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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rauls's illama (annona diversifolia) seeds
« on: February 17, 2018, 02:36:33 AM »
Raul your reply is illuminating me, thanks!  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rauls's illama (annona diversifolia) seeds
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:39:43 PM »
You must be right Har.
I had some seeds planted in well watered and cared pots. They all got rotten.
Some seeds were in a "forgotten" pot without label left in the sun for several weeks.
Last week after a good rain they all sprouted, 3 out of 3.....amazing!

Very interesting!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Improving Mango Fruit set
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:07:21 AM »
Great info guys thank you everybody  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: January 27, 2018, 02:09:16 AM »
Unfortunately this is happening to almost every fungus/bacteria/insect/mite/critter attacking our trees.
It seems the harsher are the chemical weapons we use against them, the  tougher their resistance....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:23:23 AM »
When you get tired of a tree not flowering, the best thing to do is threaten it. Instant flowers! ;D

It happened to me several times, actually i "talk" to my trees not just to threaten them (don't tell my wife or she will have me admitted to the closest mental hospital )  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:21:04 AM »
Here if we're lucky we can get around 71-73 °F during the coldest nights. And it happens exctlly between the second half of december and the end of january.
Local farmers manage to get their mangoes flower even during the rainy hot season  spraying them with a solution of potassium nitrate.
But i want my mango to flower spontaneously, no need for chemicals!
I'll be patient another more season then i'll decide what to do!
What mango varieties do will in the Philippines with the humid and rainy weather?  I have had problems with anthracnose and want to try varieties that are anthracnose resistant.

Here most common varieties are "CARABAO" and "MANILA" both quite resistant (but obviously not immune) to anthracnose.
As i know also the Nam Doc Mai thai variety is resistant.
Have a look at these documents:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: January 26, 2018, 05:50:42 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango UPDATE!
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:49:56 PM »
January 25 2018 update:
My keitt mango is flowering for the first time!
There are only 6 flower panicles, some are very small i hope they will pollinate so that i can get at least a couple of fruits.
I'm happy because until now i was not sure it could flower here.
Is there anything i can do to improve pollination or not?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best technique for Sapodilla grafting
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:05:30 PM »
Thank you everybody  :)

Grafting is the easiest way to propagate sapodillas. Start some seedlings are graft.

according to your experience wich is the best/easiest grafring technique for sapodilla?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best technique for Sapodilla grafting
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:23:10 AM »
I've a 2 ft sapodilla seedling and a nice adult tree of giant sapodilla crowded of fruits.
I'd like to try my luck at grafting.
I know it's difficult because of the latex but according to your experience wich is the best/easiest grafring technique?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Kishu mandarin harvest
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:19:11 AM »
Congrats, i envy you, i miss our italian mandarins, i hope my clementine will fruit soon!

OK I decided to add my opinion in this absolutely personal top list  :)

First: a due foreword: in my opinion different fruits belonging to the same  species can have a COMPLETELY different taste/texture, flavour according to the different variety/cultivar and condition in which the fruit was grown and harvested (soil, climate, water availability, fertilization, time of harvest etc...)

NON Tropicacals:

1- Vignola  Black cherry
2- Tabacchiera peach ( Prunus persica var. platycarpa)
3- Water melon ex aequo apricot var. carpentras
4- Hicaz pomegranate
6- Black grapes var. Michele Palieri ex aequo with Black fig var. Petite Negri

1- Star apple Chrysophyllum cainito (we've a golden skinned unnamed variety here really super)
2- Durian var puyat  ex aequo sweet tamarind thai variety sri tong
3- Mango var. Manila 
4- Avocado var. Modena
5- Ex aequo sweet soursoup, sugarapple, passiflora  edulis (variety with "hexagonal" fuits") and several others  :)

Happy new year too and i'm glad to have such good news from you  :)

Smell of arancillo should be not be “very light”. Arancillo is the only really bitter variety in Davao, and the smell should carry through. Puyat most common grown variety in Davao, I don’t care for it but the locals don’t mind it as long as it’s sweet and creamy, their standards for durian are not as high as Malaysians. Why you eat Marang with plastic gloves when you can peel the skin and eat it like a popsicle, no need to use plastic...

I was just browsing this interesting website about durian.
The author is a retired technician of malaysian Department Of Agriculture.
Quoting about the ARANCILLO variety:
Arancillo (ACC. 1497) - Tree height of 7-8 meters and has an intermediate to spreading growth habit. The ovoid, brownish green fruit weighs about 1,560 grams with Mimosa yellow, firm and creamy flesh. It has mild aroma. It is prolific and consistent, has excellent eating quality and bears off-season fruits.
It's also stated that apart from the few registered variety there are : hundreds of local durian selections which are not registered.
This is perfectly consistent with my personal experience.

Wishing everybody a healthy, happy and fruitful new year!!   :)

Very nice pictures Lory! 😄 I really enjoyed them thanks for sharing! As far as Marang, I know there are varieties with green or brown skin, do you notice any difference in flavor regardless the skin color from each other?

Hello Raul sorry i completely disregarded your question  :-\
As for my experience,a among marang fruits there is definitely a variability in taste, texture, flesh/seeds ratio, flavour.
But this is NOT correlated with skin colour.
What i noticed is that fruits with bigger, more sparse "thorns" usually have bigger and more fleshy arils inside.
Even size and shape of seeds is variable, some being quite elongated others being quite perfectly round.
Taste of fruits with more elongated seeds is usually exceedingly sweet whereas the ones with rounder seeds have usually a more delicate flavour (that i personally prefer)

Actually it affects only mature leaves. No new growth is affected.
the treee looks green and healthy leaves are a bit sparse compared to other local very compact mangoes but i think its a characteristic of this variety.
what is worrying my is not the older leaves becoming yellow but those black necrotic spots.
If this a natural process of leaves senescence then it's welcome.  :)
Thanks everybody for the precious consultation

Ah that would be so bad  :(

Awesome!  :P

Hello everybody this is my 5 y.o. grafted Keitt mango.
It looks a bit ruffled (i've read it's quite common for this variety) but overall healthy.

Nevertheless there are several leaves showing a strange form of yellowing.
First some dark brown spots appear then the leaves start yellowing and eventually fall down.
I couldn't spot any scritters/mites/aphids/insects inspecting both leaf sides with a 20x magnifying lens.
Any idea?
I attach pictures of both sides of the leaves in three different stages as disease is progressing....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:59:15 PM »
This is the Keitt Mango just pictured in my garden.
It looks a bit RUFFLED but all in all healthy.
I've a little problem with some leaves but i'll make a new post about it

HI Bob, i willl follow your advice i will try to do the same way as i usually do with my sugar apples.
I'll keep you updated.

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