Dillon Nichols wrote:This sounds pretty perfect. And tasty.
Crazy how slight the modifications are to take those block houses from awful to good.
What would you use for this back on Van. Isl? I'm planting a bunch of hardy kiwi, but it's a bit too aggressive for this application IMO..
Dale Hodgins wrote:Thank you, Marco. Does the fruit get damaged much if it just hits the ground ? Is it landing on soil or on some sort of paving stone?
Dale Hodgins wrote:We have a citrus fruit here called palmetto in spanish and something different in visayan. It's the largest citrus and an original form that others were bred from. I think that's pretty unusual for the wild variety to be bigger than domesticated cousins.
The pomelo, Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, is the largest citrus fruit from the Rutaceae family. It is a natural (non-hybrid) citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a large grapefruit, native to South and Southeast Asia.
Dale Hodgins wrote:
I will probably try this on an outbuilding first, and see what sort of critters are attracted to it. Nova thinks that rats will climb up to steal the fruit and that snakes will lie in wait. Seems reasonable.
Yes, I'm aware of the short lifespan and need for support. Since I'm building from scratch, I will include slots in the concrete block that can allow very strong support arms to project. I think I would plants numerous varieties so that they don't all suffer some fate at the same time.
Tereza Okava wrote:Passionfruit has a short lifetime, maybe 5-7 years here. I've never had one last more than 6. What I've seen in.... 6 or 7? cases now is the vine is great and then bam, catastrophic attack by ants, caterpillars, or something on such a large scale that the whole thing is kaput, probably due to underlying weakness in the plant.
My point is that if you do plant a massive one, it's not forever and you will be able to get rid of it if it doesn't work. The fruit is very hardy, as described above, and while I have had rat issues in the garden the rats have not gone near the fruit. You may need to stay on top of picking it (before it hits the ground) but I've never seen damage to the maturing fruits on the vine.
It does give amazing yields, but the vine is a very heavy one (even pre-fruit). I've got an immature one that came up in the garden over hte last 6 months and it's already too heavy for its structure, not sure what I'm going to do with it.
You mention the citrus. You might be able to get decent citrus there through grafting. Here in Brazil we have pretty good yields even in very hot areas (Bahia, for example). Most of these citrus are grafted on to the naturalized "lemon", which is actually Citrus × limonia or Citrus reticulata × medica (aka rangpur lime, mandarin lime, lemandarin), a hybrid between the mandarin orange and the citron. There might be something local that could offer some good rootstock.