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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:55:32 AM »
Best ones are sweetest even before they are coloured properly let alone old and wrinkled.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:50:37 AM »
Cane toads here initially impacted on the northern quolls,freshies and Varanus panoptes and V.gouldii as well as quite a few others that are now being affected in the NT.They will bounce back to normal abundances as they did in qld.Cane toads didn't make anything die out or change in abundance in the long term. After the cane toad boom they will bust and get less common and be naturalised.
The frillies around here are one thing you don't see as many of as when I was a kid. That isn't because of toads.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:33:38 AM »
Passionfruit are just mainstream here and very popular as they have been for over 100 years. Sourness in passionfruit isn't tolerated and people grow them from seeds and compare the fruit to others. It sets the scene for continual improvement. American avos are an example where the US has developed the best.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: plucking sapodillas
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:29:49 AM »
Just a normal house block a bit over 1200m2. I spread things around and don't grow a vast amount myself.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:28:18 AM »
Goannas are meat eaters and scavengers and don't really eat fruit. There are lots of species of them and these are lace monitors. The biggest adults are probably around 35lbs and 1.8m long or a little bigger,but my ones are less than that. All wildlife is protected even the big pythons and venomous snakes. Not many guns in private hands in Australia and you certainly cant use them in the suburbs.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: plucking sapodillas
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:17:30 AM »
She was with her partner picking.I don't have avos any more as they got too big.The avos volunteered their spots for new trees that will be planted when the wet season begins.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:19:35 AM »
That goanna photographed last week is hanging above my bedroom window and that foliage is from my big pitangatuba (thanks Oscar).8m away are my sapodillas and the screeching of flying foxes sends me through the ceiling at 2am with their blood curdling screams.


Getting back to goannas, this lace monitor last week stripped the leaves off the papaya just by climbing on it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: plucking sapodillas
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:47:53 AM »


Forgot the picture and here it is.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / plucking sapodillas
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:25:32 AM »
My sapodillas have been picked and plucked by lots of different friends in the last few weeks.People bring their own pickers and it is the thai plastic bucket such as the one in the photo from 10 minutes ago that I favour.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:34:24 AM »
I have hassles with flying foxes and cockatoos but lately I have had goannas stealing eggs and hassling the fowls. They have threatened me a few times in the last couple of weeks and I would prefer not to tangle with one when I am moving them along.I figure I have 4 regulars.




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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for plinia inflata seeds
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:27:12 AM »
The standard mulchi is a bit more widespread and Jim is the only one with the giant mulci which apparently is the same species.

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They are 2 or the best monos alright gula pasir and boni.I have small ones of each planted. One Hawaiian forum member has boni.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:21:09 AM »
As far as I know the seedless hasn't been released to nurseries yet but no doubt a few people have some.I am not sure if it is the same as the A4 seedless of Jason Nursery in Guangdong or not.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:59:59 PM »
Heya Ethan not really but manu are aromatic when cut. I also recently tries some very large edulis I found for sale in the market and they were at least as good as misty gem,sweet heart and other classic edulis but still not in the same league and the best flavicarpas.




The more standard dark panamas seem to be getting left behind. Yellow sweet flavicarpas don't fruit through winter like the dark flavicarpas do.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:40:25 PM »






There seems to be lots of new types of passionfruit that are extra sweet in the supermarkets all the time.Flavicarpas much more so than edulis.These are some very good ones.

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Citrus General Discussion / Citrus at the supermarket
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:20:52 PM »


I went to the supermarket this morning and noticed how the citrus is laid out. My local supermarket has around 15 to 25 varieties at any one time all laid out in neat rows. They change around varieties regularly. It is totally different from the haphazard nature of the local markets.It would be interesting to see what citrus is on offer in supermarkets in various places.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 09, 2018, 06:19:19 AM »
I bet these nest wave lychees. especially the seedless and erdon lee will spontaneously appear in the US in 5 to 10 years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona Reticulata????
« on: September 09, 2018, 06:15:28 AM »
Not a custard apple and highly unlikely to be an Annonaceae

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 09, 2018, 06:13:02 AM »






Here are 3 new ones that you may have been talking about. I don't think they have been distributed much in Australia yet and there seems to be little information on them.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starapples in the park
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:36:29 PM »
No FF in starapples in QLD

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Stumbled across a tree today and there was a fruit underneath it.It was too old to eat.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for plinia inflata seeds
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:20:13 PM »
Jim west is the only source

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Starapples in the park
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:15:56 PM »
Went fruit foraging with my brother this morning and spotted a few trees in public areas.


Found a few odds and ends but lots or Garcinia sp. and Durio sp. are in flower now.
A large purple type of starapple was found and they are very nice to eat.

It is what's inside that counts and these proved to be very good.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brutal heatwave 7/06/18 in Socal
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:57:34 PM »
What a huge variation between max and min.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why wont my passion vine fruit?
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:27:13 PM »
Climate, health ,nutrition,water or pollination? Mmm ,,, perhaps nutrition and I would withhold N as much as possible and pump up Kc, Mg and Ca. Maybe water stress it a little also.

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