written permission of the landowner.

See:

 https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/relocate/

and

 https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?id=68A-9.010


Don't want to see anyone get into trouble over these vermin.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Weird thing on Papaya
« on: February 19, 2020, 08:44:06 PM »

Looks like the egg case of a parasitic wasp that kills the caterpillers / hornworms that eat papaya leaves.

Sorry I don't know the species names off hand.


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Well packaged, arrived in healthy condition, looks like a few are starting to sprout.



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One member had seeds a few years ago, if that fact was overlooked:

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=11032.0


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Turkey tail is the easiest species to find growing wild, in my experience. Before you bother to try growing it, see how much is available in your local woods.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical plant nurseries in Clearwater FL
« on: October 14, 2019, 02:24:17 AM »

There's a cat in clearwater here:

 https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/grd/d/clearwater-tropical-fruit-trees/6996522514.html

 I do not know him, have never been to his place, just have seen his ads, judge for yourself.

 




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: avocado cuttings in aloe vera
« on: October 04, 2019, 12:49:42 AM »

Looked like roots at 5:01 though I grabbed a low res version so hard to say for certain, but if there are new branches and leaves forming, its reasonable to assume that roots are forming also.


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