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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulching with grave rock?
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:33:04 PM »
Thanks Zands, BTW compare with the price in Spain. The price on Amazon is $10 for 2 pounds! Anybody seen this sold as a building material?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting Inga?
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:25:35 PM »
I am growing the following species of inga, which i think are all correctly labeled:
edulis, vulpina, gauchil, fastuosa, cinnamomea, feuillei, spectabilis. Hope to get a few more to grow and compare. But too soon to tell you which is the "best" tasting. Hope to have a taste report in time to come. Right now i'm kind of especially fond of spectabilis, mostly because it is very large and has lots of good pulp. I just planted a windbreak row with all these different species, 4 of each species.

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Rainfall has a big impact on quality of fruit. But other factors are involved: like soil type, soil drainage, how spread out the rain is over the year, how accustomed plants are to rain.
If lots of rain ruined quality of jackfruit then we would never have good jackfruits, and they are excellent here. Ditto for mango. A bigger associated problem for the mango with the rain is anthracnose. Much bigger problem here than washed out tasting fruit. Lately we are also getting a fungus that grows on exterior of the jackfruits and splits the fruits. I'm sure the heavy rainfall helps to cultivate that fungal disease.

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I can't get this to hold fruit here in bokeelia does it not like lowland heat humid?Had it since 2005 from budwood from frankies but fruit abort at nickel size.Pollination?
Are you referring to the chucte or the malama avocado? Which one did you get from Frankies?
If the chucte, yes it is a highland fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulching with grave rock?
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
Don't know what this expanded clay is? Does anybody know the english name? Is it available in the USA?

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Here is a photo comparing leaves and fruits of chucte and an avocado, Malama cultivar. As you can see the chucte leaves are very large in comparison.



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All available seeds have been claimed. If you asked previous to today about getting seeds and have not heard back still small chance you might get some. You will hear from me shortly.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What should I do with these seedlings
« on: July 18, 2017, 03:44:45 AM »
My passion Fruit Vine is really large, and is shaded, with only dappled sunlight coming through. Transpiration also helps me keep in the humidity. Wondering if these conditions would make it suitable for my precious durian seedling and Mango grafting.
Rob might be right. Might be good to invest on a piece of shade cloth. Sun position changes through the months and it just takes a few hours during a heat wave to scorch your seedlings.

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Not sure but I have been told by a mutual acquaintance that  he is a mad keen chucte fan.
I would think so given that he wrote his master's thesis on it, and writes articles with titles like:
Persea schiedeana: A High Oil “Cinderella Species” Fruit with Potential for Tropical Agroforestry Systems
 8) 8)

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I always say watching the tree grow is the best part, The fruit is the bonus. How old are your trees?
I guess about 10 years old.

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He may have fruiting trees.
Will try to contact him, don't know how much good it will do me as he's on a different island (Oahu).

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I have 3 brazil nut counting the other 2 i bought from seedling now that the one came back to life, Im stoked ;D Keep me posted if you track down any brazil nut seeds also whenever paradise nut are available.
Should have paradise nut again in late summer. Don't have a good source of viable Brazil nuts. BTW my 2 Brazil nut trees have been very slow growing, but are now both over 6 foot tall. I wonder if they will fruit in my lifetime? Well, fun to watch them grow anyway.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting inga
« on: July 18, 2017, 01:18:45 AM »
Don't see why it wouldn't work. Although grafting on this species is practically unknown, as it grows so fast from seed or cuttings.

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Electric chain saws are great, and so quiet! Zands didn't you believe everything had to run on fossil fuels to be good? HAHA  Electric wood chipper are next!  :D


I use a Troy bilt lawnmower w briggs stratton engine but everything else/garden tools is electric such as chain saws, pole saws, edgers. And I was correct about my Hillary health predictions so you gottta pay up out in Waikiki.

If I had $500 to blow it would be on a Honda twin blade lawnmower  http://powerequipment.honda.com/lawn-mowers/twin-blade-mower-advantage

You gotta be kidding? Certainly wasn't her health that kept her from becoming president! But i don't want to incur the wrath of the off topic moderators.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulching with grave rock?
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:10:48 AM »
No harm mulching with rock. Actually helps to conserve moisture in the soil. Only problem is if you want mow over it?

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Hi Oscar, this probably doesnt help but somewhere on Hawai'i is a guy called Jay Bost. He has written quite a few articles on this fruit and may have trees, He would possibly know of any mainland specimens.
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Never heard of him. Any links to his articles?

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They make battery powered chain saws that compete with the best gas saws in terms of performance. I have a husqy T536Li X that is a game changer. I love that thing and would never consider going back to hand saw. The no powertool mantra is a little extreme.

Ditto, electric pole saw by Green Works, rechargeable battery. Keeps me off ladders and does a great job even on tough oaks.   Still use my Husquavarna gas chain saw.

Gotta stay off those ladders. Lots of cheap bustard pole chain saws at HEARTLAND-AMERICA website some as low a 64$.  Get the mail in catalog.  Also at Harbor Freight. Lithium battery types and AC connected types.  They are all made in China anyway so pick out your intermediary who is selling. It could be HD, Lowes, Nothern Tools, Harbor Freight and so on

My take is that Harbor Freight is forcing its Chinese manufacturers to upgrade to consistency.  I bought crap 3/8 drill from them five years ago. I do not think it would be crap if I bought it today

Electric pole chain saws ....A major advance in  civilization. They will not be denied.   
Electric chain saws are great, and so quiet! Zands didn't you believe everything had to run on fossil fuels to be good? HAHA  Electric wood chipper are next!  :D

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Colombo on the forum who sells very fresh seeds. So no chance of sprouting.
I wouldn't toss them yet. Not zero probability, but very low probability they will sprout. Brazil nut is tricky to sprout. Best is to buy sprouted seeds, if possible.
I needed the pots so i'll just dump them in a pile in a moist shaded spot. I'll keep a look out for sprouted seeds, let me know if you can find any.

I've had Monkey Pot germinate after just a few months. Some of the ones lagging took nearly 6 months. Maybe gently push one to see if it has started rooting. Seems like they grow pretty readily to me. There are plenty laying on top the soil germinating under the mother.
I checked them all and no roots, any chance you could pull up a few under the mother tree and ship them to me ;D
Monkeypot (Lecythis) is a lot easier to sprout than Brazil Nut (Bertholletia).
The paradise nut seeds i received from you sprouted in a couple months and are growing great, Whenever their available again i will get some more.

Hi

To have good germination, you need fresh seeds that have not been dried. (I'm not saying that, whoever sold you sent dried seeds!).

It is advisable to remove the bark and plant it in fertile soil, with the rounder seed of the seeds for low, on average I already had Brazil nut germination in 70 days, but the tree does not go well here in my region, since winter is Cold for them.

I advise you to break some seed and see how the nut is. If it's rotten, maybe you'd better plant it again.
Thanks for the info, i will crack the nuts to see if the inside is rotten. I had 2 brazil nut trees but lost one to lack of humidity but i did leave it out in 40F and it was fine, my other one is starting to grow good now. Its one of my favorite nuts so i want to get at least 50 or more trees so im on a look out.
Paradise nut is as good tasting, and many say better tasting, than Brazil nut. It's also easier to fruit.
Great you got one Brazil nut to sprout. But i think you need at least 2 plants for cross pollination. Viable Brazil nut seeds are super hard to get.

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Has anyone fruited chucte in Florida or California? Any photos?

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Colombo on the forum who sells very fresh seeds. So no chance of sprouting.
I wouldn't toss them yet. Not zero probability, but very low probability they will sprout. Brazil nut is tricky to sprout. Best is to buy sprouted seeds, if possible.
I needed the pots so i'll just dump them in a pile in a moist shaded spot. I'll keep a look out for sprouted seeds, let me know if you can find any.

I've had Monkey Pot germinate after just a few months. Some of the ones lagging took nearly 6 months. Maybe gently push one to see if it has started rooting. Seems like they grow pretty readily to me. There are plenty laying on top the soil germinating under the mother.
I checked them all and no roots, any chance you could pull up a few under the mother tree and ship them to me ;D
Monkeypot (Lecythis) is a lot easier to sprout than Brazil Nut (Bertholletia).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What should I do with these seedlings
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:53:53 AM »
Yes look very healthy.
Keep in mind that most tropical trees sprout under mother trees in canopy of forest. So they need filtered light when very young. Garage is probably too dark, they need photosynthesis, but ultra hot sun will burn them. So yes, you need something in between those 2 extremes.

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Thought he stopped working for Fairchild gardens and moved to Costa Rica to work for ag company there?

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Colombo on the forum who sells very fresh seeds. So no chance of sprouting.
I wouldn't toss them yet. Not zero probability, but very low probability they will sprout. Brazil nut is tricky to sprout. Best is to buy sprouted seeds, if possible.

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Where did you get the seeds? Sounds to me like they are kaput.

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