[NAFEX] Paw Paw pollination
quandong at iinet.net.au
Sat Mar 18 02:13:10 EST 2006
Apparently mango pollination benefits from blowflies, also. Here is
a trick mentioned on the web, which might also work for pawpaws:
Tainan District Agricultural Improvement Statio, Taiwan.
Fruit setting of mango can be increased by 30~50% if there is a large
population of blowflies in the orchard during the flowering period.
Providing food for these insects can help to ensure this. Mixing
soybean powder with fish powder to feed blow flies can increase
pollination and fruit setting of mango (the image shows a tray heaped
with this powdery mixture).
On 17/03/2006, at 12:16 PM, Heron Breen wrote:
> There are a number of Smilax species, "sawbrier" being primarily
> used for Greenbrier, as Smilax herbacea has no thorns, also called
> smooth Greenbrier.. Check out this link below, or search Smilax
> herbacea and check other pages. One reports the specific carrion
> smell to be "dead rats". Although I have smelled dead rats, the
> odor did not leave a permanent impression. I think "carrion flower"
> must have become just a nickname for Smilax in general. Smilax
> herbacea is the only species with the odor, as I understand it.
> Listed as HARDY TO ZONE 4, with edible berries, leaves, and young
> stems, so it belongs in our listserv of its own merits. Sounds like
> you would know if you had this species around.
> Now we just have to find a seed source,
> Heron Breen
> zone 4, Maine
> On Thu Mar 16 18:46 , 'kieran or donna' redherring at tnaccess.com> sent:
>> Heron, I am a little puzzled, as I never knew why sawbriers were
>> called "carrionflower" in the books, and though there are two
>> kinds of sawbrier growing on our property, I have never smelled
>> anything bad around them nor seen any flies hanging around them.
>> Maybe there is only one species of Smilax with the bad smell, and
>> we don't have it here? Donna
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