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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:57:36 PM »
The cannabis people drive a lot of this, they can throw money at 'pot' plants like crazy.

Cannabis growers are the biggest suckers for rocket fuels and yes, they bring every shyster out of the woodwork known to man quick to fork over the money to anyone claiming "bigger yields".

You do have to nurture your soil helpers.  My veggie garden hasn't had compost in about 3 years and I can tell it in the marginal production and health of what's left.
But you have to admit cannabis growers have also furthered knowledge considerably! It's there money that has fueled businesses to make amazing lowlights and brought hydroponics into the mainstream among other things. Also lots of interesting experiments on hormones etc you can see from them online.

Yeah that industry does have many of the new breed of snake oil salesman though!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:20:20 AM »
I have found that if I let good soil completly dry in a pot it becomes crap, even if I wet it again its just not as good as it was. This is purely subjective though perhaps its all in my mind?

Too often I have checked on buried seeds only to find them terminated but I just broke the root checking! :P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 20, 2017, 02:33:41 PM »
Will good compost tea made with a bubbler compare at all to these types of products?
I've read that compost tea(&genetics obviously) are the secret behind giant veggie champions

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for gotu kola.
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:34:46 AM »
Gutukola is Centella asiatica. Gotukola is a Sinhala word. If you go to the following link, you can read about it. Is this what you mean by Gotu Kola

Yup thats it ;D

Found on the net , would this be Marula ?

It looks more like Kei Apple - Dovyalis caffra I think

Hey Stuart , what do you mean by higher up in Africa , closer to the equator or at a higher level above the sea ?


I think I just assumed Kenya because they apparantly have the highest level of genetic diversity with all three recognised subspecies(S.A we have caffra as far as I know). There is a picture of red colouration in this booklet page 5.

Im trying to find the link where it said more on the red type.
There really is a big variety in this species though! One of the improved types propergated by Prof Kas at Pretoria University is slightly smaller than a tennis ball (with bigger seed too but thats not bad since the kernel is apparantly delicious). Im holding thumbs I can get some of the truncheons they are starting in the next couple months!

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles - Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Seed Trade
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:19:02 AM »
What kind of thing you looking for?

I still have lots of Marula seed.

This paper mentions an improved cultivar called 'Namibian Wonder'- Stuart since you are in S. Africa you could perhaps contact they author at the email provided and get scions or large cuttings (they are reported to root fairly easily):

This paper discusses the activities of ICRAF in collecting marula varieties from the wild - perhaps they could be contacted as well....

Hope this helps

Thank you for the link I will also check it out!

I have made contact with Pretoria university they are apparently trying to propergate material from Prof Lucas 'Kas' Holtzhausen who apparantly selected a lot of supirior types :) They have promised me so scions if their large cuttings/trunchoens take( I didnt even know it could be propergated like this but they the experts ha ha)

I am Also currently on the hunt for a red marula because I have read that they do exist higher up in Africa.

I've killed many container tiresome this especially younger ones! In ground I almost killed a moringa but that was also from the mulch being too close to the trunk. Most other things in ground seems I can't water enough ha ha

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:)

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