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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?




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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.

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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. 






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



The flower


The leaves



Is this edible?

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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.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Biriba (Rollinia deliciosa) seeds
« on: July 08, 2018, 02:07:48 AM »
I received some seeds of biriba from Brazil.  They were posted on June 18th.  I received them on July 6th.  Almost 20 days in transit.  These seeds are supposed to have a very short viability.  I immediately soaked them overnight and am planning to soak them further for another day.  Are they still viable? 

Another question is about a quarter of the seeds were split.  I'm sure these would never grow.  But, I have soaked them anyway.  Any reason why they split?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba - ID please?
« on: July 07, 2018, 10:45:05 AM »
I just received some seeds of jaboticaba from Brazil.  The sender is unable to say what specie except that it's a jaboticaba.  These are the pictures of the tree.  Could someone please ID it?  Thank you.







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulberry ID please?
« on: July 06, 2018, 08:48:10 AM »
This plant is simply referred to as mulberry here.  No one seems to know which species it is. 







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A couple of years ago, I successfully germinated some dragon fruit seeds within 3-4 days of sowing.  It was the common white fleshed ones - Hylocereus undatus .  About 2 weeks ago, I got some fruit of Hylocereus megalanthus yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador.  I used the same method as in the common ones.  It is almost 10 days now, but not a single seed germinated. 

For the first 7-8 days, the seeds were in a room with only diffused light and no direct bright light.  Could the intensity of the light be the problem?

OR

Another thing is that I removed the transparent jelly-like sead-coat (testa?) before sowing.  Does this affect germination?

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Does the transparent testa around the seeds promote or inhibit germination?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Horticulture books/videos?
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:48:00 AM »
Are there any books or videos to guide a novice with regards to effective practices to successfully grow fruit plants/trees - it should cover all aspect of growing - eg soil, nutrients, diseases etc.  Thank you.

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I have seeds of baobab - Adansonia digitata.

I am looking for seeds of:
Biriba - Rollinia deliciosa
Jaboticaba - hybrid précoce type
Cassabanana - Sicana odorifera (Red, black or brown)
Any fruit from the Annonaceae family that grow true to type (other than soursop and custard apple) suitable for ultra-tropical climate.

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My mulberry bush has been flowering profusely of late.  Many in my neighborhood are requesting for some cuttings to grow themselves.  When is the appropriate time to take cuttings?  Right after harvesting? 



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Common Annonaceae - ID please.
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:16:35 AM »
Is this the common custard apple or soursop?  Or is it java plum (Syzygium cumini)?  Thank you.





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I just received some seeds of saba senegalensis.  Is there any specific procedure to germinate them or simple sow in the pot?  Thank you.




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Recently I bought a few yellow dragon fruits from the store.  The sticker label on the fruit had the company name as "Organpit" - Palora-Morona Santiago - Ecuador.  So, I visited their website and a quick search showed this fruit mentioned as Hylocereus triangularis.
http://www.organpit.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=8

I thought these were referred by Latin name either Selenicereus megalanthus or Hylocereus megalanthus. 

So, which is correct?  I didn't take photos of the fruit, but this is how it looked.







These pictures are from the company website for reference.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop - first fruit size?
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:29:11 AM »
In November 2014, I had planted some seeds of a soursop fruit purchased in Sri Lanka.  The fruit was quite huge.  About a foot and a half on the long side.  After about 3 years, a few of these plants flowered.  Two of them produced a single fruit.  But, the fruits grew only to about the size of a tennis ball.  Annona muricata are supposed to breed true to type?  So, why did my two plants bear only small fruits?

Is it because they were the first fruit of each tree?  The trees are now flowering profusely.  Someone suggested that manual hand pollination might be the solution.  Please help.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf jackfruit?
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:21:38 PM »
https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B07DB3WYX2/

The seller has listed this jackfruit as a dwarf variety.  I asked them 2 questions.  Whether these are seed grown or grafted and up to what height they would grow if not pruned.  They replied back -

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All of these are grafted or air layered. Plant size depends on the container. If you plant in soil, it may grow upto 10ft. :)

Since the normal variety of this fruit grows anywhere from 25 to 80 feet, according to their "claim", it should definitely be a dwarf.  But, I'm sceptical.  Is there really a dwarf variety of Artocarpus Heterophyllus? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical cherry - ID please?
« on: May 30, 2018, 06:14:18 AM »
The nursery simply calls it cherry tree.  Other than that, they have no idea which one it is.  ID anyone?





Thank you.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Syzygium bud to flower time
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:43:24 PM »
How long does it take for buds of Syzygium species to bloom?  My tree has produced quite a few buds about a month ago.  None of them have flowered yet.  :'(


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Syzygium ID please?
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:50:36 AM »
This plant has recently started producing fruits.  Unfortunately, I never saw the flowering stage.  I bought it from a nursery where the salesperson simply said rose apple.  Judging by the shape of the fruit being formed, as it is not round, I think I can safely assume it's not Syzygium jambos.  It most likely looks like Syzygium aqueum.  Please help.  Thank you.

The tree


The leaves in close up


Fruit forming


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pereskia bleo flowering.
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:05:17 PM »
I have about 6 pereskia bleo plants started from cutting.  Now 4 of them are almost 5 - 6 feet tall.  For the past one month, almost all of these plants have produced flowers which bloom for a day and then they drop off.  What is causing them to drop off?  Is it due to any deficiency?  Another thing.  Right now, we are in the middle of peak summer.  Average high temperature is almost 100 F now. 

Another thing I forgot to mention is that these flowers are being pollinated by stingless bees.  You can see one sitting on the flower.

I very eagerly look forward to taste the fruit.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Köppen climate classification
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:13:20 AM »
Chennai is classified as AW in the Köppen climate classification list. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classification

Can I safely say that what fruits grows in other AW regions can be grown here?  Or will soil conditions etc play a major role too?  Thank you.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:31:23 AM »
I have a couple of papaya trees which have started bearing fruits.  These are dwarf variety.  I don't have any further information about them.  One particular tree is consistently bearing sweeter fruits but they are smaller than the other of the same variety.  My question is that if I plant seeds from this particular tree, would the resulting fruits be small or are there chances of them growing like other normal fruits?  Thank you.

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I'm trying to grow kiwano.  I have planted them in 2 different locations.  1 place I had added fertilizer in the beginning.  The other place got nothing at all.  So far, there has been only vegetative growth in both the plants.  It's been more than 6 months now.  No signs of any flower.  What am I doing wrong?  :(

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