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Subject: OT Jackfruit seeds or plants Replies: 7
Posted By: nullzero Views: 119
 
"The only place in the continental USA that Jackfruit can be grown outside and bear fruit is South Florida."

Not quite true, I have seen fruiting trees through out Orange county and even in Hermosa Beach. The trees however don't produce as well as south Florida. The Jackfruit genetics seem to determine the fruiting in southern California a great deal.

Subject: Buildng a cheap 100 watt LED Replies: 74
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,177
 
Here is some detailed info on LED lights and making your own COB led grow light.

https://www.reddit.com/r/HandsOnComplexity/

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
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I collect Opuntia sp. and select ones growing feral for fruit quality. There is a huge variance in the quality of the fruit. Most of the red smaller ones I have seen have a much higher seed count, more glocids, and less brix.

One of the superior selections I have found was a large fruited sweet watermelon tasting fruit with low to moderate count of soft chewable seeds. This one below I call Torrance PCH#1.

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Subject: OT: Fruits of Kauai Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 900
 
I am spoiled, and have lived in only zone 10a for my life. You can pull it off in containers, the Longan will be able to survive temps down to 32 degrees without die back. You would need a south facing indoor window or LED lights to keep it happy during the winter. If your able to keep things outside until November (or use LED lights), then I think you got a shot on getting fruit.

I would suggest a mostly coir mix (maybe 80% coir 20% perlite). Try a 15 gal fabric or similar container. I harvested fruits around the first week of November, this was the first year it fruited (gave me about 5 to 7 fruits). The next year was about 15-20 fruits but they got stolen by critters. I then chopped it back because I was moving and transplanted it into the ground.

If your interested in growing subtropical/tropical fruits in containers, there are a lot of guys who do it and are in cold sub 32F areas of the world. You can find out more information on http://www.tropicalfruitforum.com .

Some pics of the 'Kohala' Longan

11/5/11

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10/21/14, was pugged (pruned back hard) and planted into the ground.
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Subject: OT: Fruits of Kauai Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 900
 
Nice pictures, I love Jackfruit as well. Jackfruit has a wide range in quality of fruit as well. Longan is one of my favorites as well, and it will fruit in a container (I fruited about 10 to 20 full sized ones in a 15 gal container before).

No Durian taste testing? :P

Subject: OT looking for lolita surinam Cherry Replies: 29
Posted By: nullzero Views: 921
 
WillsC,

Yeah I find usually the fig lovers also love all other types of fruit, tropical and temperate as well. As for me, I love figs, I also growing everything under the sun from Cionosicyos macranthus and Saba comorensis to Gooseberries and Sambucus peruviana. A lot of it is trial and error and experiments. I am lucky to have a zone 10a in FL now. Trialing figs now in the ground. So far squirrels and critters got all 4 of the Vista figs this year. I am expecting a bigger crop next year from in ground Vista, and perhaps having Dark portuguese and Violet Sepor produce as well.

You may want to check of species from Eugenia out as well if you like Surinam cherries. The only gripe I have with Eugenia sp. is the fruit flies like stinging the fruits. Here is some other Eugenia to check out; E. selloi aka E. neonitida, E. involucrata, and E. pyriformis.

Subject: OT looking for lolita surinam Cherry Replies: 29
Posted By: nullzero Views: 921
 
WillsC,

You can post over at tropicalfruitforum.com, under the for sale and trade section. You should be able to find a source or have someone point you to one over there for this Surinam cherry. BTW, I usually don't like directing people off forums. However for this topic more response and information will be obtained I believe.

Subject: Dried out tree -- could it be the potting medium? (pictures added) Replies: 25
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,317
 
Mix warm fresh rain/well water with yucca powder and some mycorrhizae mix and stir well. Soak the rootball with soil in the water mix for 2 hours. Drain extra water from rootball, repot in a slightly larger size container with a little extra potting soil. Monitor moisture levels closely for the next few weeks. Add some sea kelp fertilizer in 1/2 dilution with prior watering. Use a good mulch on the container fig.

Subject: The winter of 2013-2014 was so cold....(How cold was it?!?!) Replies: 32
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,479
 
It did not get colder then 42 degrees here, I am spoiled with weather.

Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,261
 
Let's also consider the fact that most food staples are GMO majority; wheat,soy, corn, canola, etc.. See a trend here? Combined with pesticide residue and unknown on long term affects of GMO foods.

Subject: Which Figs Do You Have In Ground Replies: 32
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,754
 
Figs in ground for 6 months, zone 10a. Vista, Dark Portuguese, Capelas. Sandy soil moderately fast draining.

Subject: The Potting Bench Reveal YAY! Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 813
 
Suzi,

You can construct an outside plywood box a couple feet high with some shelves. You can make it a germination/cuttings box. Just add a heatmat inside and some LED grow lights. With a door that closes and some insulation it should never get colder then low 30s inside.

Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 
Got the cuttings in thanks Jon!

Stuck in clonex and in peat moss cutting/seed mix. Now in closed off plastic baggies will open every 1 to 2 days.

Subject: I've never seen a worm here.. BUT Replies: 13
Posted By: nullzero Views: 766
 
Sounds like incorporating lots of organic matter into the surrounding soil would be needed. Mulching heavily a couple times a year, along with tilling in organic matter in the surrounding areas would help.

Subject: I've never seen a worm here.. BUT Replies: 13
Posted By: nullzero Views: 766
 
Suzi,

That system works, but it would be good to introduce a few worm species from local worm farmers. The worms would help greatly, you should have worms in the area unless its bone dry in most parts of the yard. Having ample amount of worms would improve the root system greatly, especially if there is lots of clay.

Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 

Got 3 out of 8. Here is what I have coming soon :).

Malta Black BC35

Gino VS  - 1 pc
Violet Sepor FN

Unfortunately the rest of the tier Ds did not get filled.


Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 
I put in two emails, one saying primary order and the second email saying alternative order. Now my question was this the right way to do it? Or will Jon see this as two separate orders? I am confused and hope I did not confuse Jon or the people helping him out.

Subject: For my northern friends...and an update of sorts. Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,494
 
WillsC,

Yeah same here sugar sand 80% sand probably and the rest is clay/organic. I have Vista, Capelas, and Dark Portuguese in ground. Along with 7 mangoes, 3 pomegranates, and many other trees. I mixed decent amounts of crushed oyster shells into the fig holes to help combat nematodes. Will continue to mulch heavily as well.

Subject: For my northern friends...and an update of sorts. Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,494
 
WillsC,

Thanks for the reply, I will ask you in the future. I got a few figs in the ground in PSL, sandy relatively quick draining soil. Hopefully I will know if they perform well or not in the next few years.

I have not planted any citrus yet, because I did not want to deal with all the diseases and pests such as citrus greening and leaf miners. How are you dealing with the citrus related pests and diseases?

Subject: Fig Paradise? Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,069
 
Yeah figs don't like it too wet, but if you got sandy fast draining soil and room for containers you can control the moisture better.

Subject: Fig Paradise? Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,069
 
Louisiana similar to FL, I would think. I hear the home and land prices are very reasonable in Louisiana.

Subject: Fig Paradise? Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,069
 
Hawaii is great too! However island fever and high cost of living are going against it.

Subject: Fig Paradise? Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,069
 
Pretty much anywhere in Southern, CA that is below 2000 ft elevation everything is this range is zone 9a to zone 10b. If you don't mind hot most places of Southern, AZ below 2000 ft elevation all ranging from zone 8b to 10a. Central to South FL all zone 9a to 10b. If your looking for affordable and not worrying about water then FL would top the list.

Advantages of CA, low humidity in summer time perfect climate for figs.

Disadvantages extremely expensive for what you get. Water costs a lot, and in drought.

Advantages of AZ, nice climate for figs lower costs of land compared to CA.

Disadvantages extremely hot in summer time, water access and price can be an issue.

Advantages of FL, plenty of water able to grow mangoes and other subtropical fruits with ease (in zone 10a-10b). Land affordable outside major cities.

Disadvantage, humidity, pets, and diseases. Takes more management and the right fig varieties to produce nice crops.

Personally I would not live anywhere besides these three regions. I would absolutely hate having to deal with snow and not being able to grow subtropicals.


Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 
What happens after order receipt? Do we wait for a total amount to be sent and what is available?

Subject: For my northern friends...and an update of sorts. Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,494
 
WillsC,

What are you best figs during the humid raining days of summer?

Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 
Is anyone getting their email blocked trying to send to encantofarms? The first list went through but the follow up email with an alternative list was blocked by the email server.

So I think I am tagged as spam now, which sucks if I try to respond to an email from encantofarms I will not be able to. I tried to resend the alternative list today but received the same message.

Subject: Encanto Farms Fig Cuttings 2014 Replies: 577
Posted By: nullzero Views: 30,957
 
Wonder how many people on the east coast members are pulling a late night waiting party :).

Subject: --- Really cheap plant tags Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,589
 
If the plant inventory gets large, I make sure quality and long lasting is a factor.
These are great tags, I reuse them by just crossing off and adding on a corner or backside.
Misplacing a tag or forgetting what something is... is more of a loss to me then saving a couple $.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-METAL-TREE-TAGS-PLANT-LABELS-ID-MARKERS-/270617549007?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f021018cf

Subject: RKN Root Knot Nematode treatment/control Replies: 7
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,361
 
I have figs in the ground, we will see how they fare. I back filled about 5% crushed oyster shell in about 8 cubic ft of soil dug out. I also mulched heavily with oyster shell around the fig trees, so you see a nice white mulch around the fig.

Supposedly oyster shell helps at killing nematodes. Having a mostly sandy soil, I assume nematodes are already in it.

Subject: How many varieties did you think you'd want when you first found F4F? And now? Replies: 33
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,451
 
I first wanted 4, I ended up with 10. Plan to have at least half or more in ground. I would want more, but then there would be no room for the mango trees and many other fruits.

Subject: Potting mediums-what's your favorite/which works best? Replies: 38
Posted By: nullzero Views: 3,056
 
I would ditch the peat moss, and opt for something like a 1 pine bark \ 1 coir \ 1 perlite mix.

Subject: Mailing bare rooted tree Replies: 6
Posted By: nullzero Views: 659
 
Have root ball surrounded by damp coco coir, then wrap in bubble wrap. Hope that the weather in the UK stays above 29 degrees.

Subject: Sticky situation - brown rice syrup in containers Replies: 20
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,013
 
I agree leave the syrup, it can feed beneficial microbes in the soil. I would inoculate the soil mix with mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial microbes.

Subject: Southern Fig Information Page 1 Replies: 28
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,190
 
Great post and information on a much lacking topic at times. I hear mixing crushed claim/oyster/muscle shells and or crushed cement block, helps ward off nematodes in ground for those having issues with them in the south.

Subject: Figs (Sandy soil and nematodes) Replies: 10
Posted By: nullzero Views: 680
 
WillsC,

Thanks for the great information. The location is PSL and the lot has sugar sand with Bermuda grass. So maybe I can look forward to planting out in the spring when lots of organic matter is added.

Subject: Figs (Sandy soil and nematodes) Replies: 10
Posted By: nullzero Views: 680
 
Well I wanted to plant these out in 2 weeks time frame. So soil test would take some time, I am assuming there is nematodes because its sandy soil and its in FL. It sounds like having figs in ground would be not worth while. Perhaps I will just grow them in containers.

Subject: Figs (Sandy soil and nematodes) Replies: 10
Posted By: nullzero Views: 680
 
I wanted to know if it would be a futile attempt to plant two 5 gal fig trees in the ground. The soil is like 80% sand and I am assuming there are nematodes in the ground. The location is SE FL, any tips or success stories?

Subject: Harvey's New Fig Orchard Replies: 114
Posted By: nullzero Views: 5,243
 
Harvey,

Great job, its going to look amazing in the future. Congrats on a job well done, best of luck with your future fig crops.

Subject: Figeater Beetles Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,191
 
They are a problem in SoCal, they love peaches and will eat any other soft skinned fruit that is sweet. Luckily they are big and clumsy and easy to spot and kill. Even a bird net will be able to stop most of them.

Subject: Unknown Carini breba (finally) - updated 7/30/13 Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,101
 
Frank,

Nice photos, this is a strong grower for me too.

Subject: Shocked at price of fresh figs online Replies: 43
Posted By: nullzero Views: 7,751
 
Greenfig,

I would but the TJs is 1 min walk from work lol.

Subject: Shocked at price of fresh figs online Replies: 43
Posted By: nullzero Views: 7,751
 
Trader Joes in Southern, CA is selling large Kadota and Black Mission figs for $3.79 a pound. Quality is average and sweet, good enough to go through a 1 lb box in 1 sitting. I just went through 1 lb about 30 min ago, all figs except one (which I ended up trashing, was hard as a rock) were pretty much ripe with acceptable to good sweetness.

Subject: Petite Negri Replies: 18
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,898
 
Looks very good, closed eye it looks like?

Subject: Bought figs from Almost Eden (review) Replies: 5
Posted By: nullzero Views: 603
 
Bought a Wuhan fig, Conadria fig, and 'Big Lifeberry' Goji berry from Almost Eden. Shipping took longer then usual due to a screw up on their part (billing and shipping address). Talked to customer service which was very responsive. They assured me the new package would arrive soon and in good condition. They quickly corrected the issue and sent me the correct package which arrived about 2 weeks after order.

I would recommend again especially since the customer service was responsive and corrected the problem within a week. The prices were good and had a good selection of figs. The plants arrived well packed and in good condition.

Wuhan fig

Subject: Random pictures of the fig jungle Replies: 31
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,410
 
Tamar,

Yeah its very easy to go overboard with figs. I limit myself because I don't have room for all the other edible plants and herbs I grow as well.

Subject: consensus on potting mix? Replies: 64
Posted By: nullzero Views: 3,112
 
My vote goes for the 5-1-1 mix, however replace the peat moss with coco coir instead. I am liking a mix close to 40% pine bark 25% coir 25% perlite 10% biochar.

Subject: OT Dragon Fruit Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,147
 
I have heard that Sugar Dragon is the same as voodoo child. I have both vines but have not hand fruit yet to compare side by side.

Subject: OT Dragon Fruit Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,147
 
Self pollinating varieties;

Condor
Vietnamese White
Sugar Dragon
Purple Haze
American Beauty
Dark Star
Delight
Makisupa
Neitzel
Voodo Child
Zamorano
Cosmic Charlie

many others... not sure where to find out the info yet on them. Btw this is a great site for reference http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com/dragon/

Subject: OT Dragon Fruit Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,147
 
bullet08,

Some dragon fruit selections are self pollinating, while others needs hand pollination at night. Purple Haze is a self pollinating variety.

Subject: OT Dragon Fruit Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,147
 
Nice setup Javajunkie!

I am growing a good deal of dragon fruit vines, I have many in 1 gal containers (keeping it that way until I move them to permanent spots). Physical Graffiti is one of the fastest growers for me and will multiply segments quite fast.

For those growing Dragon Fruit below zone 10a, I suggest you stay away from Selenicereus megalanthus. It did not flower until the fall and set fruit into the winter (which dropped off when we got a cold spike in the low 30s) Dragon fruit should overwinter inside fine, as long as its kept in a dry location with 4 hours or so of sunlight and temps above 30 degrees. Watering can be kept with a minimum especially if temps are below 60 (once every 2 weeks, or depending on medium moisture).

The fruit flowers and sets in the summer (around August). Depending on the selection it may fruit in late July to September (later if its Selenicereus megalanthus). The vines like high intensity filtered light in the majority of the plant with the top end of the vines reaching for full sun. If you have some humidity in the climate and temps are under 85 (don't worry to much about vine burn). Those in intense summer heat like AZ and TX, shade cloth might be a good idea. Don't be to shy with organic fertilizers during the long warm days of summer. Vines are receptive to foliar feeding at night especially feeding through the aerial roots.

You can get decent yields (from what I seen) in 10 to 15 gal containers. A porous well draining mix is optimal with 2-3 watering per week during hot days of summer. Once the vines get enough mass and are given some potassium flowering should commence in June.-July. I recommend that some of the watering cycles during the last phases of fruit development is withheld, so BRIX can increase and vines can use excess store of water and nutrients.

 

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