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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning Pometia Pinnata (Fijian Longan)
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:38:06 AM »
Trunks are a little fluted but not buttressed. They get very big still and have extensive and shallow root systems,

Makes sense that a sandpaper fig was used as all those rainforest species and there are dozens of them seem unsuitable. Brown Turkey is the most common F.carica variety that people succeed with in tropical Australia. I am surprised they are compatible still.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning Pometia Pinnata (Fijian Longan)
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:45:31 PM »
They are very tall and fairly narrow crowned trees with soft brittle wood. They snap off in strong winds like from cyclones and become shorter and bushier trees. I have seen them sawn off and re-sprout to form a shorter and broader tree. I doubt you have to be overly careful

I have a few of the pandans and they grow vigorously. They are not all standard and better culinary lines are more aromatic and some poorer types hardly ad any flavour in cooking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilamas on my trees and seeds sprouting
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:12:47 PM »
GA3 500ppm for 10 hrs was used on the seeds and I presume etoliation wont be a problem.A shorter time at 500ppm probably would have been ok.My trees are a bit crowded and obstructed by other things so I cant get shots of the trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taiwan Gold - A big time mango
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:08:03 PM »
Taiwan gold may be a local name and thanks for the alternative names. I figured it must be reasonably well known as it is of good quality and strikingly large.

No it isn't an immature jackfruit and the seeds are fully formed although small.With the aroma the fruit is mature. It is not Myrianthus and the same person brought a piece of that to identify as well. Treculia seems to be a good guess Karen but is seems more than double the maximum weight of it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A taste of Myrianthus arboreus
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:51:05 AM »

I was asked to identify a giant yellow mulberry from a piece of the fruit this afternoon. The skin is like sandpaper and the sections are like a pandanus.

It is fibrous and there is not a lot of flesh.It has a pleasant enough acid/sweet taste that makes your lips tingle like some acid pineapples do.It is a familiar fruity taste with a hint of cinnamon .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ilamas on my trees and seeds sprouting
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:18:20 AM »

The last one is a cut red genova from last year.I am please to have fruit on all 4 trees and I have 3 varieties.

Thanks Raul the red and pink ilama seeds are sprouting in less than 3 weeks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What the heck is this Artocarpus like fruit?
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:07:27 AM »

I was brought this aromatic 21.4kg fruit to identify today. It looks like a big brain with marang like skin tubicles .

It smells and looks like an artocarpus inside with rag but the bulbs of flesh are missing.

The seeds are small and I am reaching down deep and coming up empty. I don't know what it is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Taiwan Gold - A big time mango
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:56:56 AM »

A friend brought me some Taiwan gold mangoes and they sure are big and they taste good as well. I clipped the seed in the cut one.
It seems to be a very late variety and unlike most varieties thrives in high rainfall places getting over 4000mm/yr.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sale: Ilama seeds (anona rosada)
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:03:54 AM »
They fruit quickly and I have 4 trees with fruit on now.One is Guillermo,2 are red genova and the other with a reddish skinned fruit and redder growth fleshes one should be pajita, rosada or rosenda perez. The seeds got mixed when they were sent to me. Anyway 3 years to fruit seems normal for those I have given away.

Sure looks like sibabat and they can exceed 100g routinely. The Malay black is probably just a very dark variant of sibabat.They sure look good and it is almost pulasan season here.

Did I ad edronol and pinkerton to my list? I am near the tropical limit of where Guatemalan avos can fruit and survive. Hass, fuerte and so many others are unsuitable and it took a lot of trial and error to determine that only wurtz,hazzard,Reed and shepard were worth growing. People keep trying to grow sharwil only like me to be disappointed. Luckily the 4 that can grow here are good quality types but they would prefer to be 1600km poleward of me.

I grow jelly vines Cyclea barbata the real deal with the fuzzier leaves. I also grow yanang vine that is used in bamboo curries and they are not genuine jelly vines like some literature says.
Cyclea barbata grows and fruits prolifically in a warm climate.

Official temps are 47.3 c for a close meteorological station where the official screen boxes are used. in the stadium which is very large the air get trapped and temps rises.The modern measuring devices simulate the screen boxes for shade temp 1m above the ground. The 57.6c being the highest measured in the Sydney Cricket Stadium should be the same as what the screen box would record. While the stadium can hold 80 000 and the grassed surface pitch is around 3 hectares it is not an official recording station.The official world record is 56.7c at Death Valley now that the Ethopian record has been discredited.

Sorry to talk about heat in the freezing thread.Speaking of crazy weather.Sydney cricket ground recorded very high temperatures yesterday variously reported as being between 56c and 58c (134f +) during the Australia vs England test match. Maybe a sporting fixture has never been played before in such oppressive weather. Surprisingly news references to the match such as below did not focus on the extreme temperatures.

"AUSTRALIA is just six wickets away from inflicting an embarrassing 4-0 series black eye on England after dominating with the bat and ball on day four of the Fifth Ashes Test.
After Shaun Marsh (156) and Mitch Marsh (100) created history with a special moment of brotherly love, Australia raced to 7/649 declared as England were made to suffer temperatures out in the middle of the SCG that soared north of 56C."

The heat had adversely impacted fruit and vegetables in the heatwave area with prices expected to soar due to crop failure.

I might have to take back what I said that Sydney was not that hot.I read on the nrews that Penrith in western Sydney was quite warm and I quote "The Penrith observation station reached 47.3 degrees just before 2pm, with the Bureau of Meteorology confirming it was the highest reading ever recorded at the station" That is about 117f and no doubt there would have been warmer places inland.. 

Oscar I don't know but the KP conundrum is certainly baffling. I judge Avos as according to whether they are better or worse than Hass and most are not as good. Perhaps I was rash including Sharwil and omitting Pinkerton.

Temps plummeted at my place with 79f min to 90f max today after 3 inches of rain so there is a chill in the air.Now at 7.50pm it is a brisk 85f but the temp relief wasn't matched by a humidity relief. Did I say that Oscar? I was younger then if it was me. The entire Ocean around northern Australia seems to be 30c to 32c (sorry for lapsing back to metric) at the moment.
 Even southern Australians are complaining at the moment. Tomorrow will be warmish even on the coast.
Penrith West Sydney
Sydney has no humidity so that is chicken feed. They have no right to complain unless it is over 50c

Like Oscar I am a bit hot and wet for mangoes except a few varieties, For the last week my temps were 95 to 98f with minimums in the 80's.The humidity has been extraordinary with the air like syrup. People without aircons at night must be like starfish under the fan in pools of sweat. The term for tropical heat with heavy humidity induced madness is 'going troppo'.
I would kill to feel some of that US cool weather at the moment.

Reed, Shepard, Sharwil and Hazzard are my favourites and maybe Shepard tastes a little more buttery and rich than the others.

I got seeds from Jim West and gave them to a DF enthusiast friend. A high proportion sprouted and they grew quickly. First flowering at 18 months old didn't set and my friend was away for the second flowering during extreme weather and they did not set again.
I grew seeds from Oscar's orange skin purple fleshed variety. My plant was producing fruit well before it was 2 years old from a seed. They are much like Aztec gem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Atemoya Variety Budsport SE Queensland
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:56:39 PM »
I was not aware of this atemoya until reading this story. I am not sure just how good it is. South East Queensland seems to be an engine room for atemoya development and consumption.

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