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another load in from the field.

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figuring out who gets dibs on the red trailer after lunch.

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Tad,

I have a couple of questions. Since the Washingtonias have virtually no roots left, how long will it be before they are established at their new home and have a decent sized crown? This is assuming they will be well watered and taken care of.

As I recall you orderd the olives from Isreal or some place from Europe.  What makes them so special and did you use a rooting hormone on them?

Dick

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I would say with decent care and water, the washies will be rooted out in 6 to 8 months. and we put a respectable root ball on them, I get no complints about lack of rootball.

I do not own the olives, they are a contract grown crop, they are from Israel, they are an israelli variety.

There are more olive trees of this variety here at my farm, than ANYWHERE else in the U.S.

Berkely germplasm center has one tree, and a few.. I'd say less than 500 have been propagated from it.

Yes we used dip n grow at a very high concentration.

stay tuned for the next round of olive propagation 101, its gonna be alot of fun!:) should kick off wednesday or thursday.

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ready for transfer to the shade house.

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20 down another 50 to go

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(palmotrafficante @ Jan. 19 2008,21:20)

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Dick, you really think that about me?

Hey Tad! nice peyotes and astrophytum from tamaulipas I guess! :P

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Christian, your the first person to ever notice thats what I was holding:)

yeah that picture is at a friend of mines place n Tamps.

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Tad,

I saw where you were propigating one of the "garden varieties" of Agave, but have you thought about propigating and growing some of the more exotic types of Agaves? You can hardly open a garden magazine now without seeing Agaves being featured.  Even the New Yorkers have discovered them.

There are many smaller growing types, and many new hybrids with lots of color too that are ideal for container culture. A friend gave me some smaller growing ones a couple of years ago, and they have produced pups like crazy, so they are easy to propigate and they should do well in your climate. Some are extreamly cold hardy. Some of the rarer, and newer ones are worth big $$$, but they are just as easy to grow as the common ones.

They ship bare root eaisly, and never miss a beat when repoted.  They can even dry out and still spring to life when repotted and given some water. Just a thought, but I'm sure the competition is already out there growing these things. I expect in S. Texas you could turn a crop in 3 years, maybe even in two.

Dick

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Dick, yes, I am doing some agaves, I just got a bunch of liners in from the now defunct kaktus korral, and I was suppossed to have some varigated stuff in from a producer in india..the broker in florida screwed up and lost the order should have them in march. we are shipping a batch to a grower in Azuza Ca. on monday.

They have a big problem here though, the rhino beetle, agaves are like crack,meth,weed,and viagra with a shot of jaegermeister for the rhino beetle.  but it is somthing we grow.

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another batch

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monkeys for scale  :)

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last load of the day

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boss the 3rd keeping a watchful eye on all the activity

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still have 10 Tx sabal, and 30 med fans to load on here and if we have room 6 fifteen gallon robi's.

think of it like playing jenga in reverse for $$$$$$$$

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The Big Boss comes over for inspection.

a little over 1000 gallons, and 50 trees loaded out of the field in one day.

the olives started around 11:30 with a 30 minute lunch.

not a bad days progress.

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today is all about sables and meds and a few sagos.

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deep rootballs

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a couple more

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med fan

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sago, Thank the LORD when these are all gone, damn scale

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another med trimmed out waiting to be dug

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35 of these toatal for this load

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sables on the truck

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uno mas

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Growing just to spite me!

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I was going to ask you if the cycad scale had reached S. Texas. I guess there is no effective treatment for it yet? I don't know if it's true, but I heard that was an "introduction" that Fairchild Trop. Gardens made. It only takes one little sneeky insect to multiply like crazy.

Dick

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Dick we have scale here in south TX, we keep it in check using liberal amounts of LORSBAN 4E, soap, and citrus oil.  it has crashed the market on sagos, we blame the box stores for bringing it in from florida. Now I know al in kona is gonna have a hissy hearing that we spray for bugs but we do, unfortunately I depend on these plants to feed,cloth,and house myself and my family, so I have to spray the little buggers till they are dead.

God bless ftg for bringing in the curse and scourge of asian scale.

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med fans, this means we are almost done with this truck.

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nice pups

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from up on top of the trailer.

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finally loaded, we managed to finish out the load with evrything accounted for.

now to relax a bit!

because I gotta start it all over again in the morning, THANK GOD! I do belive spring is in the air :)

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(PalmGuyWC @ Feb. 02 2008,17:21)

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Tad,

I saw where you were propigating one of the "garden varieties" of Agave, but have you thought about propigating and growing some of the more exotic types of Agaves? You can hardly open a garden magazine now without seeing Agaves being featured.  Even the New Yorkers have discovered them.

There are many smaller growing types, and many new hybrids with lots of color too that are ideal for container culture. A friend gave me some smaller growing ones a couple of years ago, and they have produced pups like crazy, so they are easy to propigate and they should do well in your climate. Some are extreamly cold hardy. Some of the rarer, and newer ones are worth big $$$, but they are just as easy to grow as the common ones.

They ship bare root eaisly, and never miss a beat when repoted.  They can even dry out and still spring to life when repotted and given some water. Just a thought, but I'm sure the competition is already out there growing these things. I expect in S. Texas you could turn a crop in 3 years, maybe even in two.

Dick

Dick here are some shots of 1500 agaves going out bare root to a customer in azuza

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these get boxed up and sent 3 day ground to where ever it is they need to go. I dont market these direct, they are sold through a broker from Florida, by a sales person in San Diego, a set up I find quite amusing.

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we rooted these out in 38's, held them a few months dust the potting soil off and ship them,

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here are the trays, waiting to get pulled and graded and shook.

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juan counts and recounts and packs them in the shipping crates.  These are tequila agaves, I am working on a couple of other varieties, including some of the varigated types.

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a fine mess of sagos.

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and some med fans

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