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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB or trade for Mesquite seeds
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:47:11 AM »
Yes still interested! Do you still have any seeds?

R u still looking for mesquite seeds, cause they are falling all over the the place, this is about 2 maybe 2.5 weeks of them falling.

Only saw this now!!! I am still very interested!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Breeding/selecting with dioecious plants
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:44:08 AM »
Thanks everyone!

Some great tips and advice here:)

I will try keep this thread updated as I slowly progress

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Breeding/selecting with dioecious plants
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:29:43 AM »
I plan to casually select and improve Marula a dioecious species.

How i see it is I have about fifty trees and should have space to plant them out soon. I would then see which ones were best and cull the worst say 70% and graft seedlings from the best 30% onto them. Then just keep doing this for many years and hopefully get some nicer fruit over time. This would just be for hobby reasons as I am an amateur. I don't expect professional or dramatic results but even slight improvement s would be really awesome. I am 29 now so should have quite a few years to have fun with this:)
I have some questions though for the more knowledgeable here :) :
1. Is there a better way to do this than described? I know the attributes I would want, namely: bigger fruit, better flesh to seed ratio, less cling on seed. I already love the natural wild taste so any of these attributes improving even a little would be great!

2. Is this population big enough? Would say 100 trees get me better chances?
I could do many more trees in very large containers but my assumption was in ground trees would be a better bet.

3.How the he'll do you select for the males? It must matter what males you decide to get rid of or keep but I have no idea how you would make this decision.

This is really interesting to me so any insights or advice would be cool

P.S - One last question
All my plants come from local populations would it be worth it try source seeds from far away, maybe more north into Africa for genetic diversity?
I have tried and failed to source from already improved plants but maybe I could catch a break in the future.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Kratom tree cuttings
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:31:53 AM »
How did you get the Kratom?
Do you know if germination from seed is even possible?


Erica I can help you guys on hardyness :)

Year old seedlings seem to easily tolerate -1C without problems. Older plants even better. I have a 3 year old that went through 0C recently and even the thin branch tips a few mm wide are bright green when scratched no problem. I think the plant has great cold tolerance when dormant but I am a dry winter area and I have feeling that like Baobab very wet roots while cold not be a good combo. I just give little bit of water so soil doesnt completly dry out and go all dead in winter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shocking! Watch for yourself
« on: August 02, 2017, 06:43:52 AM »
My powerlifting coach is vegan and quite muscular I would be suprised if he was even 5% body fat!
He is incredibly strong especially for his weight but I always cant help wondering if he would be just a bit stronger if he was omnivourous or even just vegitarian?

For myself the protein requirments to keep my Powerlifting total rising are large (2g per kg or for me close to 220g per day) and to get that kind of protein without meat and animal products and staying under a certain total calorie level would be out of my budget ha ha.

There are also things in meat like creatine(no plant source) that undeniably improve strength performance and are backed by studies.

At the end of the day its a personal choice, I just dont want my choice taken away as my body responds very well to meat and whey and my strength  suffers when I dont eat it suffers.

I also have relatives that made it well past 90 on standard meat inclusive diets, though I do think we probably eat too much meat as a society and should try keep consumption at a healthy level.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shocking! Watch for yourself
« on: August 01, 2017, 03:53:32 AM »
The longest living person on record Li Ching-Yuen died at 256 ate nothing but herbs and rice wine.

Li Ching-Yuen also stated that he ate deer venison(a very healthy source of protein) and goji berries amoung other things, no one could survive on just herbs and wine lol.

It is also believed that while the man did live to an incredible age the Chinese government inflated that age as properganda to improve national pride etc etc

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dorgian in a pot?
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:07:10 AM »
Looks photoshoped with bad quality pic to hide that fact lol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shocking! Watch for yourself
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:11:38 AM »
Seems like a propaganda film...

Havnt there been ecoli deaths linked to organic farming though?

Traditional eaters may not mind eating organic(besides the possible ecoli of course) but we definitly would mind the higher prices that a blanket ban on certain methods would bring. So it may bring the price of organic produce down but the average price would probably rise!

Im also not completly convinced that purely organic methods can feed the growing population. Even in my own country many people are starving and want food no matter what the methods?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden Kiwi - whoa
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:02:28 AM »
Also thought they were amazing!

May June fruit is very plentiful!
But I agree I thought I loved hot weather but I struggled with the heat lol made me not even as hungry! The coconut shakes you can get everywhere were a gift sent from heaven!

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for gotu kola.
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:10:17 AM »
I have huge patches of Gotu Kola. Does it make a seed?
Does it grow wild there? Grows wild here.

Mine was nursery bought but it does grow wild in S.A. Not in the highveld bet in the cape forest its is plentifull. Im not sure if it is indigenous or introduced but mine grows like a weed and I love how it tastes:)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I'm looking for MARULA seeds.
« on: July 02, 2017, 03:33:04 PM »
I have if you need can PM me:)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cempedak cold tolerance
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:06:25 AM »
Posting back in case someone searches the topic. So after speaking to someone who is very familiar with chemps it seems the lower limit is about 1 degree Celsius. The lowest here is about 3 (and not every year) so I'm hopeful and I'm going to give it a go. I was also told that it does vary between varieties so if I can will try a few. I'll post back with my experiences.

Thanks for the feedback Ulfr!!
Do you know if that is for young trees? Could a large thick trunked tree maybe manage a degree or two colder?

Where did you get seeds if I may ask? This is an awesome tree even just for its looks!

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Pond edible plants
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:54:33 AM »
Lotus tubers are really good. I have had the seeds as a paste in sweet dumplings and it is one of the best tasting things I have ever had ha ha

Iv always thought of vigor as how fast it grows i.e. low figure puts out a flush of leaves in the same time as high vigor has flushed out multiple times. Size is different way I think about it is annual s are usually high vigor they grow fast like a sunflower but would never get to the size a low vigor tree will be however the terms are not mutually exclusive you could have a high vigor plant that gets huge. I could be wrong though!

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for gotu kola.
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:05:35 AM »
I have huge patches of Gotu Kola. Does it make a seed?

Also want if still available!

Hmm awesome thread!!!
Only weird plants I grow besides rare fruit(weird in SA but not on the forum!) Are psychoactive s and some indigenous:
Various masculine cacti
Sceletium tortuosum
Lithops species(living stone succulents)

Some indigenous fruits:
Snot apple
Pappea capensis
Mimmusops and dovyalis species various
Ancylobotrys kirkii

Poor South African here with a currency thats almost 20 to the dollar and Ebay is filled with a lot of scammers but Iv gotten some really good species there too!

I try to biuy from legit sellers here but thats a rare birthday present to myself kind of thing. Ebay shipping prices are just res=ally attractive even worth the risk sometimes.

The more you empower yourself with knowledge the more use and bargains you can find on Ebay!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pistachio trees
« on: June 05, 2017, 01:34:14 AM »
Thanks Fyliu and Hana I going to try Ebay and give some seeds a try! :)

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pistachio trees
« on: June 04, 2017, 02:43:52 PM »
Did you grow from seeds?
I can't find anywhere to get trees so even though I know all the pitfalls of growing from seeds and how it will take any years it might be my only option:'(

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