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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New ID from Fiji Islands
« on: January 17, 2018, 05:53:38 PM »
After close check with other lansium domesticum I have planted, I can confirm it is not.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New ID from Fiji Islands
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:29:33 AM »
Any ideas ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / what is it ?
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:18:44 AM »
Just found that tree yesterday with dozens of green fruits and superb white flowers. I don't know what it is and if it is ripe, edible ?
Here are a few pictures. Any ideas welcome.

I have selected the variety " vietnamese white" for commercial purposes and the heaviest fruit I had so far weighted 1,360kg. Average weight is 700-800gr and when I take off fruits from branches and leave only one I usually get fruits around the kilo.
Here is a couple of pictures of my commercial dragon fruit orchard ( vietnamese white ).

Season started a few weeks ago and it is the second wave that is blooming right now. Fruiting will last until mid april here in New Caledonia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New ID from Fiji Islands
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:36:01 AM »
Just got that one from a guy at the local market. He said to me he brought back the seeds from Fiji and it is a fruit tree? It is definitely not a matoa ( fijian longan ) but I just can't put an id on it . Any help and comments welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what is it ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:29:08 AM »
white sapote - Casimiroa edulis ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugar Apple variety big red ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:08:38 AM »
About 3 years ago, I have bought 50 seeds of the " big red variety" from Adam, flying fox fruits nursery. Most of them have germinated pretty well and I have planted about 30 trees from those seedlings last year. This year (3 years later) I got most of them fruiting ( about 15 fruits per trees, hand pollinated for most of ) but unfortunately i can't see a single red one so far and most of are actually kind of purplish instead while a few are green or greyish and look pretty normal actually. I have planted last year a small sugar apple orchard among many others orchards with about 120 sugar apple trees. Most of the sugar apple trees I have planted in that orchard come from seeds I have purchased from different sources and countries over the years. I only have about 10 grafted trees ( seedless variety from the Philippines ) I brought back myself from the Philippines last year. Anyway, I just love that fruit and I am a little bit disappointed to do not have a single red one yet. May be the color is still going to change as they are still not fully mature yet. But right now they look purple to me and already got similar color variety in the collection. Anyway, will definitely know within a few weeks time but until then, please let me know what you think about it. Does that big red variety comes true to seed or not ? Here are a couple of pics to give you a better idea of what I am talking about.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / what is it ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:39:00 AM »
A good friend of mine has just found that fruit tree visiting a farm in the north of New Caledonia. It seems to have been planted there years ago but no one at the farm knows who planted it , what it is and where it comes from. Anyone could help me identifying it ? Thanks in advance for your help and happy new year and best wishes to you all.

any cuttings available ? Otherwise I would take seeds if still available. Please pm me, thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:07:56 AM »
I would like to buy new dragon fruit varieties cuttings from, but it looks like they don't ship outside US. I tried to email them but did not get any reply so far. It's a shame as cuttings are easy to ship worldwide. Anyway, if someone from Mattslandscape read my message, please do not hesitate to contact me, thanks in advance. email address :
p;s : my delivery address is in France.

Similar story and situation here in New Caledonia with the local fruit research station located in la Foa, Pocquereux. Twenty years ago, the collection was counting more than 200 different varieties of citrus, a great collection of mango, litchee, banana and avocado... but twenty years later, the place has lost more than 50 acres of orchards over the 200 dedicated to the collections and we can barely find only about 30 different varieties of citrus now ( only the most common ones ) , a dozen different varieties of mango and avocado left and that's it.... what a shame ! I remember, the catalog of mango cultivars used to count more than 200 different varieties from around the world !
Hard to tell who is responsible, but for sure a pure lack of knowledge and interest from most of the local growers and farmers, a real lack of interest from the employees ( state employees...) of the station who gave up the collections , and finally a lack of interest from the politics who have seriously cut down the budget too. Result, that station might close down in a near future. What a shame !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / id please
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:46:42 AM »
Just found that fruit tree today while I was having a tour in the forest. I just don't know what it is ? My friend told me it is a native fruit specie, but he does not know which specie. I have opened a fruit and it does not smell bad but I did not dare to taste it as I don't know what it is. Could be an eugenia specie ? There is quite a few native and endemic eugenia species in New Caledonia. However most of them have only an ornemental value. Anyway, if anyone got a clue or know what it is, please let me know, thanks in advance.

Thank you for the comments and info Dominik. Always great to share experiences and info through that forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Theobroma grandiflorum first time fruiting
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:13:05 AM »
What a surprise to discover yesterday in our fruit forest that strange but lovely fruit . I was checking out for some chupa chupa when my eyes focused on that strange fruit in another tree behind. I completely forgot about those theobroma as they never fruited yet( planted about 20 years ago ! ) . So 20 years later, first time fruiting.... don't know if it is ripe or not. I have read that to be sure one have to wait the fruit to fall down. I also noticed two other smaller fruits on the same tree. Will plant the seeds for sure but was wondering if that specie can be grafted onto "classic" cacao ? Any tips and info welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quararibea cordata in Florida?
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:57:05 AM »
Quite a rare fruit also here in New Caledonia but pretty good taste, similar to a very tasty melon of Cavaillon I would say. We have two trees, one is fruiting a lot but average size fruits, the other one less fruits but huge ones that weight around the kilogram each.
Both trees are about 20 years old now and they are from seeds brought back from Perou. I will try to graft that specie this year onto last year seedlings. Any tips/info about grafting that specie are welcome.

here is a pic of the trees with some fruits.

Here is small selection of fruits I have picked yesterday in our "special" forest…lol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste of Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi)
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:58:55 AM »
thanks for the reply Scott.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste of Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi)
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:42:55 AM »
What about grafting persimmon onto mabolo ? any tips and info welcome. I would like to graft a selected seedless variety of persimmon ( giant fuyu ) onto seedlings of mabolo I have in quantity. Persimmons are very rare in New Caledonia, and I don't know about any persimmons with seeds in New Caledonia. I have bought many persimmon and lotus seeds from different sources, but could not germinate any of them so far. So I am thinking about grafting onto mabolo to save time and efforts. I also have lots of black sapote seedlings, may be it could work too ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Artocarpus ?
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:14:36 AM »
As it happens sometimes, the label is gone and I just can't remember what it is. It is about 2m high, 3 years old, planted into the ground last year. It looks like an artocarpus to me but not sure. Any idea ? Thanks for your help !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: canarium sp ? from Vanuatu
« on: February 28, 2017, 05:46:31 AM »
yes 100% from Vanuatu, Santo island.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / canarium sp ? from Vanuatu
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:35:24 PM »
Here are some pictures of a canarium specie from Vanuatu I have recently discovered at a friend's place. It might be named already but could not find any info about it. It is different from the famous Canarium indicum ( ngali nut ) from which one make Nangai oil . Canarium indicum is very popular in Vanuatu but that one is pretty rare which is surprising as I think the nut is more valuable and tasty compared to ngali nut.

Actually the seed is a lot bigger compared to Canarium indium and pretty tasty. You can eat while not yet fully ripe. The tree is not so big/tall, and makes a really nice ornamental. Flowers are amazing too.

Anyway if anyone has more info or know the right id of that specie, that would be great to know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shipping mangosteen grafted plants
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:32:45 AM »
Thanks for the replies. We have shipped around 300 grafter mangosteen plus about 1000 other grafted fruit trees into an evirotainer at a controled temp of 20 degrees celcius . I will keep you updated with results. We  are going to replant all the plants this weekend. They have spent 8 days naked roots but humidified and protected with newspaper. Will know in the next coming weeks wether it was a good idea or not...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shipping mangosteen grafted plants
« on: February 07, 2017, 12:34:45 PM »
no answer ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shipping mangosteen grafted plants
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:19:23 AM »
I am getting ready to ship 200 grafted mangosteen plants 2 to 3 years old by plane from Philippines to New Caledonia and I still wonder what would be the best temperature to set up inside thé envirotainer knowing they gonna have to stay inside the container for about 5 days. Is 15 degrees Celsius too much ?
Also any other advices are welcome and much appreciated.


I am particularly looking for the following varieties of finger limes :

purple bliss, crimson tide, and pink ice.

If you have some budwood or grafted plants available , please let me know and email me your best offers at or

All the best


Would love to get some seeds or scions of that zero latex jackfruit variety. If available , please pm me, thanks.

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