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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: Today at 08:41:57 AM »
Any update on your trial, Sandy?

I was surprised myself to find one with a niece piece of the stem still attached.
I'm going to try to root the cutting, since I'm not that experienced with the latter of the 2 methods.
The fruit itself was still sweet and delicious even though the skin had lots more green than the ones I usually purchased.
I'm going to be looking to see if I can find more with the same size stem I got this time around to try the grafting method.
Crossing my fingers and hope I find more.
I think the cashier thought I was crazy to have bought such green

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: Today at 08:36:16 AM »
Is there any other alternative if I have a similar stub of a vine, but no rootstock to graft on to?

A friend of mine bought a giant Yellow Megalanthus DF from 99 Ranch market and it had a stub of a vine so he grafted it onto another DF rootstock. Shortly after the graft, he noticed new growth from the stub. Here are some pictures


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Saba senegalensis?
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:55:31 PM »
Nobody?  :'(

Yes PI.  It's located between two buildings.  There's no way to increase existing light conditions :(
Funny thing is that I had planted several plants around the house with different light conditions with this being the one with the least amount of light received.  Yet this is the best performing one so far. 

So, if I follow Stevo's advise and chop the top off, will it work in this situation?

John, I'll have to search where I read about hand pollination.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: #Kerala floods 2018
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:59:23 AM »
Stay safe and take care. 

I was just going to start a thread to let others know about the situation there, but you have already posted, so I'm not going to start another one.

As you can see from the pictures, this plant should be about 10 feet tall.  The wall is 6 feet tall (for comparison).  Now, this plant is flowering but all the flowers are way on the top part.  Many suggest to hand pollinate for effective fruit set.  It's almost impossible to get to the flowers at this height.  So, should I prune it or just allow nature to take its course?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Saba senegalensis?
« on: August 18, 2018, 03:41:53 PM »
Last month, a friend from Gambia was supposed to bring a bunch of madd fruit for me.  He purchased these:

But, he was able to bring back only one fruit :(.  By the time, this single fruit reached me, it had already began to spoil and looked like this:

Also the fruit had started to ferment.  On cutting it open, it was already spoilt. 

But, I managed to salvage the seed

Finally after nearly a month, a couple of them have sprouted. 

I just want to confirm that this is Saba senegalensis and not some other Landolphia specie.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aegle marmelos?
« on: August 15, 2018, 05:11:22 AM »
Sure, home grown fruits will taste better, in most cases. As for Aegle marmelos, try to get a selected variety and try it. Let us know if you like it or not.

I don't know if I will get to taste this fruit locally.  I think it is mostly available only in the Northeast.

Anyone knows why all the fruits drop while raw and green!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aegle marmelos?
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:29:00 AM »
Moh'd, could it be like most other fruits that are bland and tasteless when store bought, but sweet when self grown?  I've not tasted it, but the aroma from the raw fruits makes me feel it might have some taste to it.

The reason I haven't tried it is because I was unsure whether it was edible or not.  Also, since certain plant have parts that are toxic when unripe, I didn't want to take any chance. 

Yes, these raw fruits are really a gluey mess.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aegle marmelos?
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:10:47 PM »
This is one completely neglected tree.  I have never seen even a single ripe fruit from it.  The fruits all fall while still green.  And any which appear ripened on the ground is beyond salvaging.  Already affected by fungus. 

I think this might be due to the lack of rain.  This tree is not in Chennai, but at my village further South and it's almost like a desert there. 

Moh'd, was it completely bland?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Aegle marmelos?
« on: August 12, 2018, 05:18:37 AM »
The fruit is hard on the outside, just like the wood apple.  Locally, they call it "vilvam pazham" in Tamil.  It does looks like the bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) but I still have some doubts. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black/purple Guava
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:46:07 AM »
Pictures of the whole and cut fruit, please?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Artocarpus Hirsutus
« on: August 02, 2018, 04:01:17 PM »
Yes.  Trichy is in Tamil Nadu.  BTW, when I saw your request for Tamil name, I assumed you were from here  :blank: .  So, the above two links from FB that I posted would mean nothing to you.  This fruit is available further south of even Trichy.  In Kanyakumari - the southern most tip of India.  In one of the links above - the one where the man is carrying the fruits hanging on two sides of the pole, the author claims that this is the way this fruit has to be carried.  If packed in any carton or boxes, the fruit won't last even a single day. 

I'm a local (UAE) Guy .

My father have a small-medium size company that is specialized in importing and exporting goods from India and Australia and to the Arabian Peninsula, and one of his business partner was a guy from Trichy-Tamil Nadu (if i am not mistaken) And that guy usually brings a whole jackfruit when he visit us.

I also know a few guys from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kerala.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Artocarpus Hirsutus
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:59:38 AM »
Moh'd, are you going to ask them to bring the whole fruit to UAE?  I've been trying for the past several years without any luck to have a whole fruit bought to Chennai.  One of my relative has some friends in Thodupuzha who have some trees at their places.  Even they are unable to send whole fruit.  BTW, are you from Tamil Nadu?

I will try to ask someone from Tamil Nadu state to bring a wild jackfruit fruit to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:35:06 PM »
Just for your knowledge, you'll see lots of reference to Vazhai (Banana) and Thandu (stem/stalk) in Tamil language while searching for banana stem recipe

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:31:10 PM »
It's edible.  Here we have several recipe to prepare it.  Just search for banana stem recipe

Anyone ever eat the stalk heart? Last time I cut one down and was turning it into mulch, it looked edible. But by then it was all chopped up and dirty. I told myself the next stalk I chop down, that I will save the heart (or whatever it's technically called).

15 days since my last message.  Still no signs of any spiny succulent stem  :'( :'( :'( 

I had given a few seeds to someone.  He's got his pot in direct sun.  His seeds germinated, but the growth rate of his seedlings are far slower compared to mine.  I had them on the window sill where there was no direct sun.  For the past 1 week, I have moved them to a position where the pot get at least 4 hours of direct sunlight.  As for fertilizer, I fed them with some liquid seaweed based fertilizer. 

A few questions:
1) Should they be in direct sun or shade? 
2) What type of fertilizer to use?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Red Hybrid Jaboticaba Seedlings
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:56:37 AM »
Hi.  Are the top two photos your plant or from the net?  Also, how long did the seeds take to germinate?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID please
« on: July 22, 2018, 06:28:11 AM »
Thanks for the ID :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please
« on: July 22, 2018, 02:44:49 AM »
The fruit

The flower

The leaves

Is this edible?

Got some fresh seeds today.  Hope these germinate.

I have been religiously watering them every day when the top soil becomes dry.  More than a month now.  Think it's time to give up on these :(

They shouldn't take long to germinate, but will hesitate to give you a time interval.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Saba senegalensis in the refrigerator.
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:57:15 PM »
This fruit has been in the refrigerator (not freezer) for nearly 2 months now.  Will the seeds still be viable or dead already?  Thank you.

Ok.  So, finally some of the seeds I planted initially have germinated about 10 days back.  But, again a minor problem.  So far, these germinated seedlings have not passed the primary leaves stages.  Still waiting for spiny succulent stem.  Any reason for this slow progress? 

PS: You can see some tiny spines on the largest seedling in the picture, but that's it.  It seems very slow to grow :(

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