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I will reply your PM thanks!

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I will try, some say it's necessary to BOIL them for a couple of minutes but i never tried I'm afraid to kill them.
Until now all the seeds i planted got rotten without sprouting :-(

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Hello! I'm looking for VIABLE seeds and/or cuttings of sweet tamarind (tamrindus indica).
I tried several times to germinate seeds from the pods i bought in supermarket (a very sweet variety from Thailand) but all my attempts have been unsuccessful

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Good news.
Alzheimer is the real new epidemia is developped countries.
Thanks for informing!

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:59:13 PM »
Some what on topic, Meyer Lemon is the most grown citrus and the majority of them are not grafted. Granted most are grown from cuttings to save time and Meyer is fairly easy to propagate with cuttings but you could grow them from seed too as well as other methods like air layering. Seed would take a long time and if in a cold setting like zone 8 or colder, length of time for cold protection each year could be laborious. I've had better luck with potted citrus ,including Meyer lemon, staying outside as much as possible. Mine usually don't do well when subjected to long periods of time indoors. My biggest inground Meyer has had more than 300 enormous fruit each year for the last three years. I'm afraid it will have an off year this year but it's so large I might be surprised. It's difficult to count when the fruit are small and the same color as the leaves to say nothing of the wicked thorns that tear me up ! Best wishes to all. Tom

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Meyer lemon is not true from seed. I've tasted seedling fruit that tastes like a white grapefruit.


Yes i've heard about that.
Anyway a big good luck for your seedlings, ( and for mine as well)  you know with seed reproduction  sometimes you can have wonderful surprises after a long waiting  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:57:12 PM »
Some what on topic, Meyer Lemon is the most grown citrus and the majority of them are not grafted. Granted most are grown from cuttings to save time and Meyer is fairly easy to propagate with cuttings but you could grow them from seed too as well as other methods like air layering. Seed would take a long time and if in a cold setting like zone 8 or colder, length of time for cold protection each year could be laborious. I've had better luck with potted citrus ,including Meyer lemon, staying outside as much as possible. Mine usually don't do well when subjected to long periods of time indoors. My biggest inground Meyer has had more than 300 enormous fruit each year for the last three years. I'm afraid it will have an off year this year but it's so large I might be surprised. It's difficult to count when the fruit are small and the same color as the leaves to say nothing of the wicked thorns that tear me up ! Best wishes to all. Tom


300 hundreds + of fruits?
Wow congratulations tom i wish mine will be the same one day  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:19:56 AM »
Exactly!  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:55:00 AM »
Please read carefully.

I said they CAN be very different. (sorry for my english maybe the right verb would be MAY  be or MIGHT be.

I never said they  WILL be different.

The difference seems sublte but is substantial

How many citrus trees have you grown out from seed in the ground? All the several ones I have grown
out were true to seed.


As for now i've just a pomelo and 2 lemon trees gwown from seed. They are all about 3 years old and not bearing fruit yet.
They are nice trees, quite upright growing habit and very thorny (the pomelo new growth is actually thornless with my great pleasure.









But even in the case they all will bear fruits true to their mother i will not make the easy deduction that all citruses (namely lemons) MUST come true from seed.
Science doesn't mean  a single person making his own home-made experiment then deducing an universal law from his personal observation....
That said i'm perfectly aware of the advantages of growing a citrus from seeds, they are sturdy guys with powerful root systems and virus-free.
Then i know the excitement to wait impatiently see your own tree finally bearing fuits .  :)
But this should not illude anybody that "in a few years you will get those wonderful fruits from your seedling".
This is just  a possibility not an assurance.
I'd be glad to know Millet's opinion about this topic




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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 10, 2017, 10:12:58 PM »
Please read carefully.

I said they CAN be very different. (sorry for my english maybe the right verb would be MAY  be or MIGHT be.

I never said they  WILL be different.

The difference seems sublte but is substantial


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Introduction :)
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:17:12 PM »
Welcome to the forum!  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:14:06 PM »
You can grow your lemons from seeds but please be ready to wait several years until the tree will overcome its juvenile stage and bear fruits.
The fruits you will get can be very different from the one you got your seeds from. In a better or worse way, only nature knows :-)
Trees gwown from seeds tend to be upright and sometimes  very thorny.
Some wonderful varieties of italian SORRENTO lemons (you can google it)  came from seeds then they are now propagated vegetatively to preserve their characteristics.
My advace is to buy a grafted tree or to graft your own seedlings using budwood of a HEALTHY and top quality variety.
Your trees wont' be so huge.
They will not be so thorny
They will bear fruits much much earlier.
If you're ready to wait for years (sometimes 10+) you can try your luck with a simple seedling,  it's your choice :-)


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First leaves on my durian seedling!
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:19:37 AM »
Yes in their native environment average rainfall can reach easily 2000mm (about 80 inch.) per year but  a small seedling pot with a tiny amounf of garden soil is uncomparable with an open land (often on a mountain slope).
Durian here are thriving but most of the times it's very hot during the morning hours then it  rains in the afternoon.
At 5-10 ° from the equator sun is scorching and dries out everything VERY quickly.
Le't's add that  the natural environment with decomposing durian leaves makes a natural michroorganism protection agains pathogens namely fungal infections.
That's the reason why i support the idea to keep the soil (and ALSO the environment)  humid without overwatering.
That said,  Oscar  you are an authority and I would never discuss your universally acknoweldged competence in fruits growing  field :-)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Viability of durian seeds
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:10:48 PM »
Exactly.
Even if sometimes i had durian seeds left alone  on my kitchen counter for days sprouting.....but this happens ONLY when you have no interest in them  :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First leaves on my durian seedling!
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:58:44 PM »
I think Raul meant don't OVERwater.
Overwatering kills by far much more seedlings that lack of water.
We are all pron to over-care of our newborn babies  :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Viability of durian seeds
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:56:34 PM »
Everything depends on HOW they were shipped.... dry? wet? with sphagnum? enough space?

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Another little advice; don't make the leaves wet when you water your plant, young passiflora leaves are very sensitive to sunburn when they are wet

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Could be, but we keep that water in open bottles for 24 hours before using it to water plants. But in case that is the issue, how do I fix it?


Letting the water still in open bottle for 24 hours is absolutely NOT enough to get rid of problem.
Apart from chlorine there are tens of different disinfectants used to treat tap water nad most of them are chlorine and bromine based so TOXIC to plants.
I strongly advice you to take the easier solution: collect rain water and use it for watering your plants.
This will save you A LOT of problems.
By the way I'm italian i was in Bar several times, the climate is lovely, you will be successful in growig your passiflora as soon as you will protect it from winter cold, expect to get fruit in less than a couple of years, goodluck!  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why young Chempadak plants die
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:56:59 PM »
Plenty of useful hints here, thanks everybody  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why young Chempadak plants die
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:40:36 PM »
I add myself to the list of chempedak disappointed.
I lost my battle after managing to let my seedlings survive for some months then i surrendered.
I never understood what is the real reason of that sudden death.
The only one thing evident ot me is  the fact that seedlings root sysstem is poor and underdeveloped and it can't sustain the plant as the seeds resources are depleted.
I'ts weird and sad!

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Thank you everybody for your replies and feedback i feel very excited now to see the first fruits, i keep my fingers crossed  ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question about black sapote flowering
« on: May 15, 2017, 11:21:32 PM »
My 3 years old black sapote seedling is flowering for the first time.
Flowers are really weird, just pale green and not fragrant.













I know this species is Dioecious having separate female and male trees.
My questions are:

- are these flowers male or female or ermaphrodit?
-  just in case there are female, since there are no other trees of the same species around, how can they get pollinated? will they still set fruits?

Thanks in advance for helping!



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Citrus General Discussion / Re: First pomelo
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:35:47 PM »
Exactly.
And pomelo best varieties have a great taste with a perfect balance of sweet-sour and no bitter aftertaste

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Mine are flowering right now.

Lory I don't know when you pick and eat them, but I found if you wait till they start to wrinkle and bleed a little juice they taste much better then if you eat them when they are plump and red.

I usually eat them when they turn to a nice deep red color they become soft and they can easily be detached from the tree with a simple touch.
They are so pleasantly sweet then  :)

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Among the fruit trees i've in my garden this one is really surprising me.
Peanut butter fruit tree Bunchosia xxxx I don't want to enter the dispute about the taxonomy (argentea, armeniaca, glandulifera....)
No need to wait for YEARS to get a reward to your effort.
I planted a small seedling ( about 20cm or 3/4 ft ) last september 2016.
In beginning of april 2017 i had already harvested a couple of fruits.
Now, the tree is full blooming and at the same has plenty of ripening fruits.
The taste is  really unique, not very sweet but pleasantly sweet and with a dense, buttery texture and a peanut aftertaste.
By the way, according to the scientific research it's also healthy being very antioxidant rich (thus the intense red colour).
I love it  :)


















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Lorenzo, sure most citrus seedlings grow like weeds in the tropics. However, it is not so easy in my climate zone. When I sow citrus, it is winter and it is cold. Inside the heated houses, light and humidity levels are low. Therefore, I bag the pots and put them on a heating map. Under such conditions mosses start to grow, often before the seeds germinate. Later, when the seedlings are uncovered and the conditions are much drier, the established mosses stay and give a wrong impression about the watering regime. These seedling are not overwatered. I could improve my results, if I give additionally artificial light, also. I didnīt use grow light technology yet, but may utilize it in the future.

Sorry for my judgement, i just evalueted what i could see from the pictures

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