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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee time
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:54:35 AM »
still have not picked it, planning to do that this weekend. Usually we give a large amount away to friends/family/neighbors. Sell some of it at the farmers market. They taste great, but have giant seeds so not the best for selling. unsure of the variety.
Its serious lychee time here at my place, 1 out of 3 trees on the property. Pretty hard to reach some of these, the tree was improperly pruned a number of years ago ... but it still seems happy



1st year for a good harvest. I believe this was a brewster planted some years ago.

I enjoyed some earlier today & decided to pick a few more and eat now...  There are probably 30 more on the small tree for later.

These were very sweet & tart combo & so fun to eat with the clear plump juicy flesh surrounded by the egg shell thin shell.

Sorry, didn't have time to stop and take a picture till they were all gone.... :P




Awesome.  What do you do with it all?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee time
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:48:19 AM »
Its serious lychee time here at my place, 1 out of 3 trees on the property. Pretty hard to reach some of these, the tree was improperly pruned a number of years ago ... but it still seems happy



1st year for a good harvest. I believe this was a brewster planted some years ago.

I enjoyed some earlier today & decided to pick a few more and eat now...  There are probably 30 more on the small tree for later.

These were very sweet & tart combo & so fun to eat with the clear plump juicy flesh surrounded by the egg shell thin shell.

Sorry, didn't have time to stop and take a picture till they were all gone.... :P




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plinia hybrids, variations and mutations
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:22:39 PM »
I was looking thru some old posts for Plinia identification and wanted to see if anyone had any ideas on this seedling I planted (but had lost the label to).. I suspect its trunciflora but I'm really not sure. These photos are a few days apart on new growth.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Don't throw away those passionfruit leaves!
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:55:05 PM »
Passion fruit flowers can also be used for tea (dried or fresh) - and they contain some MAOI alkaloids (monoamine oxide inhibitor). MAOI's are used as a pharmaceutical anti-depressant (although these are less common these days vs SSRIs). Passion flower can also be used augment the effect of some psychedelics, since they contain MAOIs.

Be aware that MAOI's should not be consumed with certain foods (cured meats, strong cheeses, etc.)

So, I'm trying this for the first time tonight. Observational notes:

1) Raw leaf: too strong for me to eat in a salad or whatnot.  Maybe cooked in some dishes with other strong flavours.

2) Tea taste (I used 5 large P. edulis leaves in an oversized coffee mug of near-boiling water): the first taste I got was just "leaf".  Nothing else.  Kind of unappealing, but not distasteful... just uninteresting.  However,  the more I've been drinking it the more I've been picking up this subtle mint flavour that wasn't there in the beginning.

3) Either this was some crazy timing, or maybe I'm having a very strong psychosomatic effect..... OR, this stuff does exactly what it says on the tin.   I was only a quarter of the way into the mug when I noticed that I felt sleepy.  And not "normal sleepy"; but like something was actively dragging my awakeness level down.  Yet not of the type of effect to cause an imminent "fall asleep at my computer" effect.  I'll just put it this way, I don't think I'll have any trouble falling asleep tonight.  ;)  I also have this sort of heavy and/or tingly effect around my head.... maybe a very tiny bit of that feeling you get when you've had skin numbed for a medical procedure.  But again, not a strong feeling like that.

I definitely have to try this again to see if it's a coincidence or if this is a consistently reproduceble effect.  But so far, I have to say that I'm believing these reports.

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unfortunately I dont have any trees left, but you can come grab some scions whenever they are ready (or i can mail some to you). I will graft some more this next season also.

@apresser.  Did u plant all of those lemon zest?  If not Id be interested in buying one

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just a little update for everyone on this topic. Lemon Zest is flowering here on the north shore of oahu for the first time. the tree is only 3 years old so probably wont hold fruit, but it seems to do really well in this climate in terms of the large flower set.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:49:42 PM »
Apresser,
What cultivar atemoyas do you have and where did you
buy them?  Also, what kind of bags do you use...paper or netting?
At what size and age of the the fruit do you need to bag?

Thanks

Hi. I have Pink Mammoth Atemoyas, all grafted on Chirimoya seedlings. I got these Scions from Oscar maybe 4 -5 years ago. I got some fine netting type bags from ebay (china) that seem to work fine as long as I bag the Atemoyas when they are pretty small (the size of a walnut with the shell on). Here is the link to the bags I use. https://goo.gl/Pu3FPP

Rollinia fruits well up here in Haleiwa, no problems with insects. Have a lot of other different varieties of Annona that are still young and have not fruited...so will have to wait and see what is tolerant of the borer beetle and wasp and what is not.

the weave is the same size as organza bags?

not exactly the same. a bit larger--- but it works well to keep out the borers that get into atemoyas

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:58:56 PM »
Sadly both Kent Vinzant and Frankie's don't sell atemoya or Rollinia  :'( I guess I'll try from seed... and invest in some bags

Once you get your seedlings going you can help yourself to some Pinks Mammoth Scions, if you come pick up on the North Shore. I got my first "crop" this year as I allowed a few fruits to mature. They were  not mammoth in size (probably due to the age of the tree), but the flavor was excellent.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:47:31 PM »
Apresser,
What cultivar atemoyas do you have and where did you
buy them?  Also, what kind of bags do you use...paper or netting?
At what size and age of the the fruit do you need to bag?

Thanks

Hi. I have Pink Mammoth Atemoyas, all grafted on Chirimoya seedlings. I got these Scions from Oscar maybe 4 -5 years ago. I got some fine netting type bags from ebay (china) that seem to work fine as long as I bag the Atemoyas when they are pretty small (the size of a walnut with the shell on). Here is the link to the bags I use. https://goo.gl/Pu3FPP

Rollinia fruits well up here in Haleiwa, no problems with insects. Have a lot of other different varieties of Annona that are still young and have not fruited...so will have to wait and see what is tolerant of the borer beetle and wasp and what is not.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:18:42 PM »
I have fruiting atemoyas up here on the North Shore. The borer beatles are really fast to get the fruit, I keep the trees small and bag all the fruits when they are still small. Its the only way.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rollinia in Honolulu?
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:14:43 PM »
are you planning to visit the north shore? I only have 2 ripe ones left on my tree (I guess mine fruited earlier than most), but i can give u one or at least a half of one. PM me if you end up visiting the north shore.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:27:43 PM »
Yea I agree if they went out of the way to patent it, not going to make any effort to clone it, even for personal use. But who knows, maybe can win the genetic lottery on seeds collected from this plant and end up with something great for the home garden. Otherwise the White Jade is a really high quality pineapple, and although its not as sweet as the Meli Kalima-- its more complex in flavor.

You can not clone it because of the patent. There are hormones you can use to induce roots and shoots, I've used them many times in my previous job. I wouldn't do it to Frankie's patented pineapple however as he must have spent a lot of time and money to develop and patent this variety.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:15:58 PM »
It comes with the crown removed and a special tag on it that says "vegetative propagation is prohibited" in addition to a patent number. If I had some of the crowns I would definitely grow them for personal use at home since its the best pineapple I've ever tasted by far.

will definitely keep you in mind, the pineapples run about $15-20/each and I think they somehow keep them from getting pollinated because there are very few seeds. But if one day I ever hit the motherload and get a bunch of seeds ill send some to you for sure! Otherwise we just have to wait until the few seeds I've collected eventually fruit.... its gonna be a while.

Thanks for the info appresser! I have not had a chance to try the Meli Kalima yet. Too bad it is patented. If you ever find extra Meli Kalima seeds that you would like to sell, please let me know because I would be very interested in getting my hands on its genetics even if it's from seeds.

I am growing White Sugarloaf and White Jade but I've only tasted White Sugarloaf and it is the best tasting pineapple Ive ever tried. I hope the White Jade will taste similar.

Simon
Do the Meli Kalima not come with a crown when purchased?  I thought you could propagate a patented variety and maybe even give them away as long as you didn't sell it?  I bought 10 patented thornless blackberry plants a few years ago and now their like a weed all over the place.  I give the cuttings to whoever wants them.  Maybe I'm not suppose to?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:27:04 PM »
will definitely keep you in mind, the pineapples run about $15-20/each and I think they somehow keep them from getting pollinated because there are very few seeds. But if one day I ever hit the motherload and get a bunch of seeds ill send some to you for sure! Otherwise we just have to wait until the few seeds I've collected eventually fruit.... its gonna be a while.

Thanks for the info appresser! I have not had a chance to try the Meli Kalima yet. Too bad it is patented. If you ever find extra Meli Kalima seeds that you would like to sell, please let me know because I would be very interested in getting my hands on its genetics even if it's from seeds.

I am growing White Sugarloaf and White Jade but I've only tasted White Sugarloaf and it is the best tasting pineapple Ive ever tried. I hope the White Jade will taste similar.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:06:59 AM »
Beautiful plants apresser! How does the White Jade taste compared to a White Sugarloaf? Are they pretty much the same except for the spines?

In my opinion, the larger the plant, the better. The larger the plant, the larger the fruit. Hopefully it will bloom for you soon. If it doesn't fruit for you soon, you can use calcium carbide to induce blooms.

Simon

The Kona Sugarloaf which I think is the same as White Sugarloaf is sweeter than the White Jade. But both are excellent quality.. although neither of them compare to the sweetness of Mele Kalima which was developed by Frankie's Nursery. They have that one patented and I've collected a few seeds from some fruits so (hopefully) will find out in a few years how those seedlings compare to the parent. Have you had a chance to try "Mele Kalima"? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:33:16 PM »
planted a bed of white jade pineapples. a few have fruited but this one monster seems to be sucking up all the nutrients. still no fruit from it yet.

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Thanks for your reply. I have a LZ plant in the ground for almost 2 years. Will update on my progress. Its looking very healthy so far, but no signs of flowers. I live in fairly wet, lowland area (north shore, oahu)

i don't know anyone that has it on the big island or oahu, most of my fruit growing friends havent even heard of it, as they don't post on here or aren't paying attention to whats happening in FL

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I grafted some LZ mangos a few years back and have one in the ground. It has not flowered yet and I'm trying to decide if I should keep the other ones in pots or put them in the ground.

Has anyone fruited this in Hawaii, if so what part of the islands?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annonas for rainy east Hawaii
« on: July 06, 2017, 08:25:55 PM »
I've noticed the Rollinia only self pollinates when the humidity is really high (kona wind type weather), otherwise I hand pollinate and it works really well. The pollen seems to hold well in the refrigerator and I use it for multiple days.
 
Hey oscar... i have 3 rollinia trees now..  all on drip..  all nice and healthy 8-10 ft tall and they constantly flower like crazy..  100's of flowers but no fruit set yet... any idea why?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted Atemoya Question
« on: May 26, 2017, 02:13:42 AM »
Thanks for your advice, the branches are pretty thin and I've put up some temporary trellising, some of the branches have as many as 5 baby fruits. Some of them are starting to develop some weight, so I'm going to cut most of them off tomorrow and try to leave 1 per branch with a max of 6 fruits.

I would aim for about 3 or 4 fruits, since the tree is only 3 years old, although of course you could go for up to 5 or 6 fruits.
Since you are in Hawaii, that's definitely a big plus for the tree's growth so you could leave on more fruits than you would otherwise; maybe 5 is a good number.

It also depends on how thick the branches are, and whether there's going to be multiple fruits developing on the same branch. You don't want the heavy fruits weighing down the young branches too much.

Some might ask why the tree would be producing 20 fruits if it wasn't completely natural. Well, when the tree is growing on grafted rootstock it doesn't always know how to properly behave. Rootstock forces precociousness and makes the tree begin fruiting much earlier in its lifespan than it normally would if it was growing in the wild.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted Atemoya Question
« on: May 25, 2017, 11:23:03 PM »
I have a 3 year old grafted Atemoya tree (Pink Mammoth), in full light. The tree is about 7 ft tall and 6 ft wide. It flowered a lot this year and I decided to hand pollinate and ended up getting way more baby fruits than I expected. On a tree of this size and age, how many fruits should I let it keep? Right now it has 20+ baby fruits so I would like some advice on how many to cut off and how many to let mature--  its my first time with a fruiting Atemoya tree, so I'm not aware of the common practices with young trees.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The world's biggest Guanabana?
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:54:12 PM »
Miles 28 is a variety of Soursop that yields huge watermelon like soursops. I have a 4 year old tree and just harvested the first fruit from it last week at 15.8 lbs (according to my scale which could be +/- 2lbs). So in theory this would be a Guinness book contender and its only the first fruit from the tree! Although it's not fiberless, the flavor is excellent and had low number of seeds.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seed grown Longan blooming!
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:49:00 PM »
do you happen to know the name of the parent tree? any of your other seedlings flowering?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are your lychees blooming?
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:58:14 PM »
Kaimana's are blooming like crazy here in Oahu


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Keledang verification?
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:16:18 PM »
I was wondering if anyone who has experience growing Keledang can verify if this plant is indeed Artocarpus Lanceifolius? I purchased this plant from Waimea Valley (North Shore Oahu) for $20. It was labeled as Keledang, but the foliage looks very different from my very small Keledang seedlings, and also looks quite different from some other pictures of Keledang I've seen on this forum. Are there many varieties of Keledang? Or perhaps it was labeled incorrectly, and if so I would like to identify it before I plant in the ground. Thanks!




Where in Waimea?



Waimea Valley has a plant sale every Saturday for a few hours, prices are cheap and they have some interesting/rare stuff, but the collection is not that large. At least not the stuff for sale

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