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A few surprises

by eric_victoria » 6 days ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

Over the years I've collected a lot of seeds and made multiple attempts at germinating them, but I stopped once I had more palm seedlings than space about 6 or 7 years ago. Now I've got more space I decided to give it another shot. I wasn't expecting much from seeds that had been sitting in the refrigerator for nearly 5 years and then a shed with wild temperature fluctuations for a few months but to my surprise I did manage a few germinations. I just check last week and found a parajubaea torallyi var torallyi, parajubaea torallyi var microcarpa (which I'd never been able to germinate), some mystery trachycarpus (unlabeled seeds), and a mystery butia (probably eriospatha). Just goes to show how resilient palm seeds can be; especially given the low effort germination technique I used this time.

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How do I save my papaya plants from fruit flies?

by boojum » 3 weeks ago in Rare Fruits, Edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals

I planted five papaya plants last summer. All of them have bloomed and produced fruit. I have not been able to harvest a single papaya, though :-( Fruit flies blow every single one of them. Locals have been of no use. I bought some sprays, and they worked for a time, but only if I reapplied every 2 or 3 days. Surely it shouldn't be this hard to harvest a few papayas!

Does anyone have a specific treatment that might work? I really don't want to reapply more than once a week. Though I'm not a huge fan of pesticides, I'm desperate enough to try anything at this point.

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TRADE/FREE Tamarillo, Naranjilla, Barbados gooseberry

by Jason (palo alto) » 3 weeks ago in Exchange Scions

I have a bunch of extra plants I propagated that I'd like to offer to anyone willing to pickup in Redwood City.

I'm looking to exchange for your rarities but if you don't have anything to share you can have them for free 8-)

Have:
Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) - unknown cultivar
Naranjilla
Barbados Gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata) aka Ora Pro Nobis

Also have several miracle fruit though not willing to give those away for free.

-Jason

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LED Grow Lights for Indoor Plants

by WonderKeeper » 3 weeks ago in Rare Fruits, Edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals

Is anyone try to set up this LED Grow Light at The Home Depot. There are 2 colors light one is white ( pictured ) the other is pink. The light look bright and beautiful. Please post your indoor grow light set up with this light here.

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seedless che fruit

by yeti17 » 3 weeks ago in Rare Fruits, Edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals

Does anyone have experience with the Che tree (cudrania/maclura tricuspidata), specifically the newer seedless variety?

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