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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: GDSeeds
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:36:40 AM »
Hi Guilherme,
I noticed several seeds with reasonable shipping cost now.
Are you able to send seeds in envelopes now, not just super tiny one?

I got some Marula seeds, but I haven't been able to understand how to find these eyes.
The seed look roughly the same everywhere to me. I tried to pull randomly and nothing popped.
Can anybody explain how to recognize the eyes? Do you just go by shape of the seeds pulling the angles?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana/Plantain Macropropagation
« on: October 08, 2018, 12:37:44 AM »
Did you pare the corm looking for larvae or their tunnels? You need to cut them well looking for discoloration. If you have banana weevils present in Italy you've got trouble....

I thought I had, but I must have missed something then. What do you mean by discoloration?
I noticed the tunnel but not the discoloration.
It's a corm I received from Portugal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana/Plantain Macropropagation
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:23:52 PM »
I tried the bleach solution, but today after 1 month of treatment I found a banana weevil larvae digging the corm, there must have been an egg somewhere or the larvae was already born.
So it doesn't seem effective.

Did your country postage restart working ?


Right now, I've already selected names for them, after their original sources. The one from India would be named CV-Sativa, for Chandramohan, who sent me my first bulbils (and confirmed it as nameless). The African variety might be named SENA, for Stephward Estate Nursery, Africa (they shipped it labeled as "Edible Air Potato", no varietal name or anything). Does that sound ok to you 00christian00? I know you got the same bulbils as well, so you oughtta take part.

Fine for me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Broken taproot: better roots
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:01:37 PM »
I disagree to the common opinion here.
It depends a lot on the plant.
There are some plants that get severely stunted if are not allowed to grow the taproot, it's especially true for plants that grow the taproot quickly (some even before sprouting), like jackfruit for example.
I saw pictures of Jackfruit barely reaching 50-70cm in a couple of years, while I had all my seedling grow to 1 meter in few months, and guess what was the common issue in these small seedling?

Another thing to consider is that the taproot is like a backbone to the root system, often after you break them it start to grow smaller hairy roots and while these may absorb nutrient more efficiently, they are also a lot more fragile, so even in a pot I would prefer to have a decent taproot as you may lose a great part of the rootball when transplanting due to the root structure being weaker.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Keeping Kumquats?
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:35:45 AM »
The name given on that link is "Giant Kumquat (Fortunella margarita Nordmann seedless)"  so i assume it is the usual nordmann seedless which I've never had seeds show up in.  The fruit is elongated just like that.

Unless there is a giant version of nordmann I'm unaware of I believe this is just being embellished a bit in Italy :)
Strange, that's the same website where I took the picture and there was no mention of Normann seedless in the Italian version. Lol, damn Italian.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Keeping Kumquats?
« on: September 21, 2018, 01:48:08 PM »
Not sure about the real variety name, they are just called Gigante( giant).
It could be a Nordmann seedless(although sometime there are seeds).
It's very elongated with a pointy bottom:

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Keeping Kumquats?
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:59:49 AM »
I like Kumquat a lot, they are a easy and fast snack.
On the contrary to most I like the normal small variety, exactly because it's more juicy.
I got a Meiwa, around 2 years ago and I didn't like it much because it was way too dry.
The first batch which came from the nursery was completely dry, like zero juice. The second batch was slightly better but I still prefer the juiciness of normal kumquat.
Plus mine was terribly full of seeds, like 2/3 of the fruit so not so enjoyable.
I have some giant kumquat which is similar to Meiwa( sweeter and dryer) but at least that has few seeds.

One of my favorites is the Orangequat variegated(which looks very similar to the centennial, not sure if they are same), very sweet and tasting like an orange.
The only drawback here is that peel is harder than normal kumquat, and although it's not unpleasant it ruin a little the enjoyment.

I can offer 40 fruits for $35 shipped from Florida to the US address via Priority mail (1-3 days). I have plenty of flacourtia indica fruits.

Not very nice to intrude in someone else sales topic to advertise one own.

Its a shoot! It may be okay if you leave it that way, but I would gently remove it and replant it face up.

Very awesome! I just recently found what I think is a mountain yam. I will post some pictures once it grows a little more.
Thanks, I reoriented all the one that sprouted.

What's a mountain yam? scientific name?


I will have some Kepel young plants for trade this summer. I assume I will have germinated seeds also for trade.

An example (from last years fruits):

New fruits:

Hi, will you have germinated seeds or fruit this year?

Is this bump a shoot or a root? I put it downside but I'm worried it could be a shoot.

My african bulbifera arrived in super healthy condition. Buy with confidence from Stephen.

I believe they need light to germinate.
Direct sun or just lots of indirect light?
After they germinate they can stay in the sun or they will sun burn(I doubt,but you never know)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: why do my jackfruit seedlings always fail?
« on: September 08, 2018, 04:58:14 AM »
Consider that this is 1 month old. The bag was around 20cm(because it was folded). It has already reached the bottom.

This is 2 months old. And they are growing slower because they are in the same pot(I don't advice it, I had run out of coconut coir that time)!
I stacked another full polybag below, so it's around 45 cm tall here.

You should repot them, but It would be easier to restart. Once they stop growing, they never fully recover. Will be slow forever.
That is true for most tropicals which have long tap root.
Do not put them in direct sunlight the first year, they sun burn very easily.

Regarding the leaves, mine did that too. The first leaves are papery and very delicate. They probably need more humidity to stay healthy too.
Once they switch to the normal leaves these are much easier to keep nice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: why do my jackfruit seedlings always fail?
« on: September 07, 2018, 02:04:55 PM »
Post some picture. I have found jackfruit very easy to grow.
It's very important to have two things:
1-Very tall pot, they grow the taproot very quickly and if they cannot go further they get stunted.
Ideally 25cm at least from day 0.
2-Very light soil. Since I switched to coco coir and perlite for all my tropical I never had any issue.
Use like 40% perlite and 60% coco coir, without compacting it, you will see the roots grow at incredible speed and fill the bag in 6-8 months.
If you want to go extreme use even taller pots. I use poly bag for this reason, I stack them when the roots have reached the bottom.
Mine were 4 feets tall in few months.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The other miracle fruit - Katemfe
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:40:08 PM »
So, did anybody ever got it to flower?
It is unclear if you need two plants for fruits, but seem nobody has even ever saw the flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:31:52 PM »
Hi Raul, always forgot to ask, do you eat the skin too?
The skin has any flavor?
There are no more seeds I bought 800 of them and they are gone, next year they will be more if my inlaws help,
CHRIS- Skin is imperceptible, no flavor, very thin to notice, yes don't need to peel...

Good to know, I hate peeling fruits. Eat almost everything with the skin if edible.
My seeds have just arrived Italy, let's hope they pass the customs or I'll have to wait next year!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:40:56 AM »
Hi Raul, always forgot to ask, do you eat the skin too?
The skin has any flavor?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My small fruit tree orchard
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:13:00 AM »
My white pomelo is a small plant but already with a fruit...  ;D

Damn, mine is a bush 1m tall and it still hasn't flowered....

There is Canna Edulis which has similar growth as Banana and you east the corm cooked as a potato replacement.
Most of the solanum(same genus as tomato) plants fit your criteria and the are some that produce sweet fruits like tamarillo for example.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf jackfruit?
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:52:22 AM »
Here's a photo of my Nangka Mini Jackfruit tree that I planted  in 09/15 from seeds
purchased from Maryoto. It stands 5 1/2' tall and if memory serves me, Maryoto said
it takes about 4-5 years to fruit.

I just found the original topic and it was reported to fruit at 1.5-2 years, yours is almost 3 years old.
Do you think it's just the climate or it's a regular dwarf jackfruit, not precocious?

Hi Maryoto,
Will you have Nangka mini and Kepel seeds back in stock?

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